Even after just four days of 8am starts at work this last week, it was so good to be able to sleep in this morning and wake up without an alarm. It felt like the best sleep in I’d had in a long time (even though I’m pretty sure I woke up around 5am and went back to sleep, and then only slept until about 8:30am before getting up).
Such good weather today. Good weather for doing just about anything…
Since I had the day free, I thought I’d better finish that online quiz I’d been meaning to do for almost a month now for my intern program. But what I really wanted to do was read, so I made a deal with myself that I’d read one chapter (maybe two chapters max.) and then get to work on that quiz.
I was maybe a couple of chapters away from the end of part two of ‘The Hunger Games’ (Suzanne Collins – not that I really need to tell anyone who’s the author, since it seems to be the hottest book around lately), so I thought I’d just finish that and leave part three for another day.
But then two chapters became three.. and then four… and I just could not bring myself to put it down. I just had to keep reading. I think it’s great when a novel can do that. Those are probably the best novels.
Needless to say, I ended up finishing the rest of the book in no time at all (or what felt like no time at all but was actually a couple of hours or so).
The basic premise of the story reminds me of ‘Battle Royale’, a Japanese movie where a bunch of teenagers get chucked on an island and have to kill each other. I watched it a long time ago, so don’t really remember many details but for some reason I remember it being both gory and funny (haha-funny, not weird-funny, although I guess the concept in itself is a little bit weird).
But I did enjoy reading ‘The Hunger Games’. To be honest, it’s not really the sort of book to do this, but it feels like it’s going to stick with me for a long time. Not for its violence and gore (ok, maybe a little bit for that) but really for the psychological and emotional aspects of it all. Definitely going to read the rest of the trilogy – right after I finish my online quizzes!