It’s Monday! What are you reading?

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It’s Monday! What are you reading is hosted by Book Journey.

Last week I started the Divergent series by Veronica Roth. While I thought that Divergent and Insurgent were pretty decent, I am hesitant about reading the third book in the trilogy. I had to ask myself if I would have read the book if I had not read the spoilers. And the answer is Yes…I can’t just not finish the trilogy, even though I’m not overly excited about a particular event in the book. If I not read the spoilers, I wouldn’t have known about that event and would’ve been “UUUGGGHHH!!!” when I did read about the event. So I’m going to read Allegiant and be all “uugghh!” because it’s not a surprise and I’ll finish the trilogy and post my thoughts about Allegiant when I’m done.

Before I started this post, I checked my place in line for Allegiant and I am 2 out of 42. So I’m going to hope that I’ll be reading Allegiant before the week is over. Given my earlier rant about Allegiant, um, yay?! I’ll be reading the book.

So today I’m reading:
Carter Finally Gets It (Carter Finally Gets It, #1)Carter Finally Gets It by Brent Crawford

Format: Audiobook, Digital Download, Unabridged
Published: April 7th 2009 by Brilliance Audio (first published April 1st 2009)
Source: Sync (SYNC offers free Young Adult & Classic audiobook downloads in the summer months to introduce the listening experience.)

Summary: Meet Will Carter, but feel free to call him Carter. (Yes, he knows it’s a lazy nickname, but he didn’t have much say in the matter.)

Here are five things you should know about him:

1. He has a stuttering problem, particularly around boobs and belly buttons.

2. He battles Attention Deficit Disorder every minute of every day unless he gets distracted.

3. He’s a virgin, mostly because he’s no good at talking to girls (see number 1).

4. He’s about to start high school.

5. He’s totally not ready.

Join Carter for his freshman year, where he’ll search for sex, love, and acceptance anywhere he can find it. In the process, he’ll almost kill a trombone player, face off with his greatest nemesis, suffer a lot of blood loss, narrowly escape death, run from the cops (not once, but twice), get caught up in a messy love triangle, meet his match in the form of a curvy drill teamer, and surprise the hell out of everyone, including himself.

What I plan to read this week:

Allegiant (Divergent, #3)Allegiant by Veronica Roth

Format: Kindle Edition, 526 pages

Published: October 22nd 2013 by Katherine Tegen Books

Source: The local library

Summary: The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered—fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories.

But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature—and of herself—while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love.

It’s Monday! What are you reading?

It's Monday

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 (Divergent, #1)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 JailLetter 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.

The Fall of Five by Pittacus Lore

The Fall of Five (Lorien Legacies, #4)The Fall of Five by Pittacus Lore

Source: Library

Published, written book: August 27th 2013 by HarperTeen

Format: Audiobook, running time 9 hours, 9 minutes

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Some books, usually a series of books, I decide that I would rather read by audiobook because I enjoy the narration. In this case, narrators. This is one of those series that I prefer to read by audiobooks. From the previous book, The Rise of Nine, I was already familiar with the characters and their narrators. It didn’t take me long to incorporate Sam’s voice into the mix. And I kind of found myself enjoying the narration by cast.
Although it took me a little while to get into this book, I actually enjoyed this book. Four is the presumed leader of this bunch. Nine is still obnoxious, and it ultimately costs the rest of the team. Six, Eight, and Ella are still continue on in this book. And joining these aliens are Sam, his father, Malcolm, and Malcolm’s Morgadorian spy friend, Adam, as well as Five.
In this book, the crew is learning to work together instead of the constant infighting and rivalry that plagued the third installment of the Lorien Legacies series. Five being the newest member to join the alien teens is Nine’s target of teasing and harrassment.
As with most uncompleted series, I hated not being able to read the next installment. The Fall of Five ended with a huge cliffhanger. I can’t wait until the next book.