Day 10: The book that changed your life
This one is kind of cliched. I think I’m only one of a million who would claim that this book (and all of its sequels) changed their life and the way they viewed the world.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – J.K. Rowling
I was tempted to pick a different book, just to remain a bit interesting. But it makes sense. I’m a child of the 90’s, was a teenager during the early 2000’s – it’s a very rare person my age who didn’t grow up alongside the Boy Who Lived. Besides, I realised the other day that I can clearly remember where I was and what I was doing when I first read this book. If that’s not a sign that it changed my life, my approach to reading, then what is?
First off, and (for me) importantly, I live in Australia, where the first book in the series is Harry Potter and the PHILOSOPHER’S Stone, and yet this cover was the first one I read. Some American friends sent me this as a Christmas present in 1999 and I did try to read it soon after. But I gave up part-way through the first chapter. It wasn’t until I was sick sometime in the middle of 2000 that I gave Harry Potter another try, and I haven’t looked back since. It wasn’t long after that I was eagerly awaiting the publication of Goblet of Fire, having already read all of the previous books.
Where Temmi and the Flying Bears was my first real introduction to fantasy, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was the first time I fell in love with it. And I remember it as the book that truly started my love of reading, of adventure and escaping to a different world. Hundreds of books later, that very first book still holds a place of honour on my shelves. 🙂