I have a confession to make...

Thursday, October 21, 2010

I have not read all the Harry Potter books.

I know!!

I feel like one of the only people on the planet who has not read all of them. Even my parents have read the entire series, and they typically stick to political thrillers and the like!

I believe I was in 9th grade when either the first book was published or became popular. I had asked for books for Christmas. I remember my dad saying my relatives were wondering if I was interested in this Harry Potter book that seems to be so popular... about a boy wizard... considering I grew up on The Babysitter's Club, Sweet Valley High, etc. and was leaning, at the time, toward classics like Pride and Prejudice, I'm pretty sure I responded in a repulsed manner. Probably along the lines of, "ew, no! that's the last book I'd want to read!"

Oh how my 14-year-old self so unfairly judged, naively unaware that this would become a billion dollar enterprise that adults and children the world over would fall in love with and read over and over and over. And ironically, I had asked for classics that Christmas. If only I'd known Harry Potter would become a modern classic of its own.

One night, in college, my roommate and I made a typical middle-of-the-night in-our-pajamas run to Wal Mart. We grabbed various odds and ends, and a stack of Harry Potter books sat on a display near the register. I thought, "you know, I've heard great things about this. I think it's finally time I read it." And that's how I finally succumbed.


Now, I've read the first book approximately three times. And books two and three approximately twice. I've read most of book four twice as well. And for some reason, I never get past there. I promised I'd be caught up at least through book five prior to the movie release. But when I wasn't, I acquiesced and watched the movie anyway, as my husband and parents could not wait. I've managed to hold them off on watching movie six.

Now with the release of first half of the seventh movie coming up, and with Oprah's recent hour long interview of J.K. Rowling, it's been on my mind again. I don't know why I keep putting it off. I need to come up with a plan to finish this series! I am just always swayed by other shorter, more typical contemporary fiction, and can't figure out when to fit them in! Then by the time I decide to read it again, I figure I should start back at the beginning again... thus, the reason some of them have been read multiple times. I'm already reading practically 10 books as it is and have a million other reading goals!

So... there is my reader's confession.

What to do, what to do...

17 comments:

Amanda said...

What to do? You sit down and read! :D No, I'm kidding. To be honest, the fourth book is my least favorite and I find a lot of it very, very boring. The ending is good, but it could have been sheered down a lot in the middle. There are so many plotholes and repetitive language that it gets dull. Once you get past the fourth book, though, the series gets much better.

Melissa (Betty and Boo's Mommy) said...

This could very well get me kicked out of the book blogger community, but ... I haven't read ANY of the Harry Potter books. None. Not a one. I know they are amazing, I know they are classics, but for whatever reason, they are not screaming from the shelves saying read me now.

I know they must be good, though, because The Husband - who only reads biographies and history types of books - loved this and read two of them cover to cover on a business trip. So, there's something there.

But for some reason, I'm not overly compelled to find out. Sigh ... another reason why I am a misfit toy.

Melissa said...

I also haven't read any of the Harry Potter books. They never interested me, but I've often wondered if I am missing out on something super because of how much they are talked about. One day maybe I'll try it, right now I just have no interest.

Zibilee said...

I didn't keep up with them when they first came out either, but now I am a convert! There is always time to catch up with these, and I hope you enjoy them!

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Like the two Melissas, I haven't read ANY of the books! Sorry, but they aren't calling to me...I did see about three of the movies, however. Does that count???

My granddaughter (the one who isn't into vampires, etc.) is reading the series for the second time. She loves the books. I do admire her taste, so I may have to actually start to read the first one, anyway. And then if I hate them, I don't have to keep going...LOL.

Teresa said...

Ummm... I haven't read any of them either. I don't have any immediate plans to read them either. It's nice to know that I'm not the only misfit out there.

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

This reminds me of that saying, "The first step in dealing with a problem is admitting you have one" ;) *giggle* Kidding of course! Enjoy catching up :)

Michelle (Red Headed Book Child) said...

I've only made until Book 5 and a half. I tried to read the rest before the movies too but it never happened. I own them all, even in collector form. I doubt I'll read the last one before the movie. Oh well, I figure I have a lifetime to read them once the whole world forgetsa bout them. :)

Indigo said...

I'm another one of those 'haven't read' a single Harry Potter book. Which is strange in itself as I do enjoy the movies and I normally prefer the book over a movie any day. (Hugs)Indigo

Stephanie aka The Stark Raving Bibliophile said...

I do love Harry Potter! I think the fourth and fifth are my favorites.

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Erin said...

I loved the series, though the fifth one was absolutely my least favorite. A lot of people like the series on audio. Would that work for you?

Melissa M said...

And for my confession....I haven't read ANY of the Harry Potter books!

Jennie said...

Get off your blog and get to reading the series!!!

bermudaonion said...

Once you start the rest of the books, it won't take you long to read them!

softdrink said...

You're not alone. While I've read books 1-6, I never read the final book. And at this point, I really don't care to.

Trish said...

LOL!!! Don't you know that the last books are the best books?? ;) Maybe try listening to them? I read the last two to my husband on really long car trips and we both enjoyed them that way.

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

Oh you must finish them! You must! :)

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