It's Better to Travel than Arrive?

"To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive"

Robert Louis Stevenson, Virginibus Puerisque, 1881.

"Robert Louis Stevenson speaks utter tosh and has

obviously never flown long haul economy class"

Kristy, first ever blog post, 2011.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

"The Hunger Games", Suzanne Collins

Last weekend I finished Suzanne Collins' "The Hunger Games", which I'd had sitting on my "must read" pile for a few months.  Now, those of you who know my reading style, will know that there's no way I ever would have picked up a book that had the following blurb on the back:-

Katniss is a 16-year-old girl living with her mother and younger sister in the poorest district of Panem, the remains of what used be the United States. Long ago the districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated. As part of the surrender terms, each district agreed to send one boy and one girl to appear in an annual televised event called, "The Hunger Games." The terrain, rules, and level of audience participation may change but one thing is constant: kill or be killed. When Kat's sister is chosen by lottery, Kat steps up to go in her place. 

I don't read "science fiction" or "futuristic" or anything like that, but I'd heard a lot of chatter on various writers forums about "The Hunger Games", and decided to trust the taste of some of my favourite authors.  I picked up a copy from, which is where I get most of my books - they have free delivery and their books are cheap.

It came as a huge surprise to me that once I picked this book up, I couldn't put it down.  It totally drew me in and I really enjoyed it.  There are a further two books in the series, "Catching Fire" and "Mockingjay" - I'll be buying them both.

Oh, and "The Hunger Games" is currently being made into a movie that'll be released in a few weeks.  


  1. i've adamantly resisted reading this series. Perhaps because I got sucked in to the Twilight nonsense and didn't want to hit replay. But now that YOU have given it the thumbs up.....dammit....and I just got thru telling eff when we saw an ad for the movie: "You know, that's the kind've movie where you skip the book and just see the movie." Me and my big mouth.
    Dressology HQ

    1. I didn't read the Twilight series, or the Harry Potter one, but I'm mad for this series! As soon as I've whittled down the vast (and growing) number of books on my bedside table, I'm going to buy the other two. Am currently reading a Nora Roberts and seriously loving it (it's got lots of Labradors in it) - I'm surprised that I'm enjoying it so much. Hugs to Josie from Archie.


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