The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins | Why Girls Are Weird

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Katniss Everdeen is a 16 year old girl who lives with her mother and younger sister Prim in the poorest district of Panem, which is the remains of what used to be the United States.  Long ago, before Katniss's time, the 12 districts of Panem waged a war against against the Capitol and we defeated.  As a way to keep the districts in line, the Capitol decided to host a yearly event that they called The Hunger Games.  Each district sends one boy and one girl into the event in which the terrain and the rules may change but there is still one constant: it's kill or be killed.  When her sister is chosen as the girl from District 12 to go into the games Katniss volunteers to take her place.  She is thrust into the world of the Games and she knows that now she must do everything she can in order to survive.

I'm sure by now many of you have heard about this book.  If you haven't, I am here to tell you right now that you need to get your hands on this series.  It is AMAZING.  It's one of those books where you start reading and the next thing you know you cannot put it down.  And if for some reason you are forced to put it down (sleep, it's so pesky sometimes) all you do is think about it.  This is a book about what happens to young people when war and poverty is forced upon them and you can't help but want Katniss to fight her way through even though it means the death of other youth.  Honestly, this is one of the best books I've read it quite awhile.  It's so well written and so gripping and also sad.  24 kids from the ages of 12 to 18 are taken every year from their homes to go in and fight for their lives and only 1 returns.  Ah.  It's a darn good book.  Like I said, if you haven't picked up this book yet, you need to.


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56 wonderful thoughts:


The Hunger Games are by far one of my favorite books I've ever read. I'm already halfway thru the second book and it's, dare I say, better than the first! Yay Hunger Games! :)

jeanette from everton terrace

I haven't even heard of it but I think I'm already excited about it. Sounds fascinating. I have made a pledge to myself to get back to reading this year, last year my library card expired and I couldn't even make time to renew it - that's not good. Putting this one on my list (and forwarding to my daughter who always makes time to read).

Scientific Housewife

I've heard nothing but good things about this book and think I should probably jump on the bus :)


I need to read this! We own it because my kids have loved these books but I've yet to read them.


Adding this to my reading list!

Emily Jane

This one is definitely on my list for 2011! I'm happy to see a sci-fi book doing so well :)

Chic 'n Cheap Living

Thanks for the recommendation - I'll look for it!


I love, love, love this series - can't get enough of it!

Teenage Bride

someone else just did a fabulous review of this book. I suppose I am just going to have to add it to my list!

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns

This is a great review! I hadn't heard much about this series when I read it, I just sort of stumbled across it I guess you could say? And I loved it. I am reading the 3rd and final book right now. Love it. : )

SG to SP

I just finished the Millenium series and was looking for something new to read. I've heard of this series and want to read it but think I need a break in between with some mindless chick lit first. Otherwise my brain may overload! :)


Obsessed! The Kindle I got for Christmas is not helping the addiction either. I started Hunger Games on NY Day and started the 3rd one this morning. I don't want to put them down.

Elise Halladay

I totally love this series too!! I heard they are making a movie out of the books- which I am excited for but also worry about. The movies are never as good as the books. You should try "Unwind". I love that book as well!


I only heard of this a couple days ago but didnt know what it was..sounds fantastic! lemmie at it!!


I only heard of this a couple days ago but didnt know what it was..sounds fantastic! lemmie at it!!


Ive been meaning to read these books.


They're amazing aren't they? The first was my favorite but the last kept me thinking long after I put it down. It's great to pass on good books!


I keep hearing about these books, so I guess that means I should probably read them. They do look good though! And I've been meaning to read more. Thanks for posting!

Cafe Fashionista

Gah! I need to read this book now. Seriously. I think I'm going to order it from Barnes & Noble this afternoon!! :)


I got the whole series for my SIL for Christmas and as soon as she's done, she's going to pass it on to me. Can't wait!!


All of my favorite bloggers are reading this book right now. Of course that means it must be good! It sounds intense and very interesting. Can't wait to get it!


Ok, you have me convinced! I totally need to start reading ASAP!

Savvy Gal

Happy 2011.


I hadn't heard of it. It does sound good but I think I'm still upset from watching "the road". I hate to think of what the world will be like if it war goes down and tears the world apart. Everyone becomes savages in every story. So sad.

But if you recommend I'll certainly give it a try!

(Florida) Girl

Ok,you have peaked my interest.

la petite coquine

How I've missed your book reviews! I confess, I haven't heard of this series but it sounds fascinating!

The Blonde Duck

I've heard so much about this book!

Green Girl in Wisconsin

I JUST go it! It's next month's book club read!

Amber Blue Bird

i am putting this one on my list for sure!

Dancing Branflake

Hey hey! Congrats on winning Mara's giveaway. What is that? 4 in one month? You so deserve it!

Anything but Bland

thank you so much! I am following, return the favor? ;D

love, polly


Stop adding to my list lady. HA!

ola appletea

thnx for tips :)


thanks... i love hearing about new books!
xo meg


so glad that I'm not the only one to describe it as "can't even put it down when I need to sleep".

Can't wait to read your other reviews of the last too books!

Love it!


I've heard so much good stuff about this series! I'll definitely have to try these books out when I get a chance. :)

ilene @ muchloveilly

YES im right there with you! i haven't read a book that has gripped me like this in a loooong time. so excited to dive into book #2 tonight. go katniss - and im currently in love with peeta, but i hear there is a chance of that changing. can't wait!

kelli g. { bug miscellany }

this is already on my 'must read' list, but i think i'm probably just going to have to bite the bullet and buy it tonight. :P

kelly ann

i've been hearing SO much about this series lately and i cannot wait to read it!! i'm completely intrigued.


i've heard so many rave reviews, but i didn't really know what it was about. now i can't wait to go get my copy!

Kristin Hjellegjerde

Have a happy reading 2011!!

Hipp Hipp Hurra! Happy New Year!

yours truly dear

LOVE this book, and the 2nd one. the third one failed to deliver for me... what did you think?

Kaitlin (ahmymarriedlife)

This series is fantastic! I hate to put it down. I'm on the 3rd book right now. I can't wait to finish it, but then I don't want to because then it's over.

Connie @ SogniESorrisi

You've sold me. I'll have to read this.

my name is lauren.


i need to read this.

my friend let me borrow it, but i didn't start reading it and it had been awhile, so i felt like i should just return it. maybe i'll have to library it!

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO

I love love love it!!!! I'm reading Catching Fire right now and I can't put it down!!

The Non-Student

Love this book! The second one is great, too. The third one? Meh. I haven't even bothered to finish it yet...


Biiig looove for this book!! It was such an amazing read!! Loved it!!


You are the third person I've heard recommend this series! I need to add those books to my swaptree ;)

Jr. Mint

Thanks for the suggestion. I've downloaded it to my kindle!


You're the second person in three days to rave about this book! While sci-fi isn't usually my go-to genre, if the book is that good, I'll have to put it on my to-be-read list. :)

I love your book review series, and I'm happy that you popped over to see my book review series--maybe we'll both find some new authors!

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looks like a fantastic read, thanks for sharing lady!


According to your review, I'm going out to Barnes and Noble to make my purchase. This book sound like it righ up my alley.

Tailored Memories Event & Wedding Design

I just started reading this grabbed my attention with in the first chapter! Great read so far! Can't wait to read the other 2!!!!