So the whole "one book a week" thing didn't exactly work out. It's not really a big deal because I still did read more in the past two weeks than I've done in a long time. I have to keep in mind that it's the schoolyear, and I've got a lot of work to do, so reading 870 pages in a week might not work to my advantage.
Anyway, I did manage to finish Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. This was definitely my favorite of the series so far. Sure, there's a lot of dialogue, and there is one chapter that could have been cut out of the book without throwing the plot off, but that's beside the point. What makes this book different from the first four is that by the time you're done reading it, you actually feel as though you've just spent an entire year at Hogwarts. Yes, that means it's lengthy and detailed, but it doesn't automatically make it uninteresting. I appreciate the book's subtlety in plot and character developments because it all really fills out in the end. Neville, Ginny, and Luna really evolve throughout the book, and to me, it's a relief to see someone other than Harry, Ron, and Hermione playing hero. So overall, it's my favorite, and as people can get crazy about being told endings and all that, I tried to be vague in my description of why I liked the book.
So without further ado, here's the next book I'm reading:
Author: Irvine Welsh
Number of pages: 344
Why I'm reading it: It's about Scottish people on heroin. Need I say more?