Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets  - J.K. Rowling I thought this was quite an improvement from the first book ... mostly because the pacing was very good, unlike the first book which seemed really rushed. This one was also a bit darker. I liked the whole "mystery" aspect––even though I read it years ago and I still remembered the ending ... nevertheless, the story unfolds in a very clever way. As usual, the world building is great, etc. I still have some issues with the writing and whatnot––but even if the writing isn't the most original style in the world, the story is good. So, I guess that's what matters. I'm interested in getting to the later books to see how this goes ... :)