Friday, January 6, 2012

What I've Been Reading (or not)

I've been putting this post off for a while hoping to finish one more book before I did it. Reality check - not gonna happen any time soon.  That said, there's not much on the list but it's what I've been reading since Thanksgiving!

Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman - This was what I call a "Southern Women" novel. It's about a young girl born in Ohio to a disturbed mother from Georgia. She ends up going to live with family in Georgia and learns about what good, strong, old fashioned Southern women are like. This type of novel really needs a genre of its own. That said, it was a fast, easy read and enjoyable, if a little predictable overall. I started it and finished it Thanksgiving weekend, courtesy of having plenty of family around to entertain my child.

Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins - Technically, these are considered young adult novels since the main characters are all teenagers and it deals with a lot of teen-related themes. That aside, they were pretty good. I liked the earlier books better than the last, but if you start them you will read all three. They take place in a futuristic, post-apocalyptic America that has been whittled down to 12 districts along a stretch of the midwest. As a reminder of the war that destroyed our society, the governement instituted the Hunger Games, where one male and one female child age 12-18 from each district is chosen by lottery to represent the district in a highly staged fight survival. The last one alive wins. It's a brutal system, and the games get a little graphic at times, but I thought the characters were well developed, the plot was interesting (until the last book, where it struggled a bit) and the relationships are complex. It's been a while since I've really enjoyed any YA lit, but this one didn't read like a teen book. It was good. (And I have all 3 on my Kindle, if anybody wants to "borrow" them. I just have to figure out how to lend things!)

That's it. That's all I've read. Sad. I have Cutting for Stone (and a couple of others) on my bedside table but haven't gotten past page 5 yet. Maybe when I have two kids that nap reliably I can try again. I also have at least 15 books on my Kindle to read. I'll get there one day, right?


Allison said...

I've been debating on reading the Hunger Games. Didn't really know if I'd like them or not, but so many people have been talking about how good they are.... I've probably waited too late to start them now - I'll probably have too much "required" reading over the next few months to bother reading anything for pleasure.

Although, I'm in the middle of re-reading Little Women (since it was a free download and I was bored at the dr's office the other day) and it's been like a trip back to my childhood. =)

Susan said...

If you find time and want to read them, I have all 3 on the Kindle. The first one was really good, the second one was pretty good, and the third one I felt I had to read just because it was the conclusion. :)