Here is what has been on my radar the last few weeks. I have been on a streak of GREAT reads lately (lucky for me).
I saw this movie when it came out in theater’s late last year, and loved it. I have been waiting to read this book because I was hoping to forget enough of the plot that it would be as enjoyable as a new book ought to be. But finally I just couldn’t wait any longer. I love the book even more than I loved the movie. And it’s funny, because due to the whole time traveling thing the reader sort of knows what’s going to happen all through the book anyway. I should have known. It’s a beautifully written, melancholy story that hits on the magical as well has the hard moments of any relationship and life-whether lived forwards or backwards.
The Hunger Games centers around a few 12-18 year old kids who are forced to fight each other for their own lives. Sounds pretty gruesome, huh? It is, and I am not the sort of person who finds bloody violence entertaining in general (I can’t even watch it in movies, I am such a baby). But the characters draw you in so that you have to root for them. The world Suzanne Collins has created is set in an alternate future and explores the effects of extreme class divisions as well as children who are exposed to warfare. It sounds extremely grim, I know, but keep in mind it’s listed under “young adult fiction” at the library so it’s not as scary and ugly as it may sound. It’s a great read. And by the last page I realized it’s the first book in a trilogy. Who knew? I will definitely be reading the next in the series soon.
This fabulous find is part graphic novel part children’s book. It took me a little while to warm up to, partly because I don’t usually read graphic novels. But once you are deep into the story you will be truly surprised at how beautiful this book is, both visually and its written story. The main character is a very young boy who lives in the walls of a Paris train station and fixes the clocks there. His story uncovers clues about his lost father, magic, the workings of early wind-up toys, early French films and he uncovers a thought-to-be-dead film maker. Really interesting subject matter and I can honestly say I’ve seen seen another book like.
What have you been reading lately?