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The effect of The Hunger Games

Who else is as excited for The Hunger Games as I am?! I read the series about a year ago, and I have re-read it since. These books got me started on every other dystopian fiction out there, including Divergent by Veronica Roth, Delerium by Lauren Oliver, Ashes, The Way We Fall, This World We Live In, and so many others. I think I’ve mentioned before how I work in a bookstore, and it isn’t uncommon to sell ten copies of The Hunger Games in one shift. At Christmas time, the box sets were flying out of our hands as they arrived in our shipment. This book is good. Right now, I believe the three books in the series are numbers 1, 2, and 3 in top sellers in the store. Let me tell you, my boyfriend does not read. He can convince himself to read the odd novel based on a video game, but that can take him months to finish those few hundred pages. He sticks with reading only a chapter at the most a night, as if any more than that would turn him into the anti-social bookworm I have become. I devour books, and I have never been able to strike up the same inspiration in him, until The Hunger Games. I had been begging him to give it a try for months, maybe even longer. Finally I got the book to at least sit on his bedside table. After more convincing, he read the first chapter, and then the second a week later. Until one morning, he admitted to reading four chapters the previous night! Since this is him we’re talking about, I felt like celebrating, “Today you are a man…” sort of thing, but I retrained myself. After that, he finished the book in a week. Although the book is only 370 large-font pages and a week is only an achievement for a 5th grader, it’s also a big deal for him. After all, this is someone who usually reads 1 book every 2.5 years, including any possible school novels.

Now that he’s on to Catching Fire, the second book in the series, I’m amazed at how this storyline can draw in even the most unusual of readers. The movie is also sure to get some new fans as well. I’m not one to enjoy comparison, but it feels a lot like it did when Harry Potter came out and it seemed like every kid and adult in the world was reading all of a sudden. Maybe Hunger Games can keep that going. I for one, am very thankful that my boyfriend now reads.

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the best of times

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair. —Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities (1859

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precariously balanced book piles

Here’s something you probably didn’t know: I work in a bookstore. So it should come as no surprise that my list of books to read is as tall as I am, and that the stack of books that is balanced precariously atop my nightstand is about… a bajillion pages thick. Right now I’m re-reading some books from my childhood, the Guests of War Trilogy by Kit Pearson. Next in line will be Divergent, a newly released dystopian novel by Victoria Roth, as is my new obsession (Dystopians, not Roth). And to yet more an unsurprising reaction, The Best Laid Plans by Terry Fallis. I wouldn’t be a very good book whore if I hadn’t read the winner of Canada Reads now, would I?

I also realized last week that I had yet to read The Lost Symbol; Dan Brown’s latest, of which I never miss. So I bought that to add to my pile. To demonstrate how diverse this “pile” of mine is.. I can tell you that it includes a Sarah Dessen novel, a biography of a polygamist wife, a Jodi Picoult book, The Tales of Beedle The Bard by J.K. Rowling, a grammar book, a (gasp) teen dystopia novel, Persuasion, a philosophy book, Debt-Free Forever, and a weight-loss method book. If you can find a pattern in all of that.. well, even I can’t.

At least I can attempt to broaden my thinking..

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