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Should a grown man be reading Harry Potter?

I have set myself the goal of reading all the Harry Potter books and I’ve finished the first one, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone which I combined with reading a book on a Kindle for the first time. I would review it, but I’m not sure I have anything to add on the book that has not already been said. I can see it was written for a younger audience and is very accessible, I’m just hoping that true to what everyone has said, that the books mature and become deeper and more involved as I reach book three and beyond. I was also inspired to join Pottermore, took the tests, got a 13 and a half inch wand with Phoenix feather made of pine, and allocated to Ravenclaw (a surprise).

Now I had previously sworn off using a Kindle as well as reading Harry Potter. However I’ve seen the films and enjoyed them and so I want to read them. As we didn’t own a copy of the first one we got it on Kindle and I think I gave in on using a Kindle for the book because people wouldn’t see what I was reading then, even if it is on a train with other faceless commuters.

I guess my problem is that I have an issue in my mind with a grown man commuting to work reading Harry Potter books. Is this something that I should be concerned about?

I think I’d feel a bit sad and embarrassed every time someone saw what I was reading, even though what I’m reading is something they may have read themselves. I guess it is because I’m a bit late to the party, sort of like if someone my age read Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code now and how I’d imagine Game of Thrones will be in a few years (note to self should give it a go soon!).

I don’t know why I’d feel embarrassed but the fact I am writing this indicates I have some trepidation about it, yet I shouldn’t do, after all, I see numerous professional women reading erotica (and I’m not just talking about 50 Shades here)  and I see both men and women reading a comic on the train (the Sun). I shouldn’t care what people think about it, I know I shouldn’t, but for some reason I do.

The lure of the anonymity that a Kindle provides to what you’re reading has never been so appealing.

What do you think of  a 28 year old man reading Harry Potter?


2014 Reading Challenge – Harry Potter


I’ve never read Harry Potter, for a long time I just refused to countenance reading this craze that was happening when I was around 13-14. I vowed at that point that I’d never read them or see the films, it’s something that sounds cool and edgy when you’re a teen. It is a bit sad when you come to think of it as a mature almost 30 year old dad with a professional qualification, to discount something without having read it or seen the films.

It was when part 2 of the last film came out that I broke, the Mrs was desperate to see it and had no one to go with. I said I’d go but we had to buy the DVDs we didn’t have so that i could watch them in order and subsequently actually enjoy watching the final part.

Well, I did enjoy the films, the story, the characters and the world that Rowling created. So this year, due to them all being on television again, I think I should actually read these books and see what I’ve been missing.

While I’m in the doing things I said I wouldn’t mood, as the Mrs does not own the first book, I’ve purchased it on Kindle for her, so that I can try out reading a book on Kindle for the first time. The Kindle being another thing I swore I’d never use.

So far, once I sorted the line spacing and font issues and thus preventing myself from needing to click next page every five seconds, I’ve been enjoying the book and have found the reading experience better than i thought. I still want a larger screen though, Amazon take note.

So this year, 2014, as well as reading the 40 books I challenged myself to on Goodreads (46 last year), I will read all the Harry Potters, and then I might give that Game of Thrones set I was gifted a while back a read.

What are your challenges for the year?


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