Looking for something? Check here first:

► Kindle Deals: 10 HarperCollins books for $0.99/each (ends 1/31/2012)
► New & Upcoming YA Releases
► New & Upcoming Romance Releases
► 2012 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge - Sign-up here | January Review Link Up
► 2012 Men in Uniform Reading Challenge - Sign-up here | January Review Link Up
► How to make those reading challenge progress bars - read my tutorial

Saturday, October 30, 2010

On My Wishlist (49)

On My Wishlist

On My Wishlist is a fun weekly event hosted by Book Chick City and runs every Saturday. It's where I list all the books I desperately want but haven't actually bought yet. They can be old, new or forthcoming. If you want to know more click here.

The Giver (The Giver, #1) by Lois Lowry

In the "ideal" world into which Jonas was born, everybody has sensibly agreed that well-matched married couples will raise exactly two offspring, one boy and one girl. These children's adolescent sexual impulses will be stifled with specially prescribed drugs; at age 12 they will receive an appropriate career assignment, sensibly chosen by the community's Elders.

This is a world in which the old live in group homes and are "released"--to great celebration--at the proper time; the few infants who do not develop according to schedule are also "released," but with no fanfare.

Lowry's development of this civilization is so deft that her readers, like the community's citizens, will be easily seduced by the chimera of this ordered, pain-free society. Until the time that Jonah begins training for his job assignment--the rigorous and prestigious position of Receiver of Memory--he, too, is a complacent model citizen. But as his near-mystical training progresses, and he is weighed down and enriched with society's collective memories of a world as stimulating as it was flawed, Jonas grows increasingly aware of the hypocrisy that rules his world.

With an eerie futuristic setting, Lowry is once again in top form--raising many questions while answering few, and unwinding a tale fit for the most adventurous readers.

Gathering Blue (The Giver, #2) by Lois Lowry

In her strongest work to date, Lois Lowry once again creates a mysterious but plausible future world. It is a society ruled by savagery and deceit that shuns and discards the weak. Left orphaned and physically flawed, young Kira faces a frightening, uncertain future. Blessed with an almost magical talent that keeps her alive, she struggles with ever broadening responsibilities in her quest for truth, discovering things that will change her life forever.

As she did in The Giver, Lowry challenges readers to imagine what our world could become, how people could evolve, and what will be considered valuable. Every reader will be taken by Kira's plight and will long ponder her haunting world and the hope for the future.

Messenger (The Giver, #3) by Lois Lowry

Strange changes are taking place in Village. Once a utopian community that prided itself on its welcome to new strangers, Village will soon be closed to all outsiders. As one of the few people able to travel through the dangerous Forest, Matty must deliver the message of Village's closing and try to convince Seer's daughter to return with him before it's too late. But Forest has become hostile to Matty as well, and he must risk everything to fight his way through it, armed only with an emerging power he cannot yet explain or understand.


I read The Giver almost a decade ago. I don’t remember the details but I do remember that it disturbed me. I hadn’t thought about the book until I recently read Matched by Ally Condie; there were some elements in Matched that reminded me of The Giver. So I would like to read The Giver again. Looking at the book on Goodreads I found out that The Giver is part of a series, which I had not known before. So I would like to read the two other books in the series as well.

What’s on your wishlist?

6 People had something to say:

  1. ShyOct 30, 2010 07:12 AM
    I just finished reading the Giver few days ago and I've to say that it was one of the best book I've ever read. Hard to believe that such thin book can give such a huge impact. I really hope that you'll get to read it very soon!
  2. jackie b central texasOct 30, 2010 07:28 AM
    I have never heard of any of your book picks, however if you are looking forward to reading them hope you get a chance to do so soon!

    My Wish List
    is all about the werewolves!
    jackie ^_^
  3. BlodeueddOct 30, 2010 10:59 AM
    I was about to not give it a second glance after seeing that old man, what a shame
  4. Melissa (Books and Things)Oct 30, 2010 11:39 AM
    I haven't heard of these. How interesting. Hope you get all on your wishlist!
  5. The Mistress of the DarkOct 30, 2010 03:24 PM
    Those look fantastic! Hope you get them soon. Happy Halloween!
  6. pussrebootsOct 30, 2010 06:37 PM
    I've read the Giver but the second books are also on my wishlist.

    It's a mixed bag of wishes for me as alwasy. Here's what I'm wishing for this week.

Thanks for stopping by! I love chatting so let's talk it up!

DO NOT leave your email in the comments.