Tuesday, April 2, 2013

The Latest Three

I've got a nice round-up of books for your Latest Three today.
Some real diversity!
(No pun intended: see first book rec.)
And man, have I been reading some good books lately.
Plus I've got some good ones up and coming,
of which I should hopefully zoom through,
despite all this school-ness
because they are those kind of books.
But for now,
here are the Latest Three!!!

Divergent, by Veronica Roth
I ain't gonna lie. Ever since Hunger Games craze blew up the YA literary realm, these types of "dystopian" books have been the bread and butter of the market. This is not a bad thing. I'm a firm believer that if it's getting kids/anyone to read more, then it is a Good Thing! But for me personally as a reader (I think perhaps whenever there's any sort of genre blow up in the market) I get a little lost in book stores because every cover and every book title and every review look the same. And who's to say that because it has the same tone or setting or voice as something that I loved as much as the Hunger Games means it's a really good book too?
Disclaimer: Don't take this too literally because I'll still give these types of books a chance; it's just, like I said earlier: I get lost. And therefore, I tend to shy away and wait for the special, intriguing book recommendation to come along.
That said, my good friend and other bookish half, Emily, told me to read this one and if you're a fan of this book and so have been holding your breath for this surprisingly long introduction then you can take a sigh of relief because, ya know what, I really liked it!
And because I've already said enough, I'll say that while the romance, I think, was commendable, my favorite part about this book was honestly the main character, Tris's, exploration of self as she embraces a new, or latent?, identity. "I am brave," she says. It's the whole premise of the book, and I loved how reckless and breathless and brilliantly it was done.
Oh, and I'm currently reading Insurgent!

The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky
So yeah. I honestly don't know what to say about this one.
Just...just do yourself and humanity and the world and likely your dog and your next door neighbor a favor.
Read it.

Bel Canto, Ann Patchett
I had to read this for my English 102 class and let me digress for a moment (I promise this won't be as long!) that pretty much whenever I am forced to read something for school I tend to want to read it less than I normally would. There's really just something different about saying, "OK, so I'm going to fit reading this book in this point in my book reading schedule because...well, because I have to." As opposed to saying, "Hey, I think I'm going to read this book now. Yeah, I think I'll do that." Really guys, even when I had to read The Great Gatsby and Pride and Prejudice and The Hobbit for school, THERE. WAS. A. DIFFERENCE. But that doesn't mean that in the end I'm not like, "Ok, REALLY liked that one!"
Well to Bel Canto that wasn't, for the first time, actually the case because--plot twist--I read it early! So I guess we're starting it today and whaddayaknow I've already finished it. *Brushes shoulder off.
And guys! This book was FANTASTIC! I've been reading a lot of pure YA lately, which is always good. But the depth of this book, and I mean that of the physical kind because it's not a big book but just, ya know, thick like it has a high fat content or something, was so refreshing and engaging to read. I loved it!
The whole premise of a terrorist attack on a rich businessman's birthday party in South America with an opera singer and so many culture clashes (I LOVE culture in literature!) and terrorists that you ultimately fall in love with and then...
THAT ENDING! Holy cow guys. Have not cried that much since like Finnick Odair died. Seriously.
Pactchett is an astoundingly beautiful writer. Go pick it up. Meanwhile, I'll pick up more of her books because man that woman can write!

Here's to another Latest Three!
Here's to some BIG YA NEW RELEASES that I'm really excited to feature in the next Latest Three!
Here's to puppies. Because they sit with me while I gab to my computer screen about good books!!!

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