The Golden Compass

Philip Pullman

I realized that it’s been 8–10 years since I first read this book! When talking about the upcoming movie, I couldn’t keep characters’ dæmons straight (the outward projections of characters’ personalities in animal form) and realized I’d forgotten lots of details, as well as major plot points. The plus of that being that reading it again was almost like reading it for the first time.

Not yet having fully left Pottermania behind, I couldn’t help but compare similarities: the child growing up without knowing the truth about her parents, unaware she is destined to be the only one who can save the world, beginning her coming-of-age with a discovery of a fantastical world where she inexplicably knows how to reacts to situations perfectly. But Lyra is a less poignant, more kick-ass character than Harry. And this book involves armored bears.