Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling

I read this book, the longest volume in the series, in a single night and consider it one of my greatest achievements. I got the book as soon as it was released at midnight and was home by 12:30. I read from 12:30 until 8am. Took a nap from 8am until 10am, then read until about 4:30 pm, at which point I was done. Around noon, my mother came into my bedroom and told me I needed to eat something. So, I went out to the kitchen, made a sandwich, and then went back to my room to eat it. She came in a few minutes later and said, “I meant, you needed to eat something in the kitchen.”

This is definitely the darkest book in the Harry Potter series, and at the end readers are witness to the first major character death (I was in mourning for days). We also meet Dolores Umbridge, the fifth Defense Against the Dark Arts professor in five books and arguably the most evil of them all. But delightfully so. Readers of all ages will love to hate Umbridge, with her sickly sweet voice and pink hair bow. This book is, without a doubt, my favorite in the entire series. Everything is so incredibly well done, from the main story and its subplots to the relationships between characters. Every time I read it I fall in love all over again.

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