Comment Catch Up – Week of July 27, 2014


Van Gogh Starry Night Drawing | Wikimedia Commons | Public Domain Mark 1.0

Van Gogh Starry Night Drawing | Wikimedia Commons | Public Domain Mark 1.0

I present the 2nd Edition of a new-ish feature which offers me the chance to respond to some of my Stellar Visitors’ remarks.

Sunday, July 27, 2014 – 78th Edition of The Sunday Post

sherry fundin @ fundinmental said “I love Jance and Devil’s Claw looks great. Happy reading”

Starry Night Elf’s Reply: “I’ve enjoyed Jance’s J.P. Beaumont and Joanna Brady series. Devil’s Claw was great!”

Amber @ Young Adult Indulgences said “The Lovely Bones has been on my reading list since the (I know, I know) movie came out. 🙂 I never manage to obtain it to read it though. *sigh*

Oh my gosh, you haven’t finished The Fault In Our Stars? Have you seen the movie or are you a “I want to read the book first” people? I’m like that. Unfortunately it didn’t work out for The Hunger Games. 😦

I wish I had checked out these Sunday Post blog posts before submitting my own. I keep looking at other ones and going “Aw man, I should have added that!”. In regards to your blog, it’s the “TBF” list. I definitely need to start adding that to mine.

Starry Night Elf’s Reply: ” 1) I’m hoping to have a couple of posts about The Lovely Bones go live soon. I’ve found both the book and movie to be polarizing among readers and viewers alike. I can’t wait to read the comments! 2) Yes, I’ve been waiting my turn on the library request list for The Fault in Our Stars and am thankful a friend took pity on me. 🙂 I hope to read the book before I see the movie – even if that means watching it at home in a few months. Sadly, I read The Hunger Games a few years ago and whenever I see the movies, I’m checking the action against the wikis. 3) I’m looking forward to checking out your Sunday Post blogs; I think of them as a “State of a Blog” or “The News You Missed.”

KimbaCaffeinated @ the Caffeinated Book Reviewer said “I like Blackstock and I really need to try Conversion. Have a fabulous week my friend!”

Starry Night Elf’s Reply: “1) I picked up Blackstock from my church’s library for the Summer Reading Program (SRP). Even though I didn’t make the deadline for the SRP, I still plan to finish the book. Also, I imagine I’ll continue reading Blackstock’s Restoration series. 2) Katherine Howe’s The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane is one of my favorite reads in recent years and I anticipate the same with her Conversion. Happy August, my friend!

Fiza @ I’ll read till i drop said “I can’t believe it either, I have no idea where the weeks went.
Didn’t know I was a stellar….anything, thanks for the shoutout 😀

Starry Night Elf’s Reply: “Of course you’re a Stellar Visitor! 😉 Thanks so much for visiting Jorie’s Reads!

Monday, July 28, 2014 – Books Before Movies! 

Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library said “Other than Gone Girl I wasn’t aware of any of these! Of course I’m not a huge movie person so that doesn’t mean anything. Wild has been on my TBR list for awhile and I’d be interested to see that as a movie. Plus, I like Reese Witherspoon. I’m not sure I want to see Tess in movie form! The book was wonderful and awful. I don’t think I want to see it played out in front of me. If they do a bad job it will be dreadful but if they do a good job it will be excruciating to watch!

Starry Night Elf’s Reply: “I read The Giver and Macbeth but nothing else on this list. Maybe I can lay my hands on Gone Girl and Wild before the movies hit theaters. I read Patricia Highsmith’s The Talented Mr. Ripley and approach her other works with trepidation. I also find Hardy daunting. Time will tell, though! “

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 – Top Ten Most Popular Authors on Jorie’s Bookshelf

ChrissiReads @ Chrissi Reads said “What a great list! 🙂 My sister would have Stephen King on hers, she loves him!”

Starry Night Elf’s Reply: “Thank you! I like King’s blend of horror and SciFi.”

Anna @ herding cats & burning soup said “Very nice. I’ve only got Shakespeare from the group and I think one from Brown.”

Starry Night Elf’s Reply: “I’ve got to have Shakespeare! Also, Sandra Brown’s dialogue and local color give her a permanent spot on my bookshelf – real or virtual. “

Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library said “Interesting list! There’s several authors that I’m not familiar with and several that are on my list of authors that it’s past time I try. Stephen King heads that list! I’d love to reread Shakespeare. It’s been since high school since I read MacBeth but I loved it then. I wonder what I would get out of it now.”

Starry Night Elf’s Reply: “1) I think King is underrated. While I prefer his less bloody prose, I think he’s got serious talent and I’m sure he would make an intriguing guest at the dinner table. 2) I haven’t read all of Shakespeare’s works but I’ve marveled each time I’ve studied and/or watched his plays.”

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Seeing the Story – The Hunger Games


The Hunger Games (film) – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Ross, G., Collins, S., Ray, B., Jacobson, N., Kilik, J., Lawrence, J., Hutcherson, J., … Lions Gate Home Entertainment. (2012). The hunger games. Santa Monica, Calif: Lions Gate Home Entertainment.

Reasons for Watching: I read The Hunger Games Trilogy a couple of years ago. Of course, I had to see the first movie!

Summary : Set in a bleak future, the nation of Panem consists of twelve poor districts controlled by the very powerful Capitol. The nefarious President Snow (Donald Sutherland) rules Panem with absolute control. Due to a long ago rebellion, the Capitol forces the districts to take part in the Hunger Games – a televised fight to the death. Annually, each district must send a teenage boy and girl, selected by lottery, to participate.  When sixteen-year old Katniss Everdeen’s (Jennifer Lawrence) twelve-year old sister Prim (Willow Shields) is selected in District 12, Katniss volunteers to take Prim’s place. Katniss and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson), the boy from District Twelve are sent to compete against other tributes. With the help of past winner Haymitch Abernathy (Woody Harrelson), stylist Cinna (Lenny Kravitz), and Capitol escort Effie Trinket (Elizabeth Banks), Katniss aims to survive.

Book to Movie Adaptation : As author Suzanne Collins worked on the screenplay, the spirit of the film remained true to the book. Of course, there were some key differences.

The largest one is the point of view. All the books are narrated by Katniss. While Katniss tells readers what she thinks is happening, the movie lacks Katniss’ narration/voice-over. So, in the movie, characters such as President Snow have larger roles. Also, viewers can see the people in the districts watching and reacting to The Hunger Games as well as the Game Center Techs at work.

Other characters, such as Madge Undersee, aren’t in the movie In the book, it’s Madge who gives Katniss the emblematic pin of the mockingjay. The dynamic between the Everdeen and Mellark families and their places in the social strata of District 12 didn’t make the film.  

For more spoiler-esque differences, check out The Hunger Games Wiki’s listing at this link.

Review : My imagination ran wild while I read the books. I was quite pleased, though. It definitely is violent but done tastefully and I marveled at the casting. Some of my favorites were Lenny Kravitz (Cinna), Elizabeth Banks (Effie Trinket), Woody Harrelson (Haymitch Abernathy), Stanley Tucci (Caesar Flickerman, and Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss). I was only disappointed by the filmmakers leaving out Madge.

Four Out of Five Pearls 

Top Ten Books I Read Because Of Another Blogger


Top Ten Tuesday | The Broke and the Bookish

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September 13: Top Ten Books I Read Because Of Another Blogger (In honor of BBAW!)

(These are books that were recommended by friends, family, colleagues, and library patrons as well as bloggers.

1. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins – (The Broke and the Bookish)

2. The Luxe Series by Anna Godbersen – (Colleague)

3. Beth Revis’ Across the Universe series – (Colleague)

4. The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins – (Colleagues)

5. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows – (Friend)

6. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson – (Family)

7. The Virgin Blue by Tracy Chevalier – (Friend)

8. The Shack by William P. Young – (Family)

9. The Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich –  (Friend)

10. Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen – (Neal Wyatt/ Library Journal)   

Top Ten Rebels In Literature (characters or authors) | The Broke and the Bookish


Hope everyone had a great holiday! I came home last night, after a relaxing weekend on the beach, to start working on Top Ten Tuesday for today and my computer was acting all wonky..thus I could not get on it to get this ready for today.

So there will be no list from us today but I’m dropping by on my lunch break to put up the Mr. Linky real quick so you all can enjoy each other’s lists!

To see upcoming Top Ten Tuesday’s, please click HERE!

July 5: Top Ten Rebels In Literature (characters or authors) — Those people who stood up for what they believed in despite the cost of doing so.

Authors

  1. Thomas Jefferson, writer of the “Declaration of Independence”
  2. Nikos Kazantzakis, writer of The Last Temptation of Christ
  3. Marjane Satrapi, writer of Persepolis
  4. Betty Friedan, writer of The Feminine Mystique
  5. Rachel Carson, writer of Silent Spring

Characters

  1. The Mirabal sisters of Julia Alvarez’s In the Time of the Butterflies – These real-life heroines stood up for the Dominican Republic and its villainous dictator – Trujillo.
  2. Howard Roark of Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead – Perhaps the most uncompromising rebel, Roark would do things his way only.
  3. Elizabeth McKenna of Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows’ The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society – Just read the book, you’ll understand what I’m saying.
  4. Atticus Finch of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird – See previous response.
  5. Cinna of Sue Collins’ The Hunger Games – While Katniss is obvious, Cinna was the impetus. Many others have blogged this as well.

Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games Trilogy


Collins, S. (2008). The hunger games. New York: Scholastic Press. 0439023483

Collins, S. (2009). Catching fire. New York: Scholastic Press. 0439023491

Collins, S. (2010). Mockingjay. New York: Scholastic Press. 0439023511

Numerous colleagues of mine recommended The Hunger Games trilogy. It wasn’t until there was the possibility of seeing Suzanne Collins at the Texas Library Association Conference that I picked up the first book, also called The Hunger Games. While I didn’t see or meet Ms. Collins, I did read all three books. I was able to check out and read all three of these books through HCPL.

In the bleak, and hopefully, preventable future, there is Panem. Panem is where the U.S. used to be. This country consists of a rich, powerful capital (set in the Rockies) and thirteen poorer districts. Each district provides some resource for the Capital. Long before the beginning of the first book,  there was a rebellion against the Capitol.  The Capitol regained control. So,  annually, one teenage boy and one teenage girl from each district are randomly and sacrificed to the Hunger Games. This is a televised event where the participants, or “tributes”, must fight to the death in a dangerous outdoor arena until only one remains. This is sort of reality TV meets the nightmare of the gladiators. In District 12, the coal mining district (formerly Appalachia) lives our narrator, Katniss Everdeen. Katniss is sixteen years old girl who has been providing for her family since the death of her father. Katniss volunteers  to take the place of her younger sister, Primrose. Her fellow tribute is Peeta Mellark, a boy whom Katniss knows from school and feels she owes.

Without giving too much away, I found the first two novels – The Hunger Games and Catching Fire to be on par. These were addictive page turners and had me reading into the wee hours of the morning. The third one, Mockingjay, didn’t live up to the standards of the other two. While Collins didn’t leave too much in the air with her ultimate book of the trilogy, the action and style of Mockingjay was nearly like watching the grass grow comparatively. Still and all, I’m still thinking about the trilogy.

Four Out of Five Pearls for The Hunger Games and Catching Fire.

Three Out of Five Pearls for Mockingjay.

Places – Panem (North American dystopia)

Literary Ties – Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, 1984 by George Orwell, Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare

For more on The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins, please check out the following: