Friday, January 13, 2012

Book Club Friday- Divergent, Skinny Bitch & Redeeming Love

It's Book Club Friday and I am linking up with Blonde, Undercover Blonde
( ) to share what I have been reading and what is up next!

First up, I have been reading Divergent by Veronica Roth. It is SO good...very similar to Hunger Games but different enough that it is definitely worth reading. Here is a little summary I found on Amazon:
"One choice can transform you. Pass initiation. Do not fail! Thrilling urban dystopian fiction debut from exciting young author. In sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior's world, society is divided into five factions -- Abnegation (the selfless), Candor (the honest), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent) -- each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue, in the attempt to form a "perfect society." At the age of sixteen, teens must choose the faction to which they will devote their lives. On her Choosing Day, Beatrice renames herself Tris, rejects her family's group, and chooses another faction. After surviving a brutal initiation, Tris finds romance with a super-hot boy, but also discovers unrest and growing conflict in their seemingly "perfect society." To survive and save those they love, they must use their strengths to uncover the truths about their identities, their families, and the order of their society itself."

And here is what I will be reading next...

Skinny Bitch by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin


Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers

Starting Monday I am taking part of a 30 day yeast-free challege with a large group of bloggers and a few friends at work. Also, starting today I joined a 3 month weight loss competition at work so I have been doing a lot of research of yeast free diets, vegan lifestyles and a few others. I will have a full post on all that Monday! But in the meantime here is a little summary on Skinny Bitch from Amazon:
"Not your typical boring diet book, this is a tart-tongued, no-holds-barred wakeup call to all women who want to be thin. With such blunt advice as, "Soda is liquid Satan" and "You are a total moron if you think the Atkins Diet will make you thin," it's a rallying cry for all savvy women to start eating healthy and looking radiant. Unlike standard diet books, it actually makes the reader laugh out loud with its truthful, smart-mouthed revelations. Behind all the attitude, however, there's solid guidance. Skinny Bitch espouses a healthful lifestyle that promotes whole grains, fruits, and vegetables, and encourages women to get excited about feeling "clean and pure and energized."

My Mom just finished reading Redeeming Love and said it was one of the best books she has ever read. Even a few of her friends said the same thing, so I figured I would read it! Here is a summary:
"California’s gold country, 1850. A time when men sold their souls for a bag of gold and women sold their bodies for a place to sleep.
Angel expects nothing from men but betrayal. Sold into prostitution as a child, she survives by keeping her hatred alive. And what she hates most are the men who use her, leaving her empty and dead inside.
Then she meets Michael Hosea, a man who seeks his Father’s heart in everything. Michael obeys God’s call to marry Angel and to love her unconditionally. Slowly, day by day, he defies Angel’s every bitter expectation, until despite her resistance, her frozen heart begins to thaw.
But with her unexpected softening comes overwhelming feelings of unworthiness and fear. And so Angel runs. Back to the darkness, away from her husband’s pursuing love, terrified of the truth she no longer can deny: Her final healing must come from the One who loves her even more than Michael does…the One who will never let her go.
A powerful retelling of the story of Gomer and Hosea, Redeeming Love is a life-changing story of God’s unconditional, redemptive, all-consuming love."

Any of you read any of these books? Any other recommendations?

Happy Reading!


Kimberly said...

Definitely let me know how you like Skinny Bitch. I really want to get into a healthier lifestyle, and I have heard the yeast-free diet works. It is just tough. And I am a wuss. :| Why can't I lose weight by eating chocolate and fruit pies?!

Sarah said...

I read Skinny was good!

Lia Joy said...

Ahhh! Redeeming Love is my all time favorite book. I've read it so many times! You will love it! It's fictionally based on the book of Hosea in the Bible. Fabulous!

And I plan to read Divergent next. I'm intrigued! :)

Victoria said...

what a mix of books :)

they sound good!

happy friday!

Heather said...

I have Skinny Bitch Bun in the Oven- I still need to read it though!

And Redeeming love is incredible.

Alyssa said...

I've heard Skinny Bitch is wonderful!! Keep us posted when you start reading it! :)

Mike and Sam Jasch said...

I have Skinny Bitch on my bookshelf but haven't read it yet. My mom has read Redeeming Love also - loved it! I guess our mom's are onto something :)

Alyssa said...

I tagged you in a post over on my blog! :)

Valerie Griffin said...

Redeeming Love is my favorite book!

Jenn @ Peas and Crayons said...

Googling Divergent right now!!!! thanks for the book tip girly!

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