Tagged with The Hunger Games

Red Riding Hood by Nicole Gustafsson

Red Riding Hood by Nicole Gustafsson

I love how this depiction of Red Riding Hood shows her wielding a knife, perched up in the branches of a tree where she’s defending herself against the wolves below. She reminds me of Katniss Everdeen in this pose, ready to take on whatever is thrown her way. A fairy tale heroine with agency: I’d like … Continue reading

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

There’s a a spectacularly eerie song, called “Danse Macabre” composed by Camille Saint-Saëns, that is woven through the narrative of Samantha Shannon’s The Bone Season. You should definitely listen to it if you’re thinking about reading this book. It’s fevered, emotional, dark, at times frenzied, rich and innovative; a tone poem set for orchestra that is … Continue reading

Literary Feasts!

Literary Feasts!

There seems to be a recent trend on the internet and in the lives of readers wherein long-time fans of books are recreating (or inventing!) favorite scenes that feature descriptions of food. Whether it’s coming up with recipes inspired by the food in books (see my sister’s recent discovery of the new Downton Abbey Cookbook), … Continue reading

Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder

Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder

I picked up Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder, before boarding a transatlantic flight from Ireland to California. I wanted something engrossing and different, a story that would capture my attention through all matter of delays, boredom, and turbulence. Luckily, I chose wisely; I could barely put Poison Study down and finished it within hours … Continue reading

The Local Library

The Local Library

Ever since I can remember I’ve loved going to the library. From childhood, my sister and I would meticulously pour over the rows, examining each spine for a spark of recognition. Sometimes we would go with a list, and dart in and around the book cases searching for a much sought after edition. Growing up, … Continue reading

On Taking Chances…

“Live your life, take chances, be crazy. Dont wait ’cause right now is the oldest you’ve ever been & the youngest you’ll be ever again” – Suzanne Collins

Hunger Games Movie Midnight Release!

Hunger Games Movie Midnight Release!

I read The Hunger Games for the first time in December of 2009, after spending a blissful summer as an intern at the Horn Book, where I was happily inundated with ARCs of new YA books. It was impossible to ignore the excitement of the entire staff after they read The Hunger Games and by … Continue reading