Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Let's Talk Books

I haven't digested a book in such a long time.

The kind that you pick out from Barnes & Nobles that seems interesting on first sight, and in which you find out after reading the synopsis, is indeed interesting, and you mentally pat yourself on the back for choosing it.

Impeccable instinct for greatness, no?

The other day, let's say 25 days ago, I bought "The Hunger Games," because I want to see the movie, so I feel it's right to read the book first.

Man oh man O'Reilly, I'm liking it so far.

Think of North America, aka the United States, as a now communist Capitol called Panem, a place that has become tragic in ruins due to the cruel and harsh government, that is then separated into 12 Districts. In order to keep the districts from revolting, the government has one girl and one boy of every district between the ages of 12 to 18 compete to the death against each other called "The Hunger Games," which is filmed on live television for everyone to see. Katniss, the 16-year-old heroine of the book, steps in when her newly 12-year-old sister, Prim, is called to be a contestant of the games. To save her life, Katniss offers herself in her sisters place, and from then on, the book goes deep into Katniss's survival in The Hunger Games.

I haven't gotten the chance to fully engross myself in it, which I plan to do tomorrow under my covers since it's that time of the year where under the covers is the best spot in the house (if under, or next to, the heater is already taken).

It's the kind of book that I think I needed to get back into the motion of being an avid reader again. It's doing me justice. And this semester of school has been so smooth and unstressful that I feel I have the right to actually sit down, read a book, and not worry if I'm wasting my time since I have hmwk.

Not to mention, the movie has such a great ensemble cast, from Jennifer Lawrence who has grown on me so well, to Josh Hutcherson who I saw grow up on screen, to Elizabeth Banks who is adorably funny, Stanley Tucci who is one of the most charming actors in my book, Woody Harrelson who is a regulating badass, to effin' LENNY KRAVITZ?! If I wasn't interested in reading it before, the cast alone would have had me racing to buy it then. 


After that I shall read "A Dirty Job," by Christopher Moore, about a man that after having a baby girl, has people he loves dying all around him, and then must take on the role of being the Grim Reaper. Christopher, as I noticed upon reading the first two chapters, has a great way of turning this tragedy into a sarcastic bundle of humor. MUY BUENO.

Many of his books have a black comedy turn to it. Usually involving the paranormal fads we fall in love with or with death in general, which are situations that would irk us, he brings them out and turns them into enjoyable books, for unemployable subjects...

And being able to do so is never a bad thing. It can actually be tricky. So if you do it and do it right, such as Christopher Moore, then you deserve praise. In which he gets in book sales.

I plan to purchase more of his books. Just after I finish this one. In-completion is not flattering.

Another book I'm going to have to purchase, just out of curiosity and critical acclaim. Many magazines that I read that actually have sections in which they review recent books released to the public that are practically grabbing them by the hair in attention have been going apeshit for a book called, "The Marriage Plot."

Apparently, the is the most recent work from author Jeffrey Eugenides, who has written many critical acclaim books (just found out one of them was "The Virgin Suicides," in which the movie starring Kirsten Dunst and Josh Hartnett was based off of) but took a long hiatus, hence his epic return with "the Marriage Plot." The book, about a love triangle not similar to the Archie comics but similar to Bridget Jones diary in some sort of sense, has been getting critical acclaim. The look of the book alone is interesting, and the fact that it's the book everyone keeps talking about from magazines to book clubs, it seems like it will become a new purchase pretty soon. Not sure when, but soon.

Last but not least is a book I had the pleasure of sampling many times and in which I grew excited over for every sampling because I just KNOW the lengths of how great this book will be.

First off, let me just get off my chest that I love and look up to Mindy Kaling. Seriously. Not only is she hilarious, but she's odd, quirky, has a shrill voice that resembles a girl that hasn't embarked on the journey of puberty yet, is small and petite, isn't skinny but struts her chubby size (as she's classified herself), loves fad diets and messy celeb scandals and isn't afraid to say that. In a day and age where everyone wants to seem chill and not into that "superficial business," Mindy OWNS it.She really doesn't care if you think it's superficial. Hell, SHE thinks it's superficial. But she admits to the guilty pleasure. Not only that but she's had such a journey to where she came from, where she's been and where she is now. From the samples I've read alone, I've come to the conclusion that 1) We could be best friends. Literally. This book is so best friend-y... 2) Her advice is spot on. Especially when she talks about her not understanding or wanting to be a part of one night stands... her reasons were legit. 3) She has an awesome job. Comedy writer, hello! 4) She's adorable, even in writing. When your cuteness spews throughout the pages of your book, you've got a major boost of cuteness. 5) She's underrated, unfortunately. But fortunately because it keeps her grounded. She's aware of being known but unknown, giving us the level of fame she'd like to obtain in one of the chapters of her book.

Sigh . . . Oh Mindy. "Is Everyone Hanging Out without Me?" will be read and devoured and instilled into my brain.

Let's see if I can read these four books before the year ends.

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