I haven’t been reading much. There, I said it. I’m ashamed to have said it but it’s the truth, especially coming from me – a person who used to finish 2-3 books per week with consummate ease.
To clarify, I haven’t read too many novels this year. But to compensate, and because I’m writing 1 short story every month as part of the Short Story Challenge, I’ve been gobbling up fiction and essays from literary magazines everywhere, mostly online.
At the rate of 1 short story a day, I might have easily read as much as 2-3 books a week!
Despite that, I craved my novel fixes. So I got back in the game with two of the most talked about books that have recently been made or are going to be made into films.
I came to the Divergent party a little late, because I didn’t know how much I could stomach. I was also worried that it would end on a cliffhanger and I’d be forced to read the sequels just to know what happens next.
Luckily I’m pleased to report this was not the case. I enjoyed reading the book. It ended on a note that surely promised a sequel, but it is no loss if you choose not to.
Though I found it very exciting, the premise felt a little too derivative to me. The sorting of people into factions reminded me of the Sorting Hat in Harry Potter, and the violence between adolescents brought to mind The Hunger Games. I understand the appeal, of course, but I’m happy to see the sequels solely on screen, with my niece serving as my guide to plot lines that I may not follow.
Here’s the trailer for Divergent:
If you haven’t read the book already, then there’s nothing I can tell you about it. I knew that there was a halfway plot twist but I didn’t know what the twist was. Briefly, all that I can tell you about the book is this:
On Nick and Amy’s 5th wedding anniversary, Amy goes missing. Nick is the prime suspect – because, almost always, it’s the husband that did it. The book is narrated alternately by Nick, and Amy’s diary entries.
Now that I know the twists and the endings, I can safely say – please read the book if you haven’t already!
The film is out in October. The trailer is brilliant, as is the casting for the movie:
Right now I’ve started on The Silkworm, written by Robert Gilbraith aka JK Rowling. So far, all I can say is, JKR is JKR. She hasn’t lost her touch, or her sense of humour, or her writing skills, one teeny bit.
What have you been reading lately?
Oh, I was just going to do a post about the books I read on my holiday too. 🙂 I haven’t read Divergent but happened to watch (most of) the film on a flight. I haven’t seen the ending so hopefully there’ll be some nice twists left for me. I liked Gone Girl too, and I’m just about to start Silkworm.
One of the books I’ve just read is The Fault in Our Stars. I liked it, but didn’t think it was outstanding. Have you read it?
Not read it yet 😦
Though it figures in my TBR pile I will freely admit I am loathe to read it as I understand you need to keep tissues handy to wipe the tears away. I will read it at some point, though, but considering my preference for humour, I have to be in the mood for depressing YA realist fiction 🙂
Fault… is not as much of a tear-jerker as I feared. It’s also got some humour, so I’d say jump in. 🙂
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Oh good, you’ve set my mind at rest. Will definitely jump in sooner in that case!
I have read Divergent and I loved it. I also enjoyed Shatter me (another YA book). Currently I am reading Before I fall. I must put Gone Girl in my TBR.
Ah yes, Shatter Me and Before I Fall are on my list as well. I have to read them. Do read Gone Girl soon – the film will be out in October!