April 29th, 2011

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Book Report (50)...

For those of you who happened to Google your title and ended up here, please know that one star is not a bad thing in Robin's world -- just the fact that I picked up your book and started it means that somewhere it's getting good buzz (or that your blurb was really cool). 'R' means it's a re-read. Different colored font means it's an ARC for 2011 (and I'll try to remember to put the month it's released, as well). I'm linking to Tattered Cover's pages for the ARCs.

If you'd like to see my year-to-date four-plus- and five-star recommendations, visit Robin ReadsnWrites.

* I didn't make it beyond the first 20 pages.
** I made it to the end, but I either skimmed or skipped large sections.
*** I might have skipped/skimmed, but I liked it and might read it again.
**** I read at least 95% of the book and it was good -- probably will be reread.
***** I read every word, and I loved it! A favorite and definite reread.

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Divergent, by Veronica Roth ***** Wow!! Okay, this marks the third book I've read this year which I've loved sooooo much...I'm almost speechless (which wouldn't quite be the point in a book review). To me, this is better than Hunger Games -- and here's why: 1) Tris is much more likable than Catniss (to me), even though she's just as tough (but she's also more vulnerable); 2) the love story is wonderful (and NOT a triangle); 3) the mystery is really well done; 4) the world building is credible and unique and intriguing; 5) although this is clearly the first book in a series (a trilogy?), I didn't feel at all left in the dark; everything was explained for this section of the story, and all that's left is moving on to what's next; 6) did I mention the cool romance??; 7) it's not as brutal (yes, it's still pretty brutal, but to me, it didn't seem as in-your-face as HG. So, yeah, I loved it! The story: Tris and Caleb (her brother) have reached the day when they'll make the choice between the five factions in their city (that which used to be Chicago). They are expected to choose their home faction (Abnegation), but Tris is having doubts. It doesn't help that her testing was inconclusive (very rare -- and Tris is warned not to tell anyone about that). When Tris chooses Dauntless, her life changes in every way -- and soon, it's not only that she's expected to risk her life and put up with brutal fighting, it's all about her own ambition and desire to truly be Dauntless...until she starts to see that the Dauntless have just as many faults as those in Abnegation. Plus, something is stirring in their world, and Tris fears her old faction (where her parents still live) might be the target. And on top of everything, Tris is falling in love, and she wonders if that will be the greatest test of her courage to date. (YA dystopic, releases 5/11, publisher: Katherine Tegan)

Currently Reading: A couple of library books (they're good, but they got put on hold because of above)
On Deck: What can compete with Divergent??
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Five on Friday...

1. I've reached the uber-busy week of my work. Yesterday, the students didn't get their papers in until late in the day, so I was CRABBY for dinner.

2. I've bookmarked a barometric reading for our town. I'm tired of being blind-sided by D's moods (um, especially when I'm in a mood myself -- see #1).

3. We have a new yoga instructor at the gym, and I love her! Before, I always felt really good after class, but now, I actually want to be IN class. I love the way she moves through the various positions; I love how she moves around the room and helps us; and I love the way my body feels during and after.

4. The kids have no school today (or yesterday) because of testing (ick). DH agreed to take them with him this morning (so I could go to yoga), and now I'm so enjoying the peace and quiet.

5. It's really windy here today...yes, again. I love the sunshine and the blue, blue sky -- but I must admit the wind is wearing. Still, I'd rather have a sunny and windy day than a cloudy and windy day :)

Happy last weekend in April (that can't be possible...can it?)