It is time for Thoughtful Thursday and the bookish questions that pop up while I am reading. Please share your thoughts on the bookish question of the week. I am curious to hear what you have to say! There are no wrong answers. Questions about Thoughtful Thursday or future Thoughtful Thursday posts? Check out my Thoughtful Thursday section. Alright, on to the question!
What is your favorite book purchasing (borrowed from the library, etc) memory?
This question requires no long walks with deep contemplation. My favorite book purchasing memory is getting my hands on a copy of Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling. My initial plan had been to just go to the store on publication day and pick up a copy. I was just going to leisurely wake up that day, and drive to Books-A-Million and buy one of the hundreds of copies that they most likely had.
As you can guess, my ultimate purchase was a bit more exciting. I ended up at Books-A-Million the day before the book’s release. It turned out (not really surprisingly) that I could still pre-order a copy for the midnight release that was happening in eight hours or so. I broke down and bought a copy to get at the midnight release. I then proceeded to call my friend and convince her that she too needed to come to the release party. I went home, ate a quick bite of dinner, and grabbed my Harry Potter scarf that I had knit a few years ago (I figured that I wouldn’t have another opportunity to wear it for a long time – I was living in Florida at the time).
The midnight release party was so much fun. There were tons of activities to do, and everyone was excited about getting the same book. It was wonderful to talk with so many different people about their love of Harry Potter and his friends. About 30 minutes before midnight, everyone got into line. At midnight, the line moved quickly (you just needed to show your receipt – everyone had already bought the book, so there were no lags in the line). I remember being handed my copy of Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows. I immediately went home and proceeded to read it from cover to cover. I finished around 6-7 AM. Admittedly, I had to go back and reread parts, because I was really tired when I read the book and I may have zoned out from time to time. I was so confused when I started a chapter and Harry, Ron, and Hermione were on a dragon. I didn’t know where the dragon came from.
I am so glad that I went to the midnight release party. I hope that I have the opportunity to do something like that again.