I liked The Hunger Games book well enough to continue with the rest of the trilogy, so I picked up the second book. Catching Fire continues where The Hunger Games left off. With Katniss (and Peeta) winning the Hunger Games, they are now back in District 12 with their families, but are soon to go on a Victory Tour. However, President Snow told Katniss in no uncertain terms, that if she cannot convince the people she and Peeta are hopelessly in love, there will be consequences. This proves to be a challenge, because Peeta is not exactly speaking to her… Although Catching Fire is my favourite book from the trilogy, I’ve seen the movie before I read the book and when I read the book it all felt so familiar. This is yet another reminder to never watch the movie before reading the book.
District 12 has been destroyed and District 13 offers the inhabitants that survived a place to stay. Yes, District 13 does exist after all and they plan to overthrow the Capitol. Katniss becomes the Mockingjay, the face of the new revolution (or rebels) and together they fight the Capitol. Somewhere along the middle of the book I became bored, but it picked up towards the end and it’s the ending that I loved most about the book!
When I participated in the Dewey’s Readathon, The Old Man and the Sea was one of the novels I picked up. The books is about an old man, a fisherman, who is having some bad luck in the fishing department, but goes back into the waters to try once again. He catches a big fish, but can’t seem to pull it in. However, he does not let the fish go. I think this is a nice tale of courage and determination, of a man who is trying to prove once more that he is a good fisherman. During the journey back to shore, he engages in a monologue with himself, which is akin to introspection, perhaps. Overall, I see the appeal of the novel – a simple tale, yet I found myself mostly bored while reading it. It might be because I read it after midnight…
George’s grandma is a grumpy old woman and he doesn’t like her at all. When he was left alone with her one day and given the chore to make sure she takes her medicine, George’s decides to make her some new medicine. Using various things around the house, whatever he could lay his hands on, he makes her a new concoction. The new medicine has disastrous effects on grandma, but his dad likes it and wants to use it on his farm animals. Only problem is George can’t remember what he put in the medicine. They experiment on the animals with various different attempts of recreating this medicine and how funny a book this was! Another reminder of how much I love Roald Dahl’s books 🙂
Have you read any of these books?