Thursday, September 3, 2009

A Short Diversion

Hey, Amanda and Peter! Get thee to a bookstore or library, stat! You two must read The Hunger Games and it's brand new sequel Catching Fire. (Amanda- I can't remember if you've read it yet or not.) You will both love it. And Lisa and I need people to rant and rave about it with. They are both incredibly fast reads (a couple hours for Lisa and one James-interrupted afternoon for me) with thrilling, action-packed story lines. It's dark, with quite a bit of gory violence (especially considering it's a YA book), but it is a good story. Very good. More than very good.

Lisa posted a spot-on review on Passage of Swallows of Catching Fire. It's spoiler free, so go ahead and read it. I think book reviews are Lisa's calling in life. I mean, she's been recommending books to me since elementary school, and she has never once disappointed me. We need to spread the word about her new(ish) blog, don't you think?

Really, though. Read them. Even if it means sitting in a Barnes and Noble for a couple hours at a time if you don't want to buy them and the library has a waiting list 100+ people long. It will be time well-spent.

And then we can all freak out together that we have to wait A WHOLE FLIPPING YEAR for the next one. Won't that be fun? :)


Lisa said...


Did you notice that all the girls from District 12 are named plant names? Like Prim and Posy and Haezelle and Katniss (for cattails). What other patterns did you notice in naming???

Amanda said...

I have read Hunger Games. Love it. Happy to rave about it. I'm currently number 87 to get the sequel from the library...maybe I'll just splurge and buy them. :)

Petey said...

I haven't read it, but apparently I have to now. Simply no choice.

Jennie said...

Amanda- 87!? No way would I last that long.

Jennie said...

I'm not good at catching patterns like that, Lisa. I read most of Catching Fire aloud to Paul over the weekend, and I didn't notice anything else. Why do you think they all have plant names? Wouldn't it make more sense for the girls in District Eleven to have plant names?

Lisa said...

Well - my theory is that they miss green and growing things, and life is so brutal and sad that they try to add a little beauty and allusions to green growing things through the names.

The English Major