I really hate books in series! Sure, kids love the familiar characters and stories lines, and I guess they are helpful for kids who don’t know what to read. If they find a series they can just hop from book to book through the series making safe moves from book to book. But seriously, come on, they none the less are so annoying! Reached, the third book in the series was released November of 2012, while the first book, Matched was released November of 2010, so for the last two years I have been agonizing over these characters – worried about their safety, their families, their society. I think what is most annoying about a series is that most of the time they suck you in unsuspectingly. When I sat down to start reading Matched I was instantly drawn to the characters and the fascinating story of a society in the future where everything is seemingly perfect. As I read, I committed to Cassia, Ky, and Xander and their quest for truth when – BAM! – as if from out of no where, the final page of the book turned with still so many questions left hanging in the balance! I vividly remember thinking, “WHAT! This book is going to be part of a series?!?!” So one can imagine my delight when the third and final book was released in November. I could hardly wait to dive right back into where the story left off with Crossed, the second book. I think for me it isn’t so much the hatred of books in a series, but more an impatience with having to wait for closure. Thankfully, Ally Condie does a wonderful job of tying up all the loose ends as she confronts head on some very tough questions about a society that strives for perfection. Not sure how I thought this series would come to a close, I was beyond amazed with the twists and revelations. A must read, the most poignant theme for me from this series is that no mater who you are or where you are from, a basic necessity for all human-kind is to understood.
What is more exciting than getting a package in the mail? Getting a box of books in the mail that’s what! Friday, I was surprised to see a package on the door step. When I opened it I was so excited to see several new books that I was strongly tempted to cancel my weekend plans just so I could stay home and read. This week my reading plan is pretty much set out for me as I intend to start working through this box of goodness! Of course, I will start with Pi in the Sky authored by one of my all time favorites, Wendy Mass and then move on to the others. Unfortunately, the rest of my to be read pile will just have to wait.
Thank to Jen and Kellee for hosting this meme! To see what others are reading, or even to participate, be sure to check out their blog Teach Mentor Texts