• Books From My Younger Days

    Books From My Younger Days- The Giver by Lois Lowry

    This book is one of my favorites from when I was a kid simply because it hit on a lot of “firsts” for me.  It was the first dystopian-like book I’d read, it was the first book where I realized more was going on than just a basic story, and it was the first cliffhanger ending I had dealt with.  While I don’t want to go into much detail of this book because if you’ve never read it I don’t want to spoil it but I will try to give a brief summary. The novel centers around Jonas, a young boy that’s lives in a very structured community where laws,…

  • Books From My Younger Days

    Books From My Younger Days: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

    I think this, while not the darkest of the Harry Potter novels, begins to get us into the deeper waters of the story as we deal with betrayal, enemies, dangers from the Dark Lord, and much of the past, including what happened to Harry’s parents, is brought to light.  This is a more mature Potter novel, in my opinion, but it still takes us on a great ride through Hogwarts and the world of Harry and his friends. The story begins with Harry learning of Sirius Black escaping, causing some chaos with his Aunt and Uncle, then runs away in the hopes of freeing himself from his troubling guardians.  He…