My friends and I have a lot of fun on Goodreads. (Goodreads is a social networking site for book lovers.) You can do a lot of fun stuff on there. Such as rate books, write reviews, and set goals for how many books you want to read in a year. My goal is to read 50 books this year. So far I’ve read 13, that’s seven books ahead of schedule. (yay.)

One of my friends is really good at writing reviews. I adore her and love reading her reviews. So when I saw this review, for Ender’s Game, I had to read the book:

Where to begin? I have read and reread this book and it’s never old. I’m always jealous of those freaky-smart children in Battle School, and a little scared of Peter Wiggin. The books that follow are just as good, so you may want to beware of being sucked into the Enderverse and doomed to attempt to read them all. But this one – this one at least you should read.

Appropriate rating: 12+. There is some violence and whatnot, but not super graphic. There are some dirty insults/jokes as well.

Also, she rated it five stars. I love her age rating situation.

Is this book in my top ten? yes.

Will the movie be a highlight of 2013? yes.

I’m so excited for a movie. Hoping producers don’t slaughter it
70 year-old Harrison Ford is going to be in it. (Two geek worlds collide.)

I hope everyone that breathes reads Ender’s Game.

Megan

Ender’s Game

The Great Gatsby

180 pages, 47,094 words. Pure genius. I get emotionally attached to characters. (It’s quite pathetic.) I was in morning for two days after the reading was finished. (Why do authors kill off beautifully written characters.?) 

Fitzgerald himself is a fascinating person. The time period The Great Gatsby is written in a time that movies are just coming into style. Interestingly enough, Fitzgerald wrote the screenplay for silent film of his novel.

His funeral was eerily like Gatsby’s. Few people showed. The minister had never heard of the now famous author. He died forgotten. It wasn’t until the 1940s that The Great Gatsby became a legend. 

On Fitzgerald’s grave the last fourteen words from the bestseller are inscribed. 

“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past”

I want to reread this book a thousand times over. But,when you reread a book it’s never like the first time flipping the pages, wondering what the next page holds. Gatsby disagrees. 

“Can’t repeat the past?…Why of course you can!”

Megan

 

The Chosen, A Potok Novel

I love books. I love tea. I love rain. I live in the perfect area. The Northwest. I live near Portland. The city of books is located in this land. It rains 9 out of 12 months of the year. 

I have a large stack of books on my bookshelf in my room. The bottom shelf is dedicated for ‘to read’ books. I’m always looking for new books to read. 

The Chosen was my mom’s favorite book when she was my age. I found it on the bookshelf in her room. When I inquired about it, my mom couldn’t describe it. After reading it, I understand why. 

The plot is simple. The time starts in 1944. The story goes for 6 years. The heroes of the story are fifteen. Reuven doesn’t know Daniel exists. He discovers him in the cruelest way. Daniel has a cruel streak and will win a baseball game at any extent. He ends up hitting Reuven in the eye with a baseball. The rest is to be read by a bookworm. 

Not only is the book wonderfully written, but the book is littered with powerful quotes.

One of my favorites is as follows:

“The blink of an eye in itself is nothing. But the eye that blinks, that is something. A span of life is nothing. But the man who lives that span, he is something. He can fill that tiny span with meaning, so its quality is immeasurable though its quantity may be insignificant.” 
― Chain Potok, The Chosen

If you have a rainy weekend with nothing to do, get lost in a book. Get a cup of tea. Get a blanket. Go on an adventure. 

This book will pull you in and hold you tight. It will change your life in subtle ways. 

Megan