After renewing the book more times than I can count (a major benefit of being a librarian!), I FINALLY finished reading Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.Â I wish that I had some incredibly intelligent and informed comments to make about the book, but, alas, I donâ€™t.Â Although that is telling in itself, since I usually have more to say about a book that Iâ€™ve just read than other people care to hear.
But Iâ€™ll squeeze a few comments out of myself…
Though there were exciting plot twists and turns in the book, mostly I found it to be just plain dull, and tortuous to slog through.Â Itâ€™s almost as though J.K. Rowling has lost her spirit, and doesnâ€™t really care about Harry and the gang anymore.Â The first few books in the series arenâ€™t very well-written, but thereâ€™s a certain joy and vivacity in them thatâ€™s missing from The Half-Blood Prince.Â Hopefully Rowling will regain her stride a little in the upcoming final book of the series; maybe the light at the end of the tunnel will inspire her to recapture some of the freshness thatâ€™s missing from books five and six.
So now itâ€™s time to move on to OTHER books.Â Hereâ€™s whatâ€™s on the docket:
Spy Force: Mission: In Search of the Time and Space Machine, by Deborah Abela
Canâ€™t say Iâ€™m expecting a whole lot from this one.Â Iâ€™m reading it because books about spies seem to be â€œhotâ€ right now, and Iâ€™m previewing this particular one before I order the series for the library.Â It hasnâ€™t gotten the best reviews, so Iâ€™d rather read it for myself and make my own judgement before investing the libraryâ€™s money in it.
The Owl Service, by Alan Garner
We just ordered a new paperback copy of this 1967 work, and I remember really enjoying it when I read it in graduate school.Â Time to cleanse my reading palette with something of quality!
The Pilotâ€™s Wife, by Anita Shreve
My good friend Judy gave me a copy of this book a few weeks ago.Â Iâ€™m looking forward to reading it.Â And itâ€™s adult literature, what a concept!
New Boy, by Julian Houston
IÂ heard Houston speak at The Concord Bookshop back in April or May, and I was very impressed by him and by the book passages that he read aloud.Â Impressed enough that I bought a copy of the book and had him sign it, despite my complete moratorium on book purchases for myself.Â (Our small house just canâ€™t hold another book…)
Iâ€™d love to hear what other people are reading right now; drop a comment and let me know what youâ€™re enjoying this summer!Â And also check out my brotherâ€™s blog (follow the link on the right to “Yet Another Unitarian Universalist”); he has periodic entries about his summer reading.