Back in January or February, I set a goal to finish reading the entire Harry Potter series in time to watch the final movie in the theatre in July. (I started with book 5. I think I subconsciously took a sabbatical from the series when it was all the craze.) For many people, that goal could be accomplished in less than a month … but have you seen how many pages those books are?! A total of gazillion pages actually for books 5-8. Along with all the other stuff going on in my life, I figured that was a reasonable goal since I’m not a speed reader and have slacked on my book-reading for a while.
Well, I finished the series a couple of weeks early and did indeed watch the final movie in the theatre with my Potter-loving friend Jenny. Definitely a nerd fest that evening, but we don’t care! We just appreciate brilliantly written stories!
I didn’t intend for this post to be a tribute to Harry Potter – though it is definitely worthy. J.K. Rowling definitely has a gift of storytelling and has inspired millions of people around the world to read more, including myself.
Since finishing the series, I have definitely been on a reading kick. Nothing can take the place of picking up a tangible book and winding down at the end of a busy day in my comfy chair or bed. Or sitting outside taking a break from daily office life and going to a different world with a few words printed on paper. Or sitting on the beach under an umbrella and falling asleep with a book in hand and the crashing of waves ringing in my ears.
Some books I’ve finished recently include:
- A Walk Across America and The Walk West – Peter Jenkins
- Blowing My Cover: My Life as a CIA Agent – Lindsey Moran
- Heaven is for Real - Todd Burpo
- The Traveler’s Gift and The Final Summit – Andy Andrews
- The Big Book of Food and Nutrition - Mike Zimmerman (of the Men’s/Women’s Health magazine gang)
I still have a long list of books I want to read, so I should probably get off the computer and start reading them, huh? I might report on a few of them (but of course not your standard boring 4th grade book report) because I enjoyed them so much. So stay tuned. But don’t hold your breath. This blog may or may not have a track record of being sporadic.
If you really love books and appreciate good writing, you should check out my co-worker Robert’s blog, 101 Books. He is in the process of reading Time’s 100 greatest books of all time (plus Ulysses) and he’s about 25% of the way to his goal. He’s writing entertaining version of Cliff Notes on many of these big and boring books that I plan to never read, while providing interesting fill-in posts between summary reports. Hey, the guy even read Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret – HA!
What book are you reading right now? What recommendations do you have for me?