In 2014 I decided that I was going to read more. Smart, successful people are usually well read, so I figured, hey, it's probably a good idea to read more. I started by simply downloading books to my iPad and reading at night in bed. Who knew that an iPad could be used for more than Clash of Clans + Netflix!
That year I read a record 14 books! Ask Brooke how many times I bragged about that, it was a lot, but I am really good at being humble, so it was not a big deal. I tend to read mostly thriller, action or sci-fi novels that are often going to be made into movies. I am a novice at reading novels, so I started with a lot of young adult books and I am NOT ashamed.
Reading at night has actually really improved the way that I sleep. I use to lay in bed and think about EVERYTHING for hours. Now that I read, I get so into the books that it helps to shut off the "over-thinking" part of my brain. I read until my eyes get heavy or I drop the iPad on my face. Then, I shut it off and fall asleep without tossing and turning. It's amazing!
As I was searching through books to read back in 2014, I stumbled upon a book called Red Rising by Pierce Brown. I read the description and thought it sounded like it had potential. It had just come out and didn't really have any reviews but I took the risk anyway, purchased and started reading. I instantly fell in love with the science-fiction world Pierce created.
The quickest way to describe the story is to imagine if Star Wars, Game of Thrones and Hercules had a baby. That is the Red Rising Trilogy!
I read the first book in a few weeks, which is really fast for me. Then I had to wait almost a year for the second book, Golden Sun, to come out in 2015. I read that one in a weekend!
Morning Star, the third and final book, was released February 9th and so far it is amazing. I am actually pacing myself while reading it because I know that once this book is over, the entire story will be finished, I am not emotionally ready for that to happen.
The books are being made into movies, with Pierce writing the screenplay and director Marc Forster, director of World War Z. I am so pumped about the movies and glad to read that, according to Pierce, they are taking their time to get it right!
Hope you enjoy the trilogy as much as I did/am and maybe we can all go see the movie on opening night in costumes! I call dibs on dressing like a Howler! (inside book joke 😂)