Harry Potter Reading Challenge

YES! I’ve done it! I am participating in Galley Smith’s Harry Potter’s Reading Challenge. When she mentioned it on Twitter I knew this was my chance for an incentive to read all the Harry Potter books in English. I have read the books you know, but in Dutch.

I think it was one of my sisters in-law who pointed me to the Harry Potter books somewhere in 2002. She knew I love reading and during one of the many conversations on a family birthday she told me she was reading her oldest son HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE as a bedtime story.

I was fascinated but soon the conversation took a different turn, we changed topics and I forgot about it. Until, while at work, speaking to a colleague again about books and I remembered my SIL’s recommendation. I told my colleague about it and she urged me to read the book. She had already read all available HP books at that time and said I was missing out on a great series. I went out and bought every HP book available in Dutch (up to and including HP and the Goblet of Fire were out then) and devoured them, after that every new release was bought and read immediately and thoroughly enjoyed. I loved the world of magic, evil and teenage shenanigans.

Then in 2006 I started reading in English and soon I bought the Harry Potter books in English too, but with so many other books discovered I shelved them figuring that since I’d read them in Dutch they weren’t high on the reading list. Years went by and movies came out which I went to or bought the DVD of and it wasn’t until the mention of this challenge that I knew I had to take advantage of the opportunity to finally read HP in the language it was written in!


The challenge will run from August 1, 2009 to July 31, 2010.

This will give me plenty of time to read and review both the books! I am also going to try and watch the movies right after reading the book and maybe make a comparison in the reviews. Below is my tentative HP reading challenge schedule

AUGUST 2009 – NOVEMBER 2009:
Sorcerer’s Stone
Chamber of Secrets
Prisoner of Azkaban

DECEMBER 2009 – JULY 2010:
Goblet of Fire
Order of the Phoenix
Half-Blood Prince
Deathly Hallows

I want to thank Galley Smith for this WONDERFUL idea and am very happy to be a participant in it!


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