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2013 Goodreads Challenge

Last year I signed myself up to take part in the Goodreads 2012 reading challenge.

I set myself the challenge of reading at least 30 new books within the year….needless to say I didn’t quite make it! I managed the grand total of 21 books throughout the year which I am still quite pleased about!

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These included:

I Am Legend – Richard Matheson

Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stevenson

The Silver Linings Play Book – Matthew Quick

Dinner With a Vampire (The Dark Heroine, #1) – Abigail Gibbs

PUSH – Sapphire

Dracula – Bram Stoker

Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy

Life of Pi – Yann Martel

The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky

The Hobbit – J.R.R Tolkien

Me Before You – Moyes, Jojo

Fifty Shades Freed (Fifty Shades, #3) – E.L. James

Fifty Shades Darker (Fifty Shades, #2) – E.L. James

Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, #1) – E.L. James

My Name Is Memory – Ann Brashers

Carmilla – Joseph Sheriden Le Fanu

The Lorax – Dr Seuss

Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3) – Suzanne Collins

Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2) – Suzanne Collins

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

Thirteen Reasons Why – Jay Asher

 

Whilst i’m pretty pleased I tackled a few classic books…i’m also ashamed to say I gave into the hype and read the 50 Shades trilogy!

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I have quite a few books in my ‘to read’ pile for this year. These include:

 

 

The Passage – Justin Cronin (Currently reading and I love it!)

 

The Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee

 

Wonder – RJ Palacio

 

The Fault in our Stars – John Green

 

The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time – Mark Haddon

 

Stardust – Neil Gaiman

 

The Odyssey – Homer

If anyone else is taking part in the reading challenge, let me know! It would be great to follow others progress too…hopefully it will encourage me to keep on track.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Hunger Games – Another wallpaper attempt!

Another attempt at photoshop, im pretty pleased with this even if I do say so myself!

Hope you enjoy it – the only photo I used that is mine is of the trees, all other images are official Katniss and Peeta images.

If you haven’t already you can read my Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay  reviews here 🙂

Fictional Bucket List (19-24)

Numbers 19 – 24 of my fictional bucket list

Because I’ll never do it, I may as well put together a list…..just in case!

19. Be one of the dancers in this scene!

I would love to be a part of a flash mob! This is one of my favorite moments from this film, just after Tom has spent the night with Summer he walks home with Hall & Oats ‘You make my dreams’ in the background. Dancers appear, there’s a fountain and some cartoon birds flutter around. Perfection!

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Katniss Wallpaper

Put together this Katniss Wallpaper – using my almost none existent Photoshop skills!

Enjoy!

Yarn Bowl for Knitting with small owls

Sunday Pinterest Miscellany 29.01.12

Another Sunday – another reason to share some of my Pinterest finds from the week!

'Without you my life would pretty much suck' Bowl

'Without you my life would pretty much suck' Bowl

Lightbulb Flower Hangers

Lightbulb Flower Hangers

 

Katniss's Mockingjay Pin from the Hunger Games

Katniss's Mockingjay Pin from the Hunger Games (With an added Pearl)

 

Yarn Bowl for Knitting with small owls

Yarn Bowl for Knitting with small owls

 

Door Knob Necklace Holder

Door Knob Necklace Holder

 

Everytime I go on Pinterest I see something I would like to attempt to make! Ive been working this week on the paper flower wheels from last week (A post might be appearing about them very soon!).

Have you had any lovely Pinterest finds this week?

Recent Reading – Mockingjay

Im sad that im at the end of these books 😦 I think I get too emotional invested in characters!

I’ve been reading the Hunger Games trilogy for a few weeks now, i’ve already reviewed The Hunger Games and Catching Fire, it would be great to hear what you think if you’ve read them too!

***Please do not read any more!!! They will be spoilers!!***

Mockingjay is the final book in The Hunger Games triology. Katniss has been rescued from the 75th Hunger Games and is now safely in District 13. Peeta has been taken by the capitol and is being held by President Snow. The uprising is beginning and Katniss becomes the face of the rebellion, the Mockingjay.

Again there are multiple themes running throughout the book, Manipulation, Love, Warfare, Power and Courage. Most prevalent is manipulation. Katniss has been fighting manipulation by the capitol since the first book, but now not only is the capitol manipulating her, district 13 as well. Where as the capitol use physical and emotional manipulation, district 13 uses Katniss as a pawn to show their power using staged photo opportunities and propoganda videos.

Although love runs throughout the novels, in Mockingjay I think it reaches the conclusion thats its not always a boy-girl, love triangle type of love. It is love for your country, love for your friends, love for your people and love for your home. Warfare has been another theme that has ran through all three books, only this time it is not in confined environment such as the arena, everyone is experiencing the rebellion. Katniss and her allies are relying on the skills used in the arena to make their way through the capitol.

Power and courage. Power takes a lot of different forms here. There is the power District 13 and the Capitol hold over Katniss, the power over their citizens and the power Katniss holds as a symbol of hope, courage and rebellion. Courage appears through the characters choices and decisions. They all choose to fight against the capitol as well as all equally choosing to die for the fight as well. Peeta shows courage heading back into the capitol after weeks of torture and Katniss shows courage challenging Presidents Snow and Coin.

I wanted to talk about the one thing that really hit me when reading this. Although Katniss has been vulnerable throughout the first two books(in the sense of being at the Mercy of the Capitol), this book showed a different vulnerbility. Its really strange to say this but I think It hit me so badly as I knew exactly how she felt. Katniss was broken. Completely broken. Its the feeling of hitting rock bottom and not seeing a way out. Peeta and Katniss have been so dependent on each other throughout The Hunger Games and Catching Fire, then suddenly he is not there to tackle this with her. It goes back to them having that shared connection, Gale is taken with revenger and Haymitch with rebellion planning leaving her alone to face what is happening around her.

It reminds me of a quote from Titanic (just to throw another film in the mix!):

I feel as if I’m in a room screaming and no one even looks up

To me, this is the feeling of being broken.

When Peeta returned, I expected him to become her support again. It couldn’t have been more of an opposite. I was already a weeping mess relating to Katniss’s brokenness, so you can only imagine how weepy I was at this point! It wasn’t even that I wanted them to be together as a couple, it was the supporting role and their understanding and friendship not being there. The only other person who would understand your experiences has gone and is replaced by a completely different being. It really hit me hard! He was the balance to her ferociousness. There’s a saying that I heard somewhere along the lines of your other half not being the same as you, they should possess the qualities you don’t have so you make two halves of a whole. Otherwise you won’t learn from each other.

Although Gale tries to rekindle the connection they once shared, it would never be the same again. Peeta would always hang over her if he was alive or not.

I though Haymitchs character has really developed through all three books, he went from being isolated and withdrawn to having a shared connection with KAtniss and Peeta, although its not really mentioned in the book, it seems to be that connections that holds them together and draws him out of the downward spiral he had been in. In this book especially, it was Haymitch that supported Katniss when Peeta was being tortured as they both cared a lot about him. I thought it was really touching that after Katniss realised it was Coin that killed Prim, he realised he shouldn’t have mocked her and went after her. Even though he mocked her, he went after her which I think shows a lot about his character and how he has changed.

Friendships, trust and courage, things I think we need alot more of in the world.

I thought that it was a brilliant ending to the trilogy. Its been a really enjoyable few weeks falling into the world of Panem. I’m promise I will get better at ‘reviewing’, it’s just hard to keep your feelings out of it. I’m impressed if you’ve made it to the end of this rambling, emotionally unstable review! I would love to hear your thoughts on this, how did you find this book?

To finish…a song that I think would fit perfectly!

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You can find my Hunger Games review here!

You can find my Catching Fire review here!

Catching Fire Katniss Quote

Recent Reading – Catching Fire

*** Please dont read if you haven’t yet read The Hunger Games or Catching Fire! Im going to talk about events that happen in the book so you have been warned!!! ***

Catching fire is the second novel in the hunger games trilogy. It is set shortly after the first novel ended with Katniss and Peeta preparing to embark on their victory tour of Panem. There are whispers of uprisings which makes Katniss the number one target for President Snow as well as the 75th Hunger Games to contend with. The novel touches on many themes, including survival, government control, rebellion and interdependence vs. independence (Wikipedia).

After outsmarting the Capitol in book one, Katniss has inadvertently become a symbol of rebellion and hope for the districts. She has become the Mockingjay. I dont think I will look at berries in quite the same way again…

I couldn’t wait to get stuck into this book, after how book one ended I was really hoping Katniss and Peeta would (without sounding mushy!) be on a more positive footing. So much was built up in book one about Peetas love for Katniss, as a reader you really wanted her to believe that the feelings he said he had for her were genuine. So for it to be crushed right at the end made me want to find out even more what had happened. I suppose you wanted them to survive so much, it wouldn’t have made sense if it wasn’t with each other.

Throughout the novel, Katniss begins to understand the web of lies the capitol has woven to keep the districts inline. She also learns that because of her actions, and unwittingly becoming the face of the rebellion, she has put many people she cares for in danger. When President Snow visits Katniss, you start to understand the power of the capitol. It seems strange that whilst this is a fictional rebellion, it is very real and present in many countries in the world today. You begin to understand the magnitude, cost and power a rebellion can have; as well the heavy prices that are paid for it. I read a quote in Empire magazine from the Director Gary Ross,

‘At first she’s just fighting to live and in the end she finds something she is willing to die for’

I dont think it could be summed up better.

One of my favourite moments of this book was when Katniss and Peeta painted in her family book together. You realised as a reader that although their their feelings towards each other weren’t the clearest, they needed each other. I suppose this relates to reality in a way, as when you have gone through a shared experience like Katniss and Peeta (or university, an attack, a disaster or lost someone close), its the bond you have with the other people that shard that exact moment or situation with you. Although they have moments of closeness when they return to the capitol, they are never in a way that is anything but friendship and support. They are dependent on each other.

You learn a lot more about her bonds with her family and Gale this time around. I like Prim! She seems so level headed and maturing so quickly through out the book. Although Katniss was so worried about leaving her, maybe its her absence that has made her stronger? Im unsure what to make of Gale. Katniss and Gale have been so reliant on each other before the games to keep their families alive, that it seems the most logical choice for them to be together.  They are very similar in that they both resent that capitol for what they have subjected their families to but have always been too small to challenge it; until now. I think that seeing her bond with Peeta in the first book, has threatened Gale. Haymitch is another character that develops, you learn more about him and his past. Although at times i’m sure they wouldn’t agree, his friendship with Katniss and Peeta is pretty clear to see. Again they all have a shared experience in the games.

As Katniss and Peeta head back into the games, I thought they were all going to drown within the first 5 minutes! I found it hard to keep track of who everyone was at first, a lot of news names. I love clever plots and the plot here was very clever. I won’t give too much away!!

All in all, it was a great follow up to The Hunger Games. I enjoyed reading more about the characters interactions when Katniss and Peeta returned to district 12, but it was good to see their determination for each others survival again in the arena.

Theres so much more I could talk about,

Have you read Catching Fire?

What did you think?

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You can find my Hunger Games review here!

You can find my Mockingjay review here!