Archive for January, 2011

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Mockingjay: Hunger Games #3

January 28, 2011


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The final book of The Hunger Games Trilogy is titled ‘Mockingjay. This books takes place right after Katniss is rescued from the second Hunger Game her and Peeta were forced into. Unfortunately Peeta was not rescued with her. President Snow has officially declared war on her and she is now the figurehead, Mockingjay, for the rebellion against the government. While there is a lot of action in this book, as with the previous novel, there is also a lot of time spent within Katniss’ head. She is trying to figure out what she really wants to do. Does she want to be a figurehead of this rebellion? Who can she really trust out of the people around her? What is her purpose in this life?

In the mean time the districts are rebelling against the government with the help of the long thought dead District 13, which is the rebellion headquarters. There are a lot of new characters and places in this book. We especially what District 13 has been up to for all of those years. President Coin is the person in charge of the rebellion and seems to have her own personal agenda on top of getting the districts free.


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Overall, the book was amazing. As with the second book, I cried my eyes out. In fact I cried pretty much throughout the whole book. Every other page it seemed like something happened or Katniss went through something that just touched me. The ending wasn’t all happily ever after, that wouldn’t be realistic at all. Nothing was miraculously better once they won the war. But it made sense and the story still felt like it ended well.

This entire series was amazing and original and fun. I consider it a must-read to pretty much anyone. I’ve heard that a movie is supposed to be coming out in a year or two based on the first book. I really hope they don’t ruin the spirit of the book, because it’s a really great story that deserves to be told well.

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Catching Fire: The Hunger Games #2

January 24, 2011


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This book, Catching Fire, is the second book in The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. This books starts off with everyone back home trying to get on with their lives. Although things aren’t exactly the same. The winners, Peeta and Katnis now live in the area of District 13 allotted for victors of the Hunger Games. And they are able to live more than comfortable wit the riches they get for winning the games. Their families can live better than ever. And yet things are not all great. They are under threat from the Capitol. The president if enraged at their supposed show of rebellion at the end of the last Games and he means to punish them. There are murmurs of rebellion in other districts that are quelled by the Capitol.

Katniss’ character was very disturbed in this book. She has nightmares from her time in the Games as well as having both Gale and Peeta keeping her at a distance. Her old friend Gale seems to have feelings for her that she never realized and she’s not sure what to do about it. And Peeta was hurt from her apparent acting about her feelings for him during the Games. All of this plus her knowledge that the President is not happy with her makes her new life not all that peaceful. Plus her new station makes her uncomfortable. She has to be dressed up and ready for cameras at a moment’s notice.


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I won’t spoil too much of the book but I will say that you meet a bunch of new characters. Some you will like and some you will not. You will also see a lot of conflict within Katniss. She tries to figure what she wants in life, who she wants in life. Plus she wants to keep her family and friends safe as the Capitol and the President bear down on them and put them in danger. She show a lot more emotion in this book than in the previous. I think that she grows as a person a lot. There are also a lot of hidden agendas in this book that she’s not aware of. So you are aware that sometimes something seems off but you are not sure of how. You learn as Katniss learns but sometimes before she does, but only because she does have

Overall, I really loved this book. It was different from the first book in the series and yet was similar as well. It was very emotional and I will admit that I cried during certain parts. You got to see more of the inner workings of Katniss as she grows and tries to protect everyone she loves, even as she’s not always successful.

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The Hunger Games

January 16, 2011


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I may be late but I have finally read ‘The Hunger Games’ Trilogy by Suzanne Collins. I guess I was hesitant to read these books at first only because I was so disappointed by The Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyer. (It’s the first time I can say that I love the movies but don’t really like the books. Go figure.) Anyway, it took me a while but I finally got around to reading the series, even though I’d had the first book on my shelf for at least 6 months. I was just a bit gun shy at first, but I did get around to it. This is my review of the first book. I’ll put up the books one at a time since I have so much to say, especially about the first book since it introduces you to everything.


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This first book, The Hunger Games, introduces you the the main character Katniss Everdeen. She is a 16 year old girl that lives with her mother and daughter taking care of them since her father died when she was younger. Since life in her district is so harsh she has had to become very tough in her short life. She has one close friend, Gale Hawthorne, that she hunts with illegally to feed their families.

I loved Katniss’ character. She was very realistic for where she came from and what she had to do in her life. The author didn’t try to make her likable or too nice. She’s a real person with real problems and her own way of dealing with those problems. Katniss’ thought processes are very interesting throughout this book. How she thinks compared to everyone else is so intriguing to look at. And yet they make complete sense to her and therefore to us. I’ve read some reviews where people though she was too coarse or hard, but I felt she was as tough as she needed to be.

I also loved the other characters we meet. I liked Gale as her best friend. They had a similar lifestyle and shared much as they got to know each other. Her sister Prim was also a great character. You saw how much Katniss loved her sister by how she took care of her and coddled her. Her interactions with those two showed the softer side of Katniss. Through them we saw that she wasn’t all hardness, but she had a lot of love in her too. Peeta Mellark who is the other player in the Hunger Games from their district may have been my favorite character after Katniss. He was just so sweet and genuine. And yet he showed that he could absolutely take care of himself. He was a very capable character. His reactions with Katniss were just too cute.


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There were other characters that I enjoyed as well. Haymitch was their mentor for the Hunger Games. It seems like a sad joke at first since he’s such a drunk but he really steps up in the book and helps them out. I also adored Cinna, Katniss’ stylist for the ceremonies. You can tell he had his own agenda, but you can also tell that he genuinely liked Katniss and wanted her to be successful. And finally was Rue, one of the other contestants in the Games. She was so small and reminded Katniss of her sister Prim, yet she proved to a very capable member of the game. Her alliance with Katniss was very helpful to both characters and she was so sweet and lovely. Overall, the characters in the books were very well thought out and executed.

The book as a whole was amazing. The descriptions of life in District 12 where Katniss lived was very real and gritty. The fact that she volunteered herself as a member of the Games instead of her sister was expected, yet the scene itself as you are reading evokes so many emotions in you. I could practically picture it in my head, especially as Gale holds her sister back. The Hunger Games were are real and graphic as you would expect. There were blood and guts, and unexpected times of peace when it got to be just a little too much.

If you can’t already tell, I am in love with this book! I was not disappointed in the least. The characters were wonderful and the story was original and realistic. The ending made me want to read more and yet not because I was scared to see what would happen. I would recommend this book to anyone.

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Journaling

January 12, 2011


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I’ve tried numerous times in the past few year to start and keep a journal. I’ve failed. A lot. I start, then completely lose steam a few weeks or even days later. But I recently came across my journal from my first year of college. I looked through it and realized that I wrote in it almost every single day! As I looked through it I realized why. I wasn’t strict about I put in it. I didn’t push myself to write a certain amount or to put certain things in it. I just wrote whatever I happened to think about at that point in time. Even if nothing happened to me that day or week, I just wrote what I was feeling or reading or listening to. I’ve finally realized that I was trying too hard. I tried to force myself into a certain mindset and that was just not working.


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So, I’ve started anew. The only rule is that I don’t let myself get caught up in rules. I won’t try to force it like I did in the past. Just get my thoughts down, whether in written or drawn form or just pasting things down on paper. I will not conform to my previous thoughts about what the journal of a mature adult should be like. I am me, not someone else. My journal should reflect me and how my own mind works. Wish me luck!

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Book Challenges for 2011

January 5, 2011


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Book Challenge time! I’m sure I’ll add more challenges to try this year, but I’m shooting for challenges that I’ll actually finish. But of course my eyes are always bigger than they should be when it comes to books, but I can’t really help myself. It certainly doesn’t help when I’ve found a brand new place to shop for books. A few weeks ago we got ourselves a new used book place, 2nd & Charles. Apparently we are only the 2nd location they have anywhere and I love this place! You get great books for cheap plus you can take in your own stuff and get cash or store credit. They have books, movies, musics, games, etc. I find myself there at least once a week. I even found a book series that I haven’t read since high school and I’m slowly but surely collecting them all. Every time I go I find more stuff. 😀 But moving on, that plus my new nookcolor will surely help me with this year’s challenges. You can find my challenges on my book challenge page. It’s also listed on the sidebar all the time. You can see all the books I’ve read for each challenge there. Some of which I may review either here or on my Goodreads account.


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The 2011 Young Adult Reading Challenge. I thing this will be a pretty easy one because I do love a great YA books. There are a few that I’m definitely looking forward to reading this year, which will help in my challenge. There are four levels of completion:
The Mini YA Reading Challenge – Read 12 Young Adult novels.
The “Fun Size” YA Reading Challenge – Read 20 Young Adult novels.
The Jumbo Size YA Reading Challenge – Read 40 Young Adult novels.
The Mega size YA Reading Challenge – Read 50+ Young Adult novels.
While I don’t think I’ll be reading 50 YA books I’m sure I can get through 12 of them, I hope. Plus it’s for a whole year.


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The 100+ Reading Challenge. This one is fun because it counts pretty much any book I read this year. 😀 So I doubt there will be any problem reading 100 or more books. Re-reads from previous years count as well as anything I read for other challenges. So this isn’t really a challenge in reading as it will be in keeping track of my books.


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The 2011 E-Book Challenge. Another easy one. I just have to read any book on my nook for this challenge to work. There are four levels:
— Curious – Read 3 e-books.
— Fascinated – Read 6 e-books.
— Addicted – Read 12 e-books.
— Obsessed – Read 20 e-books.
Since I’ve been reading a lot of books on my nook lately, this one should also be an easy one to finish.

Dystopia Challenge
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This is the Dystopia Challenge. This should be a fun one because some of the books I’ve been wanting to read are in this category. There are different levels to acquire to below:
1. Asocial– Choose 5 books to read
2. Contagion – Choose 15 books to read
3. Soldier – Choose 30 books to read
4. Drone – Choose 50 books to read
5. Conditioned – Choose 75 books to read
For extra hard challenges
1. Brainwashed – Choose 76-125 books to read
2. Totalitarian – Choose 126-200 books to read

Right now I’m going for the Asocial level to just read 5. I don’t want to over stretch myself.


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Reading With Tequila

The 2011 Book Blogger Recommendation Challenge. This challenge is to read books from the list recommended by bloggers here. I can read any book from this list this year as long as it’s not a reread. 😦 Oh well. The levels are as follows:
Level I – Read 5 books
Level II – Read 10 books
Level III – Read 15 books
Level IV – Read 20 books
Level V – Read 20+ books

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The start of a new year

January 2, 2011


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This is a new year and there are new things to see and do! I’ve finally figured out, after many years of failure, that I’m not really a ‘Resolutions’ type of person. I really don’t do well with those types of goals I think. My mind just doesn’t work that way. If I try to force I end up quitting way to early. I’m not the type of person that likes to feel I have to do something regularly, I get bored really easily. So I’m not going to do that this year. I’m really going for much more broad types of goals, more for improving my life in general and not make specific goals or resolutions. I think it’s best for everyone involved. 😀


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Now, on to other things. This is a bit late but I figured I’d do quick run down on my book challenges for last year. I started a bit late for please forgive me. I didn’t really even start many of them, much less finish them. You can see all of the challenges I participated in on my book challenge page. They’ll be moving to the bottom of the page soon as I put up my new ones for this year. Of the five that I managed to join last year I completed 2 of them. I finished the Historical Reading Challenge and the Fantasy Reading Challenge. I do plan to join some more challenges this year, hopefully being able to have more time to read.


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That being said, I’m hoping that this year will be a great one. I’m really looking forward to starting fresh, despite coming into the new year with a cold. :/ (Christmas was so not fun, let me tell you.) But out with the old and in with the new. I have plans this this year! I’m hoping to be able to see them through to completion this year. *crosses fingers for luck*