Harry Potter not the only series to expand
I turned 20 last week. To some, 20 would seem to still be young, but to me, two decades under my belt feels old. It feels really old. As I thought about all of the changes that I have already gone through, and all of the changes that will continue to happen, one thing stands out to me as consistent throughout my life previous and my life to come: a love of reading.
This love of reading, for me, goes back to Harry Potter. “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” is one of the few books that I can recall when I got it, who gave it to me, and how much I truly, truly enjoyed it. As Harry Potter has grown up through the series, I have grown up. And here I am, having turned 20, waiting with great anticipation, for the seventh and last book to come out. I do not have to wait too much longer, as “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” will arrive on our doorsteps on July 21. It is not alone, however; many other popular series are expanding this summer. To wet my appetite, and the appetites of countless others also counting down the days until Harry Potter #7, here are a few new picks.
Another of my favorite series is the Stephanie Plum books by Janet Evanovich. The wacky escapades of Stephanie and her fellow bond agents make for a very fast and hilarious read. Look for number 13, “Lean Mean Thirteen”, to continue Stephanie Plum’s whirlwind life.
Three newest additions in the paranormal world include “The Harlequin”, by Laurell Hamilton, “Undead and Uneasy”, by MaryJanice Davidson, and “Eclipse”, by Stephenie Meyer. “The Harlequin” is the 15th book in Hamilton’s Anita Blake vampire hunter series, and finds Anita facing the challenge of her lifetime as some of the most powerful creatures want to kill her. In “Undead and Uneasy” new obstacles for Betsy Taylor, vampire queen extraordinaire, emerge as on the day of her wedding her fiancé, vampire king Eric Sinclair, disappears. Stephanie Meyer’s vampire love saga for young adults continues with “Eclipse”, as Seattle is forced to choose, amongst all the danger surrounding her, between Edward and Jacob.
Georgia Nicolson also finds herself making a decision about love this summer. She resurfaces in another new Confessions of Georgia Nicolson book, “Love is a Many Trousered Thing”, with her love life in utter chaos, as her first crush re-enters the scene, and she finds that sometimes love can be very, very complicated. Charlie Bone is back this summer as well. Charlie believes that life should be settling down, but quests continue to find him. One of his fellow classmates goes missing and it is up to Charlie to find them in the newest book “Charlie Bone and the Beast”.
These new additions to other popular series will hopefully make the wait for Harry Potter brief. Make sure that you re-read the previous books, and look out for these new releases arriving throughout the summer at the library. And, of course, reserve your copy of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”. I cannot wait to find out how J.K. Rowling ends the series and the answer to the highly debated question “Will Harry Potter live or die?"