The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1) by Suzanne Collins

Winning will make you famous.
Losing means certain death.

The nation of Panem, formed from a post-apocalyptic North America, is a country that consists of a wealthy Capitol region surrounded by 12 poorer districts. Early in its history, a rebellion led by a 13th district against the Capitol resulted in its destruction and the creation of an annual televised event known as the Hunger Games. In punishment, and as a reminder of the power and grace of the Capitol, each district must yield one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 through a lottery system to participate in the games. The ‘tributes’ are chosen during the annual Reaping and are forced to fight to the death, leaving only one survivor to claim victory.

When 16-year-old Katniss’s young sister, Prim, is selected as District 12’s female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart Peeta, are pitted against bigger, stronger representatives, some of whom have trained for this their whole lives, she sees it as a death sentence. But Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature.

Sourced from Goodreads

 

My review:

I missed the hype of “The Hunger Games” when the movies were being released. I was aware of it, but it’s only now that I’ve finally investigated what it’s all about. And I wanted the books to be my starting point, so I am reviewing this from a viewpoint which is currently oblivious to the film representation. 😉

I read this in the space of 12 hours. I went about my day in between, but I was continually drawn back into the story! I am amazed by how vivid and real this world has become to me. I’m almost hesitant to see the movie because it might not be how I visualize it. 😂 Suddenly I’m seeing new places I’ve never seen before, but I easily feel as though I have. It was made real with few words. It was a pleasure to read, and I’m sure it takes a lot of skill to write like that!

The story line is both riveting and ingenious, though a hard topic to touch on. The world that these characters are now living in is so broken, and I think that the brokenness inside its citizens was represented well. Whilst the actual Hunger Games event is pretty touchy, the emotional and mental trauma that comes with it was not overlooked. I thought that the acknowledgement of this pain of injustice made it easier to bear.

The characters are well-rounded. Since the story’s written from Katniss’ point of view, we get to experience these characters the way she sees them which is interesting and entertaining. 😄

Aside from the depth of story and everything, I found it to be extremely exciting, plain and simple. There’s such a feeling of suspense and adventure which kept me hooked.

It would have been a fantastic book had it ended here and the story been fully resolved. However, although the story is partly resolved, there is still much to come, leaving it with quite the cliffhanger. I can’t wait to see if its sequel lives up to this one!

1) Did this book inspire me?

Yes, I think so.

2) Is this book humorous?

A little.

3) Did this book make me cry?

Yes! It’s a pretty emotional story.

4) Would I reread this book?

Yes!

5) Would I recommend this book to a friend?

For sure!

 

My rating: 5 out of 5

 

Have you read this series? If so did you see the movies first or read the books first?

 

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The Awesome Blogger Award

Thank you very much to Annie for nominating me for this award. I’ve never actually done this one before, but it looks like a lot of fun. 😊

~ Rules ~

~ Thank the person who nominated you.

Tag it under #awesomebloggeraward.

Answer the questions you were asked.

Nominate at least 5 bloggers and inform them of their nominations.

Give them 10 new questions to answer.

 

~ Annie’s Questions ~

1) Do you usually eat breakfast?

Yes, I usually have something like cereal or toast in the mornings.

 

2) What’s your favorite and least favorite school subject and why?

Hmm, that’s a tough one. My favourite is probably Maths (except for Geometry) and English. I really can’t decide between the two. My least favourite is probably Physics?

 

3) What are your favorite movies/shows?

My favourite TV shows are Little House on the Prairie, Downton Abbey, The Office (US) and Fraggle Rock! As for movies, there are quite a lot so are you ready for this? 😂 Marie Antoinette, Soul Surfer, Gallipoli, Cast Away, The Good Dinosaur, Paddington, the Lord of the Rings trilogy, 13 Going on 30, Mansfield Park (2007), Paddington 2 and Wild Hearts Can’t be Broken.

 

4) If you could wake up tomorrow having gained one quality/ability, what would it be?

If I think about this question too long, I’ll never be able to decide, so I’m just going to go with the first thing that comes to mind. 😁 I’d love to be able to play the harp!

 

5) What’s something awesome you possess?

The five main fraggles from “Fraggle Rock” as pop vinyl figures.

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6) Kahoot or Quizlet Live?

I actually haven’t played either of these games.

 

7) What’s a good book you’ve read recently?

I’ve finally been making my way through “The Hunger Games” trilogy and loving them. 😉

 

8) Salsa, queso, or guac?

Probably guacamole.

 

9) Do you believe in aliens, and why/why not?

Agh, this is a deep question. The thing is, I don’t believe in aliens because of the Bible. However, I do believe that demons can make alien-like appearances because Satan and his allies are illusionists (they don’t really have the power that they want you to think). See, a pretty heavy topic. 😂

 

10) What’s something you want to do this summer?

Well, it’s just turned Winter here in Australia. I guess I’d like to get back into knitting, which is what I’ve been doing lately. However, when Summer finally comes around again I’d like to go to the beach more. ☀️

 

~ I Nominate ~

Emma

Rayleigh

Ruby

Kellyn

Bekah

 

~ My Questions to You ~

1) What’s your favourite song at the moment?

2) What’s your latest go-to snack?

3) Have you ever written a song?

4) Hot chocolate on a cold day or ice cream on a hot day? ☕🍦

5) If you could only read one book for the rest of your life, what would it be? (The Bible doesn’t count for this question)

6) Have you ever enjoyed a TV series so much that you’ve watched it more than once?

7) What’s your favourite time to wake up in the morning?

8) What yet-to-be-released-movie are you most looking forward to?

9) What is the most common colour among the clothing you own?

10) Do you prefer to purchase books or borrow them?

 

*as for the varying spelling of favorite/favourite in this post, whenever I phrase it I use the Australian spelling, but when I’m quoting someone else, I use the American spelling if they used the American spelling. 😜

 

What are your answers to some of these questions?

The Greatest Showman Soundtrack

The movie was recently all the rage when it was released. A large part of its popularity is due to the songs. This is my first time during the music review segment that I’ve actually reviewed a movie soundtrack, but what better one to begin with than “The Greatest Showman”?

Every song of the soundtrack is just plain catchy. It’s one of those movies where the songs are playing over and over in my head even a week after watching this movie. Just writing out this review will probably send these songs swirling around my head for the next couple of days. 😂

Each song sort of has a similar sound to it, yet the more I’ve listened to them they have firmly fixed their individual melodies and lyrics in my mind.

The lyrics are another aspect entirely. They are what bring a greater depth to each song. “This Is Me” in particular has been a source of strength and encouragement to many and rightly so. It’s relatable and the sort of song you might claim as your own.

However, I’ve found it very difficult to choose a favourite song. I’m usually indecisive with my favourite song of any album, but to choose a favourite song from this soundtrack is even harder because they are each their own great song on their own and have the potential to be my favourite. 😄

That being said, despite going through phases where I listen to one song more than others, my favourites of this album keep coming back to “Never Enough” and “A Million Dreams”.

And now for the part I’m most excited about. I’ve put up a poll like I always do when I review an album. This time I’ve never been more keen to see you all vote for your favourite song! Although the poll allows you to make multiple choices, so if you’re like me and can’t decide, you’re more than welcome to vote for a few. ❤

 

What do you think of “The Greatest Showman Soundtrack”? What is your favourite song and why?

The Perils of Publishing

Today I wanted to share this thought-provoking blog post for those who are considering publishing. It’s good to know!

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It’s been a while and I’ve been through a lot in the writing and publishing world lately. I’ve been thinking about new strategies, doing a lot of editing, and working on the Memoirs. This has led to a long silence on the blog.

But I was moved  to write today by yet another story about a writer who wanted to be published, had parted with a lot of money thinking it was to a “real” publisher, only to discover that although her book – an illustrated children’s book – was lovely, no bookstores would stock it.

Ever since I launched myself into this world I have become aware of the many people who want to be writers and are determined to do it. Social media has made it so much easier to get in touch with these people and get to know them online. So many are looking for support…

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Monthly Writing Wrap-Up ~ May 2018

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~ Blog Posts Published ~

Christy Miller Collection Volume 2 by Robin Jones Gunn ~ May 7

Working On Relationships ~ May 11

Avengers: Infinity War ~ May 14

New Instagram & Facebook Pages! ~ May 18

Favourite Childhood Movies Tag ~ May 21

All Fall Down (Embassy Row #1) by Ally Carter ~ May 28

 

~ Novel Progress ~

TBA non-fiction novel ~ 4,273 words written

 

~ Other Writing ~

Working On Relationships ~ Article published on PURSUE which I shared on this blog (see blog posts published).

Diary Writing ~ 73 pages written ~ And still a week of catching up to do!

 

~ Writing Goals for June ~

~ Stay caught up with my diary-writing.

~ Copy old digital diary entries into a journal.

 

What are you writing at the moment? Do you have any June goals?

All Fall Down (Embassy Row #1) by Ally Carter

A new series of global proportions — from master of intrigue, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Ally Carter.

Grace Blakely is absolutely certain of three things:

1. She is not crazy.
2. Her mother was murdered.
3. Someday she is going to find the killer and make him pay.

As certain as Grace is about these facts, nobody else believes her — so there’s no one she can completely trust. Not her grandfather, a powerful ambassador. Not her new friends, who all live on Embassy Row. Not Alexei, the Russian boy next door, who is keeping his eye on Grace for reasons she neither likes nor understands.

Everybody wants Grace to put on a pretty dress and a pretty smile, blocking out all her unpretty thoughts. But they can’t control Grace — no more than Grace can control what she knows or what she needs to do. Her past has come back to hunt her . . . and if she doesn’t stop it, Grace isn’t the only one who will get hurt. Because on Embassy Row, the countries of the world stand like dominoes, and one wrong move can make them all fall down.

Sourced from Goodreads

 

My review:

This book is brilliant and unpredictable. But at the same time horrible and torturous. I enjoy a mystery, but this annoyed me soooo much! XD Seriously, I would get a physical feeling of frustration every time someone would dismiss what Grace saw or said. For this reason, I found the first half of this book kind of a struggle to get through. Maybe the author’s aim was to get that reaction out of the reader anyway? If that’s the case, it worked. But I didn’t enjoy it!

It wasn’t until the second half that I became much more invested and interested. I guess that’s when I found myself enjoying it at last.

I really like the mystery in this story. I am left feeling like I’ve been given sufficient answers, yet I have many questions remaining which I suppose are to be answered in the next two books of the trilogy.

Something else I really liked about this book was that I never could predict what I was reading. It’s such a unique novel and like nothing I’ve read before that in my mind, it is like nothing else I can think of! It’s established its own unique mark in my mind.

I look forward to seeing where this trilogy heads.

1) Did this book inspire me?

No.

2) Was this book humorous?

No? I can’t remember if it was.

3) Did this book make me cry?

No.

4) Would I reread this book?

Maybe?

5) Would I recommend this book to a friend?

Maybe.

 

My rating: 3 out of 5

 

Have you read this series? Do you like mysteries?

Favourite Childhood Movies Tag

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Today I thought it would be fun to create a new tag! I’ve never done this before, but the idea popped into my head as I was getting a bit nostalgic over movies that I grew up with! 🙂 So basically, you just have to share 5 of your favourite childhood movies.

 

~ Here are the rules ~

1) Share 5 movies from your childhood.

2) Do a mini write-up about what made this movie special to you as a child. (optional)

3) Acknowledge the person who tagged you and link it back to their blog.

4) Tag 5 or more bloggers to take up the challenge if they choose.

 

# 5 ~ Bride Wars

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You know when you’re a little kid and there’s a lot of movies that you’re “not old enough to see” yet? At this time in my life I was allowed to watch this movie. It was like a “grown-up movie” to me at the time and I’m sure added to the appeal. Looking back on it, it’s not as amazing as I remembered it, but still a good movie.

 

#4 ~ The Aristocats

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I actually haven’t seen this in like forever, so I’m just going by memory, but I absolutely loved this movie to bits as a child! I loved the white cats (I was very little) and I would always anticipate the song “Everybody Wants to be a Cat” and laugh the whole time the piano was smashing through several stories… I thought it was the funniest thing ever. 🤣

 

#3 ~ 13 Going On 30

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I loved this movie and it was another one of those “grown-up” movies to me. Mum would record it for me on VHS tape when it came on TV and would cut out certain parts that I was’t “old enough to see” yet. I watched it recently and was delighted to find that it wasn’t just my child mind thinking it was a great movie simply because it was rated higher than G. I loved it and possibly even a bit more! In fact, I am going to post the full review here soon.

 

#2 ~ Night At The Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian

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Whilst my brother and I loved both the first movie and this one, this definitely stood out to us more. It was one of these movies we would quote most days for years and that we could watch 8 times in one week (yes, my then little brother did that), but even though I would roll my eyes and complain when he would play it yet again, I loved it too. 😆

 

#1 ~ Shrek 2

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Again, the Shrek series was all throughout my childhood, but this movie was the highlight, hands down. If I could pick one movie to represent my childhood, it would be this one. My brother and I probably watched it 100 times over the years and soon memorized it word-for-word, quoting the movie the whole way through and picking what characters we would voice. Yes, we were obsessed. 😄

 

~ I Tag ~

Emma ~ A Bookworm’s Majestic Adventures

Rayleigh ~ Accelerate the Jesus Movement

Gracie ~ Through the Eyes of Gracie

Ruby ~ {The Sea Calls Us Home}

Bekah ~ Will Bake for Books

Bayance ~ Bayance

Lizzy ~ Learning to Live: Struggling to Thrive

April ~ April’s Laundry Basket

Madi ~ Madi Grace

Riya ~ Riya’s own space

Gracie ~ A Light In The Darkness

Milly ~ The Cat’s Write

Zielle ~ My Homeschool Notebook

Kellyn ~ Reveries

Maddy ~ Maddy’s Digital Diary

Sarah ~ Inkdragon

Papberry ~ Way To Life…

If you decide to do this, have fuuuuuun!

 

What were some of your favourite movies as a child?