Divergent, M.I.A., and Massages

Sorry I’ve been MIA all week. I’ve been spending every spare minute (before work, on my lunch break, before bed, etc.) reading the Divergent trilogy. I finally gave in and, after reading and asking for many reviews, bought the first book for my iPad. It took about a day and a half to read, and I immediately bought the next one.

I’ve got to say writers/publishing companies really know how to make you give them more of your dollars than you should, because the first book ends right as the conflict begins. The second book picks up as if it were just another chapter in the first. Clever girl, HarperCollins.

I recommend the series for a fun, quick read. It’s kind of like the Hunger Games in that you can consume it like a famished cheetah that just spent what feels like a lifetime chasing a delicious gazelle. No? Ok, fine. It’s a dystopian society that, it seems to me it’s implied, exists in some version of a post-apocalyptic America.

Society has been split up into “factions” that are based on some of humanity’s greatest characteristics: selflessness, honesty, intelligence, bravery, and kindness. Except, it’s gotten to the point where each faction has pushed their characteristic to the extreme. Plus, our main character is Divergent, as the the book’s title suggests, which throws a whole extra wrench into the plot.

It’s no The Lord of the Rings, so don’t expect to be analyzing it and whatnot (though I’m sure people are). For me, it’s just been a fun and entertaining read… that’s been taking up all my free time. I could be reading it right now, people.

On a completely different note, can we all agree that the first full week back to work after a long Christmas vacation/break is so hard? After I finish my coffee in the morning, I feel like it only goes downhill from there. I listened to M.I.A.’s “Bad Girls” to keep myself awake/alive the rest of the day. Over and over. And over and over. Don’t worry. Sean’s already informed me that I do not, in fact, live fast, and I most likely will not die young (knock on wood). So, I’m under no illusion that I’m a “bad girl.”

Anyway, I’m mega excited that my Groupon massage is this afternoon and I can’t waaaaait. What have you been looking forward to this weekend?

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