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"A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge." - Tyrion Lannister
|Every year in Panem, the dystopic nation that exists where the U.S. used to be, the Capitol holds a televised tournament in which two teen "tributes" from each of the surrounding districts fight a gruesome battle to the death. In The Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark, the tributes from impoverished District Twelve, thwarted the Gamemakers, forcing them to let both teens survive. In this rabidly anticipated sequel, Katniss, again the narrator, returns home to find herself more the center of attention than ever. The sinister President Snow surprises her with a visit, and Katniss’s fear when Snow meets with her alone is both palpable and justified. Catching Fire is divided into three parts: Katniss and Peeta’s mandatory Victory Tour through the districts, preparations for the 75th Annual Hunger Games, and a truncated version of the Games themselves.|
|Watching helplessly as her father is taken off to jail, Groovy Robinson, 11, is convinced that there has been a terrible mistake. When her mom admits that she turned him in because he gambled away the $25,000 savings account that Groovy's great-grandmother left her, the child shrinks into herself-disappointed, hurt, not caring about anything. Not until Groovy-now wanting to be known as Eleanor-heeds the advice of the homeless old sailor Mr. Tom does she grasp that people we love can hurt us, but that only through forgiveness can we become whole again. This first novel is peopled with three-dimensional characters whose imperfections make them believable and interesting. Groovy's big-talking, ne'er-do-well dad donates a trailer to Mr. Tom. Her beautician mom is guided by astrology, but her boundless love for Eleanor is totally grounded. And Groovy's perceptive friend Frankie is unable to grasp the real reasons that his immigrant mother left him in his stepbrother's care. The well-structured plot is underscored by clear writing and authentic dialogue, and short chapters keep the story moving. The book draws a parallel with the birds of Capistrano, and a novel that encourages understanding, tolerance, and forgiveness is as welcome as the returning swallows.|
and what i read last month-
1. The Help (Kathryn Stockett)
2. Because I Am Furniture (Thalia Chaltas)
3. The Chocolate War (Robert Cormier)
4. It’s All About the Shoes: Hope, Heartbreak, and the Search for the Perfect Pair (Yvonne L. Williams)
5. The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
|The story is told in alternating chapters by 29-year-old indie record producer Brady, who could have stepped right out of a Nick Hornby novel, and 26-year-old PR maven turned surly waitress Heaven, a veritable modern-day Lucille Ball. The two meet when they become neighbors, and Heaven keeps receiving Brady's mail, which she promptly opens and reads. But irritation soon turns into attraction as the two eventually take a wacky road trip to Seattle, where Brady waxes enthusiastic about signing a young band and attempts to land a meeting with the founder of Starbucks about his idea for a new drink.|
#7 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by JK Rowling
I must admit that this was a much better book than I expected.
#4)Roma by Steven Saylor
Wow! What an epic. It follows two families from the ancient days before the founding of Rome to the centuries later. It's an amazing work that weaves politics, romance, sex, intrigue, war, and drama. It's not a dry dusty boring work that's a chore to read. Wonderful details and each period comes alive. I really got into this story so much so that I'm going to look for more of his books.
#5) Time of My Life by Allison W. Scotch
An upper middle class stay at home mom is transported back in time to her life before she got married and had a child. She has all her memories of what happened in the future. Will she choose to make the same choices? Will she choose to marry the solid but predictable man she did or will she marry her free spirited boyfriend that she had? The choices she makes are very interesting. It's not a light fluffy read. It really makes you think about what you would do if given the same chance to do over certain periods of your life. There are days in my current life where I wish I could go back in time and do over some of the things I've done, but after reading this book, I've come away with a new appreciation for my life as it is. It's not often that a book makes me think really deeply about my own life and this book did. I was wondering how the author would tie up the ending. It's not every day that someone gets transported back in time and just how do you end a story with such a wild premise. The author did it though. I totally think this book should be made into a movie. It's written in such a way that it could be easily made into a screenplay for a film.
|Inspired by the settlement of Dogtown, MA, Diamant reimagines the community of castoffs—widows, prostitutes, orphans, African-Americans and ne'er-do-wells—all eking out a harsh living in the barren terrain of Cape Ann. Black Ruth, the African woman who dresses like a man and works as a stonemason; Mrs. Stanley, who runs the local brothel, and Judy Rhines, an unmarried white woman whose lover Cornelius is a freed slave, are among Dogtown's inhabitants who are considered suspect—even witches—by outsiders. Shifting perspectives among the various residents (including the settlement's dogs, who provide comfort to the lonely), Diamant brings the period alive with domestic details and movingly evokes the surprising bonds the outcasts form in their dying days. This chronicle of a dwindling community strikes a consistently melancholy tone—readers in search of happy endings won't find any here—but Diamant renders these forgotten lives with imagination and sensitivity.|