Friday, November 4, 2011

Give Thanks-Amen, Hallelujah!



When I heard about Beth Revis' 19 book giveaway, I was like, "Ohhh snap! I gots to have me this prize!"
I can't believe the superfluous generosity, the quality & quantity of the books, or the ease of which it took to enter. It's go time Beth Revis. I am in it to win it.

So I just have to tell you guys what the one book I am most grateful for is. Easy peasy: The Hunger Games.

It's the one book I find myself always going back to, thinking, "I love how Katniss chose that." Or smile at how Suzanne pulled off the twist. In my own writing, I sort of try to emulate the courage Miss Collins had to break rules and push past boundaries.

I clearly remember reading the first chapter of this book and putting it down for a whole month because I thought it was too weird, too out there. I wasn't huge into dystopian horror worlds. I wanted to read to get away, to be swept away to a magical place. Instead, the World of the Hunger games was bleak and horrific. It wasn't until my friend told me I really aught to pick it up again, that I wouldn't be disappointed, that I truly got into it. I read the whole series in a week. Went and paid for them all myself (instead of borrowing like I do a lot).

I want to push boundaries with my book. I want to shock readers. I want to surprise them. I want them to sit in their bed late at night and smile with the revelation of a twist. That's what Hunger Games did for me.



16 comments:

  1. I'm grateful for Hunger Games, too. Good choice! And good luck winning the giveaway. The stash is beautiful to behold.

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  2. Such a cool contest and a great choice :) Katniss for President!

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  3. You're totally not getting your hands on my books! ;) JK.
    I almost chose the Hunger Games too! I LOVE this series. Love them all. And you're right about her pushing the boundaries. I think that is what makes them so great.

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  4. Wow! Awesome contest! And I love the Hunger Games. I think Suzanne Collins is the bomb! We absolutely loved Gregor the Overlander series, too. It's like Hunger Games, for kids! (Although not all kids. Like HG, it really pushes boundaries. Or, you know... acts like they aren't there at all.)

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  5. Great Choice! Good thing you picked it up again!

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  6. Oh, good choice. I heard about the concept from my niece, and had to find out what it was all about. I've always loved 1984, so I was hooked after the frist chapter.

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  7. awesome choice! i love that i couldnt predict it!

    have a great weekend!

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  8. That's awesome.

    Every time I read John Green or Laurie Halse Anderson, I think - that's how I want to write. That's what I want to write.

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  9. So ... I know it's a few days late to join NaNoReMo, but can I join late? I was originally doing NaNoWriMo, but I'm going to revise the crap out of one of my books before the end of the month. :) Let me know if I'm too late!!

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  10. Oh that contest looks fab. Good luck!!
    And I love HG, too. Another great YA author is the unsung hero Matthew Quick. He wrote Sorta Like A Rock Star - which is my next favorite read of 2008 after HG.

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  11. Hi there,
    Hope you are well. I have just popped over from Alex's Blog hop list. Sorry it's taken me a while to get to you, there are so many phew!!! Anyway great to "meet" you,, I will stop by as much as I can.
    Eve :)

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  12. Sounds like an epc giveaway. I've been too busy with Nano to enter any.

    Anyway, good choice! The Hunger Games is one book I'm thankful for, too.

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  13. Wow, 19 books? Good luck! Ah, you know I really want to read Hunger Games, the plot sounds amazing and I've only heard good things about it. I suspect the movie will be out before I get my hands on it though, but here's hoping. ;-)

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  14. What a great tribute to the book that made you want to push the boundaries. I think it's important that we all find books like that.

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