Thursday, March 29, 2007

Why I Hauled a 734 Page Hardback Book to Ireland

Do you remember where you were when you read a favorite book? Last month, I wrote about my dancers reading Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince backstage, but I read that volume in one dazed weekend while nursing Q and I don't have any lucid recollections of my own. Amid the fanfare for the last Harry Potter book (the cover art was just announced), I thought back to my clearest HP reading memory, which was Book 4, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

Book 4 was released just one day before a whole troupe of us flew over to Europe for a dance vacation/tour, and a surprising number of intrepid readers hauled the hardback overseas. I read the first half on the flight over, SwingDaddy read while we toured, and I read the second half on the flight back. Older dancers looked indulgently at the younger readers cramming on the bus. Those of us "younger" folks in our twenties were strictly forbidden to talk plot points to each other. Yum, good books!

Mayberry talked about reading during pump breaks, and Bubandpie read Book 6 right before Pie was born. Where were you when you read Harry Potter?

Also: Madame A was kind enough to translate the exchange between Pat and Stanley at the end of the toothbrushing video.

7 comments:

Lara said...

i have yet to read any harry potter. sad, i know. :(

Mamacita Tina said...

I hang my head in shame, I haven't read a HP book yet. And I'm an ex-elementary school teacher!

binkytown said...

I too am a slacker who only watches the movies but I love them so and don't want to know what happens next.

Pendullum said...

I am sad to rerort I have not read Harry Potter...

But I loved the Chronicles of Narnia...
But I love other good reads...
Like Life of Pi...
Or A Fine Balance...

These books have taken my breath away and washed me up on a liferaft with Tigers and on the balancing life on a tight rope in India...

Momma to LG said...

All of the ones that came before LG I read laying on the couch mostly in the span of one weekend. The last one, that came after LG, it took forever for me to read. In bed, during naptime, etc.

Lady M said...

I didn't realize that so many of you hadn't read HP! I have a huge stack of books on my shelf right now. Hard to say which ones will get read in the next months though.

Mayberry said...

I also remember when/where I "read" the first two HPs: I listened to the audio versions during car trips. Highly recommended - the British actor who does the readings is amazing.