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When I heard about a project involving reading a book, making notes in it, and then passing it along to another blogger (after receiving it from several bloggers before me), I jumped at the chance to participate!

I was so happy when Alicia at A KERNEL OF NONSENSE contacted me about the project. Alicia and Rachel at CONFESSIONS OF A BOOK GEEK are hosting this grand event, and they have managed to put together an organized and fun traveling book extravaganza!

So, here’s what’s happening. There are 10 bloggers, 2 books, and one project. 5 Bloggers are in the US and 5 are in the UK, but we’ll all be reading both books. Each blogger gets to annotate the book and then send it along to the next blogger.

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So….Cristina at Girl in the Pages sent me Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, and she included some wonderful goodies I’ll show you below.

I was so excited to jump in and leave stickies, highlightings, and notes in the margins, but I had to get used to the idea of writing in a book!

To be honest, it didn’t take me long to get used to that, maybe because of all that writing and highlighting in books for grad school! Once I saw Harry Potter as a text that required annotating, it was easy to read actively and to share some of my thoughts as I soared through the story.

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I absolutely loved reading the notes of the bloggers before me, and I often wrote a comment in response to a note from an earlier reader. It was fun, and even sometimes it was just one word. I hadn’t read HP & the Philosopher’s Stone in awhile, and I think I enjoyed the story more this time around. Now, having read the entire series, looking back at the first book was a richer experience. I noticed more and was also looking for more details, I think.

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I can imagine that once the last person receives the book, it really will be a unique artifact, because it will reflect all these different readers’ perspectives of the text, in a way. We all might have similar or different responses to certain parts in the story, and that can be physically reflected in the book at the end of our exchange!

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Isn’t that cool?

I’m excited for the second book, The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, to make the rounds, so stay tuned!

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6 Comments on Transatlantic Book Project: HARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSOPHER’S STONE

  1. So glad to hear you eased right into this project. I had my own reservations about writing in the book, but once I started I ended up having to hold myself back. Harry Potter is such familiar story to me, but this was only the third time I read the first book and like you, I found myself trying to find little details I may have missed as it pertained to the series as a whole. Can’t wait to see everyone’s notes (I’ll be taking a few pics for the wrap-up post) before sending it to the UK. Awesome post!

  2. I’ve always wanted to try this with one of my family members, sadly I think our tastes in books differ considerably. So neat to get all the different perspectives from others reading the book as you’re reading it. Happy reading

  3. I love this! It’s so exciting to see how the book is looking as it goes on it’s journey! I can’t wait to read all the notes at the end! I struggled with writing in the book too – I wanted to make sure my notes meant something. So glad you enjoyed taking part! R xx

  4. This is such an awesome idea! I hope to participate in doing something like this in the future. I agree that it would take me a bit to get used to writing in the book though haha although, like you said, grad school is helping ease that haha.

    Thanks for sharing this awesome project!!

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