One thing that I've particularly missed being able to do while at college has been reading for pleasure. Throughout middle through high school, I would always be the one carrying around a book and reading between (and, okay, during) classes. College just hasn't afforded me the time to do that any more, so I look forward to breaks when I finally have time to read. This winter break has been no different.
I arrived home to a copy of Huntress, which I quickly devoured in three days. You can check out my review from my previous blog post. I had also bought a copy of Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol, which I actually got over Thanksgiving break but saved for myself as a "birthday present" and just started reading over break as well. (A review of that will be coming when I finish...which I will...eventually.)
The problem became that there is so much that I want to read this break that I just don't have the time to. The second problem is that when I'm at school, there is not a library I can go to for fun books to read; the school libraries have only academic texts. When I'm home, I love going to the library and checking out a ton of books. Which is exactly what I did on Thursday. Whoops.
I've been wanting to read Suzanne Collins' Mockingjay since it got such rave reviews...little did I know, at first, that it's the third book in a trilogy! So of course I borrowed The Hunger Games from the library to start off. Though I'm not finished reading it yet, I have to say that I am LOVING it and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a YA novel to read, especially if you're a Pendragon fan! (Think The Quillan Games.)
I was also lucky enough to win a copy of Kiersten White's Paranormalcy from Georgia McBride on last week's #yalitchat (every Wednesday at 9:00pm EST! Check it out on Twitter.). I haven't started reading it yet, but a review will come once I do. Unfortunately, it seems as though library books must be read first; books I own may have to wait until I go back to school.
In addition, I have on my reading list:
Malinda Lo's Ash
Eoin Colfer's Artemis Fowl: The Atlantis Complex
Marcel Proust's Swann's Way (doesn't really fit with the YA theme...but whatever.)
So expect a lot more book posts coming this year...I think they're fun to write about and a great way to spread the word about things everyone should (or shouldn't) read!