What is your most interesting bookish memory or experience?
I think that is still my being forced to read Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. Yep, forced. When I was in my first year of Uni many, many, many years ago, Goblet of Fire had been released and everyone was going on and on about this series. I refused to read it because it was a "kid's book". Yeah, I was a snob. So a friend of mine decided to be underhanded and bought the first book for me as a present for my 18th birthday that year. I promised I'd at least give it a go. And so I did, figuring I'd read just a few chapters and that there'd be no chance I'd like it. Ha. I couldn't put it down. I went right out to the nearest bookstore after finishing it to purchase the next three books in the series and proceeded to read them one after another. I was so hooked on those books I handed in assignments late. I was taking the books to class with me to try and sneak a chapter here and there! My friend, evil person that she is, had me attend a class with her when I was near the end of Goblet of Fire because, though I didn't know this at the time, she wanted to see my reaction to it all. When Cedric Diggory was killed I shouted "No!" and had every single person in the room staring at me. My friend thought it was hilarious. I just apologised and went back to reading. I clearly remember having to go to one of my own classes not long after, still having not finished it, and being so desperate for the lecture to be over. I was a diehard fan within days. And I've never looked back. I've lined up for ages to be one of the first to get the new books when they were unboxed, I've dressed up I can't tell you how many times for parties and movie openings, I have shelves dedicated to Harry Potter, I've crushed on Percy Weasley, Oliver Wood and Draco Malfoy, I've vehemently defended Snape after Half Blood Prince when my family were so sure he'd murdered Dumbledore, I've tattooed my love of the series on my body - and plan to do so again. Harry Potter is my most favourite thing in this world. I've just realised, but my birthday this year will mark 15 years of loving the series. I feel old, but also so thankful. Just don't tell my friend that. It's a running joke that she doesn't get appreciation but blame for the obsession she caused.
Other bookish experiences that stand out are meeting favourite authors like Maggie Stiefvater and John Marsden. Like J.K. Rowling, their works affected me and it's so great to be able to chat to them and let them know this. One day I really, really, really hope I'll meet Rowling too. That'll be a dream come true! Also Sarah Dessen. I'm so excited because David Levithan will be visiting Australia in September, so yay for another fave author meet and greet! I can't wait.
What is your most interesting bookish memory or experience? Have you met any of your fave authors? Do you love Harry Potter? Tell me all! Thanks for stopping by and following my blog.