Insurgent by Veronica Roth (Review)

Oh, Veronica Roth, what happened?! I enjoyed the first book of this series a lot. It reminded me of The Hunger Games trilogy with its action-packed suspense of trying to figure out what would happen next. In Divergent, Tris was an interesting main character, battling her background growing up humble in Abnegation with her inconclusive aptitude tests that make her "Divergent", leading her to choose the risk-seeking Dauntless faction. But the second book in the series, Insurgent, simply lacks ...

Wednesday Quote: Carol Shields

Open a book this minute and start reading. Don’t move until you’ve reached page fifty. Until you’ve buried your thoughts in print. Cover yourself with words. Wash yourself away. Dissolve.--Carol Shields***Inspirational! Isn't this the dream?

How I Decide On My Next Book

It's a sophisticated algorithm. Okay, it's a carefully thought-out selection. Alright, maybe it's just a gut feeling... or all of the above. I'd like to say that I have one tried and true method for picking what book to read next, but it really depends on my mood and goals at the time. For instance, I've gone through phases where all I want to read is fantasy, mystery, and light fiction--maybe when life at work or school is starting to feel too reading-heavy. I've also been through times wher ...

Kindred by Octavia Butler (Review)

This is one of those books that socks you in the gut as you're reading. Octavia Butler takes you through the emotional and psychological tolls of slavery far better than any history book ever could. The innovative blend of historical fiction and science fiction is fairly genius and Butler executes it expertly. The main character, Dana, is a black woman living a normal life with her white husband, Kevin, in the 1970s, when she finds herself inexplicably time-traveling back to the site of one ...