My schedule has been wildly askew because of last weekend’s ALAMW14 in Philly. Between work, car problems, and just life in general, it’s taken me a week to get my schedule back to a resemblance of normal. On the plus side, I’m a little bit ahead in my Goodreads Reading challenge because I’ve started listening to audiobooks as well. And I’ve been enjoying audio books a lot! I might actually increase the amount of books in that challenge.
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Format: Kindle Edition, 501 pages
Published: May 3rd 2011 by Katherine Tegen Books (first published April 25th 2011)
Source: Borrowed from local library
Summary: 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. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are–and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.
Letter from the Birmingham Jail by Martin Luther King Jr., Dion Graham (Narrator)
Format: Audiobook, Digital Download, Unabridged
Published: April 15th 2013 by Mission Audio (first published 1963)
Source: Sync (SYNC offers free Young Adult & Classic audiobook downloads in the summer months to introduce the listening experience.)
Summary: April 16th. The year is 1963. Birmingham, Alabama has had a spring of non-violent protests known as the Birmingham Campaign, seeking to draw attention to the segregation against blacks by the city government and downtown retailers. The organizers longed to create a non-violent tension so severe that the powers that be would be forced to address the rampant racism head on. Recently arrested was Martin Luther King, Jr.. It is there in that jail cell that he writes this letter; on the margins of a newspaper he pens this defense of non-violence against segregation. His accusers, though many, in this case were not the white racist leaders or retailers he protested against, but 8 black men who saw him as “other” and as too extreme. To them and to the world he defended the notion that “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
Thanks for reading with me.