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I Love Books

When I’m not writing, I’m reading. That is a writer’s life isn’t it? There is something thrilling about cracking open a book and delving into a new tale. Buying books for me is like purchasing plane tickets to undisclosed locations. Stepping onto a 747 is akin to turning the first page. Sinking into the first couple of chapters is a trip down the airstrip and when the story hits its stride and hooks me it’s like a successful lift off and landing all at once. Finishing a good book feels like the end of a vacation. You’re happy you went on the journey and you’ll flashback often to remember the things that intrigued and touched you. If the excursion was especially memorable, you’ll take the trip again and again.

So, you see how much I love books, right? As we enter into this season of getting to know one another, I thought it would be cool to share some of the books I love and ones I’m just getting to know with you. Bonding over books, yes!

I am currently loving The 5th Wave series by Rick Yancey. I bought the first book The 5th Wave, finished it, and immediately bought the second, The Infinite Sea. (Yep, I go to actual bookstores and buy actual books!). I like a good Sci-Fi story and this is gripping. I love the multiple first person perspectives and the quick chapters. These books just move. I’m taking a break before reading The Last Star because I don’t enjoy binge reading, but I can’t wait to see who’s still around at the end. (I hope it’s Evan).

I just finished Cinder, the first book in the Lunar Chronicles. I’m not sure if I’m going to read the second, Scarlet. It received so many great reviews my expectations might have been a bit high. I like a good Romance and Sci-Fi, but I feel like I didn’t get enough of either. I’m debating reading Scarlet to see if I get some resolution. Has anyone else read this series? Should I read Scarlet?

Tonight, I’m starting the Scorch Trials by James Dashner. I read the Maze Runner because I saw the movie and thought the book would make more sense. It doesn’t, but I’ve found some kind of spiritual peace with that. Maybe it’s because Dashner, does an excellent job of putting his readers in the maze and confuses the heck out us until we beg for answers. Honestly, I have no idea what is going to happen in the Scorch Trials, but if you think you know because you saw the movie, I’d wager you’d be wrong.

Okay confession time. (Deep breath) I love Twilight. Seriously, I couldn’t put it down. Sure, I rolled my eyes a few times. I said, “Are you kidding me?” aloud once or twice. And there was a lot of condescending head shaking—but I liked it. I don’t care how good looking a guy is, I don’t understand the appeal of a 116-year-old, mega-controlling, serial killer, stalker. But Stephanie Meyer made me a believer. At least for one book, probably two, or maybe three.

Let’s talk about the Divergent series, by Veronica Roth. I liked the first book, Divergent. When I was about halfway through the second one, Insurgent, my dog Butler ate it. Had my dog not eaten my homework I would’ve finished it, but now I’m not so sure I want to buy it again. I like the movies (But I think Theo James, the guy who plays Four, may have something to do with that).  I have Allegiant here, so I think I’m going to skip the second-half of Insurgent and just read Allegiant when I get some free time. But I’m seeing the movie this weekend.

I just watched the final installment of the Hunger Games franchise. I love this series and the movies. It’s been a long time since I read the books, but I could read them again, which is saying a lot. I’ve only ever re-read a handful of books, but I loved these characters so much I would enjoy visiting them again. I was rooting for Gale when I read the book. After seeing the movies I’m wondering if my perspective has changed.

My favorite book-to-movie series is the Bourne franchise. I LOVE the Bourne series!! It is so much fun to read the book and then immediately watch the movie. Trying to tie in the scraps of book with the movie plot line is so trippy it’ll make you dizzy. What makes it so fun is that the books and the movies are excellent! Just to get you started, the main character in the book is named David Webb, but you won’t hear that name in the movies until the third movie—at the very end. “Your name is David Webb,” (roll credits). To anyone who didn’t read the books that probably meant nothing. It didn’t mean much to the producers because they recast it with Jeremy Renner and dropped both Bourne and Webb.

Now, it’s your turn. What are some of your favorite books and why? What would you recommend as a must-read book of 2016?

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Candy Atkins

YA Fantasy Author of The LOST KNIGHT Series. Book nerd, geek, believer in faeries & unicorns.

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