It’s the last day of March. And I know I’m supposed to post some fascinating and somewhat witty recommendation of a book I read this month but I’m coming down with DS’s icky virus. Which means I have a fuzzy head, my throat feels very strange, and my temperature keeps spiking. All of which isn’t particularly conducive toward writing anything even remotely comprehensible, let alone witty. Besides, I suspect I used up all my available witty quota on scheduling today’s Writers Gone Wild post. And as I muddle my way through this post, I’m thinking it’s just as well WordPress has a spellchecker….
But enough of the doncha feel sorry for me? stuff and let’s cut to the reading list for this month.
It’s not very often I find a book that both me and my nearly teenage son loved in equal measure. Usually I’ll read something, trial it on my daughter for suitability, and if we both feel it’s not too much of a girly YA, then I’ll beg and bribe DS to give it a go. All too often he politely informs us it’s not his thing. The last YA I got an enthusiastic “This was really good, Mom! Is there another one in the series?” from DS was Holly Black’s White Cat. And yes, we’re eagerly awaiting the next installment in this Curse Workers series, Red Glove.
However, White Cat is written from the young male protagonist’s POV. And perhaps that’s why DS loved it, because he could relate to Cassel, the hero. He could truly put himself in Cassel’s shoes and imagine himself doing and reacting as Cassel did throughout the story.
This time I took a real chance, because the book I hoped he’d like featured a female protagonist. (And despite him enjoying James Patterson’s Maximum Ride series, asking my boy to read books written from a heroine’s POV is kinda like kissing him goodbye at the school gates. In front of all his mates. And then, once he’s slunk off muttering beneath his breath, calling him back to straighten his uniform shirt collar. He doesn’t often connect with them — the whole Boys Are From Mars, Girls Are Just Weird And Incomprehensible thing, I guess.)
Not to mention that this book is written in 1st person present tense, and I had no idea whether he’d take to a style that has it’s share of haters — despite the huge buzz around this particular book, many people cannot abide 1st person present tense, and won’t even pick it up.
Here’s the blurb from the author’s website:
Katniss is a 16-year-old girl living with her mother and younger sister in the poorest district of Panem, the remains of what used be the United States. Long ago the districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated. As part of the surrender terms, each district agreed to send one boy and one girl to appear in an annual televised event called, “The Hunger Games.” The terrain, rules, and level of audience participation may change but one thing is constant: kill or be killed. When her sister is chosen by lottery, Katniss steps up to go in her place.
And I have to add: what unfolds throughout will keep you riveted to the page.
So, despite my nagging, which might have had the unhappy effect of bringing his bloody-mindedness into play so he got turned off the book before he even started reading, did DS persist and read it all the way through?
Oh yeah. And asked for the next one.
Can’t get a better recommendation than that. A book that a 40-something woman, a teenage girl and an almost-teen boy all enjoyed? Big-time score! (BTW, The Hunger Games is also being made into a movie. That’ll sure be a must-see for us!)
Here’s my reading list for March:
- The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong
- Scoundrel by Zoe Archer
- Succubus Blues by Richelle Mead
- Matched by Ally Condie
- Succubus On Top by Richelle Mead
- Rebel by Zoe Archer
- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
- Nightlife by Rob Thurman
- Moonshine by Rob Thurman
- Stranger by Zoe Archer
- Altered Carbon by Richard Morgan
- Urban Shaman by C.E. Murphy
- Thunderbird Falls by C.E. Murphy
- Coyote Dreams by C.E. Murphy
- Vampire Knight 11 by Matsuri Hino