Divergent Nation: I Joined Team Amity!

Team AmityIn case you hadn’t heard the sequel to Veronica Roth’s dystopian Divergent, called Insurgent, will be released on May 1!

YAY!!! I’m so excited about this and have been waiting patiently for this one to come out!

I read Divergent, loved it (seriously LOVED IT) and reviewed it here. If you know nothing about Divergent, then check out the review to learn more about the five factions and basically what exactly this is that I’m talking about. :)

Insurgent by Veronica RothWell, here’s what Good Reads has to say about Insurgent.

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.

You can also watch the book trailer for Insurgent here.
Sounds pretty awesome huh?!  Well, to help promote the release of Insurgent, Harper Teen has selected book bloggers around the country to lead each of the five factions.  I was not one of the original bloggers chosen to lead, but I did choose to join Team Amity!

The Amity faction is described as follows:

AMITY: 1. friendship; peaceful harmony.
2. mutual understanding and a peaceful relationship, especially between nations; peace; accord.
3. cordiality
So basically, this faction values peace, kindness and beauty above all else.
Why would I decide to choose Team Amity?  Well lets instead talk about why you should join the great faction that is Team Amity.
  • If you love music, art, and even reading fiction, you belong on Team Amity. We’re not just about peace, we’re also about enjoying life’s simple pleasures.
  • Our faction believes in common consent, and reaching decisions that everyone can agree on.
  • We are self-sustaining and have GREAT food.
  • And, of course, Four thinks we are beautiful.

If you loved Divergent and want to be a part of the Divergent Nation, then go ahead and join Team Amity!  We’d love to have you.  You can find out more about joining here.

And you can check out the current Amity Faction News here!

Also, if you join you can enter some exciting giveaways! Like the one being held at Emily’s Reading Room or here Hippies, Beauty, and Books!

And remember Insurgent by Veronica Roth is due on May 1, 2012!


Just Finished: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

In my opinion, a good contemporary romance is always welcome. Tonight I finished reading Jennifer E. Smith’s The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight. After reading the summary online back in January, I knew the statistical probability of me loving this book would be high, and it was! As you can see, my reading/cuddle buddy, Oliver (aptly named, because there is an Oliver in the book!) provided company while reading. I’ll be posted a review in the next few days!



Tasty Thoughts on The Hunger Games Movie

Okay, so I will preemptively say that although I don’t think there are actual spoilers in this post, if you’re afraid then stay away!

Hunger Games movie posterMy husband and I went to the midnight showing of The Hunger Games movie Thursday night!  What an experience!  I’d never been to a midnight showing before and I’m so glad I did for this one.  There was such an energy of excitement and community  in the theater.  I even made friends with the teenage girls next to me and we discussed cute boys and books.

So, what did I think of the movie?   Overall I was incredibly happy with the film adaptation of one of my favorite books!  It has some small flaws, but they were so minor I’m not even going to discuss them here.  I want to focus on why I loved The Hunger Games movie, so here are some reasons why I loved it!

1. Jennifer Lawrence.    I mean, come on!  This girl is the real deal (She’s already been nominated for an Oscar ie. Winter’s Bone)!  I can’t even imagine any other actress playing her, she did such a good job.  She played Katniss’ strength and vulnerability to a T and her fake “smile for the Capitol” act was so awkward (in a good way) and believable.  At the risk of sounding mean, someone on Twitter summed it up by saying, “I just feel sorry for the Twilight fans; they got Kristen Stewart.”

2. Caesar Flickerman.  Stanley Tucci was fabulous as the flamboyant talk show host.  In my mind he and Jennifer Lawrence completely stole the show.  Every time he was on-screen I was enthralled laughed so hard Cesear Flickermanat that almost insane and also charming smile.

3. The costumes. Costume designer Judianna Makovsky is a genius!  From the garish fashion of the Capitol to the stark clothes of The Seam, I was in awe.  The two are strongly juxtaposed against each other and the result is pure awesomeness.  I also particularly loved how the clothing of District 12 was very reminiscent of fashion during the World War II era.  Maybe its the History Major inside me, but it makes so much sense that they’d go that way.

4. The Tribute Parade scenery.   Was I the only one thinking, “Uhhh Nazi party?!”  RueThe way the banners hung reminded me of Nazi Germany circa 1939, which makes total sense because the Capitol mimics this similar totalitarian regime.  Again its the History Major inside of me, but that was what came to mind during that particular scene.

5. Rue.  Oh the cuteness is just too much!  Those sorrowful yet hopeful eyes killed me!  Oh please tell me that there will be Rue flashbacks  in the Catching Fire and Mockingjay movies!

6. The Peeta flashbacks.  I was wondering how Gary Ross would explain the strange history between Katniss and Peeta and I was very pleased with the almost stilted way he chose to do so.  You saw the story in actual choppy images, which was great because  my memories don’t flow like movies or plays, they’re all Peeta Breadchopped up into scenes.  (Hopefully that doesn’t mean I’m crazy).

7. The Father flashback.  Again, I loved the choppy way of showing this part of the story.  But I also thought the timing was right.  Ross chose to make this what Katniss thinks of while unconscious from the Tracker Jacker stings.

8. Fox-Face.  I’ve always been intrigued by Fox-Face, the sly and mysterious Tribute form District 5.  The scenes where she is just dashes in, grabs what she needs and dashes out again are so funny!  I love how Katniss keeps coming across Fox-Face and is both amused and hugely respectful of her.  I think Katniss feels a small semblance of connection with Fox-Face.

9. The Cave Scene.  I LOVED the book’s version of the cave scene and all the kissing. But I’m actually kinda happy that the movie’s version was much milder. Hollywood has a tendency to make romantic scenes mildly pornographic, so I’m surprised that they chose to do a chaster version.  I’m glad, I like my imagined version much better anyway  hehehe :p

10. Effie and Haymitch. These two were so well casted.  I’ve always liked them and their reluctant Hunger Games movie ticketpartnership and the film does a good job of illustrating this.  It seems like they don’t hate each other, but that they do put up with each other. In my dream world Effie and Haymitch would eventually realize they’ve loved each other all along!

Obviously there were tons of other things I enjoyed about the movie, but this post would be miles long if I wrote about all of them!  Have you seen it yet?  What were your thoughts?  (PS Don’t mind the creepiness of the picture, it was dark and I wanted to get close enough to read the ticket!)


Help! What Should I Read Next?

Just looking at my Too Read shelf can be daunting.  There are so many delicious looking books that I want to start.  So many in fact, that I am having a rather difficult time deciding which one I should read first!   So, I’ve decided to let you decide for me.  I’ve narrowed it down to one category and I only have three titles in that category to choose from at the moment.  The category is contemporary romance.  The nominated titles are below.

Catching Jordan By Miranda Kenneally-Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally What girl doesn’t want to be surrounded by gorgeous jocks day in and day out? Jordan Woods isn’t just surrounded by hot guys, though-she leads them as the captain and quarterback of her high school football team. They all see her as one of the guys, and that’s just fine. As long as she gets her athletic scholarship to a powerhouse university. But now there’s a new guy in town who threatens her starting position… suddenly she’s hoping he’ll see her as more than just a teammate.

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith-The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?  Today should be one of the worst days of seventeen-year-old Hadley Sullivan’s life. She’s stuck at JFK, late to her father’s second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon to be step-mother that Hadley’s never even met. Then she meets the perfect boy in the airport’s cramped waiting area. His name is Oliver, he’s British, and he’s in seat 18C. Hadley’s in 18A.

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins-Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins   Budding designer Lola Nolan doesn’t believe in fashion . . . she believes in costume. The more expressive the outfit — more sparkly, more fun, more wild — the better. But even though Lola’s style is outrageous, she’s a devoted daughter and friend with some big plans for the future. And everything is pretty perfect (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the dreaded Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood. When Cricket — a gifted inventor — steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door.

So, faithful BookTasty readers, it is time for you to decide which one of the tasty treats above I devour next.  Which ever book has the most votes by Saturday night (lets say 10 ish?)  will be the lucky book I read next!

You can begin voting…….NOW!


A Game of Book Blogger Tag

Today I was tagged by Readinista , an awesome book blogger, to participate in a game of book bloggers’ tag! I’m always down for
fun surveys and questionnaires(in middle school my friends and I did tons of these things!). It sounds like a good way to connect with and get to know other book bloggers better! Below, you’ll find my answers to Readinista’s questions and underneath that you’ll find my questions for the bloggers I tag.

Hope you have fun reading and/or participating!

The Rules
1. You must post the rules.
2. Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post and then create eleven new questions to ask the people you’ve tagged.
3. Tag eleven people and link to them on your post. (Ummm I didn’t tag 11)
4. Let them know you’ve tagged them

My Answers

1. Why did you start blogging?

I officially began my YA book blog in January 2011. So I’ve only been blogging for a little over a year now. I originally started because I needed an outlet in the middle of a lot of personal/family struggles/difficult times. I am a middle school Library Media Specialist who loves YA/MG fiction, and gets joy from helping people (especially teens) find books they love. It all made sense that a book blog was the thing to do :)

2. On average, how many books do you read in a month?

Hmmmm… I’ll have to estimate this one. Obviously it depends tons of factors but I guess I’d have to say, I read an average of four to five books
per month. Sometimes it more, but usually not less.

3. When do you read? (At night, during the day, commuting to work, etc)

I always have an audiobook or two
going at any given time, so I listen while driving to and from work, or while I’m
running. I honestly can’t run without an audiobook anymore and if I do it usually ends up being a really hard run for me. Other than audiobooks my reading takes place in the evening after work.

4. Do you have a favorite spot to read at home or do you read anywhere and everywhere?

It doesn’t really matter where as long as I’maying down while reading! If possible I’d be laying down 90% of my day! Most often this ends up being on the couch in our family room or on my bed. But it could be anywhere as long as I’m laying down!


5. How frequently do you check your blog statistics? Do you check them everyday or do you not care about the number of hits on your site?

Ohhh, this just got serious… I must confess that I check my blog stats all the time! I check them at least five times a day (most likely more!). This makes me cringe in shame but maybe sharing my obsession will encourage others to acknowledge their own stat checking addictions. :)

6. Do you ever get tired of being a book blogger?

No, so far I really, really enjoy it! I
feel like it fits me well!

7. If you could live in a fictional world, what book world would you choose?

My nonYA choice is Jane Austen’s land of Pride and Prejudice! No doubt! Living in England, wearing Regency gowns, dancing with men like Colin Fir…I mean Mr. Darcy?! Yes please!

My YA/MG choice would be The Gallagher Girl Academy from the Gallagher Girl series by Ally Carter! I want to be friends with Cammie and her friends and traipse through the halls of the spy school thinking of pens that are really cameras or whatever it is girls in spy school do!

8. What fictional book characters do you most relate to or would like to be friends with?

Although I strongly believe that Elizabeth Bennett (Pride and Prejudice) and I would be great friends, I feel like I relate most to Catherine Morland from
Audten’s Northanger Abbey. She is a
voracious reader, has an over active
imagination, and eventually marries a handsome young pastor; yup we’re a lot alike!!
And as I mentioned before I would totally be friends with Cammie an her friends from the Gallagher Girls series. They’re just so funny and loyal towards
each other, plus they love some
good old fashion shenanigans! :)


9. Other than reading and blogging what do you do for fun?

When I’m not reading or blogging I am
wrangling middle schoolers, spending
time with my husband and our furry babies (dog and cat), watching British dramas, running, and getting coffee with my friends. That makes me
sound very popular and interesting doesn’t it?!


10. Do your family and friends understand your reading and blogging hobbies or are they planning an intervention?

I think for the most part people get it. However, I’m sure there are those who
think I’m wasting my time reading “kid books” but they have no idea what they’re missing! Sometimes when I look into my husband’s eyes I see the intervention wheels turning, but he basically loves that I have a passion in books and blogging.

11. Freebie question – You choose what question you would like to answer (Yes I know this a cop out).

Okay my question is “who is your favorite fictional boyfriend?” Well, it’s funny you should ask *laughs lightheartedly* because I am pretty much convinced that Mr. Darcy “ardently admires and loves” me. I seriously swoon a little thinking of him. Le sigh…
Regarding YA? Hands down Will Herondale from Cassandra Clare’s Infernal Devices series. Who cares if he’s all dark and twisty inside… He’s Welsh, has an accent, and wears Victorian garb. It’s a done deal!! Are you sensing a British theme?!

Tags: Justin’s Book Blog, Lucy @ Reading Date, Reading Everywhere, Book Strings, Book Hounds, InklingsRead, The Lost Book Reports, The Corner Chair Seat, The Librarian Who Doesn’t Say Shhh.

My questions for you guys:

1. How long have you been blogging?
2. Why did you start book blogging?
3. Who are some of your favorite authors of all time and why?
4. What genre do you tend to prefer over others and why?
5. If you could live in a fictional world, what book world would you choose?
6. Is there a fictional character that you really relate to or could see yourself
being friends with?
7. Who is your best “book boyfriend”?
8. Share your favorite quote from
a fiction title and why you love it.
9. What book(s) are you currently reading?
10. Describe your most memorable/significant book/reading related experience.
11. How do you spend your time when you’re not reading or blogging?