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books i’m reading {insurgent}

18 Sep
Yesterday I finished Insurgent by Veronica Roth. It was so so so good. I read Divergent a few weeks ago and I loved it. I couldn’t get my hands on a copy of the 2nd book right away but then, a little over a week ago, my friend Renee came to the rescue and lent me a copy to read. Now I have to wait a whole year for the 3rd book to even come out. I don’t know if I can do it.

{description – from shelfari}
One choice can transform you — or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself — while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.
Tris’s initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grow. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable — and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.
New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth’s much-anticipated second book of the dystopian Divergent series is another intoxicating thrill ride of a story, rich with hallmark twists, heartbreaks, romance, and powerful insights about human nature.
I’m pretty sure this has become my favorite series. I highly recommend these books to anyone who like dystopian literature. I would maybe wait to read the series until the 3rd one comes out…unless you like hanging in suspense of what is going to happen for a long time.
These books are so interesting and I’m so glad I was recommended to read them. They are definitely worth the time and you won’t want to put them down.
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books i’m reading {milkweed}

7 Aug

 

I have some books on my shelf that have been there for a while. I decided that it is about time I get around to reading some of them. The other day I picked up Milkweed by Jerry Spinelli. It is a book about the holocaust. I have always been really interested in the Holocaust and I really like books about that time. This book was not a disappointment.

{description – from shelfari}
He’s a boy called Jew. Gypsy. Stopthief. Runt. Happy. Fast. Filthy son of Abraham. He’s a boy who lives in the streets of Warsaw. He’s a boy who steals food for himself and the other orphans. He’s a boy who believes in bread, mothers, and angels. He’s a boy who wants to be a Nazi some day, with tall shiny jackboots and a gleaming Eagle hat of his own. Until the day that suddenly makes him change his mind. And when the trains come to empty the Jews from the ghetto of the damned, he’s a boy who realizes it’s safest of all to be nobody. Newbery Medalist Jerry Spinelli takes us to one of the most devastating settings imaginable—Nazi-occupied Warsaw of World War II—and tells a tale of heartbreak, hope, and survival through the bright eyes of a young orphan.
The story is told from the boy’s perspective and it is very interesting seeing everything from his point of view. I would recommend this book. It isn’t long and is a pretty easy read. There are a few parts that are somewhat graphic and there is quite a bit of death but there is nothing too graphic.
Has anyone else read this? Does anyone have a holocaust book recommendations for me?

 

 

books i’m reading {uglies series}

24 Jul
Yesterday morning I finished reading the Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld. There are 4 books in this series. The first 3 are more of a trilogy and the 4th one takes place a few years later. I loved the first 3 and they were really easy reads. I went through them really fast. The 4th one was good but I didn’t enjoy it quite as much as the others.
{first book} Uglies.

{the description}
Tally is about to turn sixteen, and she can’t wait. Not for her license — for turning pretty. In Tally’s world, your sixteenth birthday brings an operation that turns you from a repellent ugly into a stunningly attractive pretty and catapults you into a high-tech paradise where your only job is to have a really great time. In just a few weeks Tally will be there.
But Tally’s new friend Shay isn’t sure she wants to be pretty. She’d rather risk life on the outside. When Shay runs away, Tally learns about a whole new side of the pretty world — and it isn’t very pretty. The authorities offer Tally the worst choice she can imagine: find her friend and turn her in, or never turn pretty at all. The choice Tally makes changes her world forever..
{second book} Pretties

{the description}
Gorgeous. Popular. Perfect. Perfectly wrong. Tally has finally become pretty. Now her looks are beyond perfect, her clothes are awesome, her boyfriend is totally hot, and she’s completely popular. It’s everything she’s ever wanted. But beneath all the fun—the nonstop parties, the high-tech luxury, the total freedom—is a nagging sense that something’s wrong. Something important. Then a message from Tally’s ugly past arrives. Reading it, Tally remembers what’s wrong with pretty life, and the fun stops cold. Now she has to choose between fighting to forget what she knows and fighting for her life—because the authorities don’t intend to let anyone with this information survive.
{third book} Specials

{the description}
“Special Circumstances”: The words have sent chills down Tally’s spine since her days as a repellent, rebellious ugly. Back then Specials were a sinister rumor –frighteningly beautiful, dangerously strong, and breathtakingly fast. Ordinary pretties might live their whole lives without meeting a Special. But Tally has never been ordinary. And now she has been turned into one of them: a superamped fighting machine, engineered to keep the Uglies down and the Pretties stupid. The strength, the speed, and the clarity and focus of her thinking feel better than anything Tally can remember. Most of the time. One tiny corner of her heart still remembers something more. Still, it’s easy to tune that out –until Tally is assigned the mission of stamping out the rebels of the New Smoke permanently. It all comes down to one last choice: listen to that tiny, faint heartbeat, or carry out the mission she is programmed to complete.
{fourth book} Extras

{the description}
Fame; it’s a few years after rebel Tally Youngblood took down the uglies/pretties/specials regime. Without those strict roles and rules, the world is in a complete cultural renaissance. “Tech-heads” flaunt their latest gadgets, “kickers” spread gossip and trends, and “surge monkeys” are hooked on extreme plastic surgery. And it’s all monitored on a bazillion different cameras. The world is like a gigantic game of American Idol . Whoever is getting the most buzz gets the most votes. Popularity rules. As if being fifteen doesn’t suck enough, Aya Fuse’s rank of 451,369 is so low, she’s a total nobody. An extra. But Aya doesn’t care; she just wants to lie low with her drone, Moggle. And maybe kick a good story for herself. Then Aya meets a clique of girls who pull crazy tricks, yet are deeply secretive of it. Aya wants desperately to kick their story, to show everyone how intensely cool the Sly Girls are. But doing so would propel her out of extra-land and into the world of fame, celebrity…and extreme danger. A world she’s not prepared for.
I would definitely recommend these books for anyone about 12 or older. I loved them and they were fun, easy reads.
What books are you reading?
{descriptions from shelfari.com}
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