My fear of Harry Potter enthusiasts…

Hello all!

I want to begin my post with a couple of memories from my University experience regarding the infamous J.K.Rowling’s ‘Harry Potter’ novels that has been making me particularly giggle recently, rather than shameful as I feel I ought to be.

The first came during my first week of University as the class I was in was discussing the novels that inspired us to want to become writers. It became clear within a solid thirty seconds-one minute that the unanimous decision was that Harry Potter had acted as most of our ‘creative Bible’s from an early age. When it came to my turn, the revealing that I had in fact never read any of her books and had indeed given up after the first ten pages from ‘boredom’, resulted in a chorus of horrified gasps that confirmed to me that this was the end of me. That I would be bombarded by screwed up pages of Harry Potter and Philosophers stone and chanted the lines of the novel until Death came for me.

The second was a re-occurence of realisations of my flatmate, Charlotte, who responded to me every time I reiterated that I had never read it or mentioned ‘boredom’ like she was experiencing a gunshot wound or I had harmed a small puppy (it’s safe to say, she is somewhat of a fan).

These both have led me to the decision that

1) I need to make a note of not speaking ‘boredom’ and ‘Harry Potter’ in the same sentence to ANYONE, and

2) I need to sort out my inexperience with the modern day ‘classics’.

Due to this, I have compiled a collection of individual books/collections that I feel I need to have read in order to feel worthy of saying I am a book nerd.

So here goes;

  • Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone (and so on), By J.K.Rowling
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events, by Lemony Snickett
  • The Chronicles of Narnia, by C. S. Lewis
  • The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
  • The Catcher in the Rye, by J. D. Salinger
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (and so on), by Stieg Larsson
  • Eragon, by Christopher Paolini.

I confess that I feel guilty now that I’ve committed my sins of reading past to paper (well, screen), but my challenge starts now!

I will re-post as my challenge goes on, but I promise I will try to be unoffending to the books themselves.

‘Try’.

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