next on my list

right now i am reading mockingjay (the third book in the hunger game series). i am pretty into the book. in fact, as soon as i get this post written i am going to start reading. i am hoping to have it finished in the next day or too if all goes to plan.

with that said, i am already on the hunt for the next book or set of books that i want to read. thanks to the hunger games i am reading almost two books a week. this rigorous reading schedule will be impossible to keep up unfortunately. unless falling asleep at my desk is now an acceptable way to spend my work day. likely story.

a few days ago i found this post on pinterest. it is from the perpetual page turner and she proposed a list of books to cure your hunger games hangover.

the book divergent has popped up several times through tweets, posts, etc… from all the recommendations and the write up on amazon it has my attention.

In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

the hunt sounds like it could also cure your twilight hangover as well.

Gene is different from everyone else around him.  He can’t run with lightning speed, sunlight doesn’t hurt him and he doesn’t have an unquenchable lust for blood.  Gene is a human, and he knows the rules.  Keep the truth a secret.  It’s the only way to stay alive in a world of night—a world where humans are considered a delicacy and hunted for their blood.

When he’s chosen for a once in a lifetime opportunity to hunt the last remaining humans, Gene’s carefully constructed life begins to crumble around him.  He’s thrust into the path of a girl who makes him feel things he never thought possible—and into a ruthless pack of hunters whose suspicions about his true nature are growing. Now that Gene has finally found something worth fighting for, his need to survive is stronger than ever—but is it worth the cost of his humanity?

i had no idea i would enjoy this genre of non-fiction so much. i am typically drawn to the chick lit books that makes you laugh until you pee your pants or cry until you’re a hot mess. i have a weakness for them i guess.

here are a few novels in the dramatic/chic lit category that caught my attention. please note: the 50 shades of grey trilogy is already on my reader. i think they go without saying.

why are the young adult novels so interesting? the wolves of mercy falls trilogy sounds like it could be up there with twilight.

there are way too many good books out there. it will be impossible to read them all. for every one i read at least three new ones catch my eye.

what is your post hunger games read? 

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  1. My first post-Hunger games foray into dystopia was Matched by Ally Condie (it’s the first of 3), then I read Divergent at the suggestion of several of my students. I think HG fans would also like Uglies by Scott Westerfield (series of 4 books) and The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater. I teach 8th grade so I spend most of my reading time with YA books :)

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