I’ve always loved reading, and I dislike that I haven’t been able to do it as much as I would like. Reading takes me to a place where I can imagine that I’m in that world with the characters, experiencing what they’re experiencing and it truly is one of the best ways for me to reduce anxiety. Give me a good book, and I can read for hours without any complaint.
My goal is to read at least five books a year. It is a realistic goal that I know I can achieve each year. That’s why I keep the minimum as low as possible, that way I can surpass it. I’ve been keeping a list of books I want to read for a long time. I want to share them here, that way I can keep track and also be able to review them once I’m finished reading them.
1. “Divergent” by Veronica Roth
I actually read part of the book a long time ago. It really caught my interest but other things got in the way so I stopped reading it. I recently watched the film (released on March 2014) and really liked the movie. It made me want to read this book again. Thanks to a kind gift from my fiancé, I now own the Divergent Series Ultimate Four-Book Box Set, which includes: ‘Divergent’, ‘Insurgent’, ‘Allegiant’ and ‘Four’ (the first four books from the image above).
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.
2. “Insurgent” by Veronica Roth
This is the second book from the Divergent series. I am keen on reading it because I’ve heard many great things about this book.
One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.
Tris’s initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable—and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.
3. “Allegiant” by Veronica Roth
This is the third book from the Divergent series. I’ve heard mixed reviews on this one, especially negative, unlike the first two. I still want to read it and judge for myself.
What if your whole world was a lie?
What if a single revelation—like a single choice—changed everything?
What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected?
4. “Four: A Divergent Collection” by Veronica Roth
Four is a a companion volume that includes four pre-Divergent stories plus three additional scenes from Divergent, all told from Tobias’s point of view. This is a nice addition to the trilogy, because you’ll get a better understanding of one of the characters.
5. “The Fault in our Stars” by John Green
I have been putting off reading this book for a long time now. Cancer is an incredibly sore subject for me (I lost my uncle to cancer), which is why I have been avoiding this book. After the movie based on this book was released, people have been praising the story so much that it makes me want to pick it up and read it.
Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.
There you have it, the first list of books I want to read. Hopefully I can read them all before 2014 is over.
Have you read any of these books? Did you like them?
Books’ synopses from Amazon. Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links to Amazon.