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Hunger Games

I started reading the Hunger Games when I received my Kindle Fire for Christmas. About two pages in I thought I would have to stop reading: too upsetting. I’ve never been much of a fan of violence towards children. Ever. I can’t watch TV shows on the topic, can’t watch movies if that’s part of the story and I definitely can’t read books like that. However, I’d heard enough raving reviews about the Hunger Games to try to stick it out.

I’m so very glad I did.

The books are, admittedly, targeted at people younger than me. That doesn’t bother me so much: a good book is a good book, right? There is something about this book that somehow makes the reader accept the crazy, grotesque reality that faces the youth of Panam. Sending children into a huge arena to, quite literally, fight to the death is something that the people of Panam are forced to accept. I think that’s how it somehow made it seem OK to keep reading after I realized that was, in fact, the plot of the book.

I loved the first book and couldn’t wait to start the second. While I didn’t like it quite as much as the first (do we ever?) it was still a really good read. The third and final book was also great but a little more on the Science Fiction side than the others – although arguably they could all fit into that category.

The movie is now of course out and I was really happy to hear such positive reviews from other people who read the books. Seeing the movie this week…hope it lives up to the hype!

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Need Book Suggestions!

I’m leaving for Germany in a week and need some book suggestions for the flights. Not only because I’ll be wanting to read, but especially since I’ll be wanting to read on the lovely new Kindle Fire Sean gave me for Christmas.

I just finished the first two books out of the Hunger Games series and am saving the third for my newly formed book club, so that’s out. (Yes. Newly formed book club. You read that correctly.)

Other than that, I just read Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, so possibly I could read the other two books in that series, but maybe it’s time for a bit of lighter reading.

I’ve been dying to read The Help, and while it’s on my list, I’m borrowing my mom’s copy (free is better!) so will wait to actually read that in book form vs. on the Kindle.

Has anyone read Water for Elephants? Not exactly a “lighter read,” I know, but I’ve heard it was really good.

C’mon, I know a lot of you are avid readers. Any suggestions?

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Tea Time & Chatting Darcy

I mentioned previously I received a Nintendo DSi XL and was participating in a summer book club blogger event.  Who knew you could use one as an e-reader??  We read Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice.  This was actually my first time reading the book.  It was also my first time reading on a book in any other form than, well, a book.  I actually didn’t mind reading on the screen.

Those who received the Nintendo DSis met up at UpStairs on the Square in Harvard Square.  If you haven’t been UpStairs on the Square, you need to try it.  It is a three-story building intricately decorated as sort of Alice in Wonderland-inspired tea rooms.

One of the floors of UpStairs on the Square

We met for tea time (4pm, of course) and enjoyed tea, wine and tea party treats.  I somehow found myself at two fanciful tea parties this year, this one and Meredith’s bridal shower at the Boston Harbor Hotel.  I could get used to this.

Tea time sandwiches and pastries

Besides our tea party/book club event, there was another event happening at the same time in other parts of the country.

A blurry picture of me and one of the lovely hosts, Julie Q of jqlounge.com

After this I’m feeling inspired – I need to start a book club!

I received a Nintendo DSi XL courtesy of Nintendo & Brands About Town. I was not paid for my participation in the book club and my opinions are my own.

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