Thursday, August 26, 2010

Book talk at 2:30 in the morning

I was an extraordinarily mean mom and read Mockingjay (under the pretense that I was previewing for their well-being, but really, of course, I was just stealing my daughters' book from them) before I let my daughters get their hands on it. I finished it yesterday afternoon, and then the girls started reading.

Anne and Betsy took a break to be sociable. We had a friend over for dinner, but after he left, they dove in again. Anne, apparently tired, read awhile but then drifted off. Betsy plowed through and at 2:30 in the morning, she appeared at my bedside whispering, "Mom ... I finished it!" and (this is what enormous book geeks we are) I hugged her then got up and talked about the book with her for an hour.

So.

Yeah.

We liked it.

Still processing everything I want to say about it, though.

16 comments:

Carmen said...

Karen, I'm still waiting for my copy from Amazon. I'm jealous that you've already gotten to read it. I can't wait to join the discussion!

Karen E. said...

Carmen, do come back to comment as soon as you've read it! Can't wait to hear what you think.

Jennifer said...

I give in. I'll pick up Hunger Games today.

Karen E. said...

They are quite violent, Jenn, but such an excellent series.

tanita davis said...

<3
Book nerds after my own heart.

Jennifer said...

I'm hesitant now. Is it anything that would make me cry or depressed? I can't read stuff like that.

Karen E. said...

Oh, Jenn ... yes. But, how did you handle the sad stuff in HP? Do you know the premise of Hunger Games? The premise alone is depressing .... I can give you more detail if you want, though.

Jennifer said...

How did I handle the HP stuff? Do you remember me emailing you, "Please tell me that didn't just happen!?!" LOL. I'm still sad!

Emily said...

OK I'm done reading, we can talk about them now. :)

Carmen said...

Just got my copy and I started reading even though I'm in the middle of three other books!

TeeCap said...

Karen, I've been anxiously awaiting your thoughts and the discussion here, having gulped the book whole on its release date and having no one to talk it over with in person (my oldest isn't quite old enough). Looking forward to it! And btw, I'm a longtime fan of your blog and a fellow convert - just popping up to say hello for the first time :)

Teresa

Karen E. said...

Teresa, thanks for popping up to comment, and I hope you'll join in on the discussion post I put up today. Tanita, are you a fan? Carmen, done yet? :)

Sharon in MI said...

I keep hearing people rave about this series, and I think I will use the Amazon gift cards I earned at swagbucks.com to finally buy them.
I was wondering if her other books are good as well, such as The Underland Chronicles - any idea?

Feel free to email me if you reply, so I don't miss it!
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Karen E. said...

Sharon,
I don't know about her other books -- these are the only ones we've read. Please do note that the books are extremely violent -- I do plan to write soon about why I let my girls read them.

Carmen said...

Okay, I just finished Mockingjay and I'm ready to discuss!

Tween Lit Crit said...

You all make me grateful I managed to snag a Kindle (hubby got one in a trade he made for work).... I have to say, once I started, I had to finish... And if Peeta hadn't made a recovery, of sorts, I would not have been able to forgive the author...