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Guest Post: A Dystopian Future

Last month was the release of Divergent, the film based on the bestselling YA book series by Veronica Roth. The film marks the continuation of one popular trend, YA books-turned-movies, and is leading the pack when it comes to another, emerging trend: dystopian fiction.
While the dystopian genre has been around for centuries, we are about to bear witness to an onslaught of dystopian movies, television shows, and books all arriving this year. It seems that the appeal of the genre is the unlimited creativity its author has over the whole society -including the possibility of constructing our own planet’s history and future. It’s a concept that many screenwriters and authors are flocking to in a bid to foster their boundless ideas. 
An easy argument could be made that The Hunger Games was the first series to start this trend. The first book in Suzanne Collins’ series was released in 2008 with the second and third quickly following in 2009 and 2010. The series gathered a large fanbase almos…

Blog Tour: Up at Butternut Lake by Mary McNear

The Butternut Lake Trilogy. HarperCollins (April 2014) TLC Tours In the spirit of Kristin Hannah and Susan Wiggs, comes this debut novel-the first in an unforgettable new series by Mary McNear
It's been ten years since Allie Beckett crossed the threshold of her family cabin at Butternut Lake, Minnesota. Now, newly widowed after the death of her husband in Afghanistan, she's returned with her five-year-old son.
There, she reconnects with the friends she had in childhood-best girlfriend Jax, now married with three kids and one on the way, and Caroline, owner of the local coffee shop. What Allie doesn't count on is a newcomer to Butternut Lake, Walker Ford.  Up at Butternut Lake follows these four unforgettable characters across a single summer as they struggle with love, loss, and what it means to take risks, confront fears, and embrace life, in all of its excitement and unpredictability. Allie Beckett could never have imagined, when she ran away from her old life, that she was r…

March 2014 Wrap-Up

So this past month I've been thinking about changing direction in what I want to study and do for the rest of my life. It's scary but I want to do some research to figure out where I'll be happiest in the career I choose. I worry a lot in my life especially about what's going to happen in two, five, ten years in the future. I know I shouldn't get too wrapped up in the future yet it's time I take action in certain parts of my life which is what I wanted for myself in the beginning of the year. So here's to what should be a hopefully a productive, decision making month.
I read 10 books and 2 picture books.
Books and Picture Books I've Read:





My favorite book by far was The Program, Til Death was great too as well as well as the book in The Lying Game Series. Fearscape was one of the scariest books I've read in a long time. It still lingers in my mind...
Personal Challenges:
I'm planning to run more and do regular push-ups in April. I still need to draw …