Monday, May 6, 2013

turn off the boob tube & read: beautiful creatures & the giver

being in carson has made me really miss my book club. when i was there a few weeks ago we did have a get together but i was the only one who read the book [even the host didn't!]. the book was the other queen by philippa gregory and was a definite skip [sooo boring - about mary queen of scots. it was like groundhogs day. a never ending plot that just repeated itself]. our book club is taking a hiatus for the summer [but our girl nights are not] but that hasn't stopped this book train. here are a few things i've been reading.

the beautiful creatures series was written by two friends, kami garcia and margaret stohl [i think that's a sign kitty-cait!]. set in the small southern town of gaitlin, south carolina. it's along the same thread of twilight exact reversed. a supernatural girl named lena and a mortal boy named ethan are in love but can't be together. it's definitely more supernatural and less love story then twilight but equally amazing. lena is a caster who has to chose to be light or dark on her 16th birthday. her family has a curse that forces them to chose dark but she resists that curse. i'm already on the 3rd book in the caster chronicles series and i'm hooked.

a friend of mine suggested i read the giver by lois lowry. this is one of those books you have to read in high school which i didn't, along with animal farm and those other boring political books. i had seen this book before but was not at all interested because of the cover [really creepy old man? that's the best the publishers could do?] it's along the same lines of the books i love. it's based upon a futuristic, dystopian society where you
are assigned a family, assigned jobs, and take pills to take away sexual urges [can you imagine?!]. it's about a young boy who at the age of 12 is assigned to the job of keeping all the memories of the previous world- a world full of color, music, war, and violence. it's a super short read and despite what the end of book discussion that i read, there are follow up books as well. i really enjoyed the story but felt like it ended too quickly and didn't really conclude. before i knew there were more books, i was so mad but thankfully a friend corrected my thinking. amazing book - a must read.

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Caitlin said...

I will have to start Beautiful Creatures to get an idea about our book. (which really, easy writing. i mean, all we have to do is write about our lives but change the names.)

Also, I read the giver a long time ago. I remember liking it, but I don't remember much else about it. Perhaps I should read it again.

Kari said...

I've heard good things about Beautiful Creatures so I'll have to check that one out soon, and I too have never read The Give for the same reason of a creepy cover that makes the book look super boring. But I am now going to add it on me to-read list. Thanks for the suggestions!

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