Posts tagged literary
Posts tagged literary
A friend of mine has been telling me for months to read the Jim Butcher Dresden files. I occasionally dabble in science fiction, so I thought I might be interested. My friend, however, said the first two books were just bad so he bought me the third & fourth to get started.
I have to say, Harry Dresden as a wizard is not what I was expecting (forgive me, I hadn’t even read the back of one of them before). While the books were entertaining, I wasn’t blown away by them as I expected I would be. Harry is someone I want to shake & hang by his heels until he promises to behave.
It seems like a fun series although I kind of wish some of the plot points didn’t neatly wrap up at the end of every book. It almost feels like a television series in book form.
Have you read them?
I encountered something very interesting at the local Barnes & Noble recently. There are two summer reading tables for teens. One carries titles likeThe Catcher and the Rye, The Diary of Anne Frank, The Hobbit,and about 4 Hemingway titles. The other table carries titles likeMatched, Maze Runner, Thirst,and Sarah Dessen novels. Looking at the two it is easy to see that many teens would most likely default to the second table as they look more interesting. Why have the separate tables? Why not just combine and have one table?
Apparently the first table is the table of books that students are required to read for schools and the second table are enjoyable books for teens to read. I went to a very small Catholic high school and never had required school reading (although I was and am nerdy enough to have probably enjoyed it). Why do we force students to read over the summer? I mean schools get to dictate what we read during the school year, but why should they get to dictate our summer reads as well? I understand the thinking process that not everyone likes to read so this makes sure students read at least the few books that are required. However, with the amount that I read, this is a punishment. For people like me, we are forced to make time in the summer to read books required by the school just like we do during the year.
I never did that. During the school year I read what I wanted, when I wanted and there was no way to persuade me otherwise. When teachers would ask why I hadn’t read the assigned book I would answer that I was busy reading something else. It wasn’t that I just assumed I would hate the required reading, I just had something I was more interested in reading.
Who are you to dictate my reading? You don’t know what I like to read. My guess is that some teachers assume teen girls in the summer are reading Twilight and the likes. Guess what, we don’t all worship Twilight and books just like it. Those books are not well written. Yes, I read them. I treated them like a guilty pleasure. I was gifted the second and third books in the series so of course I read the whole thing. You are obsessed with the story but for me, it ended with the last page of the last book.
Have we ever approached school required reading as a punishment? If so, have we ever looked at it as a punishment for the readers and not just the non-readers? Having a bookcase shoved full of books I want to read, I would be opposed to required school reading. As it is, I still don’t have the time to read everything I want to.
Day 1 → Your Faction
Maze Runner Trilogy
By James Dashner
If you haven’t read these books, you need to go buy them now. Many people have told me that if I liked the Hunger Games then this trilogy should be on my TBR (To Be Read) list. I don’t necessarily think that these books represent the same trials as the Hunger Games, but there are similarities. The teens/children are continuously tested and everything seems like a test.
Imagine waking up in a metal box and remembering only your name. Then the box opens and there are dozens of boys looking at you and asking you questions. Thomas wakes to this and is suddenly in the Maze. One new boy arrives every month, no more and no less. Until the day after Thomas arrives. The schedule is disrupted and Teresa arrives the day after Thomas.
Then things in the Maze start going wrong. Food stops coming as do the supplies. The sun doesn’t come out and it is like the world is ending. Thomas and Teresa know that they have something to do with this change, but what? Without their memories, can they really hope to understand it?
Dashner is great at making characters lovable and easy to relate to. All I wanted was for Thomas to end up happy. By the third book, Thomas has been through so much that I just wanted to steal him away and make everything better. Yes I know how ridiculous that sounds, but oh well. These three books are filled with lies, betrayal, friendship, heart ache, and so much more. I read all three in 4 days in between working two jobs because I just didn’t want to put them down.
As a series, I say 4 out of 5 stars.
(Source: , via the-fandom-warrior)
Just in case you thought I was spouting off a bit about this stop the bullying website, here’s an article that Huffington Post let them submit and angry reader responses. There is also a response to this article so you can see both sides of the issue here. You should never feel threatened simply because you write a review. It is how many people get recommendations. I’ve blown off many a review to read a book I really wanted to read. Reviews are opinions and should not be censored unless the reviewer is making ridiculous claims against the author. It is our freedom as reviewers and readers to like or dislike any book we choose.