So I started this book several months ago with the hopes of finishing it before the movie based on it came out in theaters in June. Clearly I failed. I got about halfway through before the movie, saw the movie anyway, and then just couldn’t get any hurry up and go about reading it because I already knew what was going to happen.
It was a great movie, so I expected the book to be pretty good, and it was. A couple times I tripped myself up because the book is set in the UK and a few things were mentioned in casual UK terms. Like knickers. Or trainers. That one really threw me for a loop.
Anyway, around the time the movie based on the book came out there was a big uproar about the fact that one of the big plot points in the story revolves around physician-assisted suicide. Which I am not going to go anywhere near. You have your thoughts and I’ll have mine and we can just agree that Jojo Moyes did a very good job with the character development of all the people in this book. There was a lot of detail that went into each character in Louisa Clark’s life but there was just the right amount of vagueness in my opinion to leave a few things open for interpretation.
I may read some of Jojo Moyes’s other books one day, but right now I’m still working on my current list, which hasn’t really changed. I’ll let you know how that goes but right now I’m spending my weekend binge-watching Gilmore Girls so not much reading this weekend.
Thank goodness for audiobooks on long drives. I had to drive across the country to visit my family last week and I ended up listening to this entire book on audiobook on the way there. Said long drive was rendered even longer when my car got a flat tire, but that is another story.
Anyway, I’ve obviously read this trilogy before, but I was looking for something short and easy to listen to and my public library had all three books available, so decision made. I watched the movies a couple months ago, but I haven’t read the books in a while so there were some details that I forgot about and just some things to remember that weren’t in the movies.
One thing I couldn’t not notice about the audiobook is some of the pronunciations. I always considered Panem to be pronounced like “Pan-EM,” but this thing consistently called it “PAN-em.” Same with Peeta Mellark. I read it in my mind like “Me-LLARK” but audiobook says “MELL-ark.” The more you know. But not really because I’m going to keep saying Peeta Me-LLARK should not be trapped in the capital of Pan-EM.
Because the drive was so long I also started on the second book in the series, “Catching Fire,” but I’m only about three-quarters of the way through now. I’m still working on that one, then “Mockingjay,” then I will HOPEFULLY finish “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,” but I’m also still reading “This is How it Ends” and “Me Before You” (almost there!!).
Wish me luck,
I literally only got through this book by sheer force of will. If you will recall, I started it nearly a year ago. It’s been ten months. To get through A SINGLE BOOK. In any other situation I would feel ashamed, but this one was just so bad that I feel proud I even made it through.
Now I’m sure this book has appealed to plenty of people. Obviously it’s the inspiration for a huge theatrical production, which I’ve seen and absolutely love. That’s actually why I got the book. The musical was so good and amazing that I thought the book would be at least as good and amazing. It’s not.
I’m not sure if it’s this hard to get through for everyone else, or if it’s just me but JEEZ this was a strugglebus. I know it was a fantasy book and it was set in a magical land far, far away, but it’s like Gregory Maguire was just making up words and not bothering to let anyone else in on his secrets. I have a suspicion that more will be revealed in the sequel, “Son of a Witch,” but I am not even going to try cracking that one open. Sure, I’m interested in the plot of the sequel, but that’s where Wikipedia will come in handy.
In other book news, I’m still working on “Me Before You” and that one’s been several months in the making too, but it’s not taking nearly as long as “Wicked.” I’m also still reading “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,” but that whole series is just kind of an on the side thing. A couple days ago I blasted through half the “Hunger Games” trilogy on audiobook and that post is forthcoming. I feel good about making some progress on these books, so we’ll see how it goes!