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Hungry For More

My book club is reading The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. This young adult science fiction novel grips you immediately from the get-go. It did me anyway. It is the first of a trilogy, set in the futuristic world of Panem, a post-apocalyptic country that was once the United States. At the heart of the plot is the heroine, Katniss Everdeen, a sixteen-year old citizen of District 12 in Panem. Panem is governed by the “Capitol”. Each year, the Capitol chooses by lottery, one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 from each of the 12 districts to take part in a massive televised battle they call the Hunger Games. The games are broadcast live from the Capitol’s arena to all of Panem. The winner and only living survivor receives exemption from future games, better housing for them and their family, money and food for a year for their entire district.

The book is not for the feint of heart. The subject matter is not light and even though it’s officially classified as a young adult read, I loved it!

When my book club decided to invite the young adults in our lives to read The Hunger Games with us and participate in our monthly discussion, I was excited. When my son actually expressed an interest in doing so, I was thrilled. Let’s face it, the areas of common interest between a mom and her 13-year old boy can be pretty limited. In fact, it seems with each passing year now, it gets harder and harder to find a meeting place, something in the middle, a common bond to share with my boy. It’s nature’s natural separation process and it’s meant to be that way.

I get it but it doesn’t mean I have to like it.

I just got back from enjoying nearly two weeks of sun and adventure, beautiful sights, amazing art and fantastic food in Mexico, bringing home many memorable days with me. The one day that stands out the most in my mind however, the one day I’m truly grateful for and will cherish more so than all the others, is the day I spent reading The Hunger Games, poolside in Puerto Vallarta, for nearly eight hours with my boy; just the two us, exchanging commentary and opinions, speculating on what was to come next and discussing with intensity, the plight of the characters.

We ended up devouring all three books while we were away. It became the common thread that kept our conversation going and going. So if you have a young adult in your life that your eager to connect with and you haven’t already done so, I highly recommend reading at least the first book of The Hunger Games with them.

No doubt it will absolutely leave you hungry for more! If you don’t have a young adult to share it with, read it anyway!

And may the odds be ever in your favor.

~ Suzanne Collins

Have you read the books and if so, what did you think?

Photo Credit #1: Trilogy

Photo Credit #2 & 3: Karen Szczuka Teich & http://www.takingtheworldonwithasmile.com

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  1. December 11, 2011 at 8:06 am

    A great post, Karen. I really enjoyed reading it. Thanks for sharing your experience with your son. 🙂

  2. December 11, 2011 at 8:11 am

    Thank you so much for reading and commenting, Bob!

  3. jen
    December 11, 2011 at 10:54 am

    Hmm, that’s a good idea….

    • December 11, 2011 at 10:06 pm

      Jen, knowing you are as Harry Potter obsessed as I am, I think you will really like this book & Noam will too!

  4. December 11, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    I didn’t read them before, but I might find them interesting. I wish I had time to read.

    • December 11, 2011 at 10:03 pm

      Indeed, RD, reading is a luxury and these books are treat so be good to yourself! Thanks for reading & commenting.

  5. Jim
    December 11, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    I was on the fence and you may have just pushed me off – now I have to convince my daughter!

    • December 11, 2011 at 10:06 pm

      Jim if you start reading it, she will follow! Enjoy & thank you so much for reading & commenting.

  6. Mom,
    December 11, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    great blog Karen.l look foward to your weekly blogs,

    • December 11, 2011 at 10:50 pm

      Thanks, mama!

  7. December 12, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    Oh, boy, these sound pretty intense, as you said. I have not read them…I’m still finishing up a John Grishma book my mom sent to me last year…BUT…when I do FINALLY finish, this sounds like a captivating choice that may help me read faster than a bana slug moves. And, more so than the books themselves, I’m happy to hear about the connection made between you and your son! Muy fabuloso!!

  8. December 12, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    Hee, hee, not John Grishma (is that anything like Hari Krishna)-OMG, I can be so ridiculous! Eh-hem! That’s be: John Grisham. Ahhh, I’m laughing so hard at myself right now. Hugs!

  9. Antigone's Clamor
    December 14, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    They are next on my list and waiting on the shelf!! I’m finishing up The Iron Fey series, which is entertaining, but not the deepest fantasy I’ve ever read.

    • December 14, 2011 at 10:18 pm

      Thanks for stopping by, reading an d commenting.Come back and let me know what you think after you’ve read it!!

  10. December 21, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    I read this trilogy early this year, and absolutely loved it. Almost all of my class has read this and loved it! The movie is coming out in March next year, but I’m not sure about it… By the way, love the quote from Effie!

  11. December 21, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    Hey High Schooler….thanks so much for reading & commenting. I’m looking forward to the movie!

  12. December 21, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    You handled this so well; we’ve also had the bad timing of moving during the holidays, very stressful!

  13. December 21, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    Thank you so much, MJ – appreciate the comment & look forward to checking out your blog! Happy Holidays

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