I actually started by reading #5 in the series.  It came out the summer before my freshman year in high school and was required reading for all incoming freshmen.  I had seen the first two movies by that point but had never read the books, even though I'm a serious bookworm.  I had already read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings series as well as CS Lewis' Narnia series.  For me, the Harry Potter books triggered my "too popular" gag reflex.  I'm the type of person who will avoid doing something solely because everyone else is doing it.  Anyway, I digress.  After starting into The Order of the Phoenix I couldn't stop.  Those books are so well written and the storylines so digestible that I went and bought the rest of the series and read them too.  I read book seven in about 2 days during one week while I was in high school. 
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4 Responses Jul 19, 2010

We were expected to read three books over the summer, with HP5 being the longest in pages but the shortest in time spent reading, for me at least. It was 3 books every summer, but they were always different.

Wow, that's so convenient. I remember I had to either go to the library to see if any cliffnote copies were still available and if not, had to buy a copy.<br />
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How many books were you expected to read during the summer?

Summer reading at my school was pretty lax, and we got to choose to a degree what we read. The only exception is what incoming freshmen have to read, which is required across the board and usually consists of one "fun" book (Harry Potter in my year) and then others that are less so. But yes, a lot of literature class stuff was annoying. Old English is no fun to read. Our Shakespeare texts had notes built in, so when the book is open, the left hand page is notes and the right is text. I liked those very much.

Wow, that's incredible. I've never read the books. I have seen all the films except the last one. <br />
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I think its funny it was required reading in your school. You're lucky. I always got literature where you needed a dictionary to read the book it was so complex. As far as Shakespeare, thank goodness for cliff-notes or I never would've gotten through those courses.