30 Days of Genre – Day 13

(See the intro post for all the daily themes.)

Day 13 – A genre novel you’ve read more than five times.

Okay, for the sake of everybody’s sanity, I’m going to make a point of not mentioning anything by Mercedes Lackey here. You know I’m obsessed, but I’ll try to branch out a little.

So today, and because I’m also going to do a full review of the book later on, I’m going to let the answer to this one be Lois Lowry’s The Giver.

While Lois Lowry has won awards for her novels for kids and young adults, this is one book that I don’t think ends up being properly appreciated by adults. And believe me, there’s plenty of content to leave you thinking. I’ve read it I don’t know how many times (which, given my interest in dystopian societies, isn’t too surprising), and every time I come away from the last page feeling like I just got a look at something deeper than most people care to look at.

I think I may have two or three copies of this book on my shelves, or at least in various places around my apartment. It’s one of those books that, when I want to read it and can’t find it, I will go out and buy myself another copy, because I feel that it’s worth it. There are only a few books I can say that about.

I don’t want to say too much here, lest I just end up repeating myself for the entire actual review. But sufficed to say that this is one I don’t think I can do without, that I’ve read so many times I don’t even bother to keep count anymore, and that I enjoy immensely every time I pick it up. Even if it disturbs me.

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