Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Gratitude for books

Holy shenanigans! Beth Revis' has a crazy giveaway on her blog so go check it out!  19 free books!!

Picking the book I am most grateful for is pretty hard; there are so many great books out there.  But ultimately it has to be Harry Potter (I know that's actually 7 books but whatever).  People might say that's an obvious choice because of it's so acclaimed but really, when was the last time you read the first HP?  There is a reason why everyone loves it.  I read HP probably once a year and every time I read them they are still amazing.  J.K. really knows how to entice the reader.  And she has such great little details, like how Dumbledore loves lemon drops; it really gives it a fantastic feel.

She's the type of writer I want to be.  (hahaha, sorry, that was funny.  Like I could ever be like J.K.).  Every single chapter in her book does double duty for plot or character or world-building, whatever.  It is just so clever.  For example (if for some reason you haven't read HP1, you probably shouldn't read on since it will contain spoilers), when Harry first gets on the train to Hogwarts he buys chocolate frogs.  This scene alone shows a million different points.  1) It's world building.  Shows the different types of candies in the wizarding world.  Plus the trading cards which have photos that move.  Super cool just itself but that is not the only thing.  2) Character building, shows Ron not having enough money to buy said chocolate frogs but Harry shows generosity and sharing with Ron.  Harry's also not used to having money to buy anything so he's happy to share.  It shows how loyal and kind Harry can be toward his friends.  But again that is not all!  3) It foreshadows to the end of the book.  The chocolate frog card that Harry gets is Dumbledore and on it the card says Dumbledore is friends with Nicholas Flammel.  So by introducing just the chocolate frog cards you get that scene doing triple duty on the book.  Ridiculous!

And she does this in. every. scene.  ohemgee.  Really when I reread this book for like the 15 millionth time, I was still blown away.  And this is just the first book!  It gets better with everyone.

I'm grateful for HP because it shows me how clever a book really can be and a fantasy one at that!  It's even a THEME park now.  Wow.  Just wow.


  1. Just checked out your blog and it turns out we have quite a bit in common! Your manuscript sounds pretty awesome. I'm looking forward to your future posts!

  2. Thanks Ariana! I'm still pretty new at all this but definitely getting into the swing of things. Your thesis definitely sounds intriguing and can't wait to hear more from you! Thanks for stopping by.