Recent Reads

After seeing The Hunger Games I jumped back on the dystopian literature bandwagon. It had been a while since I read The Hunger Games (almost two years!) so I re-read that right before seeing the movie and was instantly hooked again. It is rare that I am able to re-read a book and enjoy it as much as the first time, but I can honestly say I enjoyed reading The Hunger Games a second time just as much as the first time. 

Luckily my Biffle reads just as much as I do…probably more, therefore she always has great suggestions for my kindle. She had been telling me to read Delirium by Lauren Oliver for over a year and I just got around to actually reading it. 

Here is the description from Goodreads

“Before scientists found the cure, people thought love was a good thing. They didn’t understand that once love — the deliria — blooms in your blood, there is no escaping its hold. Things are different now. Scientists are able to eradicate love, and the government demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Holoway has always looked forward to the day when she’ll be cured. A life without love is a life without pain: safe, measured, predictable, and happy. But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable: She falls in love”

When I started this story I was not very invested and it took me a while to get in the story. The end of the story had be hooked, it ends with quite the cliffhanger. I instantly downloaded the second book in the trilogy Pandemonium…

Here is the description from Goodreads…

“Lauren Oliver delivers an electrifying follow-up to her acclaimed New York Times bestseller, Delirium. This riveting, brilliant novel crackles with the fire of fierce defiance, forbidden romance, and the sparks of a revolution about to ignite.”

I loved how the character of Lena developed in this story. Of course this story ended with quite a revelation and now I am PATIENTLY waiting for the third and final book to be released Spring 2013. (SO FAR AWAY).

The next book I read was called 11/22/63 by Stephen King. This may have been the longest book I have ever read (well longest in a while). It was about 900 pages long. 

Here is the description from Goodreads…

“On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed forever.
If you had the chance to change the course of history, would you?
Would the consequences be worth it?”

This story was very fascinating and really made the reader think. I found myself connecting different parts of the story. There were some parts that moved VERY slowly, but I became so invested in the story that I had to keep reading. I loved the main character Jake Epping and all the character he met especially the lovely Saddie Dunhill. If you are up to reading a LONG book, I would definitely recommend this book. 

The final book I read was called Matched by Ally Condie. This is another dystopian Young Adult book. Personally, I did not love this book as much as Delirium or Divergent by Veronica Roth (my favorite since Hunger Games). If you need a quick beach read this book is perfect. It is the first book in a trilogy and I have yet to read the next two. 

I found this book at the Book Fair at the school I am doing my internship at, so I picked it up to check it out. Here is the description from Goodreads…

Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander’s face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate… until she sees Ky Markham’s face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black.

Remember you can keep track of all the books I have been reading on Goodreads! Also let me know of any great books you are currently reading. I am determined to reach my Goodreads Challenge goal of reading 30 books this year! 

One thought on “Recent Reads

  1. Jen says:

    I need to keep all of these in mind for sure! I am looking for new kindle books and these all sound great! I need to start utilizing Goodreads more!

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