If you couldn't tell, I had lots of fun messing around with my background last night. I was sick of the orange and wanted to try something new. I had no idea blogger had so many options! Haha! Anyway, I'm worried it's a little distracting or hard to read so we'll see how long I keep it this way.
     It's the first day of school for my kiddies today (except for my pre-schooler) and I've got a bazillion things to do today. So just a quick post about a great book.

     I finished Wither by Lauren DeStefano last night. I picked up the book because I'd only heard good things about it. Then, after the first chapter, I thought- I'm not going to like this book much. Then... well, I changed my mind. I've said it before, but I'm not much of a Dystopian fan. But this... there was something about it that kept me reading and thinking about it and dreaming about it. (I didn't like the dreams much actually- they were a little creepy.) But anyway, the book was REALLY good. I think it was mostly the characters that kept me coming back. Characters that were twisted and flawed and good and bad and sweet and horrible all rolled into one. This wasn't a cut and dry good vs. evil kind of book, and I liked that. A LOT. Definitely one to read, if you haven't yet. And if you want to know what it's about, here is the cover blurb:

     Thanks to modern science, every newborn has become a ticking genetic timebomb- males only live to age twenty-five, and females only live to age twenty. In this bleak landscape, young girls are kidnapped and forced into polygamous marriages to keep the population from dying out.
     When sixteen-year-old Rhine Ellery is taken by the Gatherers to become a bride, she enters a world of wealth and privilege. Despite her husband Linden's genuine love for her, and a tenuous trust among her sister wives, Rhine has one purpose: to escape- to find her twin brother and go home.
     But Rhine has to contend with more than losing her freedom. Linden's eccentric father is bent on finding an antidote to the genetic virus that is getting closer to taking his son, even if it means collecting corpses in order to test his experiments. With the help of Gabriel, a servant she is growing dangerously attracted to, Rhine attempts to break free, in the limited time she has left.