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Mockingjay (The Hunger Games #3) – Suzanne Collins

Mockingjay (The Hunger Games #3) – Suzanne CollinsTitle: Mockingjay (The Hunger Games #3) by Suzanne Collins
Publishing Info: August 24, 2010 by Scholastic Inc.
Source: Library
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // GoodreadsDate Completed: March 21, 2013 (Originally read 6/9/11)
Related Posts: Catching Fire (The Hunger Games #2)

    Katniss Everdeen, girl on fire, has survived, even though her home has been destroyed. Gale has escaped. Katniss's family is safe. Peeta has been captured by the Capitol. District 13 really does exist. There are rebels. There are new leaders. A revolution is unfolding.
    It is by design that Katniss was rescued from the arena in the cruel and haunting Quarter Quell, and it is by design that she has long been part of the revolution without knowing it. District 13 has come out of the shadows and is plotting to overthrow the Capitol. Everyone, it seems, has had a hand in the carefully laid plans--except Katniss.
    The success of the rebellion hinges on Katniss's willingness to be a pawn, to accept responsibility for countless lives, and to change the course of the future of Panem. To do this, she must put aside her feelings of anger and distrust. She must become the rebels' Mockingjay--no matter what the personal cost.

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This is my second time around reading the entire trilogy of THE HUNGER GAMES and honestly, I was hoping as I went into MOCKINGJAY the second time around that I would come out on the other side with a better overall opinion of it. When I first read MOCKINGJAY, I wrote in my Goodreads review that I felt like it ended much too quickly and I was really disappointed with the turns it took. The beauty of re-reading this book via audiobook was that I wasn’t allowed to rush through anything. Here’s the thing: Whenever I get excited about ANY part in a book, I rush rush rush to read and find out what happens. I skip paragraphs of description and just read dialogue, I jump to the next page, I skim through pages so I can get to the end faster… And I totally think that ruined my reading experience the first time around! MOCKINGJAY still isn’t my favorite book of the series by far, BUT I did rate it a whole star higher on Goodreads this time around!

So that probably should have been the last paragraph of the review, but somehow it’s the first. I gave away the ending!!!! Oh well. Moving on… I think MOCKINGJAY was my least favorite of the series for a few reasons. For one, I felt like Katniss was exceptionally whiny in this book. I mean, yes, no kidding that she has a ton of crazy stuff to deal with (and I also partially blame the narrator of the audiobook because I think she has a really weird voice which is NOT how I would have Katniss sounding in my head at all) but I see less and less of her bravery and determination in MOCKINGJAY. Too many times I felt like she was giving up instead of using her “fire” (ha) to fight back.

I also really did not like the development of the love triangle in this book. I was already more on Gale’s side than Peeta’s so the whole hijacked-Peeta did not help me like him more in this book. I remember through the first read it was annoying and almost painful to read about Peeta hating Katniss so much, but somehow this time around, it didn’t feel nearly as abrasive at all.

Then there’s my issue with seemingly all final books in dystopians: The politics. I’m rarely interested in political story arcs in books. I’m just not interested in politics in real life and fictional politics often frustrate me instead of interest me. Now I get that the entire trilogy is kind of centered around this political aspect (whoops?) but MOCKINGJAY really gets into the ins and outs of how to take down President Snow and the capitol and some of it just lost my interest. Oh, and I TOTALLY forgot about the epilogue. Probably because it was super cheesy. I really could have done without that.

I’m really glad that MOCKINGJAY turned out to be a better read for me the second time around, but it still was my least favorite of the series. I really think the audio version helped me with pacing but took a little away from how I felt about Katniss as a character.
Would I re-read the series again? I’m actually not sure. Usually I’ll re-read my favorite series until the cows come home, but at least for now, I feel satisfied with going back over these books once. I may skim through CATCHING FIRE before the movie comes out and I really do feel like I can always go back to THE HUNGER GAMES and enjoy it, but I don’t know if I really want to push as far to read MOCKINGJAY for a third time.

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Katniss: This was my least favorite version of Katniss in the series. Even though I’m sure she was supposed to be somewhat falling apart in this book, I really FELT like she was and it was getting a little annoying. The back and forth between Peeta and Gale… the awkwardness that she was… It just really started to bother me in MJ.
Peeta: Just when I was starting to like Peeta in CF, they hijacked him in MJ and make him unlikable. It made it really hard for me to root for Katniss & Peeta to end up together, even after I knew how the series ended.
President Snow: I kind of feel like Snow lost some of his creepiness in this book. He was breaking down, but I wanted him to be creepy until the end.

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Well of course my advice is to read it… but I also think this is a good series to re-read! I actually liked MOCKINGJAY a lot more the second time around so I’m very glad I went through the whole series again!

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Catching Fire (The Hunger Games #2) – Suzanne Collins

Catching Fire (The Hunger Games #2) – Suzanne CollinsTitle: Catching Fire (The Hunger Games #2) by Suzanne Collins
Publishing Info: September 1, 2009 by Scholastic Inc.
Source: Library
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // GoodreadsDate Completed: January 9, 2013 (Re-read. Originally read 5/31/11)
Related Posts: Mockingjay (The Hunger Games #3)

  Against all odds, Katniss has won the Hunger Games. She and fellow District 12 tribute Peeta Mellark are miraculously still alive. Katniss should be relieved, happy even. After all, she has returned to her family and her longtime friend, Gale. Yet nothing is the way Katniss wishes it to be. Gale holds her at an icy distance. Peeta has turned his back on her completely. And there are whispers of a rebellion against the Capitol - a rebellion that Katniss and Peeta may have helped create.
    Much to her shock, Katniss has fueled an unrest she's afraid she cannot stop. And what scares her even more is that she's not entirely convinced she should try. As time draws near for Katniss and Peeta to visit the districts on the Capitol's cruel Victory Tour, the stakes are higher than ever. If they can't prove, without a shadow of a doubt, that they are lost in their love for each other, the consequences will be horrifying.

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SO. This was my re-read of CATCHING FIRE. Since I read all of The Hunger Games trilogy before I started blogging, I figured a review is still appropriate!

First impressions upon finishing my re-read? I STILL LOVE IT. I still love the first book more, but for some reason I was thinking I was a little disappointed in CF, but then I looked back at my Goodreads rating and then I finished and I was like, “Oh yeah, that was just MOCKINGJAY.”

Once again, I was surprised at how little time was spent in the Games and how much time was spent building up to it. I was keeping track on Goodreads (like I always do) and I noticed that my comment about getting to the Games wasn’t until about 70% of the way through! And you know what’s funny is that it felt like it took forever to get there and it didn’t all at the same time. I forgot SO MUCH about what really went on in the first half (and in the Arena too, actually) because (time for a secret if you didn’t already know) I have terrible retention of content when I read. I don’t know if I read too fast or what, but I’m just so incredibly bad at remembering content after I’m done reading a book. That being said, it actually made the re-read pretty exciting! Even though it may seem boring that Katniss and Peeta go on their little Victor’s Tour and we’re not in the action of the Games for a long time, the reader is definitely not lulled into a boring recap of The Hunger Games. We do get a little bit of recap that happens naturally throughout the text so that’s an absolute bonus.

I love the way the plot twists in CATCHING FIRE and my attention was definitely held the whole book. We deal with the same characters that we got to know and love from book one and I guess some people could say that throwing them back in the Games is a cop-out and a repeat of book one, but I love it! It brings what the audience was so thrilled with in book one and is reinvented to keep us coming back for more. The the Games end with a different twist so we don’t repeat THG all over again as well as a whole new agenda for all of the Tributes.

Since the movie is coming up and we’re getting little sneak peeks of pictures and whatnot, it’s definitely helpful to have that recap of what happened in the book so I can be judgmental when I go see Catching Fire and whisper to my friends “That’s not how it happened in the book!”

ALSO, I’m really anxious to get a re-read going of MOCKINGJAY, because let’s face it. I was super disappointed with it my first time around. I’m kind of hoping that now I know what happens, I can concentrate on what’s happening as I read (or listen, if that’s the case) and not being frantically flipping through pages trying to find out how it ends.

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Katniss: I still think Katniss is a great heroine! Okay, maybe she’s a bit stubborn and dense at times, but she’s strong, talented, loyal, and always a fierce competitor. I got a little annoyed with her obsession to save Peeta in CF just because it was kind of martyrish and it got a little old and repetitive.
Peeta: You know what. I always thought I was Team Gale, but I think I’m just anti-Josh Hutcherson as Peeta and it’s clouded my vision — PEETA FANS, HEAR ME OUT. I think Josh Hutcherson is stinkin’ adorable and I’ve liked him since I saw him in Zathura and I was like, “Don’t think I’m a creep, but that kid is gonna grow up to be a cute teenager” and SEE? But my problem with him as Peeta is that I just don’t see it. And in CATCHING FIRE, there are so many references to Peeta being tall and if I’m picturing JH……. It’s just not right and it really throws the whole character off for me, although JH really does a great job of nailing Peeta’s personality which okay, okay, I guess that’s the more important part. Oh what does it matter, I’ll just end up hating him in MOCKINGJAY anyway.
Finnick Odair: Helloooooo, Finnick, nice to meet you. I’ve always loved his character and that we get to see the smooth-talking, pretty guy as well as a lot of depth that he covers up with what the Capitol wants to see. I can’t wait to see his character in the movie too.
Johanna Mason:  Another character I’m really interested to see in the movie (Jena Malone)- – I started to like her even more (and realized she’s a lot younger than I originally pictured her for whatever reason) and really enjoyed her character even more this time around! I know, I’m sorry I’m talking about actors and the movie again, but I can’t help it! Super interested in seeing how Jena Malone plays Johanna because I totally didn’t see it before I re-read CF and now I kind of think she’s perfect!

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BUY IT

I loved this series on my first read and the re-read is shaping up to be just as great if not better! Definitely one I will always recommend.

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The Deja Vu Review [14]: An Author You’re Thankful For

The Deja Vu Review is a new Sunday feature with mini-reviews from books I’ve read before I began my blog at The Book Addict’s Guide! Since I’ve been reading my whole life and only started my blog back in April of 2012, this is my opportunity to revisit some older books and share some mini-reviews of those that didn’t quite make it into the blog spotlight after the initial read.

This week’s topic is: An Author You’re Thankful For

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Why I’m Thankful: Of course I’m thankful for JK Rowling! How could I not be? She penned one of my favorite series of all time (and I’m sure the entire world could say the same) and helped me fall in love with reading again. Harry Potter pulled me out of a reading slump, introduced me to new genres, and let me know that you’re never too young for YA!
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Why I’m Thankful: I’m thankful for Suzanne Collins for writing The Hunger Games series because aside from The Giver, this was really one of the first dystopian series/books I ever read. AND I LOVED IT. Dystopians are now one of my favorite genres and they still continue to fascinate and amaze me each time I read a new one.

Top Ten Tuesday – November 13, 2012: Top Ten Books I’d Want On A Deserted Island

It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish!

This Week’s Topic is: Top Ten Books  I’d Want On A Deserted Island

So these books will be my bread & butter – The books I could read over and over and over and over again. Easy peasy.

MY TOP TEN DESERT ISLAND CHOICES
(in no particular order)

There you have it! 

Honorable mention: The Princess Bride (but I know the movie by heart)
Wow, this was actually really hard! I went through my Goodreads favorites list and came up with these top 10 books that I could read forever. I’m actually surprised that so many were contemporary! Way to go, contemp for becoming more abundant in my life 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday – October 30, 2012: Top Ten Kick-Ass Heroines

It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish!

This Week’s Topic is: Top Ten Kick-Ass Heroines

Oh yes, I will have lots of fun with this topic! Kick-ass heroines are something we’re seeing a lot of in today’s YA literature. Here are some of my favorites:

1. Ismae from Grave Mercy (assassin nun)
2. Katsa from Graceling (assassin and survivalist extraordinaire)
3. Tris from Divergent, Insurgent (Dauntless and a fighter)
4. Katniss from The Hunger Games series (archer, Hunger Games champion)
5. Rose from the Vampire Academy series (dhampir and guardian)

6. Tiger Lily from Tiger Lily (strength and beauty)
7. Alina from Shadow and Bone (powerful and humble)
8. Ember from Rift (fierce and talented)
9. Kat from Heist Society (sly and thrifty)
10. Leah from Such a Rush (strong and a kick-ass pilot)

Can’t wait to see what other heroines other people chose!

This week at The Book Addict’s Guide…

Monday: Review: Ten by Gretchen McNeil
Tuesday: 
Top Ten Tuesday: Kick-Ass Heroines
Wednesday: Something Strange and Deadly Read Along: Week 4 and Review
Thursday: Review: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Friday: Casting Call [8]: Lola and the Boy Next Door

Top Ten Tuesday – August 7, 2012: Top Ten Posts On Your Blog That Would Give The BEST Picture of YOU

It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish, and I’m really excited for this week’s topic which is…

Top Ten Posts On Your Blog That Would Give The BEST Picture of YOU (as a reader
and a person — so pick the 10 best reviews/posts that you wish every potential reader of your blog would see!)
I think this is a GREAT idea. Great way for people to explore your blog and see your favorite posts and a great picture of who we are as bloggers!

Here are my top ten favorite posts – Get to know Brittany @ The Book Addict’s Guide!!

ONE: 5/12/12 – Review: Buying Time by Kelly Cochran
This was a big moment for me as a blogger! I had only had my blog around for a month, trying to rapidly read and post reviews. Kelly Cochran actually contacted me and sent me a copy of her book to review and post on my blog. It was my first interaction with an author and my first review request!! I was so excited to read the book and so appreciative to Kelly for that opportunity! Thanks, again, Kelly!

TWO: 5/17/12 – Review: If I Stay by Gayle Forman
This was my first review with a book that I totally fell in love with. I found it thanks to other bloggers and reviews for If I Stay and Where She Went and I think it was the first time that I took the info I found from someone else and it totally blew me away! To this day, If I Stay is still one of my favorite books that I’ve read since I’ve started my blog, and I have all you guys to thank for it!

THREE: 5/25/12 – Freaky Friday #1
This post was from when I was trying to find an awesome feature to start taking part in. I started Top Ten Tuesday that week, but I wanted to create something of my very own, so I came up with Freaky Friday. Each Friday, I’d put myself into a book as a character and see how I’d handle their situations. Well… about 3 or 4 editions in, I realized it was a lot harder than I thought! I actually didn’t remember that many characters as well as I thought I would and it started to feel like I was just recapping a book instead of getting creative with it. I decided to put it to rest when it started getting to be more work and less fun and picked up TGIF instead. It was a good thing to try, but I think I was a bit too ambitious and didn’t really think it through!

FOUR: 6/11/12 – Review: One Moment by Kristina McBride
This was my first approved book from NetGalley! It was very exciting and also a book I really enjoyed! I hadn’t read much YA contemporary at that point either, so it helped open the door a little bit more.

FIVE: 6/14/12 – Fierce Reads Tour – Chicago area recap!
I went to my first author appearance/event on June 14th when the Fierce Reads tour stopped in town. I had SO much fun hearing these great authors talk about their books and it was a blast meeting them too. It made the books that much more lively to know a few inside stories from the authors themselves. Also got to meet a few bloggers there too! (Although I was too shy to say hi, so “meet” is a term I use loosely. Next time, guys… Next time.)

SIX: 6/27/12 – Exciting Blog News!
Lots of exciting things for me in this post! Here was an update for ya: I got a library card (finally), my first talk about getting a Kindle (which I have now), the announcement of The Grown-Up YA’s blogger bookswap (which is LIVE people, check it out! And so much more than a traditional book swap), and my very first hinting and official announcement of what became the Wild Worlds Feature week. I took it upon myself to contact authors for participation in my very own week full of author interviews, giveaways, and promos for exciting new books. It went live 7/20 – 7/27 so if you missed it, check out the links here 🙂

SEVEN: Top Ten Tuesday – July 17, 2012
You wanna get to know me? Then this is the TTT for you. It was recommendations for people who liked X book, and I chose The Hunger Games solely for the fact that I’ve been crazy over dystopians/post-apocalyptic books this year and these are my top recommendations for that genre! Well, so far anyway. Still have plenty more to read!

EIGHT: 7/18/12 – 100th Post Follower Appreciation Giveaway!!!
I reached 100 posts on 7/18 and shortly thereafter, finally hit 100 followers! To top it off, it was my first giveaway as well!

NINE: 8/1/12 – Are Books Back? (Or how Harry Potter led to accidental thievery)
Get to know me even better through a discussion post! I had so much fun with this one and loved all the responses.

TEN: 8/6/12 – Review: Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins
I fell in LOVE with Sweet Evil! Seriously, if you haven’t read it, go read it. Right now. Stop reading, stop what you’re doing and go read it!

TGIF – August 3, 2012

It’s time for TGIF again, thanks to Ginger at GReads!

So this week’s TGIF topic is:
Book Olympics: In the spirit of the Olympics, which books would you give the gold, silver, and bronze medals to? It can be from any genre, new or old.

Oh, that’s really hard! I have to pick my top three favorite books… of all time??? Sheesh okay. Well… I’m cheating. Kind of. In the Olympics there are medals for each category/event in each sport right? So that’s what I’m doing too.


The winners for the YA paranormal/dystopia category:

Gold: Sweet Evil – Wendy Higgins
Silver: The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins
Bronze: Delirium – Lauren Oliver

The winners for the YA contemporary category:

Gold: If I Stay – Gayle Forman
Silver: The Sky Is Everywhere – Jandy Nelson
Bronze: Jellicoe Road – Melina Marchetta

The winners for the Middle Grade category:

Gold: The Giver – Lois Lowry
Silver: Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince – JK Rowling
Bronze: Walk Two Moons – Sharon Creech

The winners for the Mystery category:

Gold: To The Nines – Janet Evanovich
Silver: 1st to Die – James Patterson
Bronze: Vengeance In Death – JD Robb


Yay, that was tons of fun! Another great TGIF from Ginger!!
I can’t wait to see what everyone else chooses!

 

Are Books Back? (Or how Harry Potter led to accidental thievery)

Are Books Back?

(And the story of how Harry Potter turned me into a criminal)

A while ago, I was wasting copious amounts of time on Pinterest and I saw this infographic (PS, I love infographics):

Inforgraphic I found via Pinterest, credited to Memebase.com

It was meant to show how unoriginal Hollywood is becoming and how so few movies are actually original ideas or screenplays nowadays. As a book lover, I took an entirely different spin on this. My reaction was, “Are books back? Are books the new movies?” Clearly no one can deny how successful movies based off of books have become. Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Twilight, the Hunger Games (some of the more recent ones) – These are the most familiar ones and each movie (usually) earns more and more than the one before it.

In a Reading Slump
I really think that Harry Potter started it all. For me, this was one of the first things that brought reading back around to me when I was completely discouraged by all of the books that I hated reading for school. I’ve never been one to enjoy the classics for whatever reason. I really enjoyed school, loved learning, and enrolled in most of the honors classes and from those courses came an onslaught of classic literature. The problem was this: I’ve always been interested in the mysteries, mild types of sci-fi, magic, adventure, and most importantly, familiarity. There had to be someone or something that I could easily relate to and the rest would fall into place. I never found any of this in the classics, even as I got older. The closest I’ve ever come is Sherlock Holmes and that’s because we’ve got a lot of wit and a lot of mystery. From this, I became pretty discouraged about reading and didn’t know where I would pick it back up.

A (very) rough chart of my reading habits for each age

How Harry Potter turned me into a criminal…
Harry Potter came out when I was in 4th grade – I remember my 4th grade teacher reading it to us and for some reason even though I was in 4th grade and only 11 years old, I thought it was a kid’s book and I was too old for it! Ha! Apparently I was a child book snob. I didn’t actually read the book for myself until I was maybe 13 or 14 when my sister bought the first three books. And so my streak of accidental book thieving began. Slowly but surely, those first three Harry Potter books made their way from her bookshelf to mine until I full adopted them. Then I was out of books to read so I borrow HP & The Goblet of Fire from my next door neighbors. I don’t remember exactly how this went, but that book must have enjoyed living at my house because years later my parents asked me why we had two copies of HP4 and I confessed I still had our neighbor’s copy. Once I confessed to my neighbors (another couple years later), they’d already replaced the copy that mysteriously disappeared… So I “inherited” HP4 as my own.
It may come as a surprise to those of you who follow my blog now and have seen the copious amounts, stacks, and shelves of books that I’ve purchased and are waiting for me to read them, but as a kid, Harry Potter was pretty much all I owned. We had some fairy tales, I grew up on American Girls, but most of the books we usually donated or garage saled fairly regularly. Before I started my book buying spree in 2010, I pretty much re-read Harry Potter over and over when I needed a book to read. Vacations, tanning in the backyard – They were my go-to reads. And waking up at 6am to go get the new books when they came out, then spending literally the full day reading it until I finished. My love for books was rejuvenated!

So back to the original point…
After Harry Potter came other books. Lots of chick lit that I picked up from my sister and then one of my friends introduced me to Twilight and so the summer of Twilight began (similar to the Harry Potter experience, minus the stealing, and insert the first time I felt too old to be looking in the YA section. Not so concerned anymore since I live there). Then came The Hunger Games when I was introduced to that last summer. I wasn’t in on these crazes alone. These were all hugely popular books which turned into, well, hugely selling movie franchises. I even started reading books because the movies were coming out (a plug for ReadIt1st.com!) like One Day and Water for Elephants (which I still haven’t seen the movies, by the way…)

Which came first…?
So now I’m left wondering – which came first, the chicken or the egg? Did the books get so popular because of the movie craze? Are the movies only popular because of the book fans behind them? I really do think that “books are back”. Was it just me that went through a reading slump, or was I with the rest of America as we by-passed the library and went to the movies? I feel like we hadn’t had any “hit” books in a really long time, and I really do believe that Harry Potter changed all of that. It brought back our love for reading and the adventure that comes along with it. Then it opened up the doors for reading to break back into our lives, right where it belongs. I feel like after Harry Potter, people were more willing to read again. From the movies, people who weren’t ordinarily readers were maybe willing to give it a shot again, experience the adventure along with everyone else and allow themselves to get lost in a book again.

Is Hollywood getting more and more unoriginal…?
Or are they simply smart? Books are back and more popular than ever and Hollywood knows that these books already have a huge following and they already have a large audience. Harry Potter, Twilight, The Hunger Games, Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Narnia; classics like Sherlock Holmes, Pride & Prejudice and even Anna Karenina coming out this fall – These are books we already know and love. We talk up the movies (and the books, of course) to friends and family to come join us and the audience grows.

These are just some of the movies based off books from 2011 & 2012 alone

This surely wasn’t MY high school required reading…
Even schools are picking up on the popularity of the “new classics” – I’m pretty jealous considering my old high school has summer reading lists that included the following for this upcoming school year: The Summer I Turned Pretty (Jenny Han),  Insurgent (Veronica Roth) Matched (Ally Condie), Along for the Ride (Sarah Dessen), The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Stephen Chbosky),  Ender’s Game (Orson Scott Card), The Fault in Our Stars (John Green)… What!?!? Come on. I had Lord of the Flies, Frankenstein, the Scarlet Letter, the Great Gatsby – I didn’t get ANY modern day classics – Because there were none! Maybe I just never noticed but it seems like there are so many more choices these days, especially in YA (clearly. Thanks a lot, Glenbard South. You could have been enriching my reading and instead killed it)!

Books are back, my friends. I’m sure for many of you, they never went anywhere, but as for me, I’ve noticed a definite change in my life. It’s undeniable that books are making a serious comeback, getting a lot more “mainstream” and growing larger audiences than ever before, and thank goodness because I am loving all of the options out there for us to read!

Tell me what you think! Has reading always been so popular and I’ve been living under a rock? (It’s not implausible…) Do you notice any popular reading trends that I didn’t mention? Totally disagree with me? Let me know!

Top Ten Tuesday – July 24, 2012: Top Ten Most Vivid Worlds/Settings in Books

 

Okay, so I’m breaking the rule that I made for myself when I said I wasn’t going to make any other posts during my Wild Worlds buzz week. So before I even start, let me plead to you to at least check out what else has been going on this week! It’s seriously been so much fun interviewing these authors and I have been honored that they’ve lent their participation for this big event! So please check out all of the awesome interviews & giveaways that I’ve been posting so far this week!

Also, it just seems so appropriate — almost serendipitous — that this topic pops up during my feature week that I had named “Wild Worlds”!

Without further ado, it’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish!

This week’s theme is: Top Ten Most Vivid Worlds/Settings in Books

I don’t really think most of these need explanations so I’m making a nice, concise list (in no particular order…)

  1. Harry Potter by JK Rowling – Hogwarts, Hogsmeade, etc (I think the movies helped on this a bit too, to be honest!)
  2. Wither/Fever by Lauren DeStefano
  3. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (even before the movie – but not really Catching Fire or Mockingjay…)
  4. If I Stay/Where She Went by Gayle Forman
  5. Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne
  6. Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
  7. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle
  8. The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
  9. The Maze Runner/The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
  10. Graceling by Kristin Cashore

What are your favorites? Do you agree with any of my top picks??

Top Ten Tuesday – July 17, 2012: Top Ten Books For People Who Liked The Hunger Games

So it’s time for Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish!

This week’s theme is: Top Ten Books For People Who Like X Book

And my choice is Ten Books for people who liked THE HUNGER GAMES.

I’m choosing this because it’s a well-known book that a lot of people have read, and I’ve picked up a lot of new books that I’ve loved all based on dystopian-type or post-apocalyptic worlds. That and it may be one book on which I can actually base 10 (or close to it) recommendations!

  1. Graceling by Kristin Cashore – “Graceling?” you say all skeptical. “But that’s a fantasy book, not dystopia.” Ah yes, you are correct sir, but I stand by it as my first recommendation! I found myself comparing Katsa in Graceling to Katniss many many times throughout my read – in strength, in ignorance of love, in kick-ass fighting bow & arrow skills (okay, so Katsa wins with kicking-ass-in-anything skills). It may be a stretch on other things, but I made comparisons throughout the book, however mild and I’m not normally a fantasy person in any way, shape, or form so if I loved (yes, loved) Graceling, then I’m recommending it first!
  2. The Maze Runner by James Dashner – Kids (well, all boys. And one girl). They’re in a closed in environment. Created just for them. They have to figure out how to live. How to survive each other. They try to escape. And well, there’s a maze. But I’m going with the Glade/Hunger Games arena comparison here! There’s a lot more to the story, but I really ended up liking this series a lot more than I thought I would!
  3. Delirium/Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver – So this is a bit more on the romantic side, a little less on the action side, but when I finished reading The Hunger Games (okay, when I finished devouring the whole series), I immediately began researching what other dystopian books I could get my hands on, and then this glorious book found its way into my house. I liked how this was more of an evolved utopia that slowly turns into a complete dystopia for Lena once she “sees the other side”. Like I said, much more mush than THG but I loved it!
  4. The Giver by Lois Lowry – This was dystopia before it was cool. A little younger age range, but I fell in love with it during English in 7th/8th grade. It was like I was destined to read dystopia all along!
  5. Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi – I think what I loved so much about this one was how much of the technologically advanced utopian world and the savage, primitive outside world clashed and blended so beautifully. The characters didn’t just grow from an experience, they helped each other grow through learning about each other.
  6. Monument 14by Emmy Laybourne – This is not too far into the future and a lot more on the realistic side, like if it happened tomorrow. Toxic chemicals released into the air, raging monster storms, and 14 kids trapped in a superstore (dream come true if it was not the semi-apocalypse…) – I like how we get to see the kids figure out how to be adults, how to handle responsibilities, and I thought it seemed very realistic to how kids would handle a real crisis like that. Very interesting take on it!
  7. Wither by Lauren DeStefano – Again, the love story is more the main focus here, but I like to compare Housemaster Vaughn as a President Snow from time to time. And Wither is more a place where disease now controls the world, but it’s still one of my favorite dystopian books!
  8. The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor – Even though this is essentially a retelling of Alice in Wonderland, it’s almost a dystopia in reverse in the sense that Alyss is really a part of Wonderland (yes, Wonderland is real!) and she gets trapped in the normal, boring human world where no magic exists. It’s almost a dystopia world for her. Plus there’s tons of action, fighting, and actually kind of violent at times. I really enjoyed it though!
  9. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare – Although I would rate this more along the lines of a HP read-alike, I think fans of The Hunger Games would still love it (hey, I did). It’s got elements of a brand new world that hides behind ordinary that only the supernaturals and shadowhunters can see. It’s a lot of adventure, a little bit of romance all rolling around in a very creative world.
  10. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead – Okay, so this last one’s a little off but I was running out of dystopian books and I feel like this series is so underrated! I’m only two books in and I love it – And this was after I was already like, “I am sooo over vampire stories”. I think it’s definitely worth a shot, and I can say the second book is even better (and I’ve heard it gets even BETTER from there)!