When I was student teaching I borrowed books 1-3 from my cooperating teacher under her recommendation. It was very important to both of us that I knew what the kids were reading. The fourth book was out, but she didn’t have a copy yet. One afternoon, Mr. Chang, one of the dads in our class, was mortified that I had not read #4 and promised me he’d send me his copy w/ Nathan the next day.
He did. It was Norman’s week to drive so I read the book the whole way back from Kailua to Laie. I read the book during class (shhhh, it was a lab.) I read the book all afternoon, all evening, all night. I finished in the wee hours of the morning and still managed to peel myself out of bed before the crack of dawn to meet Norm and drive down to school again. I returned the book to Nathan and stumbled through my morning.
Mr. Chang came in no more than half an hour after school was over, furious. “Why did you not read my book?” He demanded. I meekly explained that I did, and from then on he had a great deal of respect for me; that was the first “long” Harry Potter book, and I read it in a night.
The fifth book came out while Paul and I were in Virginia. He was teaching the 12 year old’s class in Sunday School and we waited in rapt anticipation with the kids for the new release. The first boy in our class to finish the book graciously lent it to me. I tried to pace myself as I was also trying to get ready for a new school year at a new school. Reading Order of the Phoenix gave me “me time” in an otherwise crazy time. I began that school year prepared to give my students the best I had, and to engage in the most recent Harry Potter talk with our librarian.
I pre-ordered The Half-Blood Prince with my Mother’s Day money. It was the first book I read after Little Red was born (yet several months after he was born.) I was so grateful at the generosity of my friends who had loaned me their copies that as soon as I was done I mailed my copy off to ABQ. (She graciously returned it in a care package from me. I have first dibs on lending her this next copy!)
I’m addicted. Once I’m finished with the series I think I need to focus on more adult reading — I’ve been in the young adult genre for way too long!