Posted by: Genny Colby | March 24, 2013

What I am Reading Friday…well Sunday

Last week was kind of a rough week for me blogging wise. We seemed to be extra busy…and getting the kiddos down for a nap/quiet time at the same time was just not happening!!

But with making a true effort to get on the treadmill 3-4 times per week, I am getting some time in for reading!!  I am so close to the end of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.  This book has a special place in my love of Harry Potter.  This book is where Harry really starts to become an active participant in the war against Voldemort.  He stops just going along with the flow and really starts to think about how he wants to act, to be a more active participant instead of just being led into situations that he must then handle.  He wants to be more proactive, more prepared.  Yet he is still young, still impulsive, and he can’t quite see the big picture.  But he has also been kept in the dark on details, details about himself.  But this is where we start to see Harry and all his friends start to grow up.  And of course, there is the AWESOME exit from Hogwarts of Fred and George!  That has to be one of the best parts of the whole book!  I love how they are able to still find humor in all the darkness.

This week I finished Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys.  I enjoyed this book.  It was not a difficult read, or a difficult story, yet it was enjoyable and was a nice easy read.  Set in 1950 New Orleans, Josie is struggling to figure out what she wants out of life, how to escape the life her mother (a prostitute) and how to live her own life.  Her mother is not mother material and Josie has basically raised herself, with the help of Willie,  the woman who runs the house her mother works out of, and those connected to Willie.  Just as Josie is starting to figure out her path, her mother draws her into the murder of a prominent visitor to New Orleans for Mardi Gras.    This is not a difficult story to follow, it is easy to connect with Josie and the other characters, and the writing style quickly engages the reader.  The author easily brings the reader to 1950 New Orleans and keeps the reader flowing with the story, even if the story is fairly simple, no real major twists or turns, but enough character depth that the reader is invested.  And at the end, you don’t get all the answers, but enough to see that Josie is going to be okay.  Over all, this was an enjoyable read.

I was also able to finish Requiem by Lauren Oliver.  This is the third and final book in the Delirium series.  In a world where love is seen as a disease and all adults are given the “cure” at or around the age of 18.  Of course there are those that the cure does not work on and there are those that escape and choose not to be “cured”.   The Rebellion is growing and those in the city are getting worried.  Instead of  pretending that there is no rebellion, that there are not large populations of those uncured living out the in wild, the regulators move out into the wilds (those outside the boundaries of the cities) and try to wipe out the rebellion.  I really did enjoy the first two books so I was excited to read the third.  I did enjoy this one but not really as much as the first two.  This one felt a little flat.  Of course Lena must deal with the fact that after accepting that her first love, Alex, (the reason she escaped into the Wilds, refusing the cure) is in fact dead and finding new love with Julian.  But of course, Alex is alive and well and rejoins the “family” in the wild.  the book slowly takes you along as Lena and her friends move through the wilds, trying to avoid the Regulators, and to find the Resistance.  Lena also must learn to accept that her mother is alive, well and a leader in the Resistance.  In the end, this book is about choices, or freedom to make choices, freedom to love.   As such, not all questions are answered…we just see that Lena is in a place now to accept the choices she has and that life is not perfect or easy.  I just found this book to be slow…the whole climax was really anti climatic for me.  I just found it kind of slow, plodding, and not really the exciting end to a story I started out so excited about.  But it was an easy read, one that I could skim through parts of, and finish this story.

So this week I am going to keep working through my Harry Potter and enjoy my treadmill time!  And I am excited to crack open my new book The Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare.  I am so excited for this, the third book in this prequel trilogy for the Mortal Instruments.  Much more than the sequel trilogy.

What are you reading on this first weekend of spring…where we got 8 inches of snow!  Anyone else excited to be able to sit outside and enjoy a good book in the sunshine?  Or is that just me?

 

Happy reading!

 

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