Easy mistake! Did you enjoy the Illustrated Guide? I finally finished it and I loved it! I can't decide whether I liked the vampire back stories or the werewolf family trees best. The fanart was gorgeous too. One day I'll get to the HP themepark!
The last new (to me) book series that I finished was Holly Black's Curseworkers series. I'd recommend it; it's very unique, and very cleverly done. It surprised me several times, and the writing switches between reading like poetry and being full of gritty sort of wit. Loved it.
I haven't heard of either of those books, you'll have to let me know what they're about when you've read them! I wanted to read The Hobbit and the LotR series but to be honest, they scared me away with how huge they are, and that's not easily done. I couldn't even sit through the films in one go; I had to watch each one half at a time.
I have Divergent sitting on my shelf because I loved the look of it, but I haven't actually read it yet. Is it the genre that puts you off, or the actual book? I think the dystopian thing has to be done properly to be able to draw me in - Scott Westerfeld's Uglies series was a good example of that. The first three were really good, but the fourth was terrible and put me off the series as a whole. Crazy.
I haven't read much in the way of good chick lit in a while! Sophie Kinsella's Twenties Girl was good (she's the woman behind Confessions of a Shopaholic, though I haven't read those) but I'm still looking for good YA chick lit. E. Lockhart has the market cornered for me on that genre so far.
Lol! I never got the Daniel Radcliffe thing... He's very endearing though.
Wow, that was a ramble. Apparently I shouldn't get started on talking about books!