When Jenn was growing up her family read Lord of the Rings together. It's something that she talks about a lot because It meant a great deal to her. Not only did it give her a deep love of JRR Tolkien but it also made her want to bring that tradition over to our family. And since we don't have kids we both decided it would be fun to read together. Picking the right book to read together was extremely tricky. But we wanted something in the fantasy realm that had enough books to get into. What better then Harry Potter a series that Jenn and I have never seen or read but that is beloved by millions? So we dived in.
Over the last couple of months we would take turns reading to each other using our Kindle's. What's great about the Harry Potter series is that each of the books are free with Amazon Prime using their Lending Library. Basically a free rental. It took us around 3 months to finish the first book but we loved every second of it.
There's no need to really "review" this book other then to say I thought it was nothing short of brilliant. Just a really wonderful tale. I texted my sister Ally about half way through and apologized saying I was wrong to make fun of her for liking Harry Potter, the book was great. It has a whimsy about it that I haven't enjoyed since I was a kid. Probably the closest thing I've read to it was The Name of the Wind but that tends to be a bit more adult then this.
There was something magical about Jenn reading me the book or vice versa. It just fits really well with the youthful feel of the book. I'll never forget laughing almost every time Jenn would start reading for the night and would try to recapture some of the voice she started at the beginning of the book. She's actually really good at doing voices. I for one tried to maintain more of an NPR style for my chapters. These were the sort of memories that you can't put a price tag on. Things I'll never forget.
As of this writing we've already picked up book two and are planning on watching the first movie this upcoming week (our plan is to watch the movie after each corresponding book). I wouldn't be surprised by the end of 2016 we are done with the series and are jumping on a plane to check out Hogwarts in Universal Orlando.