“It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.”J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
Almost two years I created a Worn Out Spines on Tumblr. The name might sound weird but it came to me to me when I saw the condition the books in my bookcase were in. They were used, cracked, their spines were completely worn out.
It might sound like I’m a some kind of bookworm, but actually I’m not. Reading for pleasure came into my life with Harry Potter. Unlike what you might think, I didn’t fell in love with these books with Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. I read my first J.K. Rowling book when my best friend at the time forced Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire on me, because he thought he’d be perfect for the Viktor Krum role. I fell in love with the book and then read the third, and second within a few weeks before the Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secret movie came out. And I’ve been reading books – very slowly – ever since.
Growing up I had a bookcase in my bedroom but the only books I cracked open were the science books with the funny DIY experiments in them. As for movies they were always in my life, I went to the movies as often as could, sometimes marveling at the sheer skill it took to make them, or re-imagining how it could have been done better.
Reading Harry Potter coincided with that period in my life when I was trying to create my own stories. It was probably one of the reasons why – apart from my laziness – I didn’t want to read the Goblet of Fire. At the time writing was a means to an end, I typed slowly, so writing these stories I had in head for years was a way to familiarise myself with the keyboard and type faster. That’s how I got a taste for writing.
Writing became something I did sporadically over the years but never talked about it. Today, I like writing more and more. I’m still shy about it, and I’m usually very critical of what I write but I’ve gained enough confidence to tell my friends that I write on my spare time or even publish some of my short stories.
So that’s what wornoutspines is about, the books I read that inspire me, or inspired the movies and T.V. shows based on them. Writing reviews is something I do while writing my own. As I’ve said on Tumblr, “I used to write for myself, now, I also want to be read.”
“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”J.K.Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Like millions of kids around the world the Harry Potter book series are the books that really got me into reading.
I started late in the series since the fire HP book I read was the fourth one. At the time, my best friend Kaio had to force me to read the book and once I started I couldn’t put it down. I read number 3, 2 and 1 after that and ended up marking my calendar for the fifth book’s release date.
Throughout the series I always thought that there was more to professor Snape than what meets the eyes and I was crushed by book 6 and enjoyed book 7 because I knew I was right to keep having faith in him and the revelation about Professor Dumbledore was a nice touch.
These books may have thought me that loss is an important part of life even in an imaginary life.