I thought I'd talk about books today and what it is about them that is so fantastical. Right now, I'm reading the last in the series of the Hunger Games, MOCKINGJAY. I am thoroughly enjoying these books. Katniss Everdeen, the unlikely hero, fighting against a suppressive and all controlling government while finding love. (yeah, and she better choose Peeta!) It causes me to flip the pages with the excitement of a child. I love books that are able to do that to me and hope some always will no matter how old I become.
I bought another novel yesterday titled NIGHTSHADE, by Andrea Cremer. Since I'm in the middle of Mockingjay, I just planned to glance through the first page. I was seriously drawn in-no-engulfed by it. It reminded me of the Twilight series, which are probably my favourite books and ones that kept me up way into the wee hours of the morning. Similar to Twilight, I think, but this time, it is the girl that is the unique, unearthly creature that falls for the human boy. Great opening, great writing, great plot. Can't wait to read it all!
Not to mention, I must read HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HOLLOWS! J.K Rowling, afterall, is my writing hero. Her own personal story is so motivating. Her writing, amazing, the books, well, incredible as you know. What is it about those books that draw the reader in so much and so deep? You know the ones. Each word, each sentence, sucking you in, deeper still until you feel as though you are walking right into the very pages of the book itself.
I love to read because of the journey it takes me on. The ones where you can actually feel the salty air misting against your face, the cold snow melting in your hand, the venomous bite of the vampire, the intense fear a character feels, or the excitment of a budding romance. Great writing where the plot and characters are tangible is like taking a mental holiday-you feel like you are actually there, hanging on every word, eager to find out what will happen next. I also love that it motivates me to strive to write better myself. I try to learn from these great authors just what it takes to write so amazingly. Lofty goals to reach for, but the journey, my friends, is fun.
What books have kept you up turning the pages, hungry for more? Please tell me so that I can go buy them up! Happy reading and happy writing to my fellow writer friends. :D