I’ve been in the habit of finishing things recently. The first thing we finished was The Office. I cried tears of joy as the final season ended and I stand by the feeling that the series finale of The Office was the best that I’ve ever seen. Then, inadvertently, Nathan and I finished the final season of Psych. This one was worse because I wasn’t expecting it. I had no idea that we were in the final season, much less the final episode. I cried like a baby for this one, too.

I tend to finish TV series, probably because Nathan is the pilot on those shows and he can’t not finish them, but one of my worst habits is to let a book series go unfinished. I always buy the entire series to support the author, but I very rarely finish them. I read every book but the very last one because I don’t want it to end. In my head I feel that if I don’t finish the story then there are still a million ways that it can end, and the story keeps playing out while I’m not reading the book.

I finished the Fablehaven series and I finished the Harry Potter series. Now, to that list I can add The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel to my finished list. I stayed up until eleven last night and shed a few tears as the series came to an end. It was such a surprising ending that caught me off guard and before I knew it, I was turning the last page and the author was saying his thank yous. Woah.

This series, much like Harry Potter, left me in awe of the author’s ability to juggle so many time periods, plot twists, and characters. I also like the series because there was no love story. It was the story of a set of twins, and it was all about them finding their way when an entire realm of magical possibilities is thrust upon them. Josh and Sophie Newman, the immortal Nicholas and Perenelle Flamel (I guess there is a love story, but it’s a love story over 600 years in the making), and my favorite Scathach and Joan of Arc. So many characters from history make their way into this story that is woven like the fabric of an intricately designed quilt. It’s a really impressive piece of literature.

So, if you are looking for a series to add to your summer reading list, I highly recommend The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel. Plus, now I get to be hopeful for the new projects I’m going to start. Finishing for me will always be the hardest part.


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