A Bookaholic, Pro-life, Pro-Family, Pro-Oxford Comma, Catholic (with Asperger's) who reads and writes as her obsession. I've been reading over 400 books a year lately. These are my ramblings on some of the books I read. To read about all the books I read and comment on, visit me at LibraryThing or Goodreads.

I've been blogging since 2007 and at this point (July 2015) am trying my hand at turning the theme of this blog towards mystery, thriller, and crime, fiction and nonfiction. I have some special interest topics and categories within this broad genre which include (but are not limited to) serial killers, scandi-crime, Victorian history and historicals, history of the criminally insane and asylums, psychopathology, death, funerary practices and burial, corpses, true crime and anything dealing with the real life macabre, or that portrayed in fiction.

I also read a short story a day from various collections, sometimes anthologies othertimes collections of a single author's work. These reviews are also posted here and while they are of mixed genre the mystery, thriller, horror, gothic and macabre often appear within their pages as well.

I also blog about
graphic novels and manga on a separate BLOG.

Thursday, August 9, 2007

#53. The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Giver by Lois Lowry

Pages: 180
Finished: Aug. 9, 2007
Reason for Reading: I will be reading the next two books in the trilogy and wanted to re-read this first book.
First Published: 1993
Awards: Newbery Medal
Rating: 5/5

First Sentence:

It was almost December, and Jonas was beginning to be frightened.

Recommend: Highly recommended! This book was a re-read for me but I read it long enough (7-8 years) ago that I didn't quite remember all the details. This is a compelling story of a dystopian society. A quick yet thought-provoking read that should be on everyone's to-be-read list. This is definately a story that makes you think and will stay with me.


  1. This book is one of our Year 8 English texts. I didn't know there were more... though the ending begs for it, now that I think about it.
    Pity in a way. We had a lively class discussion about whether or not he dies in the end. Both interpretations can be justified, but if he pops up again in another book then that line of discussion goes out the window!

  2. hi! Found you from goodreads... I just mooched this book because it's on so many must-read lists (but I keep forgetting that it's a series book, ohwell) and I just wanted to say hi!!!!