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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling
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Jul 23, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: books-i-own, childrens-and-young-adult, read-more-then-once, fantasy-sci-fi-horror, series, bought-new, 2010, favourites, 2014
Read 2 times. Last read July 4, 1998.

Some things stick with you throughout your life. One of those things for me is the first time I read this book.

My dad read it first, being made interested in the whole craze at the time. I don't really know what possessed him - it wasn't as if he ever read children's books, but he was always interested in what was going on in the world.

I always loved reading, but have never been one to be aware of ongoing trends so didn't even know about Harry Potter. Besides, I was not too into fantasy at the time.

I remember my dad giving me this book and telling me I'd like it. I remember being confused why he read it.

What is it about Harry Potter that makes it so special?

I did not love it because everyone else was reading it, because everyone else was raving about it, or because it was cool.

I remember feeling this feeling inside that I can't explain and that I haven't really felt again. It feels special. A very happy feeling, like I had found something really special. And that was just after book one.

That so many other people felt the same, is spooky and amazing.

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Quotes Fiona Liked

J.K. Rowling
“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

J.K. Rowling
“It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone


Reading Progress

Started Reading
July 4, 1998 – Finished Reading
July 23, 2008 – Shelved
August 4, 2008 – Shelved as: books-i-own
October 3, 2008 – Shelved as: childrens-and-young-adult
November 25, 2008 – Shelved as: read-more-then-once
December 27, 2008 – Shelved as: fantasy-sci-fi-horror
March 2, 2009 – Shelved as: series
April 11, 2010 – Shelved as: bought-new
July 3, 2010 – Shelved as: 2010
July 3, 2010 –
page 49
21.97% "haven't re-read this or any of the hp books since deathly hallows came out... it's like going home."
July 3, 2010 –
page 98
43.95% "I remember when I first read this as if it was yesterday."
July 4, 2010 –
page 121
54.26%
July 4, 2010 –
page 149
66.82%
July 4, 2010 –
page 177
79.37%
July 4, 2010 –
page 223
100.0%
January 14, 2013 – Shelved as: favourites
July 22, 2013 –
page 12
5.38% "Been wanting to for a while and in this intolerable heat I just want to enjoy something. Ugh I hate this weather. Bring on the Ice Age!"
July 25, 2013 –
page 51
22.87%
July 28, 2013 –
page 121
54.26%
July 31, 2013 –
page 158
70.85%
December 13, 2014 – Shelved as: 2014
December 14, 2014 –
page 1
0.45%
December 16, 2014 –
page 47
21.08%
December 17, 2014 –
page 91
40.81% "Finally getting the old HP feeling back. Thought I was losing it. :("
December 19, 2014 –
page 167
74.89%
September 29, 2016 – Shelved (Other Hardcover Edition)
September 30, 2016 – Started Reading (Other Hardcover Edition)
September 30, 2016 –
page 30
12.1% "The illustrated copy is so beautiful, a real pleasure so far to read. However, very awkward with 3 cats parked on your lap and one flailing her arms at the little ribbon bookmark, the other one trying to turn the pages backwards and the last peering over the top and giving me a cross eyed look." (Other Hardcover Edition)
October 1, 2016 –
page 80
32.26% (Other Hardcover Edition)
October 5, 2016 –
page 104
41.94% (Other Hardcover Edition)
October 8, 2016 –
page 148
59.68% (Other Hardcover Edition)
October 11, 2016 – Finished Reading (Other Hardcover Edition)

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