One choice can transform you. The tagline for this book could not be truer. Summary from the Roth’s site: In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, 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 alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made…As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are…But Tris also has a secret, one she’s... Read More
So it’s Saint Patrick’s Day! Boston is gearing up for the holiday it celebrates best and there is some 60-degree Spring weather rolling our way. As someone named after the wonderful island I have not yet visited (it is on my Bucket List), Saint Patrick’s Day has always been a fun holiday for me. I always wear green and say “Erin go Bragh” (giggling because that’s my name) and make sure to tell everyone that they are all, truly, Irish today! This morning, while getting ready at the gym, I noticed that not everyone was wearing green. This made me a little sad. It also reminded me of my most favorite childhood Saint Patrick’s Day book, Jeremy Bean’s St. Patrick’s Day, by Alice Schertle. I’m pretty sure my mom read this to me every year until I was 8 or 9. The cover alone still makes me smile. If you have not read this one, the story follows poor Jeremy Bean, who after mistakenly burying his green sweater beneath his... Read More
I put down a book the other day. I tried to like it; I really did. I gave it a lot of chances, but in the end, I chose to abandon it for a different read. There are just too many books on my TBR list and far too little time in each day for me to spend hours struggling through a book when I feel no connection. It always pains me to shelf an unfinished book, but I have to remind myself that there is no way I can like everything (I’d be a pretty boring person if I did), and that this is precisely why there are so many diverse, amazing books on the market. Different people dig different stories, and while this one read wasn’t for me, I’m sure it was the right read for others. Anyway, after moving on to a new book, I found myself still thinking about the one I had abandoned. I was trying to pin-point what it was that made me give up on the story. It wasn’t the premise (it was intriguing) and it wasn’t the writing (it was solid, and in some areas, the prose... Read More
For a very long time, I was a firm believer that writing every day was the best recipe for staying sharp, focused and creative. Some days you write for hours, other days only a few minutes. But I’ve recently started to believe that writing every day may not always be the best approach. By all means I think you should TRY to write every day. But forcing yourself to sit down and write when your creativity is drained or you are simply burnt out seems like walking against the current when you could very well walk with it. J.N. Duncan posted some blasphemous words (read: insightful words) on this topic recently: I for one, completely believe in the notion of creativity being a thing that ebbs and flows, a tank that can fill up and run empty. If you are tapped out, putting your butt in the chair is a waste of time.Yep, I said it. Sometimes writing every day, no matter what, is not the best thing to do. In fact, I think it can be counterproductive. Attempting to force yourself,... Read More
I am a sucker for fairy tales, traditional or re-told. Summary from the inside jacket: Scarlett March lives to hunt the Fenris–the werewolves that took her eye when she was defending her sister, Rosie, from a brutal attack. Armed with a razor-sharp hatchet and a blood-red cloak, Scarlett is an expert at luring and slaying the wolves. She’s determined to protect other young girls from a grisly death, and her raging heart will not rest until every single wolf is dead. Rosie March one felt that her bond with her sister was unbreakable. Owing Scarlett her life, Rosie hunts ferociously alongside her. But…Rosie dreams of a life beyond the wolves. She finds herself drawn to Scarlett’s only friend, Silas, a young woodsman who is deadly with an ax. But does loving him mean betraying her sister and all they’ve worked for? Let it be known that I grew up on the Disney princesses (Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Belle, Ariel, and so on). I lived and breathed this stuff. My... Read More
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