I knew nothing about The Hunger Games until I started blogging last year. Then it was every where. It seemed like every blog I visited had reviewed this book, and it was on all the must read lists. My sister and I both love to read and we trade book recommendations back and forth, and I love to buy her books for any occasion...birthdays, Mother's Day, Christmas, just because. I bought her The Hunger Games, and she liked it. So over the next few months I bought her the the other two books in the series. But I still hadn't read it.
Then I read a post on one of my favorite blogs, Susie's Blog. She had recently read The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and was in the middle of Mockingjay. She had good things to say, so I decided it was time to read them. Plus I had just signed up for this awesome reading challenge I'm doing for 2012, and the genre for January is Juvenile/YA fiction. It just seemed like the time to read it.
Let me just say that I did not expect to love this book as much as I do. From the very first page I was hooked and couldn't put it down. I love character driven books, and man oh man is Katniss a character. I just love her. Suzanne Collins gives her such an authentic voice. It feels like someone is telling you their story. I totally forgot I was reading a book. Nothing felt forced to me.
I cannot wait until the movie comes out in March, and just for fun I thought I'd add the preview to my post.