It’s the final day of the Biannual Bibliothon and I’m back for the last time to bring you my post for today’s challenge. It is hosted by Laura from Laura’s Literary Letters – love the alliteration in the title! Her challenge is quite simply to recommend a book. This proved hard for me because there are a few books that I absolutely love but don’t think many will appreciate, few books that everyone seem to adore but I think are quite mediocre and coming up with a title that I think everyone can take away something from is quite difficult. However, I settled upon a very famous book, not because it’s my favourite but because I think everyone in our generation who reads or likes the idea of reading should at least give this a try.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling (Fantasy)
To be perfectly honest, there are a few books that I consider better and closer to my heart than this series. I had developed a reading habit even before I picked up this book. It wasn’t my introduction to a new genre either. When I finally decided to read this, it was out of sheer curiosity to discover what the fuss was all about. The first time I read this series, I read them a little out of order (Deathly Hallows before Half-Blood Prince). The second time I read it, I was in quite a hurry to try and finish a book a day – a foolish attempt that left me with perhaps a lesser regard for it than before. However, I have been caught reading this series in class, reading with a flashlight staying up nights and it is still a special series to me.
The reason I’d recommend it to everyone is because it is a definitive title of our age. It is very hard to find a person in this world from our generation who hasn’t heard of this book. Its popularity is astounding in its reach and I’ve made quite a few friends based solely on the fact that they have loved this series too. It is an incredibly fascinating tale – of a boy who is not ordinary, of friendship, of love, of sacrifice, of magic, of oppression, of power, of destiny – set in a world that is partially the one we know and mostly in a world we will come to love as we read. Not only do I think it is a book that can be enjoyed by children and adults alike, it is still relevant as it has quite a few themes that reflect perfectly the state of our world, even though many dismiss fantasy as a genre solely because it does not follow “reality”. It has been released in many different formats and languages, so it is one of the most accessible children’s books of our time. I firmly believe that there is something in the series that has drawn millions of people into its pages and kept them there, wondering when their Hogwarts acceptance letter will arrive, which everyone who has not yet read it can also come to experience.
Which book is the one you wish everyone would read? Does your recommendation change based on who is asking or is there a default you start with and go on from there? What is your opinion of the Harry Potter series – love, meh or unread? Let me know in the comments section below.