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Aaaaaaaaand We’re Off!

My week of reading a book each day is officially under way. Yesterday I read Suzanne Collin’s bestseller, The Hunger Games.

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I had heard so much about this book and the trilogy it begins, and almost all of it was good. In fact, everyone I know personally who read it said the same thing: make sure you can get your hands on the next two books asap, because you will not want to put them down.

They were right.

The Hunger Games tells the story of Katniss Everdeen, a 16 year old girl living in the post-apocalyptic country of Panem, which is situated where the United States of America once resided. Her home district, District 12, is the coal mining district found in what we know as The Appalachian Mountains. Life is rough in this outlier district, and it has made Katniss a survivor of enviable savvy and fortitude.

Every year, the ruling Capitol picks two tributes at random from each district to compete in The Hunger Games, a cruel fight to the death in a wilderness arena designed to remind the citizens who’s boss. And this year, despite the odds, the Everdeen family is up.

I’m not exaggerating in the slightest when I tell you that I was completely riveted from the first page. Stories of wilderness survival and bloodshed are not usually my cup of tea- case in point, Hatchet by Gary Pulsen was, without question, my least favorite book I ever had to read for school- and I was afraid this offering would be too graphic or, honestly, just about stuff that doesn’t interest me. But for just $8 at Target, I figured it was worth a shot. My fears were instantly assuaged. Collins uses clean cut prose to communicate Katniss’s every emotion with clarity and depth, and she is never unnecessarily graphic. In fact, this book is incredibly clean, and I wouldn’t hesitate to hand it to my teenager or pre-teen.

The first-person limited perspective allows the reader to live through the experience first hand as Katniss struggles with questions of duty, loyalty, and love, the answer to which could literally mean life or death for her and her loved ones. And unlike many other popular franchises, such as The Twilight Saga or Harry Potter, I haven’t heard much criticism about the quality of writing found in The Hunger Games trilogy, and if the next two are as well written as the first one, I understand why. Written with Hemingwayen sparsity, there is not an unnecessary word in this rich story, which in another author’s hands could easily have doubled in length. This gives each standing word an extra punch of meaning, and lends the book the extra measure of potency that made it not just a good story, but a truly excellent read. The Hunger Games is definitely one of my favorite books of the year.

Today, Day Two of my Book-A-Day challenge, I am reading The Happiness Project, by Gretchen Rubin.

20111205-152109.jpgThis memoir is a lighthearted tale of the author’s quest to live life to the fullest. I’m 143 pages in, and so far I’m enjoying it, although I keep getting sidetracked by wondering if the little bookstore down the street has the next Hunger Games book, Catching Fire, and if so, do I have enough cash to cover it. Sigh. The problems of a book blogging house wife never end.

Have you read The Hunger Games? What do you think of them? Am I going to love Catching Fire as much as I think I am?!

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Firsts

Today is a good day, and a day of many firsts.

The first first: It’s my first time writing a blog post from my phone! I’ve pushed a post live from my phone before, but I’ve never composed one. It makes me feel all edgy and savvy and hip. And it makes me realize what a s-l-o-w typist I am, since I only use one finger, my index finger, to type on the touch screen. Is that how normal people do it? I don’t know. I’ve only been hip for an hour now, so you cool kids will have to help me catch up.

The second first: It was the first day of my Book-A-Day week! I’ve been reading The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins today, which I’ve wanted to read for awhile now. I have about 100 pages left to go, and two hours left in the day, so I should make it without an issue.

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I do have a confession to make, though. I cheated just a teeny tiny bit: I read the first ten pages of the book a few days ago. Oooops. I felt bad about it for about three minutes, and then realized that this is my game, and if I want to bend the rules a little every now and then, I can do that. I think. I still feel a little guilty, though, otherwise I probably wouldn’t be making this confession right now. Darn my hardcore Baptist love of rules! I can’t even break my own rules. I’m sure this serves me well in the long run, but sheesh, today it’s just pathetic!

And the third first:I’m considering getting a reader, maybe a Nook color. I’ve held out for a very long time. I would consider myself a book purist; I like a real book, one I can write in and put on my shelf. There’s something more tangible about the legacy of a real book, one that I can share with any friend, not just the ones who also happen to have the same reader I do. But traditional books cost more money.

There are some books, say for instance the new Sherlock Holmes book, The House of Silk, that I know I’ll want a hard copy of. But then there are books that I only have a passing interest on, such as The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society, that I’m certain I will enjoy, but won’t be broke up about not having it on my book shelf. Getting my library card will help with this, but I’m still considering a reader. Plus I could put things like bulky, expensive cookbooks on it, which would be really nice.

What do you think? Do you have a reader? Would you even consider getting one? Am I selling out? The convenience would be great, but I’m afraid that the book, like the snail mail letter, is going the way of the buffalo, existent: but quaint and rare.

And now, if you’ll excuse me, I have a book to finish, a peppermint mocha to guzzle, and a kitty cat to snuggle.

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