Monday, April 2, 2012

Next in the queue

Deciding what to read next is like a choose your own adventure.  When you've just finished a book you'll love forever, the choice can seem daunting.  There are so many possible directions.  Do I read something funny to counteract the weightiness of what I've just read?  Do I read another series by the same author?  One with similar themes?  Just another fabulous book with no connection at all?  Tough call.

In between The Hunger Games and Catching Fire, I fit in The Giver.  After Mockingjay, I devoured Gathering Blue in a day.  Finishing the rest of Lowry's dystopian Giver Trilogy makes logical sense, but the third novel is not available at the library right now.  

Today marked a first for me:  the first time I ever put books on hold at the library.  Here's what's in the queue for me:

1.  The Messenger by Lois Lowry (3rd book in The Giver Trilogy)
2.  Divergent by Veronica Roth (supposedly similarly themes as The Hunger Games)
3.  Matched by Ally Condie (again, similarities to The Hunger Games)
4.  Gregor the Overlander (1st book in Suzanne Collin's Underlander Series.  i.e. same author/different series).

So I guess I'm continuing on this dystopian road.

Tonight, because I don't have any of these books in my hand yet, I started down another path.  I'm reading Number the Stars, another Lois Lowry novel.  Set in 1943 Denmark, the story of the evacuation of the Jews from Denmark is told through the eyes of ten-year-old friends, Annemarie and Ellen.  So far it is surprisingly good.  I find myself wandering over to the book, wanting to sneak in a few pages at inopportune moments.  A sure sign of something good.  I love that Lowry is telling an aspect of WWII that I am completely unfamiliar with.  In that way, it ties in so well with The Book Thief, my favorite read of last year.  

What are you reading?  What book or series should I be sure not to miss?


  1. Finished The Messenger last night; am anxious to hear what you think. I don't want to give anything away. :) I've read Matched. Liked it okay, but didn't love it. We picked up Rhyming Dust Bunnies, and A thinks it's hilarious! He loves reading it me in a very exaggerated tone. I'm on to non-fiction for a bit (parenting book), blech. :)

    1. I'm anxious to see what happens in The Messenger. I liked Gathering Blue, but didn't love it like The Giver. I want to see where she's going to go with it. I'll let you know when I read it so we can chat. =) I'm glad that Andrew likes the Rhyming Dust Bunnies! Matthew thinks it's hilarious too. Thanks for the feedback on Matched. I figured it was worth a try. It's always so hard to finish something you LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, and then try to find something else that can possibly compare. Not to be the same type of story, but the same amount of greatness... What's on your best-book-I-ever-read list?

  2. I read Gregor the Overlander series years and years ago and only picked up Hunger Games because she wrote it. Gregor is written for a much younger crowd, but its still pretty good.

    1. I'm about half way through the first Gregor book. It's WAY out of my comfort zone, but I'm trying to give it a chance. Every time one of my hold books comes in, I put Gregor on the backburner for later. I don't know if I can totally trick myself into buying into a world where giant cockroaches, bats and rats are important players. If she can pull me in by the end, I'll be even more impressed with Suzanne Collins.


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