Another Good Book to Live In

I have given up remembering how many times I have read and re-read and re-re-re-read the entire Harry Potter series. If you are a fan as I am, you probably have done the same thing. The premise of the series is “the boy who lived.” I won’t go into details in case you haven’t read the books. But trust me, it’s a wonderful series.

Back when I was in college, there was a popular female singer who sung a song with a verse that stuck in my mind: “I’d like to live in a good book.” Ever since reading the Harry Potter series, I would love to live in those books!

There are some books that seem to call to us; you start reading and you know that the book in your hands is going to be a wonderful ride. And when it’s over, you want to sit down and read it all over again. Speaking just for me, I can’t count how many times I have read all the Harry Potter books.

When I was growing up, every Saturday I walked to our library and stocked up on books. It was something I looked forward to every week. The librarian was always kind and sometimes introduced me to some books she thought I might like. She was always right, and I think she really enjoyed opening children’s minds to new authors.

One Saturday, I walked out of the library, my arms loaded with books that I could not wait to read. An older girl from my school came walking up the sidewalk and looked at me and my stack of books. She said, “what’s with all the books?” I told her that I got the books to read and she snorted and rolled her eyes at me as if I was the most stupid person in the world.

As young as I was, I felt sorry for her; in my little world, books were everything. In her world, books were just another annoying thing she had to do in school. As young as I was, I understood that there were readers and non-readers.

There are some books that just take us away and we yearn to live in those wonderful books. I’ve lost count of how many times I have read the entire Harry Potter series, but each time I do I am in there in spirit with Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger. These are truly good books to live in.

Happy reading everyone!


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