Rating: 4.5 / 5
So… does this book even need a review? Yeah, probably not! But some bookstagrammer friends lovingly encouraged (bullied) me into reading it when I was brave enough to admit that I had not done so before, so a review you shall get! The book came in my Books & Baths subscription box for July and it met several of the recent Reading Rush prompts, so at least the ‘loving encouragement’ was perfectly timed!
Even if you haven’t read HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE by J. K. Rowling, I suspect you know the story. Boy wizard grows up without knowing he’s a wizard and is magically whisked away to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft to learn the fine art of wizarding!
This book first came out when I was still in college finishing up my English degree and I don’t remember it making much of a splash there. In the years following graduation when the books were really gaining momentum, I was in a post-college reading slump and really not paying a lot of attention. By the time they really were on my radar, there were a lot of published pages requiring a pretty significant time commitment to read. I didn’t doubt they’d be enjoyable (I’ve seen and enjoyed the movies), but they’ve been languishing on my TBR ever since.
So, for a first read done many years beyond the target audience, this was a fun read. I think I lack the nostalgic feel that so many people have for reading / rereading the series since I was underexposed to the books when they were in their prime, but they are definitely still worth a read. Book number two is officially on hold for audio for the next time I need a little fun in my listening queue!