I finally did it. I finished the fourth Harry Potter book. It took about 2 months, but I was tired of seeing it on my Friday Reads posts, so I pushed through the last 200 pages.
This might be my favorite HP so far. I loved the goblet of fire as a sorting device for the Tri-Wizard Tournament. I stayed up til 1:00 on a work night to finish the last 100 pages, which were sufficiently heart-stopping to make me forget I was reading a children's book.
I think that's my problem with most children's and young adult literature. The books are written at a lower comprehension level (for obvious reasons) and it just doesn't hold my attention. Don't get me wrong. I have nothing against reading Children's/YA novels, but I have to read adult stuff along with it. It is a depressing sign of my advancing age that I no longer identify with teenage protagonists like I used to. Sigh.
Anyway, I will continue on with the rest of the Harry Potter books.