Weekend Reads #3: I revisit Divergent with Insurgent

Weekend Reads is a Goodreads group created by Nici, a booktuber over at LitPixie. Basically book lovers can record a video or write a blog post about what they plan to read on the weekend, and also answer a fun question.

The question for this weekend is:

Which summer 2015 book releases are you most looking forward to?

That would be The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness, which is expected to be published on August 27.

The Rest of Us Just Live Here

This choice was influenced by booktuber Sarah Churchill. She mentioned Ness’ book in a video I forgot the title of and also in her April Book Haul video. I like the concept. It’s a story where the main character is not the “chosen one”… I’ll place the Goodreads synopsis below.

I’ve never read a book by Ness before so this will be my first, unless I’m convinced to read another by him before this one is published. I’m looking forward to this book because I’m curious to see how this story about the unchosen one will unfold; also, I get the impression that it will be funny. I hope it is.

From Goodreads:

What if you weren’t the Chosen One?

What if you’re not the one who’s so often the hero in YA fiction; who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death? What if you were like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again. Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life. Even if your best friend might just be the God of mountain lions…

What I’m reading this weekend?

A Long Day’s Evening by Bilge Karasu

I picked up this book at work because I like the cover, which gives the impression of a mosaic. Initially, I had no intentions of reading it but since I didn’t want to jump into a new series just yet without first posting my review of Throne of Glass, I decided to read this. Plus it was staring at me hard from atop my bookshelf.

So far it’s a bore but that might be because I haven’t given it a chance. It’s possible that I’m not in the mood for it so I might put it back … maybe. It’s a novel about two monks’ contention with their faith at a time when the Emperor of Byzantium orders the destruction of all religious paintings and icons. I enjoy reading and listening to discussions about struggles with faith and religion so I’m sure I’ll find this story interesting if I give it a chance. It’s pretty short too at just 168 pages.

Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Yea, I know I just said that I don’t want to jump into a new series just yet but technically this isn’t new since I read Divergent last year. 🙂

Divergent was an okay read but I wasn’t sure if I wanted to continue with the series or not. Despite the hype surrounding the Insurgent movie, I wasn’t aroused to watch it or even to continue reading the series. I thought maybe I’d watch it when it gets to Netflix and probably continue with the books if I like the movie enough. But Becky over at Blogs-of-a-Bookaholic incited me to continue with her review of Allegiant. She was so excited about certain aspects of the story that my curiosity was aroused and I had to download the e-book to read. This one will definitely be read this weekend.

So what do you plan to read? Please share your thoughts and comments below, especially if you’ve read Karasu’s novel.

Happy reading!

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