Entry #12 – Didn’t want to read…but loved it: Everyone said this book was great but you weren’t interested, or perhaps it was a gift, or a free book—despite your lack of interest at the beginning, it turned out surprisingly well.
Back in the day, I was hesitant to read J.K. Rowling’s first book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. “Who cares about wizards?” I thought, “And magic? I don’t read stuff like that!” But one night I found myself without a book to read and found Harry sitting on a shelf in my little sister’s room, unread. It was a paperback version of the book, so I’m figuring it was the year 1999 or possibly 2000, which means I was thirteen years old. I gave the book a shot. And duh-dun-nuh-na!—surprise, surprise—I loved it! Suddenly, I cared about wizards and magic! I was hooked and read each and every book when it came out; eagerly anticipating what adventures would be next for Harry, Hermione, Ron, and the rest of the gang. They were some of the biggest books I had ever read and there was a sense of pride in finishing them. I don’t know how Rowling created this wizarding world that seems so vivid and believable. She captured a generation of readers, and I’m glad to say that I was a part of it.
What are some books that you were cautious to try, but ended up loving? Anything you’d recommend?