Monday, March 31, 2014

March Reads

Somehow I slipped on my reading in March and didn't read as many books. In fact, most of the books I read were actually rereads of books I've enjoyed in the past. I'm well on my way to my goal of finishing 30 books by the end of the school year.

14. The Help by Katheryn Stockett
I read The Help a couple of years ago and really enjoyed it, so when I found it on my Overdrive app I downloaded it right away. I usually love historical fiction books because I love reading about different time periods and the lives of the people in them. I love the help because it's so real and honest. It tackles the topic of racism in a witty and heartfelt way. It's one of those books that just sucks you in and you struggle to put it down. It's also one of the books that you feel very strongly (good or bad) about all the characters and feel like you have to find out what happens to all of them.

15. Shopaholic Takes Manhattan by Sophie Kinsella
I read the original Confessions of  a Shopaholic a few years ago and really didn't like it, so I'm not sure why I thought I'd like the second one any better. While it's an interesting book, I find the main character, Becky, absolutely insufferable. Seriously, she drives me nuts. How do you dig yourself a hole that deep while knowing exactly what you're doing? She aggravated me to the point where I almost bailed on the book several times. I really only finished it because I wanted to know if she really would figure it out in the end... though I'm assuming the slips again multiple times since there are more books in the series. 

16. Insurgent by Veronica Roth
I liked this book more then I liked Divergent because I felt like there was more depth to it. I liked the Divergent focused on the Dauntless initiation and Tris' self-discovery really interesting, but I hated the way it ended. Insurgent picked right up where Divergent left off and continued the discovery of who Tris is and what's really going on in the different factions. 

17. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
This is another book I've already read, but love and wanted to reread. My students love this series, and I've got to say that I really enjoy it too. It's one of those action-packed books that sucks you in and you feel like you're right there in the action. I also love the Katniss-Peeta-Gale relationship triangle and how Katniss is just trying to figure it all out. One thing that surprises me when I read this is how Katniss is 16... through out the book I always envision her as being older then that, and it always comes as a surprising realization when I remember just how young she is.

18. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
As usual when I start reading or rereading a series, I quickly read all of the books in it. I couldn't just stop with The Hunger Games, I had to read Catching Fire too. This one is my favorite in the series. Something about going back into the arena and the new characters in the book really sucks me in. It was a reread that didn't disappoint. 

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