I taught English grade 8-12 for 14 years. For the past 3 years I have been teaching library science skills, reading groups, and computer skills. I have become such an avid reader; if a book looks interesting, I will read it. What shocks me most about my reading lately is my genre selection. I NEVER thought I would have been a Twilight fan, and I certainly never imagined myself to pick up The Hunger Games. However, since reading both of these, and devouring them in a matter of days, my reading tastes have come to surprise me.
Lately, I have become a trilogy lover, not sure why. And, most of my choices are apocalyptic choices. This is strange for me, but nonetheless, I am always with a book. After reading The Hunger Games, many of my students told me they would never find another set of books to enjoy. So, I had to set out to help them. I picked up Matched by Allie Condie and have also read Crossed. I do have Reached, but I have not yet started that one. I do tend to find that with the trilogies, I LOVE the first book, and then tend to struggle through the second two. I’m not sure why I feel this way, but I even felt this way with The Hunger Games. I also picked up Pandemonium. I have book 2 but have not yet started it. The one trilogy I have seemed to like both books one and two is Divergent. I also read Insurgent and really enjoyed that one as well. I’m not sure when book three is coming, but I hope to enjoy it.
My oldest daughter and I began the 39 Clues series together, and we have read every book, including the very latest. I pre-order them on Amazon. Anyway, I loved the 39 Clues, until they added this new Vesper part. I thoroughly enjoy the fact that the books are written by a group of authors; it is amazing how well connected the books are despite the change in authors. However, I think I would have been satisfied if the series would have ended with the last 39 Clues book. But, because my daughter enjoys reading the books together, I stick with them. Plus, I can read one in 1-2 days if I can find the time.
On an adult level, many of my friends recommended The Discovery of Witches, a story that tends to remind me of the Twilight Saga. I read the first book, but I really struggled through it. I thought maybe if I stuck with it, I would be okay. It took me 400 pages to enjoy The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. However, I never truly found enjoyment with The Discovery of Witches. I bought the second book when I purchased the first, but I have yet to begin that one. I will eventually read it since I did put out the money, but I have to admit, I am not really looking forward to it.
I picked up a copy of Bill O’Reilly’s Killing Kennedy book. My friends all warned me that it would have a Republican slant, but I wanted to read it anyway. I am not a political person; personally, I could care less about politics. None of them ever do what they promise, but that’s enough of that. That’s about as far as I am willing to go with politics; they all lie,and I don’t care. So, back to the book. I really enjoyed the book; it was a quick read and very informative. I did also watch the Kennedy mini-series starring Katie Holmes, and I must admit, the Kennedy family and the theories surrounding JFK’S death fascinate me. I am going to try to buy O’Reilly’s Killing Lincoln; I think that too looks interesting.
I am going to review one more book. I have read SO many, and since starting this blog, I will try to keep readers posted after I finish books from now on. The last book I want to mention is Girl Gone. Often, when I am out of books–doesn’t happen often–but when it does, I turn to People for recommendations. I found the title Girl Gone in the magazine and decided to purchase it. The book was definitely interesting, I must say. The plot twisted and turned in directions I never expected. So, I would recommend this read.
I throughly enjoy reading, and because of my profession, my reading choices span all levels. I would love recommendations from other readers. i would also love to discuss books. I joined an adult book club but quit because all anyone wanted to do was drink wine and forget about the book! Sure, drinking wine is great, but if I join a book club, buy a book I would not ordinarily choose on my own, I expect to discuss the book for more than ten minutes of a two-hour session. So, please, throw me titles and recommendations for all levels. I would greatly enjoy and appreciate it! DEIDEI