The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

As I mentioned yesterday, I was reading The Hunger Games and LOVING it.

Scene at home on a lazy Sunday. Beth in sweats (like every day of the week) curled up reading (again, like every day of the week). Husband looking good as always, covered in toddler (like every minute that he is home and she’s awake–huge case of Daddy-worship).

Husband: Hey, Beth. (struggles to set Z down; unsuccessful)

Beth: (engrossed in book) Hmm?

Husband: There’s a huge pile of gourmet chocolate in the kitchen just waiting for you. (dances around room with Z)

Beth: Mmm-hmm.

Husband: An editor from a big-time publishing company called and wants to publish Savage Autumn. Million-dollar advance. (beckons parade of elephants through house for Z’s entertainment)

Beth: Mmm-hmm. I’m reading now, can we talk about this later?

Okay, so that’s not a real conversation. What Husband did say when he came in was, “Wow, it’s so weird to see you smile while you read.”

I usually scowl. It’s not on purpose, and usually not at all related to whatever I’m reading. Maybe I have bad eyesight, or my pensive face is more of a pissed-off look. Maybe the scowl is a defense mechanism developed over years of me wanting people to leave me alone while I read.  Whatever the reason for my usual scowl, The Hunger Games was so well-written, with such an intense and interesting plot, that I couldn’t help but smile.  I hope someday to write a novel that good–even if it never gets published, I would be thrilled. I would read it over and over again, applauding myself on an excellent selection of point-of-view character (Katniss is perfect), supporting cast, description (the sci-fi/future element isn’t in-your-face, but conveyed through very subtle clues in larger scenes). And the plot! Did Collins dream this up? It is so far out. Her imagination is incredible.

I don’t want to say more, because one of my friends hates spoilers, and I think she should be able to read it without any expectations (other than the expectation that it’s a freaky-amazing book).

Anyway, a thank-you to my friends Megan and Neda for suggesting I read it.


  1. Dana · February 23, 2010

    Hey, that’s me, the spoiler hating friend who will go on a rampage! Okay, I will have to use my Borders coupon and hit up Borders when my credit card rolls.

  2. Sevennblue · February 23, 2010

    Yes, thank you for not saying anything more! I am feeling the same way!

    I am SOOO into it…its a little ridiculous! Yeap…elephants, chocolate, publisher…u-hu!

  3. Randi · February 24, 2010

    I have noticed the reading scowl, now that you mention it! I love the image of Josh “covered in toddler”!

  4. Neda · March 15, 2010

    Have you read the second one yet? READ IT! And then you can be antsy like me until August 24 finally arrives!

    • bethhull · March 15, 2010

      Oh yes, I already read it! I hate cliffhangers! Looking forward to the third one, anyway. It’s the last, right? So no more cliffhangers?

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