Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Wednesday: On Reading

So, today is all about what I'm reading.

Well, I have to tell you. I just finished "The Hunger Games", and I know all youse all, or at least most of you out there, have read this book. What was your initial response to it?

This was mine. It was disturbing. Really, really disturbing. You know what disturbed me most? I couldn't put the book down!

I mean, it took me a little while to get my head wrapped around the idea of a gladiator-type future where the children are forced to compete in this "Game" against each other, in a fight to the death. Suzanne Collins does such a good job of portraying her world, however, that you can almost reconcile yourself to the idea. As the book goes on, and you're drawn deeper into Katniss's mind and mentality, you almost get detached from the deaths that occur. In fact, you almost root for some of them. Then, all of a sudden, the author jerks you back into the present, and to the shocking mentality of her world. As I said, disturbing.

However, her style was amazingly gripping. I could not put the book down. I started her book on Sunday morning, and by the afternoon I'd finished it. Afterward, I immediately put her other two books on hold. She had a way of putting her words together that held my attention. That's the kind of writing I want to learn, that taut and relentless string of words that makes me want to turn the next page... and the next page... and the next page.

I give "The Hunger Games" probably a four-and-a-half star rating. I'd prolly give it a five-star rating, 'cept it disturbed me so much! :)

On a lighter note, and totally not in keeping with the topic, this is a note to all you Josh Groban fans out there: HE'S GOING ON TOUR! I just finished purchasing eight tickets, for me and my family members and friends who are going to see him LIVE! I'm thrilled, excited, jazzed... he's my fav'rite singer. Here's the reason why. I'll share with you one of my most favourite songs on his new Illuminations CD. It's called "Hidden Away", and it's absolutely beautiful. Enjoy! God bless.


  1. Cat, I haven't read Hunger Games. The whole concept is disturbing to me, and I don't think I can get into it. I'm sure she's a great writer, and people rave about the books, but this is one of those times where I really think it's just not for me.

  2. Loved Hunger Games. I think it taps into our worst trends/fears such as reality TV gone horribly wrong.

  3. I wasn't expecting to like it either, Kelly. I picked it up in the library with a sort of "Ho-hum" attitude, and I read the first page, and I checked it out. Bam. She has a way with words, that's all I can say. :-)

  4. Hunger Games is not my usual cup of tea, but your review has nudged me closer to taking a sip.

  5. I'd heard of it, but I never thought I'd read it. It sounded too "gritty" for me. It really was her style, and her way of tense writing that made me read it. It was an experience for sure, Samantha.


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