Yes, people like me exist. No, we’re not unicorns 😛 Before all of you start attacking me in the comments please hear me out. My love for reading started by reading The Mystery Series by Enid Blyton and the likes of Ladybird classics at the age of 11. I was always excited to read new novels from the start and my mom encouraged my reading habit even further. She would recommend me books I’d not heard of or known and I was so intrigued by them that at the age of 13 or so I was reading books by Jeffery Archer, Harper Lee, Robin Cook and the likes. Most of my reading was influenced by what my mom recommended me or what i picked up at the bookstores which were mostly indie contemporary novels. So by the time I actually discovered the internet and found goodreads,book blogs and tumblr I was already too late to read all those childhood classics which people around the world had already esteemed as the holy grail of books, Harry Potter. And that for me put a lot of pressure on a series to be regarded as THE BEST BOOK of all time. As I grew up my tastes varies and I diverged into YA, romance and mystery genres. My taste still remains within this realm so to now start reading a classic childhood series feels…too childish? Another reason is that people have hyped this book so much everywhere that I’m afraid it won’t match my expectations and lead to disappointment. I have a theory that the more you hype a book the worse it actually is and its been tested by me. I’ve read countless romance and and dystopian novels that have been marked as “MUST READ” or “OMG THIS WAS THE BEST BOOK” blah blah and that just makes the book less read-worthy in my head because I’ve already set a bar of expectation subconsciously try as a I might not to. and that book is never able to match that. So even if the book might be amazing as it is the hype just kills all chance of me liking the book. Also social media is such a bad place for spoilers, I mean i basically know the whole story in gist and glimpses and all the big “plot twists” so if i were to read the book now there wouldn’t be an element of oh i’m excited to find out what’s gonna happen next but more for the writing and word building. And frankly I feel this book is targeted towards 11-14 years old and the writing would be juvenile? Maybe not but its not tempting to start a 7 part series when I could be reading books I’m actually excited to read and intrigued by instead of just checking of a must read on the ultimate bibliophile tbr list. In conclusion, I don’t think I’ll be reading the HP series anytime soon unless someone holds me at gunpoint to do it (which I’m sure some of y’all must be dying to lol).
Comment below and let me know if you have/have not read the HP series and what you thought of it?
Have a great day 🙂