Tuesday, June 1, 2010

the Summer of Harry Potter

So I've never read Harry Potter.  I know, I know, many many people have told me that I need to read them, that I will love them, that I am really missing out by not reading them, etc. etc.  I don't have a good reason WHY I've never read them - I've actually started the first book a handful of times and have never been able to get into it.

the trunk

A few people have told me that I need to stick with it until book 3 and then I'll be hooked.  So after seeing a tweet by my friend Joie the other night where she basically invited anyone to join her in a "Project Reread Harry Potter" I took the bait. Only I answered her that mine would be "Project Read HP for the 1st time because I was lame and missed out the 1st go-round".


I've had the whole series in a nice little boxed set sitting on my bookshelves for a few years now.  A few Christmas' ago Marc gave me this awesome little trunk that is very adorable and holds all the hardcovers along with some novelty stickers.  I have to admit the only time I've even glanced at it in the past few years is when I dust it when we're doing chores.  Up until now it's been a pretty expensive dust collector.

my spiffy stickers

But not anymore!  As of today the trunk has been cracked open (and wow, that thing's hefty!) and I have Book 1 sitting on my nightstand as I type.  After the boys go to bed tonight I'll try my best to ignore Glee and crack open The Sorcerers Stone.  I might have to toothpick my eyelids open as I drudge through the first few chapters of the first book, the only bit of Harry Potterness I've been exposed to before.  I vaguely remember something about a creepy streetlight?  Or that he doesn't have parents?  An evil foster-mother?  I could totally be mixing up my YA plot lines here.  I've never seen any of the movies either, so I'm basically going into this blind.  :)

the whole series

If you're like me and am completely ignorant to all things Harry Potter but want to give it a go, or if you adore the series and would like to reread it with us - join in!  I'll collect participants and make a little list on my sidebar so I can keep track of everyone.  I don't have a strict timetable - I'm loosely (very loosely - this is summer after all!) saying a book a week, which would put us ending the week of July 27th (there are 7 books, right?).  I'll be doing a post a week every Tuesday on my thoughts on the previous week's book so hopefully we can get some discussion going on!

If you're on twitter use the hashtag #readHP in your tweets about it so we can see them all in one place.  Leave me a comment if you decide to join in on the fun!  I can't wait to get started tonight.  And then I can spend the fall months watching the movies in preparation for the Deathly Hallows Part I movie coming out at Thanksgiving!

Participating in Project (Re)Read Harry Potter in the Summer of 2010:

Erin:  blog:  Two More Seconds  twitter:  twomoreseconds
Joie:  blog:  joie.vox.com  twitter: heyjoie  {she who started it all!  ;)  }
Jill:  twitter: technicolor
Jen:  blog:  As Told By Jen  twitter: astoldbyjen
Sarah:  blog:  Craft N Clutter  twitter:  craftnclutter
Jennie:  blog:  Sunflower Quilts  twitter:  sunflowerquilts
Amanda:  blog:  modernAcorn  twitter:  mrsmcporkchop
Janie:  twitter: javajanie
Leah:  blog:  Sew to Bed  twitter:  sewtobed


  1. not sure I can commit (the sewing will be completely non-existent), but I'll be watching the discussion...so sign me up as an official lurker! I took a class in college where we read the first 3 books (well, I re-read), and the discussions were always pretty interesting. One of the most interesting things I remember discussing was the religious affiliations - Christians not liking the witchcraft business (not Christian), which I found ironic because the books had been banned in some Muslim-dominant countries because they were too "Christian"...but definitely one of my more interesting classes!!

  2. Yay! I'm so glad you're doing this and that I can join in the fun. I've been meaning to reread the series for a while now. I'm also supposed to start Vampire Diaries series with Steph now that the show's over, but I'm one of those people who's always reading 2 or 3 books at the same time, so it'll work. :)

  3. Well I don't know who told you you have to stick with it until book 3. The first book was the only one that took me FOREVER to read. After that I was hooked. That was forever ago. I might join since I haven't read the books in a long time. So sign me up, I was reading this other series but I will stop or read both at the same time.

  4. Add me to the list! I've been meaning to re-read them all for a while so this will give me the push to do it

  5. I'll join in. I've been meaning to re-read the series for a while now so this will give me the push to do it

  6. I'M SO EXCITED! This week is slightly busy for me, so I'm hoping to knock out the first 2 early next week--which shouldn't be such a problem. :D I'm so happy you're doing this! I hope you love them as much as I do!

  7. Very fun! I will likely pass since my "to-read" stack is about a mile high and growing.

    Avoid the impulse to stop after the first one (or the second) -- and think -- bah, kid's book -- JKR does a great job of maturing the story with the characters.

    I'll be really curious as to which is your favorite!

  8. I read the first HP book years ago because I had several friends who were RAVING about the series and couldn't understand why I wasn't rushing to read every book. So I read the first book to get them off my back about it. :-) I actually quite enjoyed the first book, and after reading it I could see why the stories were so popular. J.K. Rowling does a fantastic job of blending elements of the real world with the magical in a way that makes the stories seem like they could actually happen, and the writing is excellent.

    But after the first book I stopped, because someone told me that if I wanted to like the movies, I should see the movies first and then read the books. Because there is SO MUCH in the books that they have to remove a lot for the movies. At that point I think the third HP movie had come out and I had loved all three. So I stopped reading, figuring I could read the books after all the movies came out. And hey, that way I knew I had a great series of books waiting for me someday when I was ready.

    Even though not all the movies have come out, I think I'd like to read the series with you this summer. I don't know about one book a week, though; some of the books are loooooong and might take me more than a week. :-) But I'll read along! Add me to the list, please!

  9. I think you'll really enjoy the series once you get past the exposition. And I'm excited to join in. I read most of the books so quickly the first time to see what happened, so this time, I want to read slowly and really enjoy them. I'm really excited you're doing this and sharing the fun with the rest of us!

    p.s. I cannot for the life of me figure out how to use my Wordpress ID to login and post a comment, so I'm just going to include my blog link here. http://www.tastierspeech.com

  10. I'm so glad! I LOVE HP!!! I initially didn't want to read them - I thought they were for kids, etc. etc., and my mother insisted I read them. Now I listen to them each night on my iPod. I LOVE HP!!! and I know you will too :)



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