Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Starting the New Year off on the right foot

Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where the contributors over at YA Highway post a weekly writing- or reading-related question. Then readers answer it on their own blogs. You can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic.

This week's question: What was the best book you read in January?


Easy. I read The Hunger Games. I know, how did I manage to wait this long before reading it? I'm really not sure to be honest. But I loved it. I read it in a matter of days and then devoured the rest of the series.




I have to say, out of the three books, the first was by far my favorite. The pacing was right on, the characters were rich, and there were twists and hooks on almost every page. Even though I read the full series in about two weeks, the first remains my favorite. The others felt a little stretched to me, like either the author didn't have as much time to write them as she wanted, or a two-book series got pushed into three. Even so, I loved the series.


The other books didn't seem to capture the same feeling the first book did, but I loved Katniss all the way through, faults and all. And in the end, I think that's why this book wins as my January read. I loved Katniss. I loved Rue. I loved Haymitch. I loved Peeta. I was hooked by the characters from the first chapter.


So what about you? Have you read The Hunger Games? What did you think? What was your favorite January read?

15 comments:

  1. I loved the Hunger Games trilogy. Katniss was such a strong character, and the relationship between her and Peeta was so well done. The first in the series was definitely my favorite, followed by Catching Fire.

    Can't wait to see the film adaptation of Hunger Games in March!

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  2. I enjoyed THE HUNGER GAMES, but haven't read the others. I've heard similar things about the rest of the series--essentially that the following books don't live up to the first, and were, in some ways, disappointing. I'll probably read the other two in the series, but they're not high on my TBR list.

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    1. I agree with this. While I loved the whole series, the other two just aren't as good. I didn't go as far as my husband did to quit reading halfway through Mocking Jay completely. But I think they are worth reading at some point.

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  3. OH I agree of all of them the first was my favorite. I am anxious to see if the movie is even half as good. No matter what I was beyond glad someone recommended the books to me and I'm glad you found and enjoyed them too.

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    1. I'm excited to see the movie. My husband was really disappointed in the selection for Katniss since she doesn't have olive skin, but I think she was a good fit.

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  4. If this had been one of my January reads, there would have been no contest for the winner. In the arena, THE HUNGER GAMES would have kicked all of my January reads' butts and lived to tell the tale. But since I read HG a long time ago, I chose CINDER for my list :-)

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  5. The first in the Hunger Games is definitely the best. I gave it to my boss to read and now it's circulating the office. I'll have them all YA fans by summer. *insert evil laugh*

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  6. I feel like there's no way to read THG and pick any other book as best of the month. You're right---the plotting and pacing in that book is damn near perfect. And you read them just in time for the movie!!

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  7. THE HUNGER GAMES series is such a wonderful, surprising and well-plotted masterpiece. Everyone I recommend it to just swallows it whole and adores it--even my sister, who hates everything I like. The first book is far and away the best, but I loved CATCHING FIRE, too :) How can you not love a book with Finnick in it, right?

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  8. I liked Catching Fire, too, but I had some issues with Mockingjay. But whatever else you think about it, it definitely got people talking! It's one of those books that people have strong opinions about, one way or another.

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  9. I really preferred the first book too. It was much stronger than either of the other two. I can't decide if I'm going to see the movie. I don't really see Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss, but I suspect I'll give in and watch.

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  10. Yes, the first book in the series was my fave too! :)

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  11. I didn't read the Hunger Games, but a friend of mine filmed a version (professionally done). It came out amazing. Great site...I'll be a new reader:)
    Tracie
    crackyouwhip.com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! Is there a link to the film your friend did? I'll check out your site!

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