When American Idol finished a couple of weeks ago, I remember seeing psychologists on TV discussing how people might react to it all being over. Some will feel a huge void in their lives, some may go into a state of depression, and many will feel a huge sense of loss. I thought that sounded so ridiculous. These are people you see on TV for crying out loud! We don't really know them. We don't have a relationship with them. How on earth could people ever get so attached to someone who we will probably never even meet?
Now I know.
Jeff and I finished reading the final book in the Harry Potter series last night. My hat goes off to Ms. Rowling. She is absolutely amazing. Her imagination is endless, and her way with words is so natural and creative. I couldn't get enough of this magical world. I think reading it so slowly (which is to be expected when you can only do it when you are together) made me even more attached. I remember when book 6 came out, and our good friends, Ryan and Tamie (love you guys!), were SO excited about it. They bought it the first day they could and sent their kids to Provo to spend some good, quality time with their grandparents, while they locked themselves up in the house alone to devour the book. Jeff and I both thought they were nuts. Well, now I get it.
We read the entire series, and all but #3 together, but now, it's all over. After the end, I was left feeling so excited and satisfied, yet craving so much more. More answers, more details, and more of their world. I've felt that way after each of the other books, but there's always been another one to look forward to. Now there's not. I'm not feeling like I'm going to be needing therapy sessions or anything (at least not any more than I may have needed them before!), but I miss Harry. I feel a void. But, I'm trying to move on. So, my question to you is... what's next? What can we read that is as fantastic as Harry Potter? What will we love to read together? What are your absolute favorites that would be fun to read aloud?