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Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Currently Reading:
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, Mark Haddon
We Can Build You, Phillip K. Dick (I've been nostalgic for him lately)

Recently Read:
Harry Potter books 1-6, J.K. Rowland (see below)
Anna Karenina, Tolstoy
Life of Pi, Yann Martel
Norweigan Wood, Haruki Murakami

On Harry:
My wife and I are both somewhat snobbish when it comes to literature. Neither of us had read any Harry Potter till December of last year (2 months ago). She was looking for something light to read and checked the first one out from the library. She read and enjoyed it, although she kept wanting me or one of our more literate friends to read and approve of it as well so that she didn't feel like she was "slumming" in the book world. Both of us for years had assumed that anything that popular with the masses just couldn't be good literature (i.e. Stephen King, John Grisham, Danielle Steele, etc.). So for Christmas I bought her the 5 volume set of the Potter trade paperbacks. By far this was my most succesful gift purchase for her in more than 8 years of marriage. She devoured them all and borrowed the 6th from the library, finishing the entire series in less than two months. Somewhere along the way I followed her lead and began the books, was also sucked into the charm and sheer pleasure of reading dear Harry's adventures and recently finished the 6th one myself. Now we have to wait for ages for the conclusion to come out. We're too cheap to buy 2 copies, so we may have to fight over it, or I guess more romantically we could take turns reading it to each other. We were so immersed in the world of Harry, Ron and Hermione that we find ourselves feeling as if they were house guests who recently left us after a long and enjoyable visit and we're not sure what to do with ourselves.


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