I hesitated to include the Harry Potter books in my fall challenge. While my husband & I thoroughly enjoy them, I know there is a lot of controversy surrounding the reading of them, particularly in the Christian community. However, I have been waiting to read book #7 & I had even started with Book #1 so I could have all the context in order. It's something I typically do whenever a new book comes out in a series. Sometimes it can take quite a while to get all the way back up to the newest book!
Anyway, I have to say that I am a big fan of these books. I find them very engaging & I like J. K. Rowling's style. I had heard much talk of the books about four to six years ago before I actually jumped in to read them myself. In fact, I think the first four were out before I started the series & only then at the urging of my older sister. She had just had surgery & read them while recovering.
Book #7 or Year 7 was the best to date in my oh-so-humble opinion. It was well worth the wait. I will even confess to this publicly - I did virtually nothing but feed my children & sleep for the last two days as I barrelled through this book eager to see how it all was going to turn out in the end. Yes, I read the 759 pages of this book in two days & I am actually thinking of reading it again very soon.
While I know Rowling's wrote these books for children, I would caution anyone in allowing their younger set to read anything from book #5 onward. The last three books of the series have more violence in them - understandably for those who know the series content. The last book, in particular, should really only be for ages 14-15 and up.
So for those who are Harry Potter fans, even though I'm a bit late on this, book #7 was worth the wait & Rowling's did a fabulous job of tying up all the ends - for the most part. :-)