Book Review: The Hunger Games

3/08/2012 02:35:00 PM
I wrote here that I jumped on The Hunger Games bandwagon because I could get it for free on my kindle since I'm an Amazon Prime member.

Now, I don't read science fiction. I can't stand fake names. Yep, don't make up a name and expect me to read a book about it. I can't. I don't have a vivid imagination. I like facts. And fashion. I will not read about unicorns and time machines and magic potions.  (NO, I haven't read Harry Potter and I have no intention to. And yes, I am American.)

Nor will I read about vampires. (I read the first in that series and it bored me to tears.)

Enter: The Hunger Games. The protagonist's name is Katniss. (UGH. Fake name!) And there's another guy called Peeta. (I just consider this an alternate pronunciation of "Peter") And there's Haymitch and Cinna and a girl named Glimmer.

But I read it anyway.

...and I couldn't put it down.

I am the mother of two children who have been SICK since last week and I still FOUND THE TIME to read the first book and now I'm 90% through the second in the series: Catching Fire. (See here.)

Hey. You guys? Read these books. They're a quick read. And they're good.

Remember: they are FREE for Amazon prime members. (See here.)

UPDATE: Finished Book #2. Now on to Mockingjay. Hope to get through it this weekend. You know, in my spare time.

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13 comments:

  1. Im with you on the vampire books...my friend is really into them and has been trying to get me to read them...no interest. Then she starts telling me about this book, I assumed it wasnt my thing either...until I read the first 3 chapters on my friends nook at work 2 days ago Wow was I wrong, and I will be borrowing this from her now! ...As a side note, while reading your blog my daughter saw the book picture and said that her class (5th grade) is reading this together too, she likes it too! (Hope its appropriate?!)

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    1. Holy wow - a 5th grade class reading this?! However, I do recall reading Flowers in the Attic when I was about that age. :)

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  2. Stumbled across your blog through a blog through a pin through Pinterest (did you catch that?)...love it! We have lots in common! I think I could have written this post (minus the Harry Potter- love that wizard). Sci-fi is NOT my thing, but these books are amazing. I flew through all three in record time. Looking forward to following you!

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    1. Thank you so much for the comment! And, welcome to my blog! Please come back. :)

      I'm on Book #3 right now - I'm going to reply to some posts and go read now. HA!

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  3. OH MY GOD I HATE FAKE, PRETENTIOUS BOOK NAMES TOO. I'm in a book club right now and my mom picked this horrible book with a bunch of names in it that I cant imagine the pronunciation of in my head. RAGE.

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    1. Does it not make you want to chuck the book RIGHT across the room?

      Hint: I change the names in books like that to something more palatable. How controlling can I be?

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  4. thanks for the review! i've been on the fence about these, as i DO NOT do sci-fi stuff either. (i'm also an un-american gal who has never read HP and could care less.) :) i think you've given me the little nudge i needed to seek these out at the library next time i'm looking for a page-turner! thanks friend!

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    1. Abbe, READ these. I cannot WAIT to hear what you think!

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  5. Today, I am starting the second book. My 11 year old step daughter is reading these books in school. I guess they read the first one as a class. (I find this strange for some reason). I am not sure if she truly gets it, but she does love the books. Me? The first one gave me nightmares. I am not sure why. Maybe it's an adult thing.

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    1. Yeah, as I said above - I'm a bit surprised that kids are reading these -- but then again, there's no overt sex or anything. Just a boat load of KILLING...

      Yikes.

      I'm sorry you had nightmares!

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  6. My sister just read the series and loved it too. Right now I'm reading all Kate Morton's books. "The Forgotten Garden", "The House at Riverton" and next "The Distant Hours". HOLY MOLY are they good. Very long (800 pages each) but amazing.

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    1. I'm going to Amazon now to check out these Kate Morton books you speak of!

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    2. Do they start with "The House at Riverton"?

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