Monday, May 18, 2020

Re-Readables: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling (Audiobook)
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
(Harry Potter #1)
by J.K. Rowling
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Publication Date: first published June 26th 1997
Publisher: Scholastic
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9780590353427
Genre: Middle Grade | Fantasy
Source: Own

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Harry Potter's life is miserable. His parents are dead and he's stuck with his heartless relatives, who force him to live in a tiny closet under the stairs. But his fortune changes when he receives a letter that tells him the truth about himself: he's a wizard. A mysterious visitor rescues him from his relatives and takes him to his new home, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

After a lifetime of bottling up his magical powers, Harry finally feels like a normal kid. But even within the Wizarding community, he is special. He is the boy who lived: the only person to have ever survived a killing curse inflicted by the evil Lord Voldemort, who launched a brutal takeover of the Wizarding world, only to vanish after failing to kill Harry.

Though Harry's first year at Hogwarts is the best of his life, not everything is perfect. There is a dangerous secret object hidden within the castle walls, and Harry believes it's his responsibility to prevent it from falling into evil hands. But doing so will bring him into contact with forces more terrifying than he ever could have imagined.

Full of sympathetic characters, wildly imaginative situations, and countless exciting details, the first installment in the series assembles an unforgettable magical world and sets the stage for many high-stakes adventures to come. (Goodreads)
Rereadables is a brand-new feature that I wanted to do here on the blog where I feature books that I am re-reading! I love re-reading books, and I find myself doing it more and more lately. There is just something about falling back into a familiar bookish world that I find very comforting. And now I am going to share my thoughts here on the blog!

I have already re-read quite a few books this year, (my most favorite being The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare), and my most recent being Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. I was really late to the party when it came to reading this series, but once I finally read the WHOLE series, I loved it so much that I decided to do a yearly re-read EVERY year. I have now read this book SIX times, and it never gets old.

I started my re-read of the series a bit earlier this year than I have in previous years, and that is because, (thanks to Covid 19), the audiobook version narrated by Stephen Fry became available, and I have been DYING to listen to his narration of the book. I own the audiobooks that are narrated by Jim Dale, and I absolutely ADORE those, but I had also heard that the narration by Stephen Fry was fantastic, AND IT WAS. (The audiobooks are always my go-to audiobooks to recommend to new audiobook listeners. They are seriously so good.)

There's really not much that I can say about this book that everyone doesn’t already know. The story is familiar, and it never gets old, no matter how many times I read it. I always love meeting Harry, Ron, and Hermione, and their first year together is definitely one of my favorites. This book feels like it’s the least complicated of the series, and there is so much hope for these young characters. It’s also the quickest book to get through as well.

Also, every time I start a re-read of the book, I wish that I had read these books when they first came out. But, better late than never, right? Regardless, I very much enjoyed my re-read of this book, and I’m so glad to fall back into this world again!

Have you read this book more than once? Why do you like re-reading the story??

1 comment:

  1. I love re-reading books! I actually finished my Harry Potter re-read last year. I want to re-read the series but then the illustrated versions, those look badasss!


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