One book I have managed to focus on and complete in the past week is Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince. Although I have read this book before, when it was first released, I thought (given my completely pathetic memory for things that I read) it might be a good idea to re-read it in preparation for watching the movie.
I'm so glad that I did because I have to say, after watching the movie I was a little disappointed with how it was put together. I know a lot of people and critics are claiming it to be the best Harry Potter movie but I thought it was quite patchy and difficult to follow - and I knew what was going on!! I did love the developing relationships between the characters though - I thought this was presented really well - I just think a Harry Potter movie should be so much more than this. Maybe my expectations were a little high??!!
Anyway, back to the book - the sixth and second last in the series. I remember eagerly awaiting this books release because I had been a little disappointed with the fifth book in the series - Harry Potter and The Order of The Phoenix - I felt this was a bit of a "filler" book. HP and The HBP is probably my second favourite of all of the books after The Goblet of Fire so I really enjoyed being able to re-read it. I love how this book expands and develops the relationships between the characters and I think this is one of the strengths of the series overall - the characters do develop along with the plot. I also love the sense of mystery that is built up through the book and the history that is provided about Lord Voldemort and why he might be the wizard he has become.
As you can tell I am a huge Harry Potter fan!