1.02.2013

Some Might Call it Immaturity

I love reading. Over this break I have read 7 books and am currently starting another one. I love escaping into another world. I love getting caught up with new characters, finding out what makes them tick, seeing them fall in love or overcome challenges, or do things that real life just won't allow -- like casting magical spells or defeating dragons. I get a thrill out of opening a new book, reading the first few pages and suddenly feeling completely invested in what will happen next. I love that feeling I get when I finish a fantastic book and just have to sit there basking in the gloriousness of what was a wonderful story. It's one of my favorite things.

Something that I've noticed about myself, though, is that I'm mostly drawn to books geared toward teens or even tweens.  I love Rick Riordan's books and the fact that something thrilling happens in every chapter. There's never a dull moment.  I love Sarah Dessen's writing, and while her stories are pretty predictable, I can't put one of her romance stories down until I'm done.

Now, I don't only like those teen-y things. I love more grown-up books, too. One of my favorites is The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. That one is long and deep and made me think more than any other book I can remember.  I read all of The Work and the Glory books in 6th grade. Have you seen those books? They're huge. I love things that challenge my mind. But I also can't seem to stop turning to the ones that are just interesting, easy-read, page-turners that are geared for younger audiences. I've noticed that even though I'm 21 and past that junior high or high school stage of life, I can still remember what it was like.  I can still relate and connect to the characters.

Some people might think I'm immature. When I'm reading in public and someone asks me what I'm reading, I put up this defense mechanism. I'm ready to defend myself when I respond with "Percy Jackson" or "Peaches; it's this book about 3 girls that spend their summer in a peach orchard" because I know their reaction will be raised eyebrows or disapproving looks. I sometimes feel like there's this unwritten rule that once you reach college you HAVE to abandon all those things you liked in high school and whatnot. But I think that's silly. Why should I give up something that gives me so much joy, just to prove I'm a "true adult" or something?

I've come to the conclusion I too often worry waaaaaay too much about what people think. So, here I am declaring on my blog -- because that feels official or something -- that I'm a nerd. I'm 21 years old and I love (and sometimes obsess over) books written for teens, and I don't think that will ever change. Hoorah!

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And now, some recommendations of books I've read recently for those who might feel the same as me:

The Fablehaven Series by Brandon Mull -- This series is about 2 kids who travel to their grandparent's home one summer and find out that it's actually a safe haven for hundreds of magical creatures. As the kids learn more about this other world, they find that it's up to them to save it.  This series is one of those that gets better with each book. I couldn't put the last one down.

The Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan -- All about Egyptian mythology and 2 modern teens who channel magical power from Egyptian Gods, and have to save the world multiple times. They're very thrilling books, especially the last one.

The Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan -- About kids who find out they're half-mortal and half-god and all the challenges and cool things that come with it. It's Greek Mythology in modern life.

The Lost Hero, Son of Neptune, and Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan (to be read after Percy Jackson) -- This is the same premise as the Percy Jackson series, but includes a bunch of new characters and are such page turners!

Peaches by Jodi Lynn Anderson -- A sweet story about 3 very different girls who spend their summer in an orchard and become friends. It's like a very predictable chick-flick, but I enjoyed it immensely. There's also 2 books that follow this one that are about the same characters and while I liked those ones as well, the first one was the best.

Divergent and Insurgent by Veronica Roth -- If you liked The Hunger Games, you'll like these.  They're about a futuristic society where everyone is sorted into different factions based on what value is most important to them, such as Honesty, Courage, or Intelligence. It all begins with a twist when the main character gets a surprising answer while at the sorting ceremony. The 2nd one ended with a crazy cliff hanger. I can't wait til the third one comes out this fall!

The End. :)

1 comment:

kylee said...

seven books?!?! i envy you. i'm also one of those college-aged girls who can't move past the teen books. in fact, i don't even know if any of the books i have read are considered "adult" books (besides maybe the catcher in the rye... and well, i hated that book). have you read the golden compass series? i LOVED those books.