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! 

Goodreads: 2012 Reading Challenge

If you don’t have a Goodreads account, go sign up now…it is seriously one of my all time favorite websites. It allows me to track all my reading, mark books to read, and share reviews with others. It also allows you to set a reading challenge for yourself.

Last year, I set a very ambitious goal of reading FIFTY books, which I sadly did not meet. I am embarrassed to say I only read 17 books. (I swear it felt like SO much more). This year I made a much more reasonable goal of reading THIRTY books.

This is what it looks like on Goodreads…

I love how it actually tells me I am AHEAD right now (a message I NEVER saw last year). So what books have I been reading??

1. Teach Like Your Hair is On Fire: this book was assigned for Winter Break reading…(yeah I didn’t think assigning homework over winter break should be allowed either). This book had a lot of really great ideas, but I could not get past the condescending tone the book was written in. The entire time I felt like the author was BRAGGING about what a fabulous teacher he was, and setting unrealistic expectations for future teachers.

2. Maine, this was a book my grandma bought on the kindle (I share an account with her and my dad, so I get to enjoy their books too!). It definitely wasn’t my favorite book, but it wasn’t terrible either. It tells the story of three generations of a family with a summer home in Maine. Honestly, I don’t think I would recommend this book, unless you really just want a laid back book to read.

3. Divergent…Oh my goodness, one of my new favorites. If you LOVED the Hunger Games as much as I did, read this book! I have officially learned my lesson of always reading books recommended by my Biffle. (She made me read The Hunger Games two years ago, Harry Potter series, and now she made me read this.) Never again will I question her reading suggestion.

4. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, this was my first novel read aloud in class. Usually my students read weekly stories in their basal reader (SO BORING) but we had a two weeks, so my mentor teacher and I decided to read a novel. We chose this one because the author is amazing. (She wrote Because of Winn Dixie, one of my favorites). I pretty much did all the lessons with this book and read it aloud. It was a really good book for use in the classroom with lots of connections to concepts (Sequencing, Character Traits, Vocabulary etc.) I even did my first observed lesson using this book!

Do you have a Goodreads account? If so add me…and then challenge yourself to READ this year! (click here)