Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Let's talk about books!

And I'm not talking about knitting books!

I got a Kindle for my birthday in December and I'm loving it. I'm also loving the fact that it made me want to start reading a lot again. I've always been a reader, but for the past couple of years, I feel that I haven't been reading as much as I usually do. What can I say, I have too many hobbies and not enough time! Anyways, I'll try to post about books I like once in a while and feel free to share your own recommendations also! I'm always on the lookout for good titles!

I'll admit that one was pre-Kindle. I read The Hunger Games trilogy a couple of months ago and I loved loved loved it! It's the kind of series that has you buy the second book (and the third) the minute you finish the first one. It is «Young Adult», but it still found a way to captivate the «Old Adult» that I am.

«It is written in first person and introduces sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives in a post-apocalyptic world in the country of Panem where the countries of North America once existed. This is where the government, working in a central city called the Capitol, holds power. In the book, the Hunger Games are an annual event where one boy and one girl aged 12 to 18 from each of the 12 districts surrounding the Capitol are selected to compete in a televised battle in which only one person can survive.» (Wikipedia, because I'm lazy)

And there will be a movie soon and it looks fabulous!


Ok, second book I've read recently: The Help.

I'm a bit late to the party with that one since the movie is already out of DVD, hehehe. But I had heard good things about it so I wanted to read it before seeing the film (which I still haven't seen).

The story of the book is set in the 60s, in the state of Mississippi, and is told from the point of view of three different women. Two of them are African-American maids and the third one is the daughter of a rich white family.

I really liked the book but I will admit that I had a hard time getting used to Aibileen (one of the maid)'s style at first. It's written in a spoken-style and English isn't my first language so it wasn't easy to read at first, but I got used to it and she was my favourite character.

I'm currently reading the Yarn Harlot's latest book (as well as a book that I hope will help me figure out a way to get my boy to sleep through the night again). But I'm looking for a novel or a good series to read next. I'm open to suggestions... :)


~Jo~ said...

Z has the 1st book and I need to read it before we go see the movie. I saw The Help and really liked it, need to read the book. I often see a movie then read the book, that way I'm not disappointed if they didn't put as much detail in the movie.

Knit and Purl Mama said...

I am like Jo, I see movies then read the book! Lol. I saw The Help in theaters but haven't read the book yet. One day soon. Like you, too many hobbies so little time. Reply to this comment asking me about ebooks please! ;) You read a lot of English novels? Over French ones?