Like so many of you we have been surviving the historic Blizzard of '11.
Unlike a lot of you, I kind of relish a good storm.
As long as everybody I care about is safely off the roads, I look forward to hunkering down, and tucking in for a no- excuses- needed change- of -pace kind of time at home.
I did quite a bit of painting these past couple of days so I feel like I was at least productive.
I should be finished up with a number of my projects today and I will share them with you later this week.
I also did a lot of reading during the last couple of days.
My daughter first mentioned the book The Hunger Games to me around Christmas time.
Like me, she isn't a fan of Sci-fi but she insisted she couldn't put it down.
Well I decided that for the sake of attempting to be hip and informed I would give the book a whirl.
Before we went on a trip last fall I decided to break down and buy an iPad.
I had been looking at e-readers for awhile but I wasn't sure they were for me but in a moment of weakness I decided to take the plunge.
So glad I did.
I can't figure out why this series that has been such a blockbuster isn't available through itunes but I found that it was only $5.00 from Kindle so I purchased it there.
I love that you can read Nook and Kindle books on the iPad too.
Liz warned me that the story line to this book would sound bizarre but if I could stick it out past the first couple of chapters that I would be hooked.
Smart girl. She was right. I couldn't put it down.
It is actually young adult literature but definitely meaty enough for the rest of us too.
It is easy an read and I read it in about a day and a half.
The book is part of a trilogy and as soon as I turned the last page I wanted to know "Well now what? That can't be all." So yes, I bought the second book.
That is the beauty of an e-reader. You can instantly download without having to phsysically get in the car and drive somewhere.
The second book, Catching Fire, was in my hands a mere 30 seconds later.
I doubt I will buy another hands on paper book of fiction.
I am running out of shelf space.
When it comes to magazines, coffee table books or art books, though, I still want the real thing.
So not to worry Barnes and Noble, I will continue to peruse your aisles.
E-books are amazing but there isn't anything quite like wandering through a bricks and mortar bookstore.
I love taking in the smell of the books and the coffee the minute I come through the door and I could spend hours just meandering through the walls of books, thumbing through some of the featured titles laid out on the tables and making notes of my next reads.
With all that snow blowing around outside, though, it was pretty sweet to experience the instant gratification of staying warm and dry and yet owning Catching Fire with just a few clicks.
This second book was a bit more. $7 something but it was also money well spent.
I knew I was much too engrossed in this book when during the blizzard our lights flickered.
My first fear was of losing heat but the very next thought to jump into my head was that I needed to be sure my iPad was fully charged so even if we lost power I could at least finish my book. : )
Then, as I was finishing the second book, my low battery message kept flashing at me about every five minutes.
I didn't want to stop reading so I kept hitting the dismiss button.
Now because we never did lose power, I could have plugged in the iPad and resumed reading but I didn't even want to stop long enough to do that.
I just resolved to read faster.
It was that enthralling.
So if you are looking for something that is definitely thought provoking and a bit out of the ordinary to entertain you or your teenage readers during your hunkered down winter evenings you might want to consider these two books.
As for the third book in the series, The Mockingjay, I haven't started it yet.
I haven't even downloaded it.
The reviews are not nearly as good so I started reading something else instead.
Plus the first two left me a bit exhausted.
I felt like I had been right in the fight with the protagonist.
Still, I keep wondering about that third book and I'm thinking I should just give in to temptation and find out how the whole story ends.
Have any of you read the books in this series?
What about Mockingjay?
I'd love to hear what you thought.
I've read that this trilogy is being made into a movie that will be out next spring.
This is one of those rare stories that could be every bit as fantastic on the big screen.