The Giver and The Giving

I often arrive late to the party.  No, not the Birthday parties I’ve been talking about for what seems like weeks.

I mean The Party, the band wagon, hanging out with the popular kids. As my Grandmom would have said…A Day Late and A Dollar Short!  You know, reading what everyone else is reading!

Sometimes I make the mistake of Thinking I won’t like something or being turned off by what I presume the topic of the book is, as was the case with The Lovely Bones.  When I read it I loved it!

Sometimes it’s because I’m Certain I won’t be interested as it is with all of this to-do about 50 Shades of Grey.  I’ve made an informed decision here…I’ve read excerpts and KNOW I’m not interested and I’ve made the right choice.

The other reason is usually that I have not heard about a book.  Thanks to my sweet friend, Kristen, I’m getting into young adult fiction…The Hunger Games, The Uglies series, Divergent.  I’m loving them all, but there’s one she didn’t tell me about because she’d forgotten about it.  I had to find out about it from a stranger. 😉

The Giver (The Giver, #1)

The Giver by Lois Lowry.

I had never heard of it until about 2 weeks ago when I read a review of it on one of the book blogs I follow. It sounded intriguing and I put it on my to-read list.

I was at the library last week and of course I had to give a quick look at their “for sale” shelves…They have them right near the check out…it’s not my fault….they’re practically Forcing me to look!!

I happened to find Gathering Blue and Messenger which are the 2 companion books to The Giver.  I initially thought they were sequels, but they’re not. Regardless, I had to have them and they were only 50 cents each.  It meant I had to go out and spend real money (or in this case-real gift cards) to purchase The Giver.

I don’t think I’m actually ready to give a full review of this book.  It is so simple and so truthful. I finished basically in one day.  Only had the chance to read about 5 pages the first day.  If I had really gotten into it at that time, I would have been up all night!  I just couldn’t stop reading it.

It is the story of a young boy named Jonas who receives a great gift.  As he learns the depth of this gift and what others around him are missing because they don’t share the gift, he feels he has to take some drastic measures.

I don’t want to take away anything from anyone’s experience of reading this.  My suggestion is that read it you must.  We all have the gift that Jonas received.  We all need to learn to use the gift.

I’m going to be participating in Dewey’s Read-a-thon-24 hours of reading October 13.  Don’t know how I’m going to fit it into a busy day, but I’m going to try!  I’ll probably be reading Gathering Blue and Messenger then, if I don’t finish them before!!  Join in if you’re interested, it sounds like fun! I’ll be updating on Twitter so you can follow me @BCDCFran to see how I’m doing!!

Happy Friday!  Go read The Giver!!

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12 responses to “The Giver and The Giving

  1. oo, that read-a-thon sounds really neat! i love when you talk books, fran – always gives me suggestions and stuff to think about. btw, are you going to participate in NaNoWriMo this year? i think you did last year??
    i discovered my mom has the hunger games…i have not been interested, but i think i should give it a try. i LOVED 50 shades, to be honest! i think it’s great how we each have our own opinions on novels and can chat and discuss and still be friends despite differing opinions! 🙂

    • I think the read-a-thon will be fun. Wish I had more time to devote on Saturday, but we’ll see. Yes! I’m planning on doing NaNoWriMo this year…I actually have an idea this time. Last year I signed up on Oct.31…this year I’ve been working on it in my head. I think you’ll enjoy Hunger Games. It’s very intersesting. Yes, I love the fact that we can discuss books, and gather ideas from each other. I rarely like the same books as my best friend, but we’ve been friends our whole lives. She always talks about the “weird” books I like!

  2. Woah, that read-a-thon sounds intense. I don’t know how I’d fit it in, either–unless I was reading The Giver. Yeah, that’s definitely an all-in-one-sitting sort of book. So good!

  3. Fran this is one of my all time favorite books…I have read it several times. I just recently recommended to Debbie. I just ordered Son which is the conclusion of the Giver…just released by Lois Lowry….about 30 yrs after the Giver…will let you know how it is.
    Miss the Saturday morning ladies..hi to all.

  4. 😮 one book I missed!! hahaha. I really can’t believe I was reading the same type of book so many years ago. yeah YA dystopias.

  5. You might also like the book MATCHED which is also YA>

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