A few weeks ago, I was in search of something new to read, so I decided to pick up the first six volumes of the Harry Potter series. Having only seen a couple of the movies (the first and third movies, I now recall), I wasn't too familiar with the story line. What better way, then, to read the whole story from the beginning?
I just now completed the fourth book (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire), and will begin on the fifth (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix) tonight. Without a doubt, J. K. Rowling is one of the great authors of our time. Every book I've read so far has been a delight, packed with action that runs the gamut of emotions. I've laughed out loud a number of times (there are some very funny scenes in each book), I've been tense with anticipation at the climax of each story, and there have even been a few sad moments, especially in the book I just finished (which is quite dark at the end).
I'm glad that I've finally gotten around to reading this series. If you haven't read them yet, I highly recommend doing so.