Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Now, just like Laney, I am looking forward to the movie (You can see the trailer on her post From the Page to the Screen).
I started reading the book on Wednesday, stayed up until midnight last night and then finished reading it this morning. I haven't done that with a book for a long time. It hooked me from the beginning and held me tight until the end. And you could say it still has a hold on me because the world and characters Collins created are still hanging around in my head--and I am ok with that.
I love it when an author creates a story that is so good that I can't put the book down and it consumes my mind. Over the years there have been other books that I have become lost in and those are the ones that stick me. Growing up, the Little House on the Prairie books, The Chronicles of Narnia, Tuck Everlasting and a Taste of Blackberries made a huge impact on me. As I got older, I remember To Kill a Mockingbird, The Outsiders and the Grapes of Wrath.
Looking back over the past 20 years, I have read a lot of fiction books; some good, some bad, some mediocre and as I sit here thinking back, there are a handful that rise to the top and remain on that permanent bookshelf in my brain:
- The Harry Potter Series
- Jurassic Park
- Snow Falling on the Cedars
- Red Glass
- The Celestine Prophecy
- Secret Life of Bees
- Water For Elephants
I know there are few more, but these are the ones that popped up first. These are the books I am grateful to the authors for creating and glad I took the time to enjoy them.
What books have captivated you over the years and earned a spot on your permanent bookshelf?