Monday, October 1, 2012
Curling Up With J.K. Rowling
Let me start by saying that I had no intention originally of buying this book from a bricks and mortar bookstore, but I hate even writing that sentence because I SHOULD be supporting my local bookstores AND the reason that I did go buy it today is because Amazon is just a total fail in my opinion. I've had this book preordered through Amazon since it was announced and you'd think that for a book like this (especially considering I pay to be a "prime" member of theirs), I'd have the book delivered on release day. But not only do I not get it delivered on release day, I get it delivered 5 days later...as in two days from today. So I'll be returning my copy or reselling it on eBay when it arrives from Amazon and will likely not preorder from them in the future. Guaranteed way to lose business in my opinion. I'd much rather go to my local bookstore and be assured to walk home with a copy like I did today.
As I drove to the bookstore today, I started thinking about the role that J.K. Rowling has played in my life. One could say that I've "grown up" with her. Mind you, I didn't start reading her books until I was an adult, but I feel like the years that I was reading Harry Potter were the years that I really did the most growing up. I discovered Harry Potter in my Sophomore year of college. It was 2000 and my friend Leah told me she had just finished the first book and I needed to get it right away. So I heeded her advice and I was hooked!!! We quickly started referring to the books as "HPC", short for Harry Potter Crack. Because an addiction it was indeed becoming.
I don't remember exactly when I read each individual book, but I do clearly remember reading Harry Potter throughout so many different milestones of my life. Working at the coffee shop (the first job I loved), going to college to get my undergrad degree, during my relationship with Megan, my first real relationship, during Katrina, and then reading the last book after Katrina in Texas while visiting Megan with her roommate. It really was a major cycle in my life.
So it was with excitement that I went and picked up J.K. Rowling's first novel "for adults" tonight. And it seemed fitting that the generation that first fell in love with her novels for young adults are now going to pick up her novel for adults. I've started it and I'm 80 pages in now, and while it is a much more adult novel including multiple swear words and sex scenes and a topic that focuses more on the dynamic of a town rather than an action based plot, it does still hold that same Rowling voice that I loved so much throughout the "Harry Potter Years"....I'm so glad that I still have so much more of this book left...I'll make the experience last as long as I can.