Friday, March 30, 2012

Favorite Things Friday: The Hunger Games

It's been a while since I've been this obsessed with a book.  A series of books actually.  Out of stubbornness I didn't want to read it.  Everyone else had read it.  It was wildly popular.  I didn't want to like it.  I was the same way with the Twilight series and the Harry Potter series.  Both were good - but this series was amazing.  I'm contemplating reading them again - and I only finished them a couple weeks ago.

I read The Hunger Games in two days.  It would have been only a matter of hours, but I started it in the evening one Friday and stayed up past midnight reading.  I had signed up to work overtime at work from 6am-11am the next morning and was regretting that decision.  One the way to work the next morning I seriously contemplated pulling out my Kindle while at a stop light.

At work the following Monday, while reading Catching Fire, I thought about taking my Kindle into the bathroom with me during a potty break.  This series was all I could think about until I was done.  The books were so well written and vivid.  I finished Catching Fire in two days.  Two days later I was done with Mockingjay.  I read the entire series of books in 6 days.

Then I became obsessed with the thought of the movie.  It consumed my thoughts.  I watched the movie trailers over and over.  I wanted desperately to see the movie.  But I told Frank he couldn't see it until he read the book.  (He has a similar prerequisite for me with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo).  My good friend Barb and I went on Sunday afternoon.  It was so wonderful.  There were a few parts they could have spent more time explaining, but I understood everything because I had read the book.  A few things changed here and there, but nothing of much significance.

I'm already thinking about going to see the movie again.  Maybe this weekend during Ezra's nap time.  Until then I think I'll start reading the book again.

If you haven't read it, or had any desire to read it, please try.  But good luck waiting at the library.  Your best bet is just to buy a copy.  They're like $7 at Target right now.

Did you see the movie?  Read the book?  What did you think?


1 comment:

  1. I also tend to avoid books when there's tons of hype about them. I don't know why, because I always end up loving them once I read them. Loved this series, but I haven't seen the movie yet. Also, I've read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and the two others in the series. I agree with Frank; you should definitely read them! What should I read next?