Feb. 15th, 2011

mellymell: (he told me to burn things)
It's been raved about by pretty much everyone I know who has read it, so I thought it was my turn to read it. I took that $10 for $20 Groupon for Barnes & Noble the other day and loaded up my nook with the trilogy.

I started reading on Friday and it just wasn't gripping me. The characters were okay, but I hadn't reached a hook. I covered about 55 pages the first night and still didn't feel invested. I guess that's not saying much, but the typical query is half that, from what I understand and usually there's something to grab you in the first 20 pages. The first 20 pages was the entire first chapter which I felt was rambling and covered too much ground. The present tense bugged the hell out of me, constantly pulling me out of the story. I set it aside for several days to do some other things (namely declutter the office, which is still undone and play outside over the weekend). As I made my list of goals for the rest of the week yesterday, I put at the top of the reading section "Finish The Hunger Games." So last night when I couldn't sleep, I crept downstairs and set up shop on the couch in the den under a couple of down throws and read from about Chapter 6 to the very end, finishing it at around 5:18am (I know because my nook has a clock on it that I can see at all times).

My impressions. Cut for SPOILERS and longness. You've been warned on both counts! )

I dosed off at about 5:30am after my brain settled into exhaustion enough to sleep, all the while realizing that in less than two hours I was going to have to jump up and make lunch for Chris and Jonah, make Jonah's breakfast and get him dressed and do Valentine's for his party at school today that I forgot about (not entirely) until 10pm last night. And I stayed up all night reading The Hunger Games instead of doing those last night and perhaps getting to bed at a decent hour. Priorities, I haz dem.

I'll probably give the rest of the week to digest and read some other stuff before I start in with book two.

ETA: I'm sorry if a lot of this doesn't make sense, but with less than 2 hours of sleep, mellymel no function coffee well without. Oh I'm drinking coffee, but it's only getting me up to zombie status of brain function right now. Which is also why I wasn't able to edit this down to something more concise.

ETA2: And I meant to mention something about the fact about why I felt compelled to stay up all night and finish the book. It wasn't necessarily that I couldn't put it down. In fact, most of the time, except perhaps for the second section where the majority of the action is, I felt there were breaks where I could easily turn it off and save it for later. But because I was awake anyway and I knew I wanted to finish it this week, I sort of just plowed through as long as my eyes would stay open. That just happened to be through to the end of the book, or at least until there were so few pages left, I rationalized I should just finish it up. I think I started fighting exhaustion with less than 50 pages left.


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