Teaser Tuesday- The First Book I fell In Love WIth

I’m going back to my childhood for the first Teaser Tuesday post. One of the first books I remember reading on my own and loving is The Giver. I was in fifth grade and had to pick a book from a list to write a book report on. Not my idea of fun at the time, but I had to get it done. I checked the book out from the library and dreaded having to read it. I liked to read but I wanted to browse the shelves and pick whatever book jumped out at me.

There is no denying that something drew my attention to this book on the list and to this day I can still remember the passion and love that I developed for this book as I read it. It was the first time that I formed an attachment to a character. Jonas, the protagonist was around my age and came from a small family; I could relate to him. This was the first book that I used critical thinking skills and found myself trying to predict what would happen. I didn’t read it as a picture book just absorbing the plot as it came. I tried to see where the author led me and soon this assigned book became my first love.

This book took place in a society that seemed perfect at first. A place where no one stands out, no one is better, jobs are assigned, and acceptance is expected. This seemed ideal. I read about this society and compared it to what my 11 year old eyes had seen and life had experienced. At this point in the book it seemed a lot could be learned from this place where everyone followed the rules and got along. As the book goes on, it is clear that things aren’t as they seem. I realized this concept of “sameness” was a clever disguise of control. There were rules for every situation imaginable and were to be followed at all times.

While I didn’t expect for there to be a downside to this Utopian society I realized further into my reading that they weren’t really living, merely existing. They lived in a world of grays. There was nothing spontaneous, life on the edge or trial by error. They sacrificed risk for comfort. All decisions were made for them, from their occupation, spouse, and children, all choice was stripped from the people and decided by the Elders.

Jonas is given a very special job as the Receiver of Memories. This is when the book explains the reason for sameness and why the society has sacrificed the aspects that make life unique for one of stability and control. Jonas experiences many things for the first time, from emotions, to knowledge and acceptance. Looking back I think this book was too profound for me to really understand at that age, but I did comprehend quite a bit. It opened my eyes and mind and made me question and ponder things I never had before.

I loved this book so much that when my husband and I first started dating I recommended he read since he hadn’t yet had the pleasure (he must not have picked it for his book report). He too fell in love with it and we had many nightly discussions about the book as he read each chapter. When my daughter was 6 I purchased The Giver on Audible and we would listen to it in the car when we ran errands. I really got it for myself but let her listen to it until it reached a point I felt was too mature for her age. I was surprised as to how much she understood and the level of her comprehension. She picked up on things that I remembered being surprised at when I read it at 11. We will read the book in its entirety in a couple of years. I’m curious to hear her thoughts, perspective and opinion on it.

This is one of those books that I love so much and have such a connection with that I wouldn’t dare taint it by watching the movie. I heard mixed reviews about the movie, mainly by people that didn’t read the novel. I haven’t and don’t plan to watch the film adaptation. I think the book was superb and have no desire to let the film version override the pictures Lois Lowry created in my mind when I read her words in this novel nearly 20 years ago.

Now, for the actual “teaser” part of Teaser Tuesday-

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

Now, thinking about the feeling of fear as he pedaled home along the river path, he remembered that moment of palpable, stomach-sinking terror when the aircraft had streaked above.

Have you read The Giver? Did you enjoy it? How old were you when you read it? Did you watch the movie? What did you think about it? Do you enjoy film adaptation of books? Do you read the book first or watch the movie and then read the book? What is the first book you remember falling in love with? How often do you read? Do you read physical books or do you read an electronic version of a book? How do you feel about reading a physical book versus an electronic version? When’s the last time you bought a book? Ok I think I’ve asked enough questions to tempt you to answer at least a couple.

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21 thoughts on “Teaser Tuesday- The First Book I fell In Love WIth

  1. Great post! I can’t say I’ve heard of The Giver but I shall check it out.
    I’m an avid reader. I devour books. I would say I read almost on a daily basis, no particular genre really but I do tend to steer clear of non-fiction (a little dry for my tastes). I’m a little torn on the paper vs digital debate … I love the smell & texture of a paper book but sometimes the digital is so convenient. And I would always opt for book before movie (assuming both were of interest to me, of course). I do intend to do some book reviews on my own blog in future, as I think it’s a great way for us readers to share the treasures we find.
    Thanks for sharing 🙂

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    1. Really? You should check it out 🙂 It’s more of an adolescent novel, so I’m curious to know what you think about it reading it for the first time as an adult. Since I read it as a child I think my perspective is different. If you read it I’d love to know what you think. I’m with you, it is very hard for me to get into non-fiction. I can read various different fiction genres but if it’s non-fiction, I’d rather watch a documentary. Yes! There is something about the smell of a book, you can’t replicate or replace it. I always have something on my Kindle app because it is convenient, but I also always have a book with a bookmark in it close by. I too read the book first. Sometimes I hear of a book because of the movie, so I run to read the book before the movie comes out. I’d love to read some of your book reviews. Make sure to comment when you post one so I can check it out. Thanks for commenting Kim!

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      1. Haha! I can totally relate to rushing out to buy the book before the movie comes out. The film The 5th Wave is currently in cinemas here, it looks interesting but I’m going to have to read the book first. I have to say though, in the case of Gone Girl – I saw the movie first, and I’m kind of glad I did as I think that movie might’ve been boring if I knew what was coming. I have added The Giver to my kindle wishlist & I will definitely let you know what I think 🙂

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      2. I haven’t heard of that one yet. The last time I remember doing that was with The Hunger Games. I had never heard of the books, then all of the sudden I couldn’t stop hearing about the movie. I was able to read book one just before the movie stopped playing in theaters. Definitely glad I read the book because it’s hard to get all of the details of a book that takes hours (days even) to read and put it into a 2 hour movie that will hold the attention of the viewers. Gone Girl was one that I didn’t care for. It took me 4 or 5 tries to finally get through it. I didn’t watch the movie because I didn’t care for the book. I had it figured out too quickly. I read Karin Slaughter and she is my author of choice for all things thriller, mystery, suspense. Her level of detail and character development is amazing and it is hard for me to get into other authors. In fairness I had just finished her most recent book the day before reading Gone Girl so maybe that is why it didn’t do much for me. Aw I’m so excited. I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on The Giver. I will have to reread it because even though I love it, it’s been a good 10 years since I read it again and I never ended up finishing the Audible version because I was never really in the car without my kiddo and she could only hear so much…let me know when you start it and I’ll get it to read again so I can know what you reference when you comment 🙂

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      3. Oh I love Karin Slaughter! I think I have all her books. I just read Pretty Girls last month. In fairness, I didn’t think it was one of her best. But I confess, I don’t really read anything else in that genre because Karin is pretty hard to beat. I will read The Giver in the next day or two, when I’ve finished the one I’m on. I’m reading a book called Murder Inc by Owen Baillie. Actually, I should say re-reading as I’ve been a Beta Reader for Owen on a couple of novels, so I’d read the draft prior to publishing. Always good to see the end result though!

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      4. I agree!! I wait every year for her new novel and she wrote that?! It wasn’t bad but, I agree it wasn’t her best. And why is she writing that stand alone when she has a series I’ve been waiting two years to read??? Oh wait, she is an independent author and she has other readers. I will add that to my book list. How fun to be a Beta Reader! I’ve always wanted to that and write the synopsis of a book (or books). I’ll add both to my writer’s bucket list 😉

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      5. The Will Trent series is a favourite of mine. Like you said, her characters are just so well formed. They’re believable, relatable, you feel invested in what’s happening to them. So important for any story. I love the beta reading, it’s so interesting and I find I get more out of the book because I’m not just reading for pure enjoyment. I have to be analytical and think about the story on so many levels. It’s been incredible. This current book of Owen’s is completely different to his previous three (it’s a stand alone at the moment) but he will now be returning for a four book in his original series. Very exciting. You should absolutely try your hand at it. Given your review of The Giver, I think you’d make a great beta reader! 🙂

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      6. I love the Will Trent series! I can’t say enough about Karin Slaughter’s novels and her character development. I’ve never had the type of attachment to a fictional character that I do with those featured in her novels.

        How does one become a beta reader? I’ve never looked into that before. I have added that to my Goodreads list now.

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      7. I think the biggest compliment I can give Karin Slaughter is that I’m not usually a fan of crime novels. The fact I’ve read all of her novels is a testament to what a great author she is!
        I became a beta reader by accident actually. I read Owen Baillie’s novel “Aftermath” & he had his Facebook and email address in the back. I got it contact just to offer some feedback & eventually he asked me to come on board as a beta reader for book three (it’ll be a 9 book series). From there I also took on beta reading for his new series as well. I’d like to try to branch out and read for other authors too!

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      8. That does say a lot about Karin Slaughter. Sometimes the details can be too much but her books and characters are so good I have to read through because I can’t let that stop me!
        That’s awesome! Good for you! Well I’m sure it will be easier to branch out when you can say that you’ve already done it for one author! How exciting! Thanks for letting me know.

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      9. Okay, so I’ve just finished The Giver. Great book, thank you for the suggestion. Putting aside the fact that it’s a well written, comfortably paced, rather unique story … My first impression was were all these people actually clones? Some kind of trace memory or shadow of a person who lived years ago? I thought this because they seemed incomplete somehow. Like they were going through the motions of living but not really experiencing anything. I can see the positives of a community that doesn’t judge or discriminate, where there is equality but at what price for these people? They traded free will for it. Very interesting book indeed!

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    1. I think the recommended age range is 12-17 as far as a school setting is concerned, I don’t think there is any reason you wouldn’t enjoy it as an adult. If you read it, let me know what you think as I’m curious as to what people that read it for the firs time as an adult think. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment!

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