As you probably know, I recently reread the Harry Potter series for the third time. I think every time I reread that series, I'm reminded of how wonderfully written it is -- and how vastly inferior the Twilight series is in comparison. If you've been reading my blog for a long time, you know that at the height of the Twilight frenzy, I was a huge fan. But something happened over time -- it's like I grew weary of sparkly vampires and hormonally challenged shape-shifters. Of course the fact that everything media-related became over-saturated with Twilight didn't help.
But I will say this -- even at the height of its popularity, the Harry Potter has never ceased being fascinating and amazing for me. I think that's the mark of a well-written book series, don't you?
Now that I'm done with Harry Potter (again), I've been turning my attention to new books. I recently read Little Bee by Chris Cleave. And by recently I mean last night. I first picked it up around 7 PM yesterday, and when I got home at 10 PM, I decided to read a page or two more before going to bed. One or two pages turned into a hundred. Then two hundred. And before I knew it, it was 3 AM and I had finished the book.
It's obviously a page-turner!
Have you read Little Bee? I don't want to say much about it in case you haven't read it, because to discuss the plot would give away the experience of finding it out yourself. It's not so much that the novel contains a twist as it harbors secrets, secrets that a discussion might reveal prematurely for anyone who hasn't yet read the book. So let's save the discussion to the comments. If you HAVE read Little Bee, I want to know your thoughts on the novel. I've been dying to discuss it with somebody ever since I finished reading it!
If you haven't read Little Bee, do yourself a favor and pick up this book. It's terrifying, beautiful, and poignant all at once. It's one of those books that stays with you long after you've put it down.
Up next on my reading list is The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. What are you reading right now? :)