The Hate U Give


Read 05/05/2018-08/05/2018

Rating: 3 stars

Angie Thomas’s teen drama The Hate U Give hadn’t crossed my radar until it was included in the Reader’s Room March Madness Reading Challenge. When we were voting on which books we thought we’d be likely to read, I scored it low because I’m not big on reading Young Adult literature. A couple of bookish friends recommended it, though, after I finished Sing, Unburied, Sing.

I feel a little mean, only rating it 3 stars. It’s a good book, but there were things about it that annoyed me, because I’m not a teenager and no longer care about the things that matter to teenagers. I’m glad that I read it, though. Continue reading

Who Fears Death


Read 19/08/2016-21/08/2016

Rating: 4 stars

I read about this book on The Reader’s Room and instantly wanted to read it. I had to reserve it through the union catalogue for libraries in the Greater Manchester area. I learned from this experience that Trafford Libraries are better at managing their stock than Manchester City Libraries when I had an email to say the book was ready for me to pick up only for the library to have lost it. (This has happened a second time, so not an isolated incident. Get your act together Manchester.)

After a second attempt to reserve it, the book eventually came in a few weeks ago. I devoured it over a couple of days. It was every bit as good as I was expecting it to be. Continue reading

The Hunger Games Trilogy

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The Hunger Games

Read 24/03/2015-27/03/2015

Rating: 3 stars

Catching Fire

Read 27/03/2015-29/03/2015

Rating: 3 stars


Read 29/03/2015-31/03/2015

Rating: 3 stars

I had a spate of catching the first Hunger Games film partway through on TV, so the next time it was on I watched it from the start, and loved it. I watched the film before I read the book, and it was a gripping read, despite knowing the outcome. There’s enough that’s different in the book to create genuine heart-in-mouth moments, and the descriptions of Katniss’ dehydration and trackerjacker hallucinations were grim. I can understand why they were left out of or toned down for the film. I understand why Collins has Katniss backpedal from her feelings for Peeta at the end of the book (there are two more in the series to sustain!), but it grated more than it did in the film. It lacked subtlety, somehow. By the end, though, I was itching to crack on with the next in the series. Continue reading