On My Bedside {Divergent & Insurgent}

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. 

Divergent (Divergent, #1)

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.

Insurgent (Divergent, #2)

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!!


  1. Thanks for the recommendation, I will try these!

  2. Wow! How exciting to read your entry this morning. Veronica Roth is my husband's business partner's daughter. I can't wait to share your blog with them! I read your blog daily, as I am an Alpharetta mom of two boys with a degree in Interiior Design, and I think you are a precious Southern gal.

  3. Loved the Hunger Games....will check out these as they sound very good as well. I just did a post on Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. It was a page turner as well. Personally I sacrifice housework to read:)!! I am an empty nester so I am blessed to have some time to read whenever I want to...

  4. Anonymous - I absolutely love when readers comment with connections like that!! Thanks so much for your kind words and for reading :-)

    Arlene - I am SO sad that I had Gone Girl on hold at the library for ages and it when it came up a few weeks ago I never had time to read it. So, I returned it Monday :-( I'm going to get back on the hold list stat!

  5. I just finished this first book last week & have been debating about reading the second. It was really good, but I am still having separation anxiety from Katniss & Peeta (just finally read the HG series this summer), I think they kept me from bonding with Tris & Four.

    I'm going to try to read the Mark of the Lion series on our beach trip over fall break. I dearly loved Francine Rivers' Redeeming Love...that is a MUST read!

    Thanks for the post, I'll order Insurgent & give it a shot.

  6. I have Divergent and Insurgent downloaded on my iPad and haven't gotten around to starting them yet, but I will now! I loved the HUnger Games and read them in 5 days... stayed up until the wee hours to get them done. I recently read Wife 22 and recommended it to a friend and she liked it too. I always hesitate to recommend books bec I wonder if I have good taste. ha!

  7. I don't know if you've read Graceling by Kristen Cashore but it is also a Trilogy that I loved. After finishing Hunger Games, I didn't think I could find a new series and Graceling did the trick! After Graceling I was worried about a new series and Divergent was perfect! I just finished Insurgent and can't wait for the 3rd book to come out. I also read the True Blood series by Charlaine Harris. Love all of the recommendations! Thanks!

  8. I will have to add them to my list..I am so far behind, I haven't even read any of the Hunger Games yet! At night is the only time I get to read too! Thanks for the sweet comment this morning.

  9. Gone girl is a great book!! Loved it! I haven't read Hunger Games and don't know if I will. I just finished Light Between Oceans and didn't love it. Did you ever read Defending Jacob? I recently joined a book club and we read The Shoemakers Wife. It's a good book but lots of plot holes IMO.

  10. Thanks for the heads-up. I'm headed over to Amazon to buy them immediately.

  11. Just finished reading Insurgent last week and totally agree with you about both books.
    I also read A Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Night this summer, which I think you mentioned in post from this summer. I highly recommend those two as well.
    Off to check out your other recs on amazon.
    Lover you blog!

  12. Oh boy! I can't wait to read those! I get about 4 pages of any book in a night, but it's worth it!

  13. thanks for the ideas for good books to read... will be checking them out :)

  14. So, I finally got around to reading these books, and you were right. I loved The Hunger Games, and I loved Divergent. I am almost done with Insurgent, and was itching to find out more about Book 3. Allegiant comes out NEXT WEEK!! And Divergent the movie opens March 21!! I just had to pass this on to you. Thanks again for the recommendation.


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