The Hunger Games

Thoughts on the Hunger Games Movie

No, not Catching Fire—I haven’t seen that one yet. It actually took me a long time to be even a little interested in seeing The Hunger Games. I loved the book, but am historically disappointed in movies adapted from books. I know, I know, different mediums, different artists—but it’s very hard for me to separate the…

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Most Frustrating Characters EVER

1. Mrs. Norris – Mansfield Park, Jane Austen. Mrs. Norris must be one of the most flat-out evil characters in all of literature—but not in a Count Dracula or Pennywise kind of evil. The petty, mean, horrible-person-but-totally-human kind of evil that Jane Austen so excels at writing. Every time she opens her mouth I want…

Top Ten Bookish Pet Peeves

This week, The Broke and the Bookish are giving us a sort-of freebie week by letting us choose any past topic we want! I’ve been thinking about some bookish pet peeves lately, so I chose this one. Feel free to vent about yours in the comments! 1. Referring to the “dial tone” of a cell…

Top Ten Books to Read in a Day

Full disclosure: I enlisted a little help from Andrew for this one. But only a little. 🙂 1. Any Harry Potter book. Starting with Order of the Phoenix, it became something of a tradition for me to get the book in the morning the day it came out and read the whole thing that day.…

Dystopian novels: the new “paranormal romance”?

Maybe it’s just me (please God let it not be just me), but I don’t get the whole “paranormal romance” thing that started with Twilight. The fact that bookstores have a section labeled “paranormal romance” kinda bugs me. I find it to be a rather insipid genre, which I also blame on Twilight. Then again, most…

Top Ten Favorite Book Covers

There are lots of great book covers out there that make you just want to rip the book off the shelf and start reading wherever the book falls open. Then, there are others that make you never want to pick the book up ever. And finally, there are those that are just, to put it…

Reading Slowly

Are you a slow reader or a fast reader? With me, it depends. Sometimes it can take me forever just to get through a sentence, and sometimes I can read 100 pages an hour. Of course, the way the book is written is usually the deciding factor (i.e. Suzanne Collins’ writing versus Stephen King’s writing versus…

Top Ten Books That Broke My Heart a Little

In honor of Valentine’s Day (or maybe in spite of it), the folks over at The Broke and the Bookish give us today’s Top Ten Tuesday. Here’s my Top Ten! 11/22/63. Stephen King’s newest novel. The whole thing was absolutely wonderful, but as I mentioned in my review, the end just absolutely devastated me. I…

The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games is yet another recommendation from Nicole. It’s a young adult book, so I was somewhat skeptical (Twilight is young adult, after all) but from what I had heard, from Nicole and others, it was worth a read. So when I saw it in BC’s bookstore last week, I bought it. The Hunger…