Wednesday, April 30, 2014

What's on my side table? (Episode 3)

Here's what you'll currently find on my side table:
To Be :
  1. Kisses From Katie by Katie Davis (currently reading)
  2. Passion: The Bright Light of Glory by Louie Giglio & others
  3. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  4. Grace Filled Marriage by Tim Kimmel
  5. A Million Little Ways by Emily P. Freeman
  6. A Billion Reasons Why by Kristen Billerbeck
On the iPad (to be read also)
  1. Believing God by Beth Moore
  2. Jesus: the One and Only by Beth Moore
  3. When Godly People do Ungodly Things by Beth Moore
  4. Praying God's Word by Beth Moore
  5. The Explicit Gospel by Matt Chandler
  6. What Did You Expect? by Paul David Tripp
  7. Crazy People by Jennifer Cruse
So the Divergent series made a big dent in the "to be read" list! I actually finished all 3 of them in about a 2 week period and were done with all of them a month ago. I know my last update said I was currently reading Kisses for Katie, and I was, but then Divergent jumped ahead. See, it was my goal to have them all read before I saw the first movie, or at the very least, be finished with the first book before it was released in theaters. I finished the books, got really excited to see the movie.... and of course.... Jordan goes out and sees it with his friends. Without me. 

Meaning I STILL haven't seen Divergent, which chafes me.

I digress.

Back to the books. I enjoyed them. They were a great, easy, fun read that kept my interest. They compare really well to the Hunger Games series, in that the protagonist, a teenage female living in a futuristic society where people are divided by their traits, is somehow remarkably different from her peers and sparks a revolution that overturns her entire life. Basically, Katniss and Tris could be second cousins.

The first and second books are narrated by Tris (Beatrice). They both have what I would consider to be a pretty substantial amount of violence for a "young adult"... but who am I kidding, I read Stephen King when I was in middle and high school. So maybe it's not that bad, but you can expect for many of the primary characters to get injured, tortured, or killed. There is some romance between characters, but I felt like the author did a good job of being discreet with details that could've potentially been explicit. Like, when I heard the movie contained a sex scene, I was a little outraged... THAT wasn't in the book I read! There is zero foul language.

Here's a little side note about the author, Veronica Roth: Did you know she is my little sister's age? Well, technically, Casey is nearly 6 months older (at a ripe old age of 26, making Roth still 25). If that didn't make you feel like you've done nothing with your life.... she wrote Divergent while in college. And had a movie deal before graduating. Let that sink in for a sec.

The third book is substantially different. It's told by alternating narrators, which despite being told who was narrating, was often confusing to me. The writing style between the two characters was very similar and it just felt unnecessary. I didn't really gain anything from hearing half of the story from another "point of view." Also, there are several ugly words in the third book. The circumstances are different (I won't reveal too much for those of you who haven't read yet), which I understand, but I also thought the language was unnecessary. SO MANY PEOPLE were upset with the ending of this book, but truthfully, I felt like the entire series was leading up to it. I may have even been disappointed if it had ended any other way. Final Grade for the series: A

Now I'm fully back into Kisses for Katie and should be finishing shortly. It's been a wonderful book and I look forward to talking about it more in the future. In fact, I think I'll go curl up with it while Isaac finishes his nap!

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