Mini-Reviews: Catching Fire, Mockingjay, The Old Man and the Sea and George’s Marvellous Medicine

catching-fire-book-coverCatching Fire by Suzanne Collins

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.

03Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

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!


The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

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…


GMM3George’s Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl

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?

Image sources: The Old Man and the Sea, George’s Marvelous Medicine, Catching Fire, Mockingjay

  • Had the same feeling with Mockingjay. Glad you liked the end. The Hemingway does not really sound like a book for me.

    • I was bored with the Hemingway book 🙁

  • Roald Dahl is my favorite author 🙂 he was a fabulous children’s and adult short story writer. If you have never read his short stories try “Lamb to the Slaughter”.

    • Thank you for the recommendation, Fariba.

  • Ok NOW I changed the address for my blog, dang, I thought it was changed from before. My bad

  • I loved The Hunger Games and The Old Man In The Sea (in high school). I have’t read George’s Marvellous Medicine. I’m not sure if I like the idea of mixing up medicine.

    • It’s a funny story and it’s children’s fiction, so it’s all good 🙂

  • I loved The Hunger Games Series and The Old Man In The Sea (in high school). I haven’t read George’s Marvellous Medicine. I’m not sure I like the idea of mixing medicine.

    • The Hunger Games was a nice YA trilogy

  • I also love Roald Dahl. I have been reading his books to my kids, but, sadly, I think we’ve finally run out. We loved them all!

    • He still remains my favourite children’s fiction author! I’m slowly working through all of his books.

  • I plan to read and study Hemingway in 2015. The Old Man and The Sea is one I will definitely read. My son read it this year for school and he didn’t hate it.

    I’d love to pick up the Roald Dahl book. I’ve only read his Charlie books and James and the Giant Peach but I loved them. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is one of the books that my 3rd grade teacher read aloud to us. I’ve loved it ever since.:)

    • I really enjoyed James and the Giant Peach and Matilda. Those two are some of my favourite from Roald Dahl.

      I think I will try some more by Hemingway, I just didn’t enjoy The Old Man and the Sea that much. I also loved it when teachers would read aloud to us. Makes it much more fun 🙂

  • The Old Man and the Sea bored me, too. I read it in 9th grade, and it turned me off of Hemingway for a long time. On the other hand, I’m always glad to see someone else read George’s Marvelous Medicine! It’s one of those Roald Dahl books I don’t see mentioned very often, but it’s one of my favorites.

    • I remember you saying that on twitter – it was such an awesome, funny read. Love Roald Dahl’s children’s fiction.

      I would try Hemingway again, I just hope my next read of his will be better.

  • I really want to like Hemingway but so far I haven’t been very successful. I may try him again but this doesn’t sound like a great one to attempt. I’ve yet to read Dahl and I really want too! I’ve been really enjoying the children’s books I’ve read lately and am looking forward to trying out Dahl’s books as well.

    • I would really recommend Roald Dahl, he is my favourite children’s fiction author and a lot of his books are really good and funny. I loved Matilda, it’s my favourite.

      I will definitely try Hemingway again, too.

  • I love Roald Dahl so much, and George’s Marvelous Medicine was one of my absolute favorites of his (along with Matilda, The BFG, and Fantastic Mr. Fox). I haven’t read it in years, but it’s somewhere amongst the books on my shelves. I should really pull it out again.

    • I also loved Matilda and Fantastic Mr Fox. Matilda is by far my favourite 🙂

      • Mine, too! I even named my book blog after her. 😀

  • After reading a few dystopian/rebellion trilogies, I’m convinced the third book will never be very good. The action has to wind down and wrap up at some point.

  • I’m glad you decided to review The Hunger Games books! I really liked the last book because it was so political, but it is definitely the least favorite of most people. Are you glad you finally read them?

    • I’m glad I finally read them, yes. Now I’ll also be able to watch the last film having read the book first, which is unlike what happened with first two movies 🙂

  • Mini-reviews is an idea I might use.

    • I hope you find them a time-saver! 🙂

  • I definitely wasn’t as impressed with the second two Hunger Games books as I was the first and yes definitely always read first watch second LOL =)

    • I know, I know. But at least I’ll be watching the third movie AFTER reading the book 🙂