…I have a new inappropriate teen-fiction crush. His name is Peeta Mellark and he’s the hero in the astonishingly fantastic trilogy ‘The Hunger Games’. And then there’s our heroine and undeniable star of the show, Katniss. She’s so wickedly awesome you’ll want to learn how to skin a rabbit just so you can be more like her.
In case I’ve not been clear, I freaking love these books. I lent them to my Mum, they were stolen from her by my Aunt. My 15 year old cousin devoured them, as did her 12 year old brother. They’re currently in the possession of my little brother and I’ve seen his girlfriend eyeing them up. They appeal to all generations and both sexes in equal measure and their political narrative and inescapable sadness keep them free of that ‘Twilight-esque’ saccharine sweetness. When Anna said that they’re amongst the best books she’s read ‘in the last five years’, it confirmed their greatness. The girl has astounding taste in books and isn’t easily impressed-testament to the brilliance of ‘The Hunger Games’.
Ha-I started writing a post about what I’ve read recently (as we haven’t had a proper session chatting all things literary for a long time) and it’s fast turning into a dissertation on the mega-ness of ‘The Hunger Games’…moving swiftly on!
My last post sharing my reading material was after my summer holiday, so I suppose this can be classed as the Winter edition! I wasn’t working for most of December so I had plenty of time to read, though unfortunately not whilst lying on a sun lounger in the Moroccan sunshine…pfft. As always, I don’t profess to have exclusively highbrow taste in reading material…in fact, I think with all the sofa hours I’ve clocked up in the last 6 weeks I may have slid even further into chick-lit territory than normal! That’s where you lovely lot come in though-get recommending!
I’m almost ashamed to admit it, but I currently have in my possession two books. ‘Christmas at Tiffany’s’ and ‘Breakfast at Darcy’s’…I know. I KNOW. You can practically guess the plot of both without me going into any detail, can’t you? Suffice to say, they’re both twee, sickly sweet and have unbearably happy endings. There’s diamonds and freshly baked bread and men with brooding eyes and rippling biceps. Predictable escapism…maybe a new name for this particular genre? Neither gave the grey matter a workout, but I would recommend if you’re going to be waiting at the garage whilst your car is being serviced.
Luckily for me, Anna was on hand to up my intellectual rating with the beautiful Christmas present she bought me…
Isn’t it gorgeous? My tattered, annotated, dog-eared copy of ‘The Great Gatsby’ is one of my most treasured possessions and now this collection of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s short stories ‘Flappers and Philosophers’, is right there with it. Can’t bring myself to go near it with a highlighter though… I’ve rationed myself to one tale at a time and it is HARD work. Definitely one of my favourite presents ever. Thank you, K.
At this point it’s worth mentioning (if only to emphasise my fleeting fliratation with high-quality literature) that after the BBC’s stunning adaptation of ‘Great Expectations’ I dusted off the Dickens (snigger) and revisited some of the classics, concentrating on the seasonally appropriate classics. I consider it a positive that I can’t read ‘A Christmas Carol’ without doing so in the voice of Gonzo from the Muppets. I wonder would Charles approve?
Other tomes that have found themselves added to my already groaning bookshelves include ‘Cleo’, only to be tackled if you like cats and don’t mind crying, ‘Dear Charlie’-again with the crying, but so worth it to realise how lucky and loved you are; and ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’-we tried to watch the 2011 adaptation but couldn’t get on with it so I read the book to see if it would help my understanding. Loved the book, still ambivalent about the film. Meh.
Did you get any great reads for Christmas? Discovered any amazing new authors that I need to know about? Come on readers, we know you love it-let’s talk books…