June 26, 2014, Thursday afternoon -- Reading Isabel Allende

Near Borough Market (in London, where I’m on vacation)
Reading City of the Beasts, by Isabel Allende. She borrowed it from a colleague.

Her favorite author is J.K. Rolling. She’s read the Harry Potter books, she said, about a hundred times. I asked if she started from the first one and read straight through to the last, then started again and she shook her head no. She doesn’t re-read the first three books because they’re not as well written as the last ones.