True Confessions

I have a confession to make. And please, don’t jump all over me on this one. I didn’t read any of the Harry Potter books before yesterday. Really.

I do have the books. All except the last one, which can wait. There were six HP books lined up all in a row, on a TBR shelf in a barely used, narrow closet of my home, so tempation didn’t tease me too much.

Sure I’ve longed to read these books, but with so many other books that are out there, it has been easy to deflect temporary pangs of wishfulness. I’ve even seen a few of the movies, allowing myself the visual feast under my premise that most movies veer off the book path. And yes, I do have a general idea of what is going on with the books, but truly for me, the reading experience overshadows all that. But, I’ve had no interest in reading any of these books. Until now.

I have very little patience when it comes to books. Oh yes, I am a horrible book glutton. Every once in awhile, I find myself immersed in a great book, and then find out I have to wait a year or two for the next book to find out what happens next…Argh! Pure torture for me. So I’d rather wait until all the books are out, before gorging on incredible words that will leave me immersed in a whole new world until the final word.

I fear the only exception I have to make for the time being is with Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series, which I started on a lark since I really didn’t think I’d like it with the vampires and all. But I am now shamelessly addicted and will probably hopelessly wait for each and every book that is published.

However, I digress. While most people were out there grabbing the over 8 million copies of the final book (and this is only in the United States!), I was lounging around, reading the very first HP book. Content that now the the final book is published, I can read about Harry Potter until the very last word. And see for myself how much of a genius J.K. Rowling truly is. Wonderful, wonderful stuff. Of course, you all know this already.

Don’t leave any spoilers to the ending here, but how many of you bought the book and finished it now?

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Vivian Lee Mahoney

Consider yourself warned: I write books about rebels. I'm also a postergirlz for readergirlz, a literary advisory group for teens. Who knew going back to the teenage years would be so rewarding?

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