The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Brief thoughts: We are rereading the first two books in this series to get ready for the release of Mockingjay, and I am amazed by how intense this book is even when I know exactly what is coming. I am reading it aloud to my husband (who also LOVES this series) and every time a certain character appears on the page, I can't stop thinking about that character's fate in Catching Fire and I've have to stop myself from getting misty-eyed and trembly-voiced several times already. It is kind of ridiculous how much I love this series!
Brief thoughts: Saturday seemed to disappear in the blink of an eye and we spent most of Sunday at my husband's company picnic, so I am only a few chapters into this book, but I have read the line that inspired Kristin Cashore's blog title ("This Is My Secret") and that made me very happy. Margaret Mahy's characters are incredibly realistic in such a beautiful, un-airbrushed way, and she quietly gives everything (from the wallpaper to the wind) personality and life. The paranormal elements are woven into her stories with a natural and eerie frankness. I already feel that tantalizing buzz of wondering where in the world this story is going to go. It feels perfectly set up for so many different possibilities, and I love that I have no idea where it is headed.
Brief thoughts: Primrose is reading this aloud to me right now. It captured her interest within the first two chapters, and she read ahead on her own while I was busy with other projects over the weekend, so she has been bringing me up to speed today. At this point, she likes it significantly more than I do.