Monday, May 30, 2011

Libraries, Vegetables, and the Hunger Games

It seemed particularly appropriate to see my children perched on giant vegetables this weekend, peacefully reading at the library.

Why? I just plowed through The Hunger Games trilogy, and I can imagine Katniss appreciating a good Chinese cabbage for the family soup.

The books have been so popular and they've been on my list for a while, but all the fuss about the movie is what pushed me into reading it right now. It's going to be harder and harder to avoid spoilers! Now I know the whole story and can enjoy all the preview photos without fear.

This was such a nice change from the Twilight series. I enjoyed Twilight, but I felt like I was making excuses the whole way - the writing's not very good (for the first one, much improved in later volumes), but I'm so compelled to read. The heroine's kinda bland, but I keep reading. The boys/men are so high maintenance, but I still want to know what's going to happen. And so on, and so forth.

With The Hunger Games, the heroine rocks, the writing is good, and the first book was perfect. The sequels had a very few weak points, but overall, excellent reads.

Do any of you use an e-reader regularly? I'm still getting used to it.

Pro: After I discovered that Catching Fire (book 2) ended on a total cliffhanger, I could order and download Mockingjay (book 3) in the middle of the night instead of waiting for the bookstore to open.

Con: I don't really have a sense for how much reading I did over the weekend, since the Kindle gives me "percent complete" rather than a physical sense of pages. These are YA novels, so I assume they're not that long, but it's weird not to have a physical connection.

The Hunger Games - highly recommended.
Kindle - Mostly highly recommended. Buster likes to press buttons, so I have to cue him for when he's allowed to turn pages for me, and that does not make for a relaxing read.


Asianmommy said...

Thanks for reviewing these books. I've been curious about them, but was still sitting on the fence. I think I'll give them a try. So far, I had only been reading physical books, but I just started reading "Pride & Prejudice" with the free Kindle app on my iPhone, and it's been great!

mayberry said...

That sounds like when J. wants to help me with a crossword puzzle by filing in the letters for me.

Bob said...

Nice pics sitting on the Chinese cabbage, and checking out books.