Monday, June 7, 2010

The Hunger Games….and my last day of school

Today was my last day of school.  Technically, I have a half day tomorrow.  But I took a personal day.  Because I was finished getting my room in order by 9:15. 

If you are my mom, you may want to stop reading now.  Because you will seriously hate me.

After I finished getting my room in order, I made a trip to the high school library.  Two trips, actually.  One where I learned some awesome news about an awesome opportunity for this summer.  And one to pick up a stack of Rosie books.  The Eliot Rosewater Book Awards are a book award from the state of Indiana, and the name is based on a Vonnegut character.  Every year the group selects a variety of books that they consider the best for young adults, and readers across the state can read them and vote for a winner.  Our high school librarian is on the selection committee and does an awesome job of promoting reading to our students.  For the past two years, I have thought about reading along, but never did.  Today changed that.  I left the library with a bag BURSTING with Rosie books.  And they are mine for the summer—I just have to return them on the first day of school.  Suh-weet!

Since I was finished so early, I decided to read one of the books—the one that the librarian and my awesome coworker who was choosing books with me both recommended.  It was “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins.  I can honestly say that it is the best book I have read since February, when I read “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett.  It was about a dystopian society, and it was very dark and sad.  But it was gripping and oh-so-good.  So good, in fact, that I read it today.  As in, I finished it a few hours ago.  I downloaded the second book to my Kindle, and I have a feeling I’m going to be really anxious for the third book to come out in August.  I have long loved young adult dystopian books—Lois Lowry was my BFF, and I rank this book right up there with “The Giver.”  I’ll probably end up purchasing hard copies of the books for my bookshelves at school (one of my goals for the summer is to build a classroom library). 

So….if you’re in need of a good, quick read— “The Hunger Games” will not steer you wrong. 


Shannon E said...

I agree 100%! I read both books over Christmas vacation and I cannot wait for Aug. 22 to read the next one (it's Brian's birthday-do you think I'll get away with it?). BTW, did I ever tell you that Brian got to meet Lois Lowry for me (I was at work) and got some books signed by her!

Ashley said...

I think you should pre-order the book from Amazon. Sometimes they ship them before the release date. I got a book like 2 weeks before it was released in stores last month. It was awesome.

That Brian sure is a class act. Was it him with lots of kids? Or were there people our age still obsessed with her :)