July 17, 2011


Welcome to another installment of Summer Read Saturday, where we share a good summer beach read with other readers. Please join in by commenting on this post or sharing your own Summer Read Saturday post below. Grab the button above or on the left sidebar to share.

Here is what I am sharing from my beach bag this week:


BOOK DESCRIPTION:  Harry Potter has never been the star of a Quidditch team, scoring points while riding a broom far above the ground. He knows no spells, has never helped to hatch a dragon, and has never worn a cloak of invisibility.

All he knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley—a great big swollen spoiled bully. Harry's room is a tiny closet at the foot of the stairs, and he hasn't had a birthday party in eleven years.

But all that is about to change when a mysterious letter arrives by owl messenger: a letter with an invitation to an incredible place that Harry—and anyone who reads about him—will find unforgettable. For it's there that he finds not only friends, aerial sports, and magic in everything from classes to meals, but a great destiny that's been waiting for him... if Harry can survive the encounter.

J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (and the entire Harry Potter series, in fact) epitomizes my Summer Read Saturday.  Why?  Because it's a series that grabs you from the first page of the first book, entertaining, light and fun, and it's a read for both adults and kids alike. 

Harry is a terrific hero, one that both kids and adults can relate (and aspire) to.  What kid (or adult as a kid) hasn't dreamed of coming out of his or her shell and sporting magical powers?  His journey from the Dursleys' home to Hogwarts is the literary equivalent of Disneyland - - a thrilling fantasy ride that is sure to satisfy. 

Harry Potter has enough wonderful qualities to allow and encourage multiple rereads - - another checked box in the "summer reads" category. 

As an added benefit, the movies are fantastic and readily available, making for a perfect counterpart to the book series.  The last Harry Potter movie in the series just opened this past weekend - - have you gone to see it?  And if so, what did you think? 

What is your summer read for this week? 

1 comment:

Michelle Stockard Miller said...

The Harry Potter series rules! I didn't always read them in the summer, but they do fit the bill of a fun summer read. We took my boys to see the last HP movie yesterday and when we were talking about the books on the way home. When we got home, my younger son, who is 8 1/2, told me he wants to start reading the first book. I'm so proud!