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April 10, 2012

Hey everyone! Did you survive Monday!? I did! Almost… Haha. I find myself exhausted by about 2:30pm and am so ready for a nap! Sadly I have class until 6pm! Not too conducive to napping. Instead, I got some chai tea from Starbucks and prayed for the best!

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It helped me push through to my last class! P.S. if you ever order chai tea from Starbucks, be sure to emphasize that you want the TEA, not the latte…

Another great pick-me-up? My friend from Charleston, Meredith, sent me a picture of her horse Bert eating his favorite snack: Spanish Moss! I LOVE Bert, we had a special bond. I miss him to death and was so glad to see he was having a great afternoon!

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I forgot to share this in my post yesterday, but I mixed up breakfast AGAIN on Sunday and ate something other than oats! This is insanity.

I had a piece of toast with hummus, avocado and tomato slices, scrambled egg whites and then some Siggi’s plain yogurt with PB2! It was filling and delicious!


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So this book review has been a long time coming… I actually read Divergent on my way home from Colorado during spring break, about a month ago! I hadn’t been able to find it anywhere and got so frustrated! While waiting for a flight I stopped in a bookstore in the airport and couldn’t find it, but walking out I spotted it on a display! Score!

I wanted to read Divergent so badly because I’d heard it was a great book to read if you’d enjoyed the Hunger Games. See a Dystopia theme happening? Don’t worry, I’m taking a short break! But I had to share this book with all of you!

In Divergent, the world has been separated into five different “Factions,” each with their own rules, place in society and, most importantly, character traits. When a child becomes 16 the go through Choosing Day, in which they decide whether to stay in the faction in which their family raised them, or choose to join another. They are helped by an aptitude test, which tells them which faction they would be best suited for.

The heroine of the book, Beatrice, however, finds out that she actually fits into 3 of the factions and is considered a “divergent.” She is told by the tester to never tell anyone her results because being divergent makes her a dangerous person within the faction, yet Beatrice cannot understand why.

The novel follows Beatrice as she chooses her faction and embarks on a journey to prove to both herself and her faction that she truly belongs there, despite all her insecurities. I loved this novel because it always kept me on the edge of my seat, I was constantly waiting to see what would happen next and could literally not put it down! The book is 496 pages long and I finished it in 2 days! One part that I loved about the book was how complex Beatrice’s character was written – you can clearly tell that she has traits of several of the factions. Also, unlike Maze Runner, which I reviewed a couple weeks ago, there’s some romance involved, which also keeps the book much more interesting! I felt like this book was much more intriguing than Maze Runner because the characters were very developed and you grew quite attached to Beatrice, as well as a few of her friends.

I highly recommend this book if you enjoyed the Hunger Games, or if you want to try out a dystopia!

I’m hoping to read Julie’s, from Peanut Butter Fingers, next book club read, The Book Thief, but with finals coming up I’ve had a lot less free time for reading! The book is very different from what I’ve been reading so it might be a nice change!


What is your favorite book of all time!? I love hearing these!

Do you have anything that gets you through a long day?

31 Comments leave one →
  1. April 10, 2012 6:52 am

    I LOVED Divergent! It was such a quick, great read 🙂 I love to read and one of my recent favorites is About a Boy, It’s Kind of a Funny Story, Yes My Darling Daughter and Outliers. Right now, I’m reading a memoir called Piece of Cake (I surprisingly really love it – it’s not a typical read but I am so glad I picked it up!) I’m also reading 11/23/63 by Stephen King. It’s a bit slow but I’m too far invested to quit reading.

  2. April 10, 2012 7:24 am

    Look at you outside of your comfort zone for breakfast! Your breakfasts look awesome.

  3. Anna Lynn permalink
    April 10, 2012 7:32 am

    Coffee. Coffee gets me through anything! Just a plain ice coffee with a truvia and a splash of skim milk is perfection. I don’t like my coffee/tea too milky so I know what you mean about Starbucks! I’m hoping my stomach falls into a normal rhythm and this nausea goes away because I haven’t been able to drink coffee the past few days and it’s not really working out too well….

    • April 10, 2012 8:00 am

      I know how you feel – my stomach has been a bit upset too so I haven’t been able to drink coffee much during school!

  4. April 10, 2012 7:55 am

    I have too many favorites..and they’re all drastically different: Catcher in the Rye.. Pride and Prejudice…and book by Sophie Kinsella..

    To get through a long day, I either workout or take a bubble bath (or, if I was still living in Bodton and it was the weekend, I’d drive to upstate NY to stay with my parents and ‘decompress’)

    • April 10, 2012 8:01 am

      I LOVE going home to decompress! There’s nothing like hanging out at your parents when you just need to relax!

  5. April 10, 2012 8:02 am

    love your bumblebee sticker on your water bottle! 😉 i put a couple of the ones you sent me on our refrigerator door. they just make me smile. 🙂 glad you got through your long day! it’s all downhill from here!

  6. April 10, 2012 8:04 am

    I just finished reading Born to Run and loved it! It’s such an interesting and inspiring read if you’re a runner. Also very sad to hear that Caballo Blanco (one of the characters in the book) was found dead after a run in the desert. So sad.

  7. April 10, 2012 8:29 am

    I drink tea during the day (green tea/ earl grey) and a lot of water which actually seems to help keep me awake. I also try to get up and walk, I’ll even leave classto walk to the bathroom (if I don’t have to go) just to get my blood moving.

    Thanks for the review, I’ll keep the book in mind for after finals/graduation. I plan on doing a lot of reading this summer!

  8. April 10, 2012 9:39 am

    I LOVEDDDD Divergent too! I read it in about 1.5 days, one of those can’t put down books 🙂 I am psyched for the next one, it’s coming out so soon thank goodness!

  9. April 10, 2012 3:44 pm

    I need to finish reading this book! I had to give it back to the library b/c work got crazy busy…boo. I too want to read Maze runner and book thief. Busy life –but it’ll settle down and I can get to ’em! Have a great night 🙂

  10. April 10, 2012 3:46 pm

    Favorite book, hands down, is ENDER’S GAME.

  11. April 10, 2012 4:11 pm

    I want to join Julie’s book club this month! I saw you talking about it last month, and being I just finished Hunger Games I wanted new ideas of reads, which this Divergent sounds like another perfect one! I’m excited for the book club though, thanks for introducing it to me! 🙂

    • April 10, 2012 7:08 pm

      You should definitely try out Divergent, and join Julie’s book club! I love book clubs because I get to see other people’s opinions on parts of the book!

  12. April 10, 2012 6:23 pm

    I had to skip over the review of Divergent because it’s one of the next books on my reading list and I like to be surpised about everything 🙂 But I will come back and read it after I’m finished! But I’m glad you made it through your long Monday unscathed!

    Right now I’m reading The Game of Thrones because Craig and I agreed that he would read the Hunger Games if I read The Game of Thrones. It’s not totally my thing, but I actually am enjoying it!

    • April 10, 2012 7:08 pm

      Haha good! I tried not to spoil it much but if you’re already going to read it, no use in taking chances!

  13. April 10, 2012 7:51 pm

    What a beautiful horse!!! They are such awesome animals, great friends. Ah, now I miss the horse I used to ride back in HS.

  14. April 10, 2012 11:49 pm

    That breakfast looks awesome! I think you have inspired me to add egg whites to my breaky tomorrow! 🙂

  15. April 11, 2012 3:03 am

    Oh your really reminding me that I need some more reading in my life to fill the gap now that I’ve read The Hunger Games, I may have to keep a look out for Divergent!

  16. April 12, 2012 4:27 pm

    I really enjoyed “The Book Thief”. Highly recommended.

    I’m not a huge fan of dystopian plots, though, so I’m feeling a bit left out of all this hoopla.

    • April 12, 2012 6:09 pm

      I just ordered it!!! Haha and don’t worry, I’m sure there will be a new book obsession in the coming months!

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