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Sep 03

Booking Through Thursday – Recent “Big” Reads

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What’s the biggest book you’ve read recently?
(Feel free to think “big” as size, or as popularity, or in any other way you care to interpret.)

My choice is The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Although not a particularly big book in length (a pretty standard 454 pages) it is “big” in the response it has received and in the themes it covers.

I avoided reading this novel for some time because of all the reviewer hype. I’m not generally drawn to popular fiction bestsellers. There are no Dan Brown novels darkening my bookshelf, it is extremely unlikely that I’ll ever bother to read any of the Twilight novels and I was even happy to wait 2 – 3 months after the release for the Harry Potter books. Excessive hype just doesn’t catch my attention, I guess.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne CollinsI have to say that The Hunger Games exceeded my limited expectations magnificently and lived up to every word of praise that I read on various book blogs. The story was quite fascinating both on a character level and through the political and social themes it examines. I was hooked within the first couple of chapters and grabbed every spare moment to keep reading.

I love the political setting for the novel and I’m looking forward to seeing how that develops in the remainder of the trilogy. I’m also very keen to see how the author develops the relationship/friendship of the central character of Katniss with the two male characters of Gale and Peeta.

I was also very impressed that such an entertaining story was aimed at young teens. It is so exciting to see quality YA novels that continue to appeal to adult readers.

I now have the second book in the trilogy, Catching Fire, sitting on my bedside table waiting for my attention. Unfortunately I have a few books I need to read first, but it is sitting there like the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, encouraging me to get through those books as quickly as I can. I’ve avoided reading reviews so that I don’t risk spoiling the fun, but the buzz on Twitter has been very positive, so I’m really looking forward to it.

I have reviewed The Hunger Games here at Reading Upside Down.

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  1. Yvonne

    I’m not a reader of large in size books. I do have Twilight in my TBR, but I haven’t been able to set aside the time to read it. I know what you mean about the hyped up books. I usually don’t read those. Maybe that’s part of why I never got into the Harry Potter books.
    .-= Yvonne´s last blog ..Booking through Thursday – Recent Big Reads =-.

  2. uncertainprinciples

    I’m avoiding the first two books, ’til the last one is released.

    Aiming to do a marathon soon after!
    .-= uncertainprinciples´s last blog ..Booking Through Thursday – Recent Big =-.

  3. Susan B. Evans

    I’ve been avoiding this one too, but not for long – it’s on hold for me at the library right now. Here’s my BTT.
    .-= Susan B. Evans´s last blog ..BTT: A Whale of a Tale! =-.

  4. Marie Burton

    I also have an aversion to those that seem to be the popular-see-it-everywhere-reviewer-hype… & yet one book that I’ve seen everywhere this week is one that I am reading. I also stay away from YA as well. So far I am successful in that one.

    My BTT is up at The Burton Review

  5. JLS Hall (Joy's Blog)

    Haven’t read any of her books, but I know Suzanne Collins certainly seems to be very popular right now. Generally, I try to stay away from books with more than 400 pages, although I’ve broken my own rule a bit lately.

  6. gautami tripathy

    I am yet to read this!

    Booking through Big
    .-= gautami tripathy´s last blog ..Booking through Big =-.

  7. Kay

    It’s interesting that many bookbloggers seem to have had the same fear of reading this considering the hype – including me! But in the end, most of us enjoyed it I think.

    I just read Catching Fire, and it was really great! Not as good, but close enough.
    .-= Kay´s last blog ..August reading recap =-.

  8. Marce

    I usually stay away from the popular also and The Hunger Games was one for me. Wanted to say your review was the best I have read so far, it almost got me interested.
    .-= Marce´s last blog ..Booking Through Thursday – Big =-.

  9. Jennifer TFFQ

    I am going to have to read “Hunger Games” I think. So much good talk about it.

    Here is my BTT
    http://jennifertffq.blogspot.com/2009/09/booking-through-thursday-sept-3rd-2009.html
    .-= Jennifer TFFQ´s last blog ..Booking Through Thursday-Sept. 3rd 2009 =-.

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