I apologize for the tardiness of this post! I know it is already half-way through April and this is supposed to be March’s update. I am fully blaming a busy school schedule and total lack of pleasure reading time! But, enough talk- on to this month’s progress report.
I’m finding it a bit hard to believe that we are already through the month of March! For those of you who missed my initial post on this topic, I have decided to embark on a most enjoyable challenge to read 52 books in 2012. I have chosen the Goodreads http://www.goodreads.com/ 2012 Reading Challenge in which I select my own goal, and a book a week is what I came up with as truly doable this year. Each month I will give you an update on where I am in the challenge and what books I was lucky enough to indulge in. I’ll also include a link to Amazon for each book in case you would like to pick a read up for yourself.
In the month of March I have read three books and according to the graph on Goodreads, I am at 25% of my goal, which is 1 book (3%) behind progress. I’m not all that surprised at this since I started March off in the final six weeks of the Spring semester at school. I do plan on catching up and getting a bit ahead in the next month or so as I complete this semester and go on a short weeklong vacation where reading is sure to be at the top of my short to-do list.
MWF Seeking BFF by Rachel Bertsche- Completed March 1st
Very rarely do I struggle to get through a book, and so far during this challenge this was my first. Bertsche tries to emulate the storyline-peppered-by-research style of Gretchen Ruben’s The Happiness Project and fails miserably. Her research on friendship is boring and stilted and ruins what could have been a short and sometimes amusing tale of finding friendship. Even when she gets down to the business of telling the vignettes depicting each friend meeting, I somehow could not find it in me to care about the outcome. In the end Bertsche is more popular and has more friends, but no real “BFF,” and I can see why. Throughout the book she seems much too interested in her social status and how she appears to other people to be truly likeable. I recommend leaving this book on the shelf.
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins-Completed March 15th
I could not put this book down! In fact, I read it cover-to-cover in a little over three hours. Suzanne Collins writes in such a vivid and complete way. I was immediately immersed in the world of Panem and fell in love with the characters. For those of you living in a hole with no television or Internet access, The Hunger Games is the first book in a young adult trilogy. It follows the trials of young heroine Katniss Everdeen, who begins the book by volunteering to take her little sister’s place in the brutal Hunger Games. Although the book can be a bit violent in nature, it is written for the young adult reader and stays away from any real depictions of gore. The underlying themes of unity, friendship, and true love are explored in a most powerful way. The book ends leaving you desperate to find out what happens to Katniss and her world. I cannot wait to get started on Catching Fire!
On a side note, I rushed out to see the newly released film adaptation of The Hunger Games as soon as it came out. Ordinarily I am disappointed by the film versions of my favorite books, but in this case I was more than a little happily surprised. The film follows the book almost to the letter, and I had the feeling of turning the pages as I watched. I found myself catching little moments and details in the film that I might not have otherwise appreciated if I had not read the book first. I would recommend reading the book and then seeing the film, which has plans to follow-up with the subsequent books. Enjoy!
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins- Completed March 30th
After reading the first book in The Hunger Games trilogy, I was eager to start on the second, and Suzanne Collins does not disappoint. She hits the ground running right where she left off and immediately draws you into the story. I don’t want to reveal any spoilers in my blog, so I won’t go into details, but Catching Fire has a twist I would never have seen coming! More about the love triangle created in book one is revealed, and I felt like this book really developed the depth of the main heroine, Katniss. Just as in the first book, Collins left me hanging at the end dying to know what comes next, and I began reading the third and final book of the series immediately. I just have to know what it to become of Katniss and Panem!
Although March was a slow book-reading month overall, I was delighted to be drawn into the Hunger Games series. I will be sure to let you know what I think of the end of the series in my April Book Challenge Update!
Happy Reading everyone!