Marry, Date or Dump: Theo James, Four, & Mr. Pamuk

r-theo-james-large570Okay, so I know you are going to say that I’ve gone a little Divergent crazy, and I’m not going to argue with you. I just can’t get Theo James’s performance as Four (or his spectacular back muscles) out of my mind. I’ve definitely been a fan of him since he appeared as Mr. Pamuk and totally messed things up for everyone in perhaps the most scandalous episode of Downton Abbey. So I have a question for you that I haven’t been able to answer for myself. Marry, date or dump: Theo James the actor, his character Four in Divergent, or him as the Turkish diplomat Kemal Pamuk from Downton Abbey. I’m excited to read in the comments who you choose.

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Book Review: Openly Straight, by Bill Konigsberg

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Openly Straight, by Bill Konigsberg is a coming out story that feels both unique and contemporary. And that is probably because it isn’t really a coming out story … it’s a story that asks what the personal and communal implications are when a gay teenager decides to go back into the closet.

Of course, that’s not how Rafe views his plan to switch schools and keep his sexual orientation a secret. As the back of the book will tell you, he thinks of his decision as more of a clean slate. For the most part, he appreciates how supportive his friends, family, school, and community has been since he came out in the 8th grade. Yeah, the party his parents threw him complete with party hats that say “Yay! Rafe is gay!” was a little over the top. And he isn’t thrilled when his mom becomes local chapter president of PFLAG and he has to go to meetings to talk about his feelings all the time. But that isn’t why he made this drastic decision.  Continue reading

Divergent Movie Review

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I finally saw the Divergent movie on Tuesday, and overall I really enjoyed it. Divergent wasn’t my favorite book of all time, but I felt really engaged in the series. The film follows the book pretty closely. Of course some things were edited out for time, but there are no major departures (that I noticed) from the text.

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What Should Be On My Bookish Bucket List?

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I am drawing a huge blank when it comes to specifics for this week’s top ten tuesday, a weekly book meme run by The Broke and the Bookish. I think I’m so focused on completing my bookish resolutions for this year, that I can’t even think beyond 2014. Especially, since I was way over ambitious and am way behind. So, yeah … aside from reading 83 more books this year (including Don Quixote and Atlas Shrugged) I’m not totally sure what belongs on my bucket list.

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Marry, Date or Dump: Tris, Christina, & Tori from Divergent

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Okay, so I didn’t end up seeing the Divergent movie this weekend, but I am seeing it tomorrow. This means I still have a whole lot of Tris and Four and the world they live in on the brain. Since we did some of the male characters for marry, date or dump last week, I thought it would be fun to see what people answer when given the female characters as choices. So let me know in the comments, when it comes to Tris, Christina, and Tori who would you marry, who would you date and who would you dump?  Continue reading

Links for a Lazy Sunday

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All the books that I’ve had on hold at the library all became available yesterday, so today I think I’ll be reading more books than links. But if you want to spend some time on the internet today, here are some of my favorite new(ish) links from around the web.