I imagine a lot of people are saying this, but the book I’m most thankful for is Harry Potter. I remember being in the 5th grade at the school book fair, sitting on the floor of the gym as the librarian gave some book recommendations. The last books she showed was a case of Harry Potter books. I wasn’t interested because it was about a boy and it was a little pricey.
Somehow, I decided to take a risk and bought it, then returned it because my mom thought it was “evil”. I later got it from the library and started reading it. I had no idea the phenomenon or the impact Harry Potter would have on the world. Or that 2 years later that my mom would be the one dragging me to the HP movies and ten years later calling to asking which scarf she should buy from The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
Harry Potter changed the way I read books. I realized that authors could do more than just tell stories, they could create a world that readers could imagine and grow in. The Prisoner of Azkaban blew my mind with its Chekov’s guns, twist ending and vivid writing, I felt like I was in the shrieking shack.
In reality, I’m thankful for all books, they have a funny way of taking us out of the moment and putting us in fantastical places.
The Babysitters Club
The Box Car Children