Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – J.K. Rowling
I was always known as the kid who adores reading (I am still known for that) and I can honestly say it’s all thanks to Jo Rowling. It was particularly this book that got me into reading in the first place. I’d never wanted to read a book if it wasn’t absolutely mandatory before this one, and I’ve always done it in a bad temper, skipping pages and stuff. But, one day, my dad and I went to his friend’s house and when I entered his daughter’s room, I saw her lying on the bed, reading a book and all I could think about was how cool she looked doing it. I asked her what book she was reading and the next thing I knew – I was asking my dad to buy me a copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. That’s how my interest for books blossomed and it only grew from there on.
So, thank you very very very much, J.K. Rowling, you’re not even aware of the favour you’ve done for me. You’ve completely reshaped mine and my brother’s childhoods. Although I was young, I still remember that we were quite poor back then. We didn’t own a copy for a long time, but there was always someone in our building who could afford it, so basically, our whole building depended on that one copy that was being passed up to everyone who wanted to read it. We lived on the top floor and were one of the last ones to get our hands on it, so it was pretty shabby by the time it finally got to us, but we didn’t mind. It is one of the most vivid memories I carry from my childhood. So, all in all, dear Jo, thank you very much. 🙂