The Hunger Games

I have to put my thoughts down for this book trilogy.

In the New Year, I saw my 13 year old niece reading this book and when asked if it was good, she confirmed my suspicion with confidence.  Since she is also a Twilight fan, I thought to myself – Hrm…must put this on my ‘to-read’ list, it must be good.  She (and I) were right!

I usually borrow my books from friends or the library however when I have an inclination that a book may be a ‘keeper’, I will splurge and purchase a copy for my ever-growing bookshelf. This was one of those ‘hunches’ I had.

I started reading it on a Friday night. I think I was finished by the Sunday, albeit a little tired from staying up until the wee hours of the morning. I was hooked.

The plot is based on a small group of teens who become of age to be part of the Hunger Games selection process.  When her little sister is called up, Katniss Everdeen steps in to take her place. The Arena is no place for a little girl like her sister, Prim.

Although it is a fairly typical young adult Love Romance Trilogy (Katniss-Gale-Peeta), it is not overdone and has kept me reading the Series.

No spoilers here – just love of this Series! I am almost done the second book, Catching Fire, and found it hard to put it down last night when my eyes were half-open. If I could just finish these last few pages…


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A Year of Books – 2012

I hereby solemnly vow to record and log all the books I read this year.  My goal, you ask? I would like to read 25 books. That equates to a little over 2 books per month. I am guessing with a week or two of vacation in there, I may just reach my goal.

Check out my Books I’ve Read list for a newly updated 2012 list!!

Happy Reading!

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Halfway To The Grave

Jeannine Frost has one warped mind. Wait, then why am I reading these books? 😉 All I can say is READ this series ladies – you will like it!!

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Gossip Girl

The final installment of the much-loved Gossip Girl series was good, but as good as the rest of the Series? That, my book-loving friends, I am not sure of.

Those familiar with the Manhattanites featured in this Series, know very well of the intertwined love lives of the socially elite crowd. B loves N, N sleeps with S, S falls for D, V cheats on H with D, you get my drift.

This last installment takes you through their College years. From Freshman year through to Graduation with a few St.Barth’s trips thrown in between. Each ‘year’ is capped off with Chuck Bass’s elite New Year’s Eve party where boyfriends seem to be swapped and dropped.

Oh, if life were only as easy as figuring out which DvF dress to wear to the next gala or if you should switch from Ketel One to Grey Goose. Really, let me continue my dream sequence please…

All in all, it was a good book and if you have not read any of the Gossip Girl Series’ yet, then get on it girlfriend! What are you waiting for?

You Know You Love Me,
Gossip Girl
( I mean Sarah)

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Halfway To The Grave

There I go, addicted again.  You would think I would learn by now that as soon as I pick up a book, I get hooked in its alluring sense of fiction which transports me to another world, even if just for a moment in time.

The culprit this time? A Night Huntress Novel, Halfway To The Grave by Jeaniene Frost. First in the Series…

My husbands colleague, who I may add, keeps me ‘in the loop’ with all the good Vampire books, sent home this one a couple weeks ago.  (My husband is now considered my book-messenger, little does he know it…)  I am such a book-snob, that I looked at its smallish size, tiny text and though there was no way I could get ‘into’ this book. Prove me wrong already. I should know better.

It started off a lot like the other Vampire books out there however, it proved to be much more, how should I say, sensual than the others.  Needless to say, this book was not written for or meant to be read by ‘tweens’ of any sort unless your intention is to bypass Sex Ed and just hand them this book.  Certainly not as romantic as say Edward Cullen, but if wordy and forward is your game, then you will love this book.

Now, I will have to check in with my ‘lit-chick-friend’ and see what else she has in sore for me next!

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Invitation Only

Yet another series started. Am I a glutton for punishment?  Case in point- the Private Series by Kate Brian.

I start these new Series in the hopes that I will enjoy at least the first novel, but alas, I get sucked into them ‘hook, line, and sinker’.

This next book in the Private Series is nothing short of a good girly read. The Billings Girls are at it again with their selfish ways and rude confrontations. Reminds me of high school but much more harsh. I guess this means I will have to make a stop at the Bookmobile for the next installment soon!!

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The end of another message pad…

Perhaps I am easily excited, or just plain crazy, but I love to finish a book.

It doesn’t matter if it’s a novel, a textbook, a journal, post-it notes or phone message pad. I love it.  The thrill of something ending and the excitement of starting something new. I am sure my colleague must think I’m nuts when she heard the shrill “Eeeek! I’m almost done my phone message pad!” but it was, for a moment, pure elation.

Perhaps this requires therapy.

(Sidenote: For those of you who think this way of tracking messages is archaic in this technologically advanced world, it may be, but I love having those pink papers on my chair.)

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