There once was a time, around the same time as my pretentious adolescent obsession with all things Gothic literature, when I only read fantasy novels. If it wasn’t affiliated with A Song Of Ice And Fire, Lord Of The Rings or The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe, the chances were I probably wouldn’t read it.
Of late though, I’ve learnt to appreciate the many benefits that come with reading non-fiction books. As it would turn out, not all books of this genre are gargantuan-sized political or historical verbiage, with cryptic equations and analyses and graphs. Actually, most of the non-fiction I’ve read are extremely accessible and are sure to disprove any negative misgivings people may have.
Of the modest pool of non-fiction books I’ve read, here are my top 5 recommendations that I hope will change your negative opinion of the genre, convincing you that books steeped in realism can be just as enjoyable as the feeling of escapism that books such as fantasy bring.
These picks will particularly appeal to people who are interested in topics such as health, beauty, politics and humour.
Please click on each title to read a review of the book. Unfortunately, reviews for Wellmania and We Should All Be Feminists are still yet to be published, but in the meantime, click on each of these titles to be taken to the goodreads page for each book, for a brief summary and more information.
Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone is the first in a magical adventure series and one of the best selling books of all time. Originally published in 1997, this award-winning book set the stage for an epic series that would go on to define the childhoods of milennials the world over.
The audio book is wonderfully read by Stephen Fry whose impression of Hagrid I especially enjoyed. He truly embodied the characters and gave the reading lively narration.
J K Rowling creates a colourful and vibrant world that is deeply enchanting to young readers. I can certainly see my younger self absolutely adoring this book and looking back on my days reading it with fond nostalgia, had I read it as a youngster, which I unfortunately didn’t.
On the off chance that you haven’t read this book, Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone is about the young eponymous wizard who has just turned eleven years old and is invited to attend Hogwarts; a school of witchcraft and wizardry, a school of enthralling enchantments, a school where magic is taught to children whose teachers actually believe that they will obey the instruction not to practise it outside of Hogwarts, a school where Neville Longbottom can sustain as much bodily harm as misfortune affords him, without the school having to worry about his parents pressing charges.
Harry Potter is a lovable and relatable protagonist. One can’t help but to cheer him on and hope for his betterment. His awful adoptive family treat him appallingly, begrudgingly taking him in after his parents were mercilessly murdered by the evil wizard, Volde….I mean, you know who…
I really enjoyed this audio book and Stephen Fry’s vivacious reading enhanced the experience. Despite the protestations of my younger self wanting to award this book 5 stars, I rate Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone.. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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I hope you’re having a wonderful week whatever you’re doing, or reading! I’ve finally decided to start reading what is without doubt one of the most famous and widely sold books of all time. And no it’s not Quotations from the Works of Mao Tse-tung…
I first read Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone when I was in primary school, but that was also the time when my Harry Potter journey unfortunately ended. Instead my childhood was defined by such children’s novels as A Series Of Unfortunate Events and anything written by Jacqueline Wilson. So when I finally signed up for a free trial with Audible, I thought I’d mark the novelty of never having listened to an audio book before with a book I’ve essentially never read before. And what better than with an epic fantasy filled with magic and adventure!
Now it’s over to you, fellow readers! Have you ever listened to an audio book before? Which one was it and what did you think? And tell me what your Hogwarts House is and why?