Last week I decided to jump on the bandwagon and begin reading the Harry Potter books. Yes, I realize the bandwagon left a long time ago.
I almost brought the first book with me to Hawaii back in January, but I worried about bringing a book that would most likely suck me into the plot while I was vacationing with my family. I could imagine my desire to bail on time with the family so that I could keep reading the gripping storyline...and so I didn't bring it.
Rob has listened to all the books on CD but, unwilling to wait for #7 to be available on audio book from the library, and also unwilling to pay $45 for a new audio book, he bought #7 in book form and read it early last week. I guess there was something about knowing the series was over prompted me to start on my own HP journey, and Rob commented that he was a little jealous of what I was about to do; read the series from beginning to end with no waiting for the next book to be released. I agreed that it would be pretty cool. I requested the book from the library (our branch's copy was checked out and I had to get it on inter-library loan) and picked it up Friday.
And finished it Friday night.
Saturday morning, I zipped back to the library to pick up book #2. Book #3 wasn't in, otherwise I would have picked it up as well.
Because I finished book #2 Saturday night.
Sunday morning I called the mom of one of E1's friends who had mentioned they had some of the books. She located #1, #2, and #3, but couldn't find #4 even though she thought she had it. I took #3 home, assuring her that I could get #4 from the library on Monday.
I'm lucky they still had it on the shelf. The only other books listed as available at our branch were the audio books.
And I finished book #3 Sunday night.
I picked up book #4 today and I swear J.K. Rowling laughed at any thoughts flitting through my mind about finishing THAT book in one day. It's just as well; I'm getting tired of trying to find my next fix and this should hold me over for a while.
I'm completely enjoying the series. It's like seeing the movie in your head, but getting enhanced details and more thorough explanations. I've seen all the movies so far, and I've been blissfully unaware of any parts of the book that were omitted. It's just been a continuing storyline with no interruption for me. After seeing Order of the Phoenix a while back, Rob was speculating on parts of the movie that he felt didn't covey thoroughly from the book to the screen. Without knowing all the details that he did, I thought the movies have done a decent job of carrying certain threads through the movies and he was surprised at some of the things that, having been hardly mentioned in the movies, I had still been able to notice.
A teensy part of me wonders if I should stop reading after #5 and wait to see the movies first. I know! Completely backwards! However, I can't imagine stopping when the next book is only a library request away so that probably won't happen. Reading. Potter. Can't. Stop.
In other bookish news, E1 is zipping through the Little House series this summer. She picked up These Happy Golden Years today, and while she was there, I convinced her to grab The First Four Years as well.
Once she's done she wants to move on to Potter.