Well, Harry Pottermania has clearly taken off in the Sacramento area, and with less than 12 hours until the book goes on sale, it seems everyone's got "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" on the brain.
In fact, I just got back from a trip to my longtime vet, the lovely Dr. Rose at Midtown Animal Hospital. And as Dr. Rose looked through my cat's chart, she said, "Hey, I read in the paper that you're going to be reading the whole book this weekend and blogging about it."
Then she asked the obvious question: "Shouldn't you be at home asleep right now?"
Actually, I'll be napping later this afternoon so that I'm bright-eyed come midnight (12:01 a.m. to be exact), when I pick up my copy over at the Avid Reader bookstore on Broadway.
Believe me, I'm pretty excited about finally adding the seventh and final Potter book to my collection but even though I've done this whole read-the-book-in-a-weekend thing twice before, the pressure's a little heavier this time around.
In previous years, I haven't had to file my review until Monday afternoon. This year? My review for that 784-page book is due by 3:30 on Sunday.
So, yeah, wish me luck and check back here over the course of the weekend to read my real-time book updates.
P.S. Dr. Rose and her husband will both be reading the book over the weekend, too. They're getting separate copies, in fact, so they don't have to deal with that pesky sharing issue. Smart move, I say. Lucky for me, my spouse is still a few books behind.
P.P.S. My cat, Sophie, is doing fine - just dealing with a few issues, the kind that seem to strike ladies of a certain age. Lucky for all of us, she's a real trooper.