Tuesday, March 26, 2013


The Giver by Lois Lowry

I have had this book on my kindle for a couple of years now, when it was floating around the blogosphere.  I had intended to read it plenty of times, but the other day when my 13 year old daughter came home and told me they were reading it in LA, and said how cool it would be if we both read it so we could discuss it, how could I say no?

To put it bluntly.....


I loved everything about this book.  First of all, I'm a huge fan of this kind of world.  Dystopian at it best, and weirdly disturbing, but not too much.  In fact, on the surface it appears that the people in this "land" have created Utopia, but it doesn't take long to realize.... um.... not so much.

The novel follows Jonas in this twelve year, and similar to The City of Ember, each twelve is assigned a job.  Jonas, however, is given the most unique job of all -  Receiver of Memory.

He begins his training with The Giver and he really does come across just like the photo on the cover.  Or like Jeff Bridges, who will be playing him in the upcoming film adaptation.  Which I think is the absolute perfect Dude choice.

The Giver starts nice and easy, and we soon realize that Jonas is starting to notice flashes of strangeness in his environment, and this is when we learn what his world is currently like, and how different it is from the memories he will soon experience and hold precious.

I really cannot give a summary of the plot without totally giving away the story, so I will only say that it is a super fast excellent read, and has very good book club discussion possibilities, or even just discussions with your children who might be reading it in class.

Loved it.


Tuesday, March 12, 2013


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme hosted by Should Be Reading!  And anyone can play, you don't need a book blog!

Here are the rules:

Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

"He heard voices calling to one another.  Peering from the place where he stood hidden behind some shrubbery, he was reminded of what The Giver had told him, that there had been a time when flesh had different colors."

~  The Giver by Lois Lowry

For more Teasers, click here.