When I travel, I always find time to get a bit of reading time in. Car trips, flights, and relaxing by a pool or on a beach afford ample time to read fantastic books. Here is What I Read while traveling to Kansas for the NHRA Kansas Nationals.
The Giver by Lois Lowry
This book is the original in the dystopian fiction genre. The story is told from the perspective of Jonas, a twelve year old boy who discovers there is much more to the world than what his community is aware of. It is heartbreaking and poignant, and I loved it. I can’t believe that I had never read it before. I wholeheartedly recommend this book, even if you aren’t normally a reader in this genre.
Sentence of Marriage by Shayne Parkinson
The story is set in New Zealand in the 1800s, and follows a teenage girl who lives with her brothers and father on a farm. Her mother is deceased, so she manages the household. Her life, although busy and difficult, is happy, at least until her father remarries.
This book is the first in a series, and ends very unexpectedly. It irritated me that there wa absolutely no closure to the story, but I’m not sure that I liked the book enough to want to read further. Most of the first book was depressing, and the pacing was slow. I guess whether I read any further probably depends on if the following books are free on Kindle.