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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Today, I Am Thankful For...


Hello everyone!


You all know how much I love Beth Revis, right? Ever since I read Across the Universe and fell crazily in love with Elder (and poor, sweet Harley *sniffle*) I have been awaiting the release of A Million Suns, the sequel to Across the Universe. Now, I may not have to wait until its release next year to know what happens! The awesome and amazing Beth Revis is giving one (very) lucky duck the chance to win a SIGNED ARC of A Million Suns along with 18 other books and a whole load of great swag. Yes, you read that right-

19 books + Swag!!!

To honour her awesomeness, and be entered into the running to win this mind-blowingly EPIC prize pack, I'm going to tell you about the book I am most thankful for...

*Tadam- Tada!*


Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
by J.K. Rowling

*Sigh* I have such fond memories of this book. As is usual with me- I read the series in the wrong order, starting with Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, moving on to Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and, finally, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Now, you may be wondering why I have a tendency to read books in the wrong order... So am I.

I'll never understand it! It was the same with Twilight- I read New Moon first (my favourite of all four- are you beginning to notice a pattern here?), then went on to read Twilight, Eclipse and (much later- because I was so over the series by then) Breaking Dawn. Okay, so I guess I tend to fall in love with the first book I read in a series. But I would say that it's because Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban introduced me to the amazing and fantastical world of magic that J.K. Rowling created from that highly-envied imagination of hers, I fell in love with it and will always cherish it as my favourite read of all time.

Some fond memories I have of this book:

  • I was in primary school when I found out about this series, but could not afford to buy books (and my family did not encourage reading for pleasure) so I had to beg my "neighbour" in class to loan me the series. He owned all the books in hard cover and was, naturally, very protective over them. So, when he eventually relented and loaned me the first book, he got to decide in which order I would read the series. I will forever be grateful to him for loaning me the book (even if he had major trust issues and insisted that I show him the book everyday to prove that I hadn't lost or damaged it *lol*).

  • I neglected all my homework that weekend to sit down and read the book. Despite being a very slow reader, I managed to get the whole book read in one sitting on a Saturday afternoon. There are only a small number of other books which have managed to hold my attention like that- Avalon High by Meg Cabot, The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl, Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts and Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell are just a few of them.

  • Lastly, I will always remember the joy I experienced when I was introduced to Sirius Black. Despite having great friends, roommates and teachers at Hogwarts, I could practically feel Harry's loneliness reaching through the pages while reading the book. It was only when Sirius entered the picture that I felt that Harry was truly not alone (which is why I bawled my eyes out like a baby after reading Harry Potter and The Order of The Phoenix).
So, you see, despite having read hundreds of books since my discover of Harry Potter and (hopefully) reading hundreds more in the future, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban will always remain a book that lies very close to my heart. It is truly a book worth giving thanks for...<3


So tell me...

Which book (s) are you thankful for?


2 comments:

Missie

Sarah,

HP was a very popular choice for book that people were most thankful for. How could it not be.

I'm a slow reader too, so when I find a story that lights a fire in me, it's the most wonderful feeling.

IdentitySeeker

I agree- Harry Potter is the obvious choice for many.

It's nice to know another slow reader. I seem to be surrounded by people who can read books like Breaking Dawn and Stieg Larsson's Millenium series in one day ;)

Thanks for popping by, Missie!:)

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