I’m fully aware that it isn’t Monday – The way I see it is it really is better late than never, right?
Books I read (or am still reading):
For those of you who have been following my posts, you know my feelings about sequels/trilogy/whatever, but I was drawn to continue reading this series because of the indirect relationship the series has with traditional fairy tales. In the first book Cinder, the author weaves the classic tale of Cinderella in a post-modern society. In the second book, Scarlet, the story of Cinder continues to unfold while at the same time a new character, Scarlet, is brought into the frame. Of course, Scarlet’s character is based of the fairytale Little Red Ridding Hood. It truly was fascinating to see how Marissa Meyer was able to intertwine both fairy tales all the while maintaining the futuristic story line. I am certainly curious to see how the series wraps up in the third book.
Books I’m reading (going to try to actually read) this week:
The Great Gatsby
My goal this week is to get through Gatsby. The Great Gatsby is one of the very few books I have ever read more than once and the only book I ever loved being required to read in school. Clearly, I was excited when I saw that the book once again was coming to life on the silver screen. While I have no notion that the movie is going to be an exact replica of the book I am, once again, excited to see someone else’s interpretation of this book that I have enjoyed.
My students have just completed THE KITE RUNNER and A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS…Truthfully, only a third of the kids actually read the whole book. No one wants to read anymore, and ALL we do is test, and I have seniors :0. I am interested in Cinder…maybe it is more on their level.
Some other suggestions… Divergent, Wintergirls, 13 Reasons Why, If I Stay, Maze Runner, Fault in our Stars (or anything by John Green), The Absolute True Story of a Part-Time Indian — just to name a few. 🙂
You misread… I’ve already read Gatsby TWICE (once in 10th once in 11th) so this will make it a third time. And, of all of my required reading in school, it was the only one I liked. It will be interesting to see if my opinion changes, but if I remember correctly I wasn’t a huge fan of Nick because of his inaction time and time again.
Wow, Heather, Gatsby? I must say I am impressed that you’re jumping right from YA dystopian to one of the most lauded American novels of all time. And I don’t know if I’m proud or stunned that you made it through high school without reading it. Let me know how it goes: Will you be a Nick fan, a Daisy fan, or a lover of Jay Gatsby? (Personally, I love them all in a warped literature-lover kind of way.)
Are Scarlet and Cinder considered YA books? Gatsby is on my list too. I read it in hs but want to reread before movie is out. I just finished Life of Pi and now will watch the movie. Good book!
Scarlet and Cinder are considered YA books. The main characters are teenagers. Language is minimal to none and romance is PG. I just may have to add Life of Pi – haven’t read the book or watched the movie, yet.