I couldn't put it off any longer. I FINALLY decided to pre-order my copy of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
Part of the reason it took me so long is because I was trying to decide if I wanted to pre-order it from Amazon.com or buy it somewhere locally.
The City on the Water is doing this big Harry Potter thing next weekend and it sounds really cool. There's a scavenger hunt and characters will be walking around in costume and a big dinner thing, all leading up to the midnight release of the book. And I thought about getting my copy of the book that way, but I couldn't really decide, especially since I'm not sure I'm going to be in town that day.
Then there's Amazon.com.
See, I pre-ordered my copy of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix back during the summer of 2003. And I had the understanding that my book would be on my doorstep the day it was released. I remember, I was living in Indiana and my mom was flying into Indianapolis to come visit for the weekend, but we were going to stay in Indy. However, because I thought my book was being delivered by the mailman that day, after picking my mom up at the airport, we drove the hour back to my apartment just to check my mailbox. And there was no book. I remember wandering around Indianapolis all weekend, seeing the displays and wanting my book. It ended up coming like four days later because Amazon wasn't clear on which shipping option you had to choose in order to ensure your book would be delivered on the release date. Unfortunately, I had chosen the wrong shipping method. Hence, my book came late.
And do I risk it this time? Well, when I saw Amazon was selling it for $17.99 plus shipping and was guaranteeing it would be on my doorstep July 21 or else they'd refund my money, it was something I couldn't pass up.
So my book is reserved and should be in my hands July 21. Now, I just have to find sometime to hit the movie theater and check out the new movie. That might just be one of the things I do during my vacation.