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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

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When I Was a Bad Book Blogger / Everyone Should Read The Giver Series

I didn't know I was a bad book blogger...but turns out for almost two years, I was. Don't worry, I fixed the situation and am back to believing myself a good book blogger, that is until something else comes about to shake my foundation. But I'll stop being cryptic and just tell you what happened. I, a huge fan of The Giver and The Giver Series, did not know that the fourth and final book had been released all the way back in 2012. 

It may not seem like a big deal to you, but to me, to all of us at The Lone Book Club, it's pretty major. Our traveling book project for goodness sake is about spreading The Giver from reader to reader. So yes, not knowing the final book was out was a major faux pas. But as I said, I rectified being such an out-of-the-loop blogger and read the entire series over again and finished it by reading the finale a few years late.

So in reality, this post isn't actually about how bad of a blogger I am, because we really want you to keep reading with confidence. It's about how after years and years, The Giver series is still one of the most influential and important series of books of our time. It is for all ages referring to both age of humans and ages of history.
The Giver Series consists of four books: The Giver, Gathering Blue, Messenger, and Son.
If you haven't already read them, stop everything and do it. These four books are not long or difficult, you can read them fast, and you should. I read the whole series in 5 days. It may take you a little longer than that, since I was on a reading mission towards redemption, but it won't take you long. So yes, stop reading this blog and go read those books!

If you're still with us, it means that you have read at least one of the books in the series so, good we're on the same page here.

I'm not going to go over the plots or truly review the books because I want to keep this short and this isn't a review post. I just want to touch on a few things that make this book series very special.

1. It's for all ages 
Young or old you will get something out of this book. Recently I bought a new copy of The Giver and was so surprised to find it in the children's section. Yes I read it as a child, but the book seemed bigger to me. When I re-read it, I knew that child me was right. Even as an adult I get so much out of this book and the whole series. No matter your age or your stage of life these books will give you a different experience every time.

2. The connectivity of the stories is incredible
Not until you read the entire series will you truly understand how much everything has been working towards a final moment. Lowry ties everything and everyone together in a bigger, greater arc than anyone could have predicted. That is the kind of story you just need to read!

3. It is a very real warning
One day something will happen to the Earth, society, countries, environment, whatever. We don't know what, but something bad will happen to some part of our lives that will turn them upside down. Probably not anytime soon, but we know it's going to happen. And the way that society rebuilds itself could be very similar to many of the communities found in this series. Humanity needs to take it as a warning and learn from Lowry's characters' mistakes. She wrote their lives so that we don't have to live them. 

There are so many more reasons why these books must be read. But I'll leave you with those three. Why do you think these books are so important and transcendent?