Recent Reads

One of my goals for this year is to read more often (my specific goal is to read at least one book each month).  I have always loved reading, but haven’t made the time to do so as much in the past few years.  Because reading makes me happy and because it is a good thing to do when I am trying to avoid the internet more, I wanted it to be one of goals.  So far, I have read: Catching Fire and Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (the second and third books in the Hunger Games trilogy), Looking for Alaska by John Green, and The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom.  I figured I would give a mini-review of each of these books in case any are ones you’d be interested.

Catching Fire and Mockingjay

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I loved the first book of the series, The Hunger Games and I also love Catching Fire.  Both are wonderful books.  I’m sure everyone has heard of both of them, since they have become extremely popular since the movies have come out.  It is for a good reason- the books latch you on from the beginning and are well-crafted.  Even if you are not usually a fan of dystopian fiction, I recommend these.  The third book, Mockingjay, however, was not my favorite.  I did not like the way the trilogy ended, even though it did make sense to me.  After loving the first two so much, I was rather disappointed, but the trilogy as a whole is still pretty great.

Looking for Alaska

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I LOVED this book!  One of my friends gave it to me for Christmas, but I just recently got around to reading it.  It is about a teenage boy who goes off to boarding school in search of “The Great Perhaps”.  Upon arriving there, he becomes friends with “The Colonel” and Alaska, a girl who lives nearby.  With these two friends, and a couple of others, he is thrown into the “Great Perhaps” he is seeking for, falling in love with Alaska along the way.  I don’t want to give it away, but at this point something happens and everything changes.  It was one of the more interesting books I’ve read.  It deals with a lot of teenage issues, but it is also written in a unique way.  I loved the characters and would definitely recommend this one!

The Time Keeper

the time keeper

Mitch Albom is one of my very favorite authors (I HIGHLY recommend his books Tuesdays with Morrie and Have a Little Faith, they are two of my favorite books of all time).  I typically like his nonfiction books better than his fictional books, but really liked this one.  It is the story of Father Time, along with the stories of two unrelated individuals: a teenage girl searching for love and wanting time to speed up and an old business man who is dying of terminal cancer who wants more time.  Not only was it a good story, but it also has a great message.  It reminds us that time is special and that we should not wish for it to speed up or slow down, but rather just enjoy life.  Two of my favorite quotes from the book are “When you are measuring life, you are not living it,” and “There is a reason God limits our days. Why? To make each one precious”.  I would definitely recommend this book as well!

Next on my list:  The Kite RunnerAnd the Mountains Echoed, and The Last Lecture What have you been reading lately? Any recommendations?

Note: Images are not my own.