Thursday, February 9, 2012

A Hunger for Reading

There isn't a lot I truly wish I could change about myself but one thing that comes to mind often is that I wish I read more. I've always been a slower reader, (I never got through the reading portions on standardized testing) which made it hard to do any pleasure reading the entire time I was in college. I had enough assigned reading, especially through my history classes.

When I finished at BU I thought I'd start reading more but I have trouble finding time for it and then it takes me too long to get to the "meat" of a story and get hooked enough to plow through to the finish. My New Year's resolution last year was to read at least a book a month. That lasted through February and then I didn't finish my next book until the fall, despite the fact it was a book I thoroughly loved!

Last week, I'm proud to announce, I finished a book in 5 days! (No, it wasn't a picture book.) I attribute this feat to 2 things: 

         1. My Kindle that I got at Christmas time. It was easy to read anywhere, any time.
         2. The book itself was excellent, sucked me in and was an easy read at that.

I am now one of the many, many fans of Suzanne Collins' trilogy, The Hunger Games.

I realize it has become all the rave particularly because of the movie being release next month, but it's actually been on my reading list for about a year now. Rachel (perhaps my best avenue for recommended reading lately) told me about the series around this time last year when I was amid another one of her five-star recommendations, The Mark of the Lion series. Over the summer I heard the series brought up again by a male coworker who had nothing but good things to say.

With the movie on the horizon, I was determined to not let it be one that I saw in theater, loved, and then wished I'd read the book. While penny-pincher me who wants ever extra cent to go to the house-savings took a month to make the purchase... THANK GOODNESS I finally downloaded book one to my Kindle!

I could go into detail about the book but you can probably find a better synopsis than I could tell by simply using Dr. Google. I managed to talk Jon into reading it and he had book 1 finished in 3 days and now we're moving through book 2 together. Needless to say, I'm excited for March 23 and have my fingers crossed that the screen adaptation will do the book justice.

And for those who haven't read it...there is still plenty of time before March 23!
Video embedding has been disabled from what I can find so far,
but this is the best (longest) version of the trailer I've found. Enjoy!


JeaneBee said...

I've finished reading Hunger Games and can't wait to see the movie. I've heard that it will follow the book very closely....Hope so!

I've enjoyed your blog!

RitaPeat said...

I finished the series just this week (I was part way through book 2 when making that post.) I REALLY hope the movies do closely follow the need to Hollywood it up--It's already such a great story. I'm glad you enjoy the blog :)

dreamcatcher said...

I loved the Hunger Games, can't wait to see the movie! Liam Hensworth in the movie is going to be interesting....;)