Monday, June 17, 2013

Books, Books, and More Books

I know I've mentioned books before on here and given some reviews but I have really gotten back into reading and buying books lately with all my free time. I recently finished Looking for Alaska by John Green...

 and listening to the audiobook of Divergent by Veronica Roth.

I knew from how many good things I've heard about both of these books that they wouldn't let me down and they really didn't. First of all, if you haven't heard of either of these books (where have you been?) look them up. (PS. There might be some spoilers in the next review section)

Looking for Alaska is about a boy named Miles Halter who decides to go to boarding school in seek of "a great perhaps" and ends up having his life turned upside down after becoming best friends with his roommate and a girl named Alaska. The book really took me by surprise because the whole time I was reading the first "Before" part I kept thinking the event that it was before would be something else. And then the thing that happens, (so vague lol) happened and I just couldn't stop crying. I just sat there clearly emotionally compromised by this story and characters I had started loving so much. I know there are adult books that conquer life's big questions and delve into the depth of our purpose as humans, but I swear nothing answers or addresses these questions in quite the same way as Young Adult books do. John Green does an excellent job at making you think about your life and your perspectives, and it made me want to keep reading and learning in a way I haven't been motivated to for a long time. Much like The Fault in Our Stars, this book is definitely worth all the praise it has gotten and I would recommend it to anyone at any age.

Divergent follows the life of Beatrice "Tris" Prior who is forced to choose between the life she has known and the life she is better suited for. Set in a dystopian society where people are separated by the values they hold but can no longer function as a way of keeping the peace, Tris has a dangerous secret that could be the key to her survival and that of those she loves. I think what really stood out to me about Divergent was that it didn't center around a love triangle. Having a love story that exists only between two people was a nice breathe of fresh air. Now I can't wait to read Insurgent, the not yet released Allegiant, and to see the movie when it eventual comes out. Hopefully the story continues to be good. The only thing I would say was an advantage to listening to this on audiobook was that I think it would have taken me longer to get into the story. The beginning seemed like it was kind of slow, but it definitely made up for it at the end.

Much more book geekyness to come in the future. I've put myself on a book buying ban recently because I currently own way too many books that I have not yet read. If you want to know more about the books I want to read or the books I'm reading you can check out my Goodreads account and friend me on there.

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