The Book Nook

The Book Nook is my little place to talk about (not to be insanely obvious here…) books.  Because I like to read a book every year or so.  I promise I won’t give anything away (but, things happen).  And, there is a 76% chance that you’ll find this review a complete waste of time because you read the book 10 years ago.  Moving on.

*Can you believe how many books I’ve read lately?  I think it’s because I miss TV.

THE BOOK: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games

My thoughts (which most likely carry little to no influence): This book was recommended to me this summer by two people I only got to hang out with a few times, but wished I had a lifetime more to spend with them. They trucked it home to the Midwest but I am still holding out hope that they’ll move back to the mountains.

Since I was waiting for Cane River to dry up apparently, it took me almost half a year to honor their recommendation.  I can tell you now, I wish I wouldn’t have waited so long!  The premise of the book drops you into a futuristic society ruled by a cruel government; where the main attraction is the annual Hunger Games – in which girls and boys, in between the ages of 12 and 18, are forced to fight to the death.  Yeah.  It’s really really disturbing.  I busted through this book so fast that I gave myself situational hypertension.  It’s a good read.  It’s a TRILOGY so, of course I have the two other books on reserve at the library.  Another bonus?  It gave me a way to relate to my track kids since they’ve all read these books too.  It’s a nice change because normally they have a hard time wrapping their brains around the stuff I like to talk about (going to sleep before 9.30pm, health insurance woes, and granny panties).

Grade:  B+

My reasoning for the lower grade being, it’s a teen novel so the writing is simple.  More importantly, in my mind,  it just could have been so much better.  The latter part was a bit cheesy for my taste, and I came up with a bazillion better ways to end this bad boy that I drove myself mad.

Would I recommend it to a stranger on the bus (trying to make his way home)? For sho’.  I recommended it to Hubs and he devoured it faster than my homemade pumpkin bread (which, obviously, was not received well).

What I am reading now: I’m reading instructions on a box of hair dye, and am hopeful for fancy new highlights that look like they are worth more than the eight dollars I paid for them.

20 thoughts on “The Book Nook

  1. I quickly read The Hunger Games before it was due back at the library, and I share the candace’s sentiments. You can only complain so much about a book that refuses to be put down, but I still feel it could have been so much better. Candace and I brainstormed so many better endings that I fully expect Suzanne Collins to consult with us on her next book.

  2. I’ve heard tons about the Hunger Games too! So glad to hear more about the book & the writing :-)

    On a side note, you have done TONS of reading lately!! So impressed as the most I’ve been able to read lately are a magazines (not impressive at all). :-)

    • Of course my cleaning and general life competency has fallen to the wayside with all of my new found good reads. Eventually, I’ll have to drop out of Never Neverland and get my taxes organized…

  3. I just finished this yesterday too and am starting the next book! Your review reminds me that I have told you multiple times that you should be writing a book so….I tell you again. I will volunteer to review/edit but when you become famous, I must promise to still write the same clever Christmas cards!

    • Megs, you make my heart puffy with pride and warmth when you say such nice things! To pen a book would be a dream come true! I promise to keep at the Christmas cards!

  4. I am on the fence whether or not to read this. I am sooo busy. It sounds really good, but I just don’t know. Is it long? Could I crank it out in a weekend if I wanted to?

  5. If you like dystopia type novels but want a more adult version try The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. Another young adult dystopian novel that was pretty good was Divergent by Veronica Roth.

    • Sharon! Thanks for the tips! I’ve read The Handmaid’s Tale (ooooh, creepy!) but I’ll add Divergent to my list. Thank you for the comment, it made my heart happy.

  6. WoW. Sharon, I love your large vocabulary. I don’t think I will read the HUNGER GAMES but I will watch the movie. I think Suzanne got her idea from “The Lottery” a short story written years ago by Shirley Jackson (I think) Look it up and see what I mean. lv mamap

    • It’s like The Lottery, in a sense, but still a pretty different concept. I hope the movie is good – it’s coming out in March!

  7. I’m glad you could overlook my inability to write and could read between the lines to discern the meaning of my cryptic message. :)

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