Top Ten Tuesday 4.12.11

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and The Bookish. Link up to find new reads and book blogs!

This week’s list:


1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. It’s in the works. I hope I’m not disappointed.

2. Bloody Jack by L.A. Meyer. The question is: Who is awesome enough to play pirate/privateer Jacky Faber?

3. Boneshaker by Cherie Priest. While I was reading this book, I felt like I was reading a movie script instead of a novel with all the action and dialogue. I think this steampunk zombie story would be a blockbuster. Zombies are hot right now. Right?

4. Airborn by Kenneth Oppel. There were rumors that this film was being made, but it seems to have been abandoned.

5. The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor. Again, this trilogy seemed more like three scripts than novels. Hatter would have such an awesome costume! I’m sure some Lewis Caroll fans would be displeased, but I think this version would be an interesting variation to the classic story. IMDb lists it as “in development.”

6. Incarceron by Catherine Fisher. This movie would be all about the special effects. Looks like there are plans for a movie version. I also think this book would make a great video game.

7. The Year of the Flood. Margaret Atwood’s novel would make a chilling post-apocalyptic movie.    I can see an actress like Natalie Portman playing Ren.

8. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. This adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic is ridiculous, but hilarious. I’d go to the theaters to see it, and I’m a Jane Austen devotee.

9. Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier.  This story is dark, magical and suspenseful. If the filmmakers did it justice, I’d watch the movie over and over again.

10. Behind Green Glass. Of course, I would love to see my own novel made into a film. I can dream!


On Catching Fire and Mockingjay (some spoilers)

I was warned to brace myself for the events in Catching Fire and Mockingjay! I’ll give my spoiler alert here. I don’t think it is possible for me to discuss the last two books in the trilogy without giving something away. There have been so many reviews about this trilogy that I’ve decided to touch on just a few of the things I appreciated:

Suzanne Collins certainly tortures her characters! But, this makes their victories sweeter. I learned something about myself as a writer by reading this trilogy. I have been too soft on my characters. I grow attached to them, and I don’t want to hurt them.  I’m going to try to overcome this sentimentality.

Back to the Hunger Games trilogy—I loved these books for so many reasons.  Katniss is a strong female character, though flawed. I thought that her confusion concerning Peeta and Gale was entirely natural. In a world so frightening, she feels unable to love freely, to separate fear from her other emotions.  She focuses on survival instead of envisioning a quaint “happily ever after.”

Collins’ portrayal of the media’s influence on the war is quite clever.  Both the Capitol and the rebels stage and edit events to sway the public. The war as seen on TV is different than the war that is actually happening.  Both sides expend great efforts on propaganda.  Of course, this happens in our world as well, and this trilogy could remind teens to question instead of believing everything they see.

In Mockingjay, Peeta warns both sides that the population needs to set down its weapons to avoid extinction.  In our world, rapidly becoming over-populated, this might not seem like a present danger. However, I fear that unchecked rage and violence could lead to a reality that resembles the dystopia in the Hunger Games trilogy. Of course, I’ve always been a little paranoid.

I am glad that people like Suzanne Collins are writing books like this for the next generation.

Book Blogger Hop 2.4-2.7

The Book Blogger Hop is hosted weekly at Crazy-for-Books. Join to meet fellow book lovers and discover new reads.

This week’s question:

“What are you reading now and why are you reading it?”

This is sort of a painful subject. I just finished Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins, the second in the Hunger Games Trilogy, and I need to read Mockingjay, but it didn’t come through interlibrary loan yet, so I’m faced with a weekend without it! Damn cliffhanger endings. I picked up The Hunger Games because of the great reviews, and I wasn’t disappointed.  

Wednesday 2.2.11

Today is sort of a snow day. My daughter and husband have an official snow day, and my boss gave me the option to stay home. I am. I like starting the day with some memes, drinking coffee and wearing pajamas.


To play along visit Should Be Reading and answer the following three questions:

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

My answers:

I’m currently reading Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins. I just finished The Hunger Games, and I’m sure I’ll read Mockingjay next. So far, I love this trilogy. I like Peeta better than Gale. In the words of Oscar Wilde: “This suspense is terrible. I hope it will last.”


Writing on Wednesday is a weekly meme, created at Bookish Ardour.

This Week’s Question: Do you read what you write?  If you don’t would you consider it? And if you do, did you read it first or write it first?

I read the genres that I write. I also read more genres than I write. I read historical fiction and “grownup” fiction, but I haven’t written any of my own yet. I write YA fantasy, and I’ve definitely been inspired by authors like Juliet Marillier, Holly Black and Libba Bray. Lately, I’ve been trying my hand at some steampunk. We’ll see what comes of it! I’ve read Cherie Priest’s Boneshaker, and I really enjoyed Kenneth Oppel’s Airborn series. I intend to read more steampunk this year.


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On The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games is the story of Katniss, a teen who lives in District 12 in a dystopian world. Each year the Capitol selects two tributes, a male and a female between the ages of 12 and 18, from each district to fight to the death in the Hunger Games, a televised event that serves to remind citizens how little control they have over their fates. When Katniss’ little sister is chosen, Katniss takes her place and her fight for survival begins.

There are many great reviews of this novel, so I guess I’ll focus on what I personally loved about it:

  • Sisterhood: I’m the oldest sibling in my family, and I have a younger sister. I can relate to Katniss’ love and protectiveness of her younger sister Prim.
  • The Nice Guy: I thought Peeta broke the mold for the lead male in a YA novel. Lately, many YA novels feature dangerous, tormented guys that tempt the protagonists to ignore their common sense. By contrast, Peeta’s kindness and selflessness are so attractive.
  • This romantic line: “Remember, we’re madly in love, so it’s all right to kiss me anytime you feel like it.” (pg. 263)

I’ve just started the sequel, Catching Fire.

Teaser Tuesdays 1/25/11

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. To play along:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My teaser:

“Momentarily, I felt a pang at killing something so fresh and innocent. And then my stomach rumbled at the thought of all that fresh and innocent meat” (page 269, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins).

Another Day, Another Challenge



I’m participating in Bookish Ardour’s Dystopia Challenge at the level of “Asocial” (5 books). In 2011 I’ll read:

  1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  2. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
  3. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
  4. Matched by Allie Condie
  5. Incarceron by Catherine Fisher

So far, my favorite dystopian (more post-apocalyptic?) novel is Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood.