Over the last few months, I’ve tried to put a focus on reading again. Last year, I didn’t read nearly as much as I used to. Part of the reason is because I just couldn’t find books that I could get in to. The other reason was this blog 🙂
In January, I read 4 books – so I’m getting better!
The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins: I finally went to see Mockingjay: Part 1 right after Christmas. Since the movie end approximately halfway through the book, I just couldn’t leave it unfinished. I have read all three books before, but I just couldn’t remember the details of the ending. So I decided to just reread the whole series. I feel like this is a series that you can keep rereading and not get sick of it. After I finished, I just sat on my couch for awhile. I had forgotten how dark and sad the books are, especially Mockingjay. I really can’t wait until next year when the final movie comes out. While I like the books better, the movies have been great in their own way – but let us hope they stick to the book in the last one!
The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani: I saw all kinds of rave reviews for this middle-grade fantasy that I decided to take a chance on it (plus my library had and ebook copy!). It chronicles two girls that live in a town that 2 children are kidnapped every four years and never return. Sometimes, the kidnapped children showed up in the fairy tales that were magically delivered to the bookstore in town. Sophie wants to be kidnapped because she is the ultimate princess, while her friend, Agatha, thinks it is all crazy (most of the town thinks her mom and her are witches). Both girls are kidnapped and placed in the Schools for Good and Evil – but it is Agatha that is put in Good and Sophie in Evil. The book continues to follow their time in school and their quest to get back home. This is a fairy tale, so of course there are boys, but this focuses on the friendship between Agatha and Sophie. If you like a fun read that twists the normal fairy tale – you should pick this one up. I actually just started book 2 (A World Without Princes), so watch for that next month!
Do you like to read young adult/middle grade? What did you read last month?
I really liked the Hunger Games novels as well and really liked Part 1 of the Mockingjay. Can’t wait for the final movie 🙂
I know! It is one of the few times that I wish it was Thanksgiving time 🙂
I liked the Hunger Games books progressively less as the trilogy went on, especially the last half of Mockingjay. I really enjoyed the first two though.
When I first read them, I was the same way. But, this last read through I feel like I appreciated Mockingjay a lot more. Maybe not like it as much, but can still appreciate that it is a good book.
Wow, you have read the three Hunger Games book in only one month! That is incredible! I loved the first one… but them it goes a little worse. Anyway, they were pretty entertaining. With love,
They are certainly entertaining. I used to be able to read a book in a week or less, so I’m finally getting closer to on track with that!
I didn’t enjoy Mockingjay as much as the other two. It felt predictable and sort of a cop out. Good movie, though. I read them like you did…very quickly. I think I read the whole trilogy in 10 days.
I didn’t feel the cop out – I think if Katniss ended up staying in the Capitol would of been that.
I really liked The Hunger Games books, and definitely agree that the books are darker than the movies. This makes me want to re-read them now.
It always is a good choice for a re-read 🙂
I have yet to get into the Hunger Games but my friend gave me a copy so I am going to give it a try.
Definitely give it a try! They are one of my favorite books.
the hunger games was an amazing trilogy! Have you read Divergent? If not, you would probably like it!
I have read it! I thought it was pretty good.
I also loved the Hunger Games series! Yay for reading them in the same length. I think the movies (so far) stayed true to the books. I don’t think Divergent (another YA trilogy) did as well. I love me some YA!
Yes! I still haven’t watched Divergent, but from the previews, it didn’t look very promising.