Books: I read the Hunger Games, now what? (no spoilers)

Already long ago, from when we sold our vote to no man, the People have abdicated our duties; for the People who once upon a time handed out military command, high civil office, legions — everything, now restrains itself and anxiously hopes for just two things: bread and circuses


Dear Students,

I love that YA books are driving popular culture. I love that kids share books at school and eagerly look forward to a new book. I love watching parents falling in love with a character that their child cares about. I know that some folks are going to hate and say that they don’t like it or they don’t get it, that’s okay. If you found your way to my page, welcome. Don’t hate. Unconditional love, that’s we are all about here when it comes to books.

I think he is talking to me

Like a lemming, I saw Hunger Games last week, enjoyed the movie even more because I saw it with my girlfriends. I love the scene around these books. I love the creativity of the fans, I love Hunger Games Mania on Pinterest + If Katniss had a pinterest board. Funny.

Tempe Marketplace is the only theatre in the country where you can see the actual bow and arrow that Katniss used in The Hunger Games and Effie Trinket’s dress! Stop by and check them out before you see The Hunger Games!

Our book club picked the Hunger Games trilogy last August, I fell in love with Katniss Everdeen–so strong and fierce. After I finished Mockinjay, I looked around and said “What next?”

I googled it on the computer I read Hunger Games, “now what?” and 10,600,000 results came back.

Looking at all those responses made me feel sleepy. I want one of my friends to say “here, read this, this will get you by until the movie comes out

Where would we be without our girlfriends? My friend Emiliee’s family owns A+ Book Fairs. I met her when I started working with her small family-owned company to contract out our school book fair. She gave a book talk on her favorite YA reads for my volunteers. I scribbled down her recommendations on my Amazon listmania page. This year I’ve happily worked my way through her list.

My favorite (so far) on her list is the Ranger’s Apprentice by John Flanagan. It is the first of a ten books Ranger series (and it has a movie deal, fun!). I admit, I looked at the book and thought “boy book, ten book series? Not for me.” I already had my Piers Anthony time and when I reread the Adept series as an adult they were not as good as I remembered them. However, I’m a librarian and a mom to boys. I gave it a chance. Emilie raved about the books. That’s all I needed.

Emilie’s family is addicted to the Ranger’s Apprentice series. Her mom reads it out loud to her father.  My husband and I are reading it together now, it’s fantastic. I think what makes a great trilogy is not the setting, but the relationships and the character development over the course of the story. The characters were complicated, the teens acted their age and the bullying subplot in the first book broke my heart.

On my I have no idea but I heard it was good list, my friend Lara texted me about this book, Life as We Know It by Susan Beth Pfeffer. It had a reassuring mass of rave reviews on Good Reads and Amazon. Life As We Know was one of the American Library Association’s Best Books For Young Adults Readers in 2007. It is the first book in a series of three. It is my pick for what to read next.

May the odds be ever in  your favor,
Mrs. Kenney


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