This summer has been fast. I was dwelling in that this week, while up in Michigan City at a bed and breakfast. It was peaceful, and I was able to sit on the porch, while the July weather remained unseasonably mild. It just made me want to grab the second "Harry Potter" book and sit and read there for the rest of the week.
Which, by the way, can I become obsessed for a moment?
An aside: Whaat was I thinking for not reading good ole HP? Here I was like, "I'm not going to jump on the band wagon, because it's just sooo everybody else." But, what did I do with that "Twilight" series? I jumped on the bandwagon, and it was nice to know what everyone was talking about and understanding what my students were obsessing about. It was a pop-culture phenomenon that I was a part of and it was so great to be a part of something larger than myself. With Harry Potter, I know it was exactly that. 12 years of THAT, and I missed out on it. The good thing is that I can swim through all 7 books without a pause, if I want. I don't have to wait for it to be sold out and checked out and on and on, just to read it. So, there's that. And, with the recent release of The Half-Blood Prince, as well as two more Potter films to come, I will be all caught up and still a part of the fan-base. I just enjoy LONG stories and books that have the same characters, so they're really easy to get into. That's one of the hardest things about picking up a book -- it's getting INTO it. Reading a series is nice because it's familiar, in a sense. There's obviously new places to go and ways for characters to grow, but you journey with them. I could go on and on, if I wanted, but it was exciting to jump into something else that I knew was bigger than me.