#30daybookchallenge Day 3 – Your favorite series

(For some reason I wasn’t able to continue the 30-Day Book Challenge, so here I am resuming the meme)

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My favorite series is definitely the Harry Potter book series. Unlike most fans who had been hardcore fanatics since the book one, I actually disliked Harry Potter when I was a kid. Before, I had this thing of not joining the bandwagon of mainstream stuff; and Harry Potter was really popular. I even haven’t truly watched the films although it had been shown in free TV through the years because the cinematography was too dark for my taste.

However, I finally gave in to reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone three years ago; and boy, how I liked it! I liked it so much that I went on to read the whole series within just a month. I actually regretted not reading it earlier, and not having Harry Potter as part of my childhood. Now I understand why the fans are so into the whole HP franchise.

I’ve actually read a couple of book series; most of them were in YA genre. I really liked some of them as a whole. However, there are some instances when a particular book in the series didn’t appeal that much to me, or a certain book kinda ruined my perspective on the series. The Harry Potter series was different. It was able to sustain my interest and capture my fascination throughout the seven books.

J. K. Rowling was actually able to create a new universe through the books, and introduced characters who are immortalized in our hearts even though the HP book series (and HP films) have ended. She was a genius! The plots were so amazing. Reading through the books really triggered a lot of emotions from me. There was never a dull moment when I was reading them.

I actually read all the seven books as ebooks, so I’d really love to have the physical copies someday.

Disclaimer: The photo in this post is not mine. I just Google-d it.

#30daybookchallenge Day 2: A book that you’ve read 3 times

For the Day 2 of the 30-day Book Challenge, the prompt is a book that you’ve read 3 times. And that book is Stargirl by Jerry Spenelli.

This is actually the first Spenelli book that I’ve read, making the author really close to my heart that i started collecting his works (which are mostly books I find in the children’s lit section of Booksales). I rated this with ★★★★ stars in Goodreads

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I have already read Stargirl back in 2011 as an ebook. But when I spotted a really decent copy of the book at Booksale for only 70 pesos (and it almost looked new!), I decided to buy it and reread the book. When I first read it I hastily gave it a three-star rating, but now I realized that adding another star in my rating is more fitting for this wonderful book.

Self-named Stargirl exudes nonconformity amidst the sea of typicality at Mica High School. Students are practically the same and follow this unwritten convention on what comprises “normal”. But Stargirl is a free-spirited individual who doesn’t care about rules. She has a unique personality and childlike innocence that she didn’t even care when people are being rude to her when she was only showing them kindness.

The book was really an easy read which celebrates individuality. In order to be deemed as “cool”, we teenagers often try to fit in and blend with others. But really, why fit in when you could stand out? We always have our own differences, and it’s just a matter of embracing our individual eccentricities in order to discover our true selves.