Follow Friday!

 Hey everyone! Welcome to Follow Friday! I'm not going to explain the rules because you guys know the deal by now, so on with the show! 
(Also, this picture is doing strange things to my post, so I'm going to forgo it for this week).

Question: Talk about the book that most changed or influenced your life (was it a book that turned you from an average to avid reader, did it help you deal with a particularly difficult situation, does it bring you comfort every time you read it?).

I'm one of those people that's gunna say Harry Potter changed my life. But hear me out before you call it cliche, okay?

I picked up the first HP book off the shelf in my first grade class. I was intrigued by it, because seriously, at that age 'chapter books' (novels) are comparable to things like hang-gliding and climbing mountains. But the thing was, I was ready for something new - my older sister had taught me to read before I even started kindergarten 2 years previously, and I was (if you don't mind me saying) a little too advanced in the reading department to read "Green Eggs and Ham" for fun. So I signed out the first Harry Potter book from my class library and started to read.

Sure, I had trouble at first, but once I adapted to the pace and the language, I zipped through that book like there was no tomorrow. By the end of the day, I'd read 40 pages without an ounce of help (a big achievement for a hyper-active 6 year old). By the end of the week, I'd finished the book.

After that, there was no stopping me. Conveniently for me, my birthday was coming up, so I asked for the first 4 HP books. I raced through each one with feverishly, and by the end of the school year, I'd read all 4.

But of course it had to end sometime. I was shocked to learn that the next book in the series didn't come out for almost 2 more years. But I couldn't wait that long! So I distracted myself by reading other novels I'd heard about, and Harry Potter became a distant thought as I began to widen my horizons.

Then I got sick. At first the doctors thought I had a kidney infection or something, but once they ran a few tests, they found that I had contracted type 1 (juvenile) diabetes, which meant that I was going to be in the hospital for a long time. The night we found out, my dad went home to get me clothes and things from home to make me more comfortable, and I told him to grab me "my book". But instead of grabbing the book I'd been reading before I got admitted, my dad had brought all 4 of my HP books. For the next 2 weeks, I passed the time by escaping into the world of Harry, Ron, and Hermione. I soaked up all the messages about hope and love and friendship, and I thought to myself, once I get out of here, I'm going to try and make a difference like Harry did.

That's enough outta me :P How about you guys? Which book changed your life the most?


  1. Awww I loved your story! Like you, I'm going to sound cliche and say Twilight! I know! Not very original! But it's the book series that got me into reading, it changed my life! It was 8th grade and my friends were huge book nerds! But I wasn't, actually I was the complete opposite. I despised reading. They told me to read twilight because that's what got THEM into reading, but I saw the size of those twilight books and looked at them like they were smoking some stuff, if you know what I'm saying. So they told me to watch the movie. And I did. And I'm sorry to say... I kinda loved it. So the next day I went and asked my dad if we could go to borders, so I could buy this book, and needless to say he was shocked, but drove me to the mall faster than I could even tell him why! (for fear of me changing my mind) I read Twilight within a week, which surprised even me! I thought it'd take like... MONTHS AT LEAST! And the rest is history. I've been obsessed with reading ever since, which is something I never thought I'd say, but its true. Reading is my outlet.

  2. New follower :) Harry Potter is on the top of my list too!

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  3. Wow! Your story is just...wow. I completely agree with you about HP but I have never had to go through what you just described! I'm really glad you're okay now though and that Harry Potter helped you get through.

    New follower:D


  4. Haha, I've seen this on a few blogs and I'm one of the few that hasn't read the books yet. I have seen the movies and have the books sitting on my shelves, but haven't had a chance to read them yet.

    Here is my FF/Hop: Pawing Through Books

  5. I love your Harry Potter story! You should read mine - http://www.stuckinbooks.com/2011/08/follow-friday-8511.html

  6. I totally agree. Harry Potter is amazing! I mentioned the series on my post, too :) Great blog! New follower!!

    Here's my post: http://tiny.cc/nqd8u

    Also, here's my most recent giveaway: http://tiny.cc/c1do5

  7. That's a sweet story behind your love for HP! I definitely agree - it's one of the best series ever!

    I'm a new follower!

  8. I loved Harry Potter, and you have such a great story. That's the main reason I love books, is because you can escape reality and get lost in a wonderful story. Great answer. You can see my answer over at Fuzzy.Coffee.Books if ya like!
    Have a great weekend!
    *new follower

  9. Hopping through. I'm impressed! I don't think I could have read HP as a first grader.
    My Hop

  10. Touching story.
    I think the Harry Potter series touched a lot of peoples lives.


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