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This week I read a book that to me was bittersweet – Four by Veronica Roth. This is the fourth book in the Divergent series. It tells the backstory of “Four”, the hero of the Divergent series. It was bitter to me because I am so upset with how Veronica Roth ended the whole series with killing Tris off. I’m sorry if that’s a spoiler, but let me just say – if you enjoyed Divergent do yourself a favour and don’t read the other two books. Divergent was great and the series went down from there. I know Veronica Roth said she had no choice but to kill Tris, but I beg to differ with her as do many others. So, yes, it was a bitter read to me because it tells the beginning of Four’s love for Tris, and all the time I know it’s almost pointless because she’s going to end up dead. It was sweet because it was well written, and I so enjoyed reading the story from Four’s point of view – getting his insights into the things that were going on in Divergent. If I didn’t have so many other books to read right now I’d probably re-read Divergent.
15-year-old daughter – War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy. I’ve read an abridged version of this. She’s barely started it but is really enjoying it so far.
14-year-old son – The 39 Clues – Into the Gauntlet by Margaret Peterson Haddix. This is a series about history’s mysteries. My daughter and son tell me it’s written for middle school age and is more or less brain fluff for them. It’s nice though every once in a while to take a break from heavy reading.
12-year-old son – Tintin – The Secret of the Unicorn by Herge.
10-year-old daughter – Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane by Suzanne Collins. It’s kind of neat that we’ve found a great set of books that everyone from me on down to my ten-year-old daughter can read and enjoy and discuss.
8-year-old daughter – Clementine’s Letter by Sara Pennypacker
6-year-old son – I Like Bugs by Margaret Wise Brown. This is the author of Goodnight Moon and Runaway Bunny. This is the first book that he has been able to read cover to cover by himself without help. He is so pleased and has been reading it to everyone. I feel like he’s finally turned a corner in his reading. He sees more of a purpose now in all of the practicing. His spelling has also improved. I think by the new year he’ll be reading entirely on his own.
3-year-old son – You know, I KNOW that I’ve read to him this week, but I just cannot think of any specific titles that you haven’t heard so many times already. This age is all about reading over and over again the same books. ☺