Reading is a funny thing. You are often looked down upon if you don't read because it's considered to be an important thing to do. However it's also important that you choose the 'right' books. There are countless lists of what are considered to be the 100-Books-Everyone-Should-Read-Before-They-Die and I've always been curious about what qualifies a book as such. Recently I started the Harry Potter series (this is always on the books-to-read lists) for the first time. It's one that most people I know have read and love. I read the first one and it definitely has a chapter book feel. Which is fine, as it's written for children. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (book 2) was a bit more riveting although I found myself skimming. I will say the end made me curious about the 3rd and I hear that's when the series really hits its stride. After the first two of HP I wanted to take a break for a bit. I found the Divergent Series at Costco five days ago and started it that night. I finished Divergent and I really loved it. It's a face-paced futuristic YA fantasy. It has a cult following of people who love it and an incredible amount of people who spend the time to tear it apart on Goodreads (though, it still maintains a 4.36 star rating). Many of which say it was a 'terrible,' 'derivative,' and 'write-by-numbers' but 'totally entertaining' and 'I read it in one sitting.' What? Calling this 'derivative' is somewhat accurate but then so is every murder mystery or every lost young man coming of age story (and there are plenty.) Guess what, everything has been done before. Sure the popularity of The Hunger Games brought out a slew of futuristic dystopian series. Is that bad? No. You don't have to read them. The jacket of this book doesn't hide what it is.
This is not meant to be a rant but I just want people to feel comfortable reading the types of books they want to read...
I've moved on to Make Lemonade by Virginia Euwer Wolff; I scored a signed copy from a used bookstore! It's quite a short book at 200 pages and I'm halfway through it already. It's written in free verse, which makes it a very quick read.
"Viginia Euwer Wolff's groundbreaking novel, written in free verse, tells the story of fourteen-year-old LaVaughn, who is determined to go to college--she just needs the money to get there.
When she answers a babysitting ad, LaVaughn meets Jolly, a seventeen-year-old single mother with two kids by different fathers. As she helps Jolly make lemonade out of the lemons her life has given her, LaVaughn learns some lessons outside the classroom."
It's a heavy subject matter but I love the unique way it's written. It's the first of a series.
I'm most likely going back to Harry Potter after this one but who knows... I have a lot of books waiting to be read.
Do you have any books you think I would like? I'm pretty open to any genre save anything too gory/scary; my imagination is too powerful and I already have a hard time sleeping.
PS Just do what makes you happy, whether that involves reading or not. Thanks for stopping by!