I read it!

I got the new Harry Potter book yesterday. I sat down once the children had gone to bed about 7.30 and read solidly through until 12.20 - and finished it.

I thought it was a good ending to a great series. Not wholly unexpected, but I wouldn't have wanted it any other way.

If you wonder how such a thick book was read in 5 hours... I have a few tricks. Generally I skim the battle scenes (I never understand the details much anyway) and there were a lot of battles in this book. Also, I have an annoying habit which I developed years ago of ignoring the top and bottom inches of the page and only reading the middle. Usually this gives me the jist of the story. Occasionally I have to go back for more information, but it seems to work, unless I'm reading in French.