Monday, January 23, 2012

100 Books in 2012: Book 8 "Mockingjay"

When I first read "The Hunger Games" a few years ago, I liked it, but I doubted I would finish the series. You see, I rarely found the time to read entire series when I was trying to stay up to date with what my students liked. But since I stopped teaching middle school, I don't have to read for anyone but myself, so I've finally wrapped up this excellent trilogy (I read "Catching Fire" over the holidays).

Suzanne Collins crafts a conclusion that asks as many questions as it answers. Katniss has grown considerably as a character throughout these books, and some of her choices surprised me. I'm glad to finally have an answer to the Peeta or Gale question, and I was impressed with the depths of cruelty that Collins establishes in the society of Panem. All in all, this was a good finale to an excellent series.

What do you have to lose? Sign up for the 100 book challenge here and see how much you can read this year!


  1. Hi Jen! I thought of you today. I just cruised through books 1 and 2 of Hunger Games over the past week and I'm half way through book 3 now. I am finding it is my least favorite of the 3.
    However, I am thinking of either starting the Harry Potter series or Lord of the Rings next. My girls read HP and loved them, but adults who I have asked that read both said they thought LOTR was hands down the better series.
    Your thoughts??

  2. I love this series. Everyone I know complains about the third book, but I thought it fit. I kind of like the sad, harsh look at life. :)

  3. Leslie,

    I absolutely love the Harry Potter series. LOTR is a great story, but given the choice, I'd read HP first. I keep rereading the series and finding more to love, but so far I've only attempted LOTR once. Either way, you'll be set for awhile!

    Mary, I know what you mean. I did have my complaints, but I think that's just because Catching Fire was so darn amazing, it was hard to follow.