Monday, September 26, 2011

It's Monday, What are You Reading? "The Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins

It's Monday, What are You Reading?
"The Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins

This is the twenty-fifth entry for this meme, the fourth at this blog site, suggested by Sheila@ One Persons Journey Through A World of Books. [The first 21 entries in the series were posted at  the Dr. Bill's Book Bazaar, which has generally been on hiatus]

Ok, if you are a regular reader, you are probably beginning to question my sanity in choice of books to read… Correct, unless you understand my variety of interests and activities. It was a concern I had in combining the two blogs; but, here goes.

The Hunger Games, the first of three, so far, in this series by Suzanne Collins, is a Young Adult book that is now being made into a movie with a March 23, 2012 planned release (it is currently in post-production) starring Jennifer Lawrence.

As an writer, I have written about here extensively. [Jennifer Lawrence was the star of "Winter's Bone" - a story set in Ozarks, filmed in the county where I live. "Winter's Bone" was based on the book of the same name and won the Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic Film as the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. It was selected for four 2011 Academy Award nominations: Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actress (Jennifer) and Best Supporting Actor.]

As a highly acclaimed current Young Adult book series, I also have an interest beyond Jennifer Lawrence starring in the movie (and all three of my grown daughters anxiously looking forward to the movie based on reading the books…). In my author role, I have 'identified' a 14-year old  Civil War era young man in the family history of my current novel series. He cries out for a Young Adult novel, perhaps Graphic Novel, set 150 years ago in 2013. The Hunger Games is research for me in possibly writing this novel, in collaboration with my oldest daughter, who has developed some expertise in graphic novels. Ok, enough, for now. Wish me luck!  ;-)

 About the book - From School Library Journal; at
Grade 7 Up - In a not-too-distant future, the United States of America has collapsed, weakened by drought, fire, famine, and war, to be replaced by Panem, a country divided into the Capitol and 12 districts. Each year, two young representatives from each district are selected by lottery to participate in The Hunger Games. Part entertainment, part brutal intimidation of the subjugated districts, the televised games are broadcasted throughout Panem as the 24 participants are forced to eliminate their competitors, literally, with all citizens required to watch. When 16-year-old Katniss's young sister, Prim, is selected as the mining district's female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart, Peeta, the son of the town baker who seems to have all the fighting skills of a lump of bread dough, will be pitted against bigger, stronger representatives who have trained for this their whole lives. Collins's characters are completely realistic and sympathetic as they form alliances and friendships in the face of overwhelming odds; the plot is tense, dramatic, and engrossing. This book will definitely resonate with the generation raised on reality shows like 'Survivor' and 'American Gladiator.' Book one of a planned trilogy.Jane Henriksen Baird, Anchorage Public Library, AK {Based on Hardcover edition} [I'm reading the Kindle Edition.]

By the way, it is still ok to question my sanity!  ;-)

Happy Reading,

Bill  ;-)


  1. Bill, I am glad you are reading "The Hunger Games" and you will continue on with the other two, I hope. I'm one reader who had asked if you read the book, so glad you got the hint. No games now.

  2. Yes, Barbara, I've started. We'll see how it goes! ;-)