I finished reading THE HUNGER GAMES at 3am this morning. If I had a Kindle I would have bought CATCHING FIRE and would probably still been reading. If.
Oh, if only if.
Instead, I will happily visit Borders later today, order a hazelnut coffee and walk the aisles reading the first paragraphs of at least 50 books before purchasing CATCHING FIRE. Then I will rush home and most likely read it from cover to cover.
When I closed HG, I sighed and Jack Nicholson came to mind.
I know, I know. What does Jack have to do with Suzanne Collins, Katniss, Peeta, Gale, Cinna, or anyone else associated with the story? Nada. But have you seen AS GOOD AS IT GETS with him and Helen Hunt? She tells him she wants him to compliment her and his reply is, "You make me want to be a better man."(always loved that line)
Well, Suzanne Collins, you make me want to be a better storyteller. And writer. But those two go hand in hand in my opinion. May the writing gods grant me with half of her talent for creating a drama filled page turner that flows as smooth as dark hot chocolate, warming readers' souls and leaving them drooling for more.
Right on, Suzanne. Write on.
I had to post the author's photo instead of a shot of the book cover. You've all seen the cover. Let's face it, I'm way behind on the HG/CF fan train. But I still wanted to give credit to the woman behind the kick-butt (literally) story. Plus, look how cute she is with a rat in Central Park. How can you not love her?
Thursday, January 7, 2010
JUMPING ON THE SUZANNE COLLINS BANDWAGON
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You won't be disappointed in Catching Fire. And I agree reading books with great stories inspires me as well.ReplyDelete
Yay you read it!!! Sigh, I need to read again. She's a goddess!ReplyDelete
Catching Fire is great! I waited a few days after release, hoping for the Kindle version, but it has yet to arrive. I must admit, it is nice to have a new hardcover every now and then--just to hold.ReplyDelete
Enjoy your reading!
Love Suzanne and the Hunger Games series. So amazing!ReplyDelete
I'm even more behind on the HG/CF fan train. I didn't know there was a train, quite frankly. I know at least two people who have read the books, but otherwise don't know much about them. I don't know what the cover looks like. I DO, however, have a Kindle, which I will perhaps make use of, as books in Australia are painfully expensive (we're talking $25 for a regular paperback, and I don't want to talk about hardcover prices). I nearly cried the first time I walked into a bookstore here, and it wasn't for joy. And I'm totally rambling and probably shouldn't be doing the whole blog thing right now seeing as how it's after 3:00 AM and all my ramble filters shut down for the night about three hours ago.ReplyDelete
Long story short, thanks for the title recommendations! I will put them on my book wishlist. Also, I miss Borders! They have really good chai and yummy bagels and books that don't cost an arm and a leg (and some that do) and I'm rambling again, aren't I?
Me stop now. Promise. <3
Welcome to the HG fan club :-)ReplyDelete
I read her first MG novel, Gregor the Overlander, and it was amazing, too. She is an extremely gifted storyteller. Glad you finally hopped on the train. :)ReplyDelete
Hi from a fellow Collins fan. Loved HG/CF and the Underlander series as well.ReplyDelete
I'm behind you still... They're in my amazon shopping cart, ready to be purchased the moment I have money. I can't wait to read them! :DReplyDelete
As Good As it Gets is a great movie. Great authors inspre me to write as well. I haven't read anything by HG, but I'll have to look into it.ReplyDelete
oops I meant Sue Collins. Haven't read anything by SC not HG!ReplyDelete
Woo-hoo! They are both definitely on my list of faves, followed oh-so-closely by The Maze Runner.ReplyDelete
I'm excited today because my son and I got our just-released, pre-ordered copy of The Ranger's Apprentice, Book 7 last night. Yee-haw! :-)
Ah, Suzanne Collins is my hero. The Hunger Games and Catching Fire are my two favorite books right now. Glad you jumped on the bandwagon:)ReplyDelete
I keep reading about these books...I put them on my must read list just now.ReplyDelete
I'm waiting until the last one comes out before I start the series. I nearly went crazy waiting around for Harry Potter, and swore I'd never read another unfinished series ever again.ReplyDelete
I'm on the wait list for Hunger Games at my local library -- I can't wait to try Suzanne Collins, since everyone is talking about her!ReplyDelete
On this recommendation I'll have to go and buy all the Suzanne Collins books I can find - but not at my favourite Borders as Borders UK fell over and died.
So, I want you to enjoy the coffee, and the reading, and the soft chairs, and the listening to music highlights et al for me and remember to appreciate what you have. Buy books there - go the whole hog - cos I miss Borders!!!
oh man! I STILL haven't read this series...I'm so behind. Anyway, click over to my blog because i have an award for you!ReplyDelete
Oh, I love HG and CF. Rumor has it that Book 3 is called "The Victors".ReplyDelete
I can't wait for the 3rd one. Love. Love. Love these books.ReplyDelete
Those books grabbed me by the throat--such a riveting story. A couple of people posted that they thought CF was too much like HG. I totally disagree. I was stunned by some of the plot twists, but I will say no more since I don't want to be a spoiler.ReplyDelete
Oh Suzanne, I love her so.ReplyDelete
I need to read this book, pronto!ReplyDelete
I'm going to take your altered quote "you make me want to be a better writer" and apply it to all my blogger peeps. I've learned so much and made so many great friends, all of which make me want to be a better writer! (including you)ReplyDelete
I have never even heard of these books! But now I am really interested in reading them. Thanks for the advertisement.ReplyDelete
I lurve Borders. It is actually my second home.
(Ps, this is Tira from Runaway Moments, only after a huge makeover.)
Oh Karen, so glad you finally read Hunger Games (and I hope by now, Catching Fire). Aren't they fantastic books? And the best writers always do that for me, too, although I never thought of calling it the Jack Nicholson effect.ReplyDelete
I've been a fan of Suzanne Collins since I read an ARC of the first Gregor the Overlander book, way back in 2003. The Gregor books are younger (Middle Grade), but still worth reading, if you "hunger" for more of Suzanne's wonderful writing (your dark hot chocolate metaphor is perfect).
wasnt it awesome! the second one is just as good!ReplyDelete
I just got Catching Fire today. But must revise first. Really. I must. I won't even read a word because I know I won't stop until I'm finished. So dangerous...ReplyDelete
I'm on the first chapter of Catching Fire right now. And almost regetting blogging because I could be reading it instead (sigh)...ReplyDelete
PS: Have we talked about the Outlander series? I'm in love w/those, too! I dropped off at book #4 to take a break, but need to jump back into that series again. Gabaldon never disappoints!
I'm going to the bookstore either tomorrow or on Monday. I'll add her book to my list! Thanks for the recommendation.ReplyDelete
Isn't it wonderful how the truly great storytellers make us want to be better?
I never could understand those writers who say good writing "depresses" them. It inspires me and raises the bar.
I'm always thrilled to add another great writer to my shelves!
I'm so happy you're on the HG/CF train now... I want a mockingjay pin now. As for Suzanne Collins, I have this recurring daydream of hearing her speak or being at a dinner party with her. She's my rock star.ReplyDelete
I have heard nothing but great things about this seriesReplyDelete
I love books like this ... and these two also inspired me to lengthen my stride.ReplyDelete
I'm sad to say I haven't read either yet, although I do think of HG every time I start a new book. I think I'm nervous all the hype will be impossible to live up to. I hope she proves me wrong...and soon!ReplyDelete
I only have three words for you:ReplyDelete
Best. Series. EVER!!!
Hope you enjoy Catching Fire!
Amazing books! :)ReplyDelete