To make up for my epic meme fail last week, I’m going to catch up on BTT and TTT today. There was no Friday Five for the last month, so although I’ve been missing it like crazy, at least I don’t have that to catch up on.
Series or Stand-alone?
One or many? I like both. When I was younger, I read a lot more series: The Baby-sitters Club (almost to the end), Animorphs (about two-thirds of the way through), and all the Alice books there were at the time. In high school, I picked up the rest of Harry Potter as they were published, only the first two Jessica Darling books, and the first half of the Princess Diaries series. Now, I tend to read stand-alone novels. I like starting a story and knowing that it will be finished when I finish the book. I can handle one sequel, but a series is such a big commitment.
Top Ten Books for People Who Liked The Hunger Games
- The Giver and its sequels: I have only read The Giver and Gathering Blue, but they deal with a similarly bleak futuristic dystopia. In The Giver, life is only valued when all choices are taken away. In Gathering Blue, people are only valuable based on their abilities.
- The Uglies series: I wasn’t interested enough to keep reading through the third volume (there are four) because the pacing was off, but the situation is also similar to Katniss’s. It’s the future, society is run differently, and Tally discovers the sinister truth behind her world. Adventures ensue.
- The Fearless series: I loved these books when I was in middle and high school. They’re gritty and just a touch futuristic without getting too crazy. They’re set in New York and revolve around a teenage girl named Gaia “born without the fear gene” (if there were such a gene). They have plenty of action if you liked that about The Hunger Games.
- Robinson Crusoe: Don’t write me off just yet. Crusoe’s epic survival skills rival Katniss’s. He is not on TV and being forced to fight to the death, but he has to figure out how to stay alive in tough circumstances. I really enjoyed this required reading. I love it when that happens.
- The Handmaid’s Tale: Offred is the plaything of a social structure that has deep historical roots, has twisted itself from the foundation it claims, and uses her to further its gains. Sounds like Panem to me.
- Among the Hidden and its sequels: Each couple can only have two children due to food restrictions. If you can overlook that ridiculous doomsday scenario the population growth people keep trying to push on us, the series tells a compelling story about living in a world where no one wants you because you’re someone’s third child. (I only found out when I went to link to Goodreads. that there are seven books in that series. Whoa.)
I’m calling in the “multiple books per number” clause and calling it a night.