I foolishly stayed up until 2:30 last night (ugh sleepy ow) finishing Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, meaning I’m now stuck in the same boat with the millions of Potter addicts counting down the days until that last fix comes out (which probably won’t be until at least 2007). But that withdrawl isn’t the biggest problem I’ve got about being done with all of the extant Potters.
The real crisis lies in the fact that I don’t know what to read next.
It took me about five months to work through the six Harry Potter books.  Would’ve been a lot quicker, I’m sure, if the first five hundred pages of The Order of the Phoenix hadn’t been quite such a chore to get through. [2,3] That means that for the last five months, I haven’t had to decide on a book to read. Now I do, and I have nothing lined up. Oh, sure, I’ve got plenty of books sitting around the house that I haven’t read, but if I really wanted to read any of those, I’d have done so already.
So this, my friends, is where all’a y’all come in: I’d like some suggestions for new reading material.
A couple of pretty loose guidelines:
- Fiction preferred, but certainly not required. I tend to go for crime fiction (usually with a healthy sprinking of humor), contemporary fantasy and straight-up bestseller mainstream fiction, but by no means is that all I’m looking for.
- I’m looking for something a little bit more intellectually challenging after the mental popcorn of the Harry Potter series. Mindless entertainment is fun from time to time, but sometimes I actually do like to use my brain when I’m reading.
- That said, if you have some empty-calorie suggestions you think I’d like if I dug the Harry Potter books (which I did), bring ‘em on.
- Pop culture commentary works well for me–know any good books about movies, television, music, sports? Or the mechanics behind pop culture–know any good books about what goes on behind the scenes in those industries?
- I’m always up for good graphic novels or comic book collections. Always.
- Guidelines aside, suggest anything you think I might like–the worst I’ll do is not read whatever you recommend, which wouldn’t be any different than if you hadn’t said anything at all.
So…what’cha got for me?