September 15, 2014

My Weekend and IMWAYR: Panic

The weather in Chicago turned unseasonably cold last week, and we were thrown fully into autumn, complete with hoodies, boots, and pumpkin spice coffees. I don't normally complain about such things because you all know how much I LOVE FALL, but I was a bit disappointed at the number of summer dresses I hadn't yet gotten the chance to wear to work!

Imagine our surprise, then, to wake up to a GORGEOUS day yesterday, full of blue skies and a bright, warm sun. It was the PERFECT temperature to head to the local apple orchard, so that's exactly what we did. Hello, farm fresh apple cider, apple butter & doughnuts! You are delicious!

It was the perfect way to relax together after a night in the city hanging out with my friend/cousin Bobbie and her boyfriend who invited us to their new apartment for dinner. What a great weekend!

It's Monday, which means I have another book to review for you guys. Have you read Panic by Lauren Oliver? I can't remember where I first heard of it (It's not on the list I'm currently using as my personal recommendation guide), but when I received notification that it was available on OverDrive, I jumped on it before it flew off the virtual shelf.

Panic is a legendary game played by the recent high school graduates in Carp simply because they are bored and lacking anything better to do. Players must face their deepest fears and battle each other in a high-stakes game where only the payoff promises to be greater than the risk.    

The story is told through the alternating viewpoints of Heather and Dodge, which is a writing style I personally love. It's especially important for this story though because it allows us to learn about secrets and hidden motivations for playing Panic, and we realize that, for some players, there's much more at stake than ego and a lump sum of cash.

For me, the book was just kinda...

It's along the lines of Hunger Games, which I loved, and Divergent, which I did not. Honestly, I think this is a story I would have enjoyed more had I read it because I HATED that the narrator made some of the characters sound SUPER whiny and needy. Like everything that came out of their mouths sounded like a complaint, even when it wasn't. 

I enjoyed the back story for each character more than the actual game, which I think is pretty much par for the course for me. I love good character development and reading about the relationships between those characters. And ultimately, each of the characters in this novel are forced to ask themselves exactly how desperate they are to earn $60,000.   

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Have a great Monday, friends!


  1. I feel kind of meh about Lauren Oliver in general. Have you read Legend by Marie Lu? I think it is a very solid dystopian series. Much better than Divergent. I am so excited about fall weather. Things cooled off here in Cleveland too and I am loving it! Have a great week! ~Megan

  2. I'm from florida, I'm so insanely jealous of the words that were written on this blog. It's not fair! lol. Apple orchards and fall and coldness! so jealous
    Here's My Monday post!

  3. I have two Lauren Oliver books sitting on my bookshelf that I've yet to read. I think I started one and got bored. I need to pull it back out. I've been hiding in my bed...A LOT...reading because it's just mindless and I needed a break from everything! Love you!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  4. Your trip to the apple orchard looks like a lot of fun! Which orchard did you head out to? I've been a horrible reader lately..I always get too caught up in everything else.
    Short and Sassy Teacher

  5. Thank you for sharing such a detailed review of Panic - loved knowing about your fun weekend too - the pictures look great! :)