Interrupting my break! I know, it's only been a week but today is my FIRST DAY OFF SCHOOL and the summer has finally begun! I leave to go abroad tomorrow, so I am looking forward to that. Meanwhile, a book review for you all...
Title: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Author: J.K. Rowling
Published Date: 26th June 1997
Published Date: 26th June 1997
Rating: 3 stars
Synopsis: Harry Potter thinks he is an ordinary boy. He lives with his Uncle Vernon, Aunt Petunia and cousin Dudley, who are mean to him and make him sleep in a cupboard under the stairs. (Dudley, however, has two bedrooms, one to sleep in and one for all his toys and games.) Then Harry starts receiving mysterious letters and his life is changed forever. He is whisked away by a beetle-eyed giant of a man and enrolled at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The reason: Harry Potter is a wizard! The first book in the "Harry Potter" series makes the perfect introduction to the world of Hogwarts.
I have finally gotten round to reading something that has been on my TBR list for a long time. The Harry Potter series! Previous to this, I had never seen a single movie or read a single book. I decided that the fandom surrounding it and the love for it must be worth something, and decided I better read them.
The first thing that surprised me about this book was that it was written in third person. For some reason, I was completely expecting it to be a first person book :/ Oh well, that didn’t take anything away from the novel! It was easy to read, and I read through it quickly. There was only one thing I didn’t like about the style, and that was that it seemed kind of childish. I was worried when I started this that I wasn’t going to like it because most people grew up reading these. But I have been promised as the characters age, so does the style. Either way, I do believe this was something I would’ve enjoyed more as a child. It was definitely a more middle grade kind of feel.
I think this book was dripping with creativity. J.K. Rowling manages to bring in ideas and new terms that most of authors would go a little over the top with so that we feel lost in this new world. But everything seemed so clear here, and I loved the ideas she brought to light. Honestly, the writing of this book was genius, and the author should be commended for that!
|When I realised this was the book that everyone |
FANGIRLED over like crazy.
I think my main problem with this book was that I was not connecting with any of the main characters. Harry, Hermoine and Ron were all pretty cool but I didn't really feel much for any of them. And the plot was slow in coming, which was a shame too. I just got the impression that for the first 75% of the book, nothing much was happening :/
The plot was good enough for me, coming steady and meaningfully. There was nothing that blew me away, but nothing I strongly disliked either. It was a light, quick, enjoyable read. But it wasn't anything too enticing I will keep reading this series! (And soon I can start watching the movies.)
Olivia's Question: What childhood books did you miss out on as a child and read later?