Harry Potter is one of those stories you can read over and over again. I was eleven when the first book came out so it was especially magical for me to grow up with the trio, the same age as them. I read through the entire series as it came out, once more as a fresh twenty-something in college, and now I have reread the first one as a 34 year old wife and mom. It's funny how when your perspective changes the stories seem to change as well. I find myself relating and listening more to the teachers and adults in the stories than the kids, which is great because they have some really fantastic wisdom to impart. I wanted to share my journey of rereading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone as an adult with you, sharing the things I forgot about and also the things I noticed as an adult that I didn't notice as a kid.
As writers and authors, it's perfectly understandable how we can get caught up in our work. Sometimes it takes over and before you know it you've been at it for four hours without a break. Once you're on a roll it's hard to stop! But it's important to find balance in your life. It's ok to take a break to go to the bathroom and eat a meal. The idea will still be there, I promise! And if you're too worried it won't be, write the thought down quick before you walk away. As a sedimentary job, breaks should also include walking around or exercise, and oh yeah we still have families and friends and pets and other responsibilities too. When are we even supposed to find time for reading, the very thing that gave us the idea to be writers in the first place?!
It's no secret that adults are busier than ever in this changing world. I don't know about you but I'm definitely feeling it right now. Not only am I a mother of a six year old girl, a wife to an equally busy husband, an author, an author blogger, an equestrian blogger, I also work full-time at a day job.
As an author I love participating in giveaways and sales. It helps me to reach a wider audience and who knows? Maybe my book could become their next new favorite! It's a dream come true. But on the reader side, I LOVE scooping up all the free and on sale books I can. I'll read big name or indie. It doesn't matter to me as long as it looks like something I'd be interested in. I'll give almost anything a chance because I have such a wide range of genres I like. Because of these things, I like to take every Friday, every week, to share links with my reader friends so they can also fill their eReaders with great new authors and stories. So here they are! Enjoy and have a wonderful weekend!
It's not often that I don't finish a book or won't promote a book I've read, even if it wasn't my absolute favorite there's usually something I liked about it. And I've never thrown a book away physically until this morning. Let me back up though to explain myself before you get the pitchforks out!