Shockingly, I only read two books for fun since July! My goal to read 45 books this year was a dismal failure. I need to put away my research every now and then and pick up some novels.
Roots by Alex Haley
Alex Haley, an African American, compiled his genealogy all the way back to Africa and based his novel on his ancestors. The novel starts with the life of Kunta Kinte, who was captured and sold into America, and ends with Alex himself.
Roots took the world by storm for a good reason. It's a wonderful, comprehensive view of African American history. It felt a little textbook at times and I wish he had spent more time on the decedents of Kunta Kinte instead of spending so much time in Africa, but nevertheless, it was a fantastic read. I'm glad this book exists.
Matched by Ally Condie
Cassia has always trusted the Society to dictate her career, husband, activities, and even when she will die, until the Society makes a mistake that leads her to Ky, a boy she's not supposed to love.
This book is advertised as a cure for your Hunger Games withdrawal. The two series are very similar; YA, dystopia, love triangle, sacrificing everything to "take the Society down." Personally, I felt they were too similar for me to enjoy both of them.