Phil’s post below prompted me to offer a confession of sorts. I know I said I wasn’t interested in all the hubbub surrounding the new Harry Potter book, but I must confess I am reading it anyway. My wife bought the latest volume at the supermarket of all places. Once the book was sitting in front of me I felt like I might as well read it. To some this might be another sign of the demise of literature (buying Harry Potter at the grocery store) but so far the book is pretty interesting. (See David Montgomery over at NRO for more.)
In my defense (not that I really need one), I do read widely and across genres. And I don’t generally buy my books at the same place I buy my groceries. A look at the books coming up for review I think makes that point. Here are the book I have recently finished reading:
– The Bottomless Well: The Twilight of Fuel, the Virtue of Waste, and Why We Will Never Run Out of Energy by Peter W. Huber, Mark P. Mills.
– The Bridge of Sighs by Olen Steinhauer.
– Dinner with a Perfect Stranger by David Gregory.
– Oracle Night by Paul Auster
I also just started The Haunting of L by Howard Norman. So before anyone panics, I think it is safe to say that one can read Harry Potter and enjoy literary fiction not to mention a host of other genres plus non-fiction. Just like one can enjoy French cuisine and McDonald’s – different things for different moods.
So look for the above to be reviewed in the coming days. A nice variety in the reading pyramid . . .