Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Guilty Pleasure

I have a confession. After all the hoopla surrounding the release of the most recent Harry Potter book, I'm finally reading the series. My nephew is bonkers for them and could NOT believe that neither I nor Nicholas had read even one. I read everything, but for some reason could not muster up any interest in reading Harry Potter. Maybe because the whole wide world seemed to be doing so, and therefore I would not. I'm that way with a few TV shows as well... anyway, last Friday I had a chance to get to the library ALONE - sans offspring - and checked out Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. I felt like a criminal checking out a book from the children's section when I didn't have any children with me (and no wedding ring on my finger to make anyone believe, upon first glance, that I might have kids at home. Like that matters, but it's how I think. Living in my head can be quite interesting...) I read that damn book in 2 days. Granted, it's written for kids and is therefore a fast, fast read, but 2 days?! I flew through it. So on Monday I returned the book and checked out the next one, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Today is Wednesday and I'll probably finish it tonight or tomorrow. I'm sick.

It's easy to see why kids get hooked on these books. They're richly written and paint vivid pictures of the fantastic magic world in which the characters live. It's certainly a nice change of pace from the endless readings of "The Disney Princess Stories" or "Button Soup", but it's no "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy. But I'm enjoying the stories nonetheless. They're fun, light, quick reads for summer, and they're easy to squeeze in between more adult-based fiction of my book club, which meets tonight (I hope I can go! Get home, Mr. Chick!) so we can discuss the Pulitzer Prize winning novel, "The Empire Grill". Excellent!

I too have never read a Harry Potter book. But the next time you go into the kid's section, go in with the mindset that you're a school teacher. That will make you less self-concious. I'm in the kids' section all the time because that's where our misguided librarians file all the Star Trek paperbacks.
MP, I love to read, and I have yet to read an entire Harry Potter book. I just couldn't get into them. I'm glad I'm not the only one who hasn't read them!
DH LOVES them but for some reason they aren't my genre. I don't even like the movies. I am weird!
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