The subject of summer reading has been on my mind lately, and I’m proud to have finished rereading the last half of Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows only last night. Also, it’s getting harder and harder to ignore my library copy of Steig Larsson’s The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest. It probably doesn’t help that I take it to work either and set it on my desk; it stares at me. Furthermore, The Things They Carried literally fell into my lap last week and while I am supposed to hand this book off to a friend, I’m not quite sure I can do just that. I’ve never read it and I think I can get to it after Hornet’s Nest. And let’s not forget about The Hunger Games. Apparently it’s all the rage.
I follow Entertainment Weekly magazine on twitter, @EW, and I couldn’t help but read an article by book review editor Tina Jordan. Every summer she likes to delve into a familiar story and reread a favorite. This year she has decided to reread the entire Harry Potter series.
Here is what she had to say about her decision:
Like many of you, I’m both excited and incredibly bittersweet at the idea that I’m about to watch the final Harry Potter movie. When those final credits roll, I’m sure I’ll be thrilled — and heartbroken. It seems like only yesterday that a friend brought me the very first volume back from a trip to England, where it had, shortly after publication, become a Very Big Deal. Either it hadn’t come out here yet, or hadn’t rocketed up the best-seller list; I don’t remember which. But I do remember the way the book seized my imagination…
So I think, in honor of the last movie … I’m going to take my battered copies off the shelves and start at the beginning. All the way back at “Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.” I won’t finish all seven on vacation — I may be snatching time for the rest of the summer. But you know, it’s been a long time since I’ve picked some of them up. I’m excited. Yes, it’s going to be nostalgic journey, but it’s also going to be an exhilarating one.
How about you guys? What books are you excited to read this summer? Any suggestions? Sound off below!