I'm a Harry Potter fan.

My friends consider me an "early adopter," at least on technology anyway... One pop-culture phenom that I've been late to fall into is none other than the infamous Harry Potter books.

As you well know, the seventh and final book of the series released today. Some of my co-workers, three of them, have been salivating at this new release and yapping about it all week. (I'm sure as I write this they are probably reading it now.)

After little deliberation I decided to dive in and start the series. I finished the first book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, early this morning. Now I'm midway through Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, the second one. I must say that the books are wicked fun to read and they are definitely worth the hype.

I don't read many fiction books, but when I do I'm always happy I'd done so. I think fiction is good for your brain because the writer forces you to develop mental models of the story, which in turn develops your creative faculties!