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So, it’s obvious from my lack of posting that I am not reading anything.  I have absolutely ZERO time because life is HECTIC!  I cannot wait for graduation, so I can get a real job, instead of doing school, work, practicum, etc……  Anyways, I’ve decided that although I have no time to read, I miss writing.  I’ve kind of always wanted to be a writer, but I’m just not sure what to write about.  So for now, until my life calms down, Readligion is gonna take on a little bit different look.  You’re probably not going to find a ton of book reviews here, but instead I am going to share my thoughts on exciting book-related things that I stumble upon.  This is gonna be super SUPER fun…I think.

The Girl Who Was on Fire Edited by Leah Wilson

#1 OMG! Someone had the brilliant idea to have YA authors write about Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Game series…and then she put it all in a book.

  I heard it first over at FYA (one of my favie blog sites BTW). Doesn’t this sound fantastic?  Awesome YA authors writing about all the awesomness of an awesome book!  This intensely complex trilogy has just been begging for some serious unraveling.  I can’t wait to get my grubby little hands on this in April.

#2 Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher is gonna be a movie! Starring Selena Gomez! I am so excited about this news, I can barely breathe.  Thirteen Reasons Why, while somewhat depressing, is a killer book (no pun intended) and I’ve been kinda hoping they would make a move of it.  If you haven’t read it, check out my review.  Then, read it.  You will not be able to put it down. 

A lot of people are freaking out because they also love this book and are not fans of the Selena Gomez choice to play Hannah.  I love it! I’m a little bit obsessed with Selena Gomez right now.  How can you not love her? She’s so cute!  I think it will be great to see her play totally against type.  Cannot wait for more news about this film!  I’m gonna start thinking about who would make a good Clay.

#3 YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) announces a new Reader’s Choice Booklist that anyone–I mean anyone–can nominate books for…I love this news because I love talking about YA books and want other people to love to too!  I am so excited that people everywhere can have a chance to have a hand in picking a list of great YA books because sometimes those awards voters don’t always love the people’s choice.  Democracy.  Isn’t that what America’s all about?  Young. Old. Big. Small.  Step right up and have your voice heard.  I can’t wait till I actually have time to read, so I can pick some great books to nominate.

Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen

#4 Last, but not least, I am actually reading a book.

  For Christmas, Santa Claus brought me just what I was asking for: Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen.  I’m only 50 pages in because as I stated before, I HAVE NO FREAKING TIME TO READ.  But, when I get a second here and there, I’ve been chipping away at this book and I would kill for the time to just sit right down and devour.  Already, there is so much yummy, Prohibitiony (I don’t think this is a word) goodness with LOTS of pretty clothes!  (Although, I can’t help but feel bad for poor John.)

So, I think that about wraps up my thoughts on the world of YA!  Tune in next time for another exciting installment!


And So, We Reach the End.

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Note: You may find spoilers here.

Recently, I proclaimed my excitement over receiving my copy of Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins, the final installment in the Hunger Games Trilogy. I have been waiting in anticipation for this novel to be released because I became so deeply attached to the characters and the story in the previous two novels in the series. I was certainly not disappointed by this last chapter. Collins writes this novel with as much intrigue and emotion as the previous novels. I will say, however, that this one depressed me. I think the only reason I came away from the book feeling less than satisfied was due to the level of sadness in this novel. I’m a sucker for happy endings. However, I found that the emotional nature of this book made it far more realistic (given the content), than if the novel had been a happy fairy tale ending to the series.

Katniss does not live in a happy fairy tale world. The future, dystopian society in which she lives is full of very real problems and struggles. The point of this novel, and the series thus far, has never been about giving Katniss her fairy tale ending, in my opinion. Sorry, if that spoils something for you. However, if you’ve read the first two novels, you probably aren’t expecting this one to be all rainbows and sunshine. Katniss has always been on a journey to find herself, to decide what she values, and to determine what she wants from life. She has struggled in determining her views of right and wrong and in developing her sense of trust.

I don’t want to give away too much plot detail, as I am forever encouraging people to read this series from the beginning. I will just say that this third installment, Mockingjay, is superb. It is suspenseful and gut-wrenching. You won’t be able to put it down. I will warn that it is considerable more violent than the first two installments IMHO. However, it may just be that the violence is of a grander and more random scale, more so than it being more graphic, which gives it such an intense feeling. Also, though you may have already picked this up, this one is sad. Be prepared with a large box of Kleenex!

Finishing a book series is always a bitter sweet moment. One is anxious to see how their favorite characters end up, but is sad to know this is the end. I thoroughly enjoyed the Hunger Games Trilogy as a whole. It is one of the best things I have read in some time, for its emotional qualities and its detailed content. I urge you to read this series if you haven’t and I look forward to seeing what comes next from Ms. Collins.


Breaking News: My Copy of Mockingjay Arrived Today!

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Star Island by Carl Hiaasen

Star Island by Carl Hiaasen

I am so super EXCITED!!!!!!!

Today, my beautiful copy of the newly released Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins arrived.  This is the third book in the highly popular Hunger Games trilogy.  I cannot wait to begin reading  it.  Too bad I have to go to class tonight.  😦 I have a feeling I won’t get much sleep tonight.  Look forward to a review coming very shortly because this is gonna be a can’t put it down kind of read.  I just know it!

Also on my currently reading list is Star Island by Carl Hiaasen.  Although, I’m gonna take a break from this until I finish Mockingjay.

I just wanted to share my excitement with you.  Stay tuned for my review coming soon!