For all you Hunger Games fanatics, I cannot possibly let another day pass without insisting that you add Divergent and Insurgent to your must-read list for the fall.
Good Reads says…In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue--Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is--she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself. During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are--and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.
Good Reads says…One choice can transform you--or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves--and herself--while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love. Tris's initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable--and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.
Be forewarned that they are addictive page turners. Like with Hunger Games, be prepared to let your littles run wild and your house turn to disrepair because once you start they are hard to put down. There’s one more to come in the trilogy and you can bet your bottom dollar I’ll be first in line for that one!
I’ve also recently read and enjoyed Delirium, Evermore: The Immortals, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer and Matched. Next on the list are Stranger You Seek and Stranger In The Room by Amanda Kyle Williams, The Violets of March and The Bungalow by Sarah Jio, and a whole slew of Southern stories by Karen White. Thanks Mother and PP for all the recos!!
Lastly, whenever I write about books I always get the question “how do you find time to read?” The answer to that is easy…I sacrifice sleep :-) I usually read at night after the littles are asleep and will stay up until the wee hours of the morning if it’s a good one. This summer when I was in Savannah or at the beach it was an easy choice because there were plenty of other responsible adults around to wake up at the crack with the littles. It’s harder this time of the year when we all have to be up and at ‘em as the sun comes up!
I'm off to enjoy this glorious morning with a cup of joe and my baby on the porch!!