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There's Always Harry Potter

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If you read my last blog and had a chance to glance at my reading list of 2012, you undoubtedly noticed that the first seven books on my list were those of the Harry Potter series. I read the Harry Potter series every year. I feel compelled to do it because I love the story. There’s just something special about these books. There’s something amazing about the triumph of a little boy who grows into a man in this magical world, one that we are near but can’t touch.

I began reading the Harry Potter series when I was 12 years old. The first book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was released in the US in 1998. I was in the 7th grade and a friend of mine handed me the book and told me to give it a chance. At the time I was not at all into fantasy so the idea of reading a book about a boy wizard was not at all interesting. I gave it a chance and obviously I’ve been obsessed ever since. Part of my affinity to the books has to do with the fact that as I aged, the characters aged. The fir…

A Year of Nothing but Reading

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That is the best way I can describe 2012: It’s the year I read books. Don’t get me wrong I found a way to do other things but for the most part I read books, as many as possible, within a year. It was the first year I ever made a goal for myself when it came to reading. The goal evolved from 50 to 70 with me actually reading 81 books, keeping track of the books, the authors and the order they were read. I enjoyed it because I love books. It gave me a chance to just explore reading and find new authors and new styles of writing. I enjoy reading many different authors and genres, so whenever people ask me if I know of any good books, the first question I ask is what do you want to read. I don’t know about anybody else but when I pick up a book I have to be in the mood to read that kind of book. I try to break up the types of books that I’m reading at a time so I don’t get tired of that specific genre of books. You can only take so many emotional roller coasters of reading suspense novel…