So here lately I’ve been doing a lot of reading at work….and I mean a lot. When you work 12 hours on the night shift you have to think of things to do to keep you awake and entertained when there’s not much going on. So it’s either playing solitaire for 3 hours at a time (which is not fun at all) or reading.
Now some might choose the solitaire, but I would highly suggest reading. Especially if it’s a book that makes you seem like you’re right there with the characters. Today I wanted to share with you some of my top books that I would recommend for you:
The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien. The Hobbit follows the adventures of one hobbit named Bilbo Baggins. Bilbo leaves his cozy home in The Shire to go with Gandalf and his group of dwarves to help the dwarves reclaim the kingdom of Erebor. Along the way they meet some surprising characters that live in the world of Middle Earth, and towards the very end a huge battle ensues. Anything by Tolkien I would recommend.
The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. This trilogy follows a teenage girl by the name of Katniss Everdeen in District 12 from the country of Panem. Every year the Capitol of Panem holds the Hunger Games which is a televised ‘game.’ A boy and a girl are chosen from the 12 districts to be set in an arena and fight to the death. Only one can win. Now this arena can be sit as a mountain, a field, or the woods as it is for Katniss. She volunteers herself to save her sister. Now that’s a very brief summary of the first book, and I’ll leave the other two for you to find out what they’re about.
The Maze Runner series by James Dashner. This series is about another teenager, but this time it’s a teenager by the name of Thomas. Thomas wakes up in an elevator that is going straight up to a place called the Glade. When he gets out of the elevator he can’t remember a single thing. The other boys in the Glade keep telling him that’s normal and try to show him how life in the Glade is. Well Thomas isn’t exactly one to just go with what people tell him as he’s a bit more curious than what he should be. Anyway, life in the Glade goes from as normal as it could be to just downright crazy when the elevator (also known as the box) comes up unexpectedly with a girl in it. Now I could go into more detail, but I will go ahead a leave the rest so it will be a surprise for you. James Dashner has quickly become a favorite author of mine and I can’t wait to see what else he comes up with. (not pictured is the newest book for this series- The Fever Code)
Unwind by Neal Shusterman. Now this is actually a series, but I haven’t completed the whole series. However, Unwind was such a great book and Neal Shusterman a great author that I know the rest of the series is going to be just as great if not better. This book had so much detail and was so thought out that it became borderline creepy in some areas. Not a bad creepy, but a “Oh my gosh this might could actually happen one day” creepy. This series follows 3 teenagers- Connor, Risa, and Lev. In this book there was a big war called the Heartland war and after the war a bill was passed. This bill banned all types of abortions, but legalized a process called “unwinding.” This is a procedure much like organ donation, but it includes harvesting all of a person’s organs- every last one of them. Arms, fingers, noses, parts of the brain, spine, etc. Parents and legal guardians can have their child from the ages of 13 to 18 unwound at any time. Now our 3 main characters run away from being taken to the Harvest Camp, but eventually get caught. I won’t spoil the rest of the book for you so if you want to know what happens you must read the book for yourself.
Now there are many other books I could name, but these are just a few of the ones that have really peaked my interest these last few months. Until next time friends!