I really wanted to get this babbling done yesterday, but well, yesterday was spent in read-a-thon hangover hell. Feeling much better today. At least physically. Mentally though I still feel like my head is full of sludge. I think I'm way too old for all-nighters. And I thought I would just mini-babble about all my read-a-thon books now, but the more I think about it, the more I'm convinced that I shouldn't push it. I know, I know, I am soooo pathetic.
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Easily my favorite read of all. Though I didn't actually finish it before the read-a-thon ended. I absolutely LOVED this book! Frankly, I can't see it not making my top reads of the year.
Actually, it's kind of funny. When I first heard of this book, not even from the blog world (shocking as that is, as I hear of most every book first here), it immediately made me think of Richard Bachman/Stephen King's The Running Man. So I was intrigued from the start. But I just never got around to reading it, as much I really wanted to, something else always seemed to jump in front of it for one reason or another. Finally, it got so damn popular that I found myself sort of hoping I wouldn't even like it. I know that's stupid, but don't some of you get that way too? When a book just gets so popular, you put up mental roadblocks and want to avoid it like the plague? Hey, I said I knew it was stupid. And I couldn't avoid it anyway, the premise just appealed to me too much.
And I'm soooooo glad I did actually read it! It is absolutely the kind of book that appeals to me the most. Books of survival and suspense. But ones that go much further. Ones that so totally suck you in that you're no longer just reading the story, you're living it. Stories with characters so real, you can't help but love them. Or hate them. Characters who make mistakes and you just want to scream at them, but at the same time you know that's why you love them so much...because they do make human mistakes. Okay, this book won't take over the number one spot from The Stand in my heart (for so many sentimental reasons I can't see any book ever doing that), but the fact that I even think to compare them in my mind says a lot!
There were times when the book was a bit predictable, but I have to admit that it didn't take a lot away from it for me. And I have to admit that I was worried about the end. Knowing that a sequel is coming left me anxious. I didn't want things left hanging. But I needn't have worried. Yes, there are some unanswered questions about the future. But they're the right unanswered questions. In fact, they're questions I'm not even sure I want the answers to. Personally, I think I'd prefer it if there were no sequel. Please, don't shoot me for saying that.
Hmmm...I just realized that I didn't really say anything about this book was really about. Oh well. There's gazillions of reviews out there that explain that better than I ever could. Especially today.
Chris at Stuff as Dreams are Made On
Stephanie at Stephanie's Confessions of a Book-a-Holic
Becky at Becky's Book Reviews
Melody at Melody's Reading Corner
Renay at YA Fabulous
Joy at Thoughts of Joy
Melissa at Book Nut
Amy at My Friend Amy
Suey at It's All About Books
The Sleepy Reader
Elizabeth at As Usual, I Need More Bookshelves
Bookshelves of Doom
Oh my, trying to come up with all the reviews is overwhelming...I swear there must be hundreds of them. So, if I missed yours, first of all, please forgive me! And secondly, leave me a link in the comments and I will happily add it to the list. Thanks!