Friday, July 26, 2013

A battle lost

It's been 1,020 days. I fought the battle long and hard, but I never expected to win it. It was always a matter of how long I would last until I surrendered.

Today, I started reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.

It's been almost three years since I've allowed myself this pleasure. During that time, I
  • Started a career
  • Moved out of Utah County
  • Moved into my own apartment
  • Read 134 books
  • Decided to get my masters in creative writing
  • Completed about 2/3 of my masters degree
  • Wrote 41 papers (this includes short papers, research papers, essays, and short stories)
  • Went to Washington, D.C., San Diego, and San Francisco
  • Saw the Redwoods
  • Burned a book
  • Survived the worst sickness of my life
  • Watched Michael Phelps win his 18th Olympic gold medal
  • Discovered I like painting my toenails
  • Saw an eclipse
  • Voted
  • Got my endowments
  • Went to two temple sealings
  • Got swept up in Jimmermania
  • Became an aunt
  • Went to the groundbreaking ceremony for the Payson Temple
  • Went golfing for the first time
  • Bought a piano

And that's not even counting the Harry Potter-related occurrences, in which I
  • Joined Pottermore
  • Started a wand collection
  • Started listening to MuggleNet's Alohomora podcast
  • Took the O.W.L.s twice
  • Saw Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows parts 1 and 2 in theaters

Clearly, I found a way to move on with my life after finishing book 7 on October 10, 2010.

But, it's time.


  1. I really want to reread Harry Potter too. And honestly one of the things keeping me from doing it is goodreads. I know it sounds weird, but if I reread a book and put in the dates read, it removes it from whatever year I read it last- so when I compare how many books I read each year, it's not right. As if books are only worth reading once?

    But I've become way too familiar with Harry Potter as told by the movies- I need to refresh my memory of the real story.

  2. Ha ha, I thought I was the only one OCD enough to care about that. :) I've had that problem in the past, and it REALLY bothers me that Goodreads will only list a book under the most recent year you read it. I know I shouldn't stress about it because it's not that big of a deal, but it's still huge pet peeve of mine.

    However, I just added HP1 to my currently reading shelf, and it brought up a whole new book link. Before when I re-read a book that I already had on Goodreads, it would bring up what I already had on the book—rating, bookshelf, review, date read, etc.—but this time it treated it like a brand new book. So I think it's possible to list the same book more than once now. Maybe we weren't the only ones bugged by this.

  3. Mike and I just finished reading all of them together, but we started a really long time ago so now I want to go back and start again. Harry Potter is just too awesome to sit on the shelf for long :)

  4. I'm so glad we can all be Harry Potter nerds together :)