In the last few months, I have listened to the following books:
1. Precious / Sapphire
2. The Hunger Games / Suzanne Collins
3. Catching Fire / Suzanne Collins
4. Mockingjay / Suzanne Collins
5. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn / Mark Twain
I am currently reading:
1. The Sun Also Rises / Ernest Hemingway
Next, I would like to read/listen to:
1. The Help / Kathryn Stockett
2. The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place / Maryrose Wood
3. Blood Meridian / Cormac McCarthy
Notes on List One: Books 1-4 were complete downers, yet enjoyable all the same. As far as Precious (or Push) goes, I’m glad I listened to the audiobook because it is written from the point of view of a girl who starts off functionally illiterate and spells everything phonetically. The story is gut-wrenching and the film actually does the book justice with some fabulous performances.
I knew what I was getting into when I started The Hunger Games trilogy (my first foray into YA lit), but I was still surprised by how grim it was. My stress levels were really high when I was listening to these books, which may have heightened the depression I was feeling as a result of the story. I sometimes wonder if my reaction would be slightly different should I revisit the books with more of a sound mind. I enjoyed the first book the most, and while I thought a few contrived elements cropped up here and there, the story sustained my interest throughout the entire trilogy.
Huck Finn: Listened to the old school “racist version.” Great book, except I have to admit that Tom Sawyer kind of annoys me.
Note on List Two (Can one item be considered a list?): Love Hemingway’s writing style.
Note on List Three: I want to read The Incorrigible Children because the cover reminds me of the cover from The Mysterious Benedict Society, another kids’ book that I enjoyed. Pretty much the only reason.