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2023 Bookish Books Reading Challenge

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23 / 30 books. 77% done!

20 Books of Summer 2023

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17 / 20 books. 85% done!

2023 Literary Escapes Challenge

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My Progress:

41 / 51 states. 80% done!

2023 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge

My Progress:

25 / 25 books. 100% done!

2023 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge

48 / 50 books. 96% done!

Booklist Queen's 2023 Reading Challenge

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49 / 52 books. 94% done!

2023 52 Club Reading Challenge

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46 / 52 books. 88% done!

2023 Build Your Library Reading Challenge

My Progress:

34 / 40 books. 85% done!

2023 Pioneer Book Reading Challenge

29 / 40 books. 73% done!

2023 Craving for Cozies Reading Challenge

My Progress:

13 / 25 books. 52% done!

2023 Medical Examiner's Mystery Reading Challenge

Book Bingo Reading Challenge

20 / 25 books. 80% done!

2023 Pick Your Poison Reading Challenge

My Progress:

85 / 109 books. 78% done!

Children's Book Reading Challenge...For Adults!

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Do Yourself A Favor: Don't Read Catching Fire! (UPDATED)

(Image from Barnes & Noble)

Avoid Catching Fire? Are you kidding? It's the hottest book in town. Everyone's reading it. Yes, yes, I know. But, really, you shouldn't. Why not, you ask? Is it:

Boring? No, not for minute.

Predictable? Not at all.

Disappointing? Uh uh. In fact, in some ways, I liked this one better than The Hunger Games

Oooookay, so why shouldn't I read it? I'm actually not suggesting you never read it. I'm suggesting you might want to wait until next year when you've got the final Hunger Games book in your hot little hands. Why? 'Cause once you finish Catching Fire - you know, once you're breathing again - you're not going to want to wait for the rest of the story. You're going to want the conclusion right away. Not a year from now. *Sigh* Another year? Why didn't someone warn me?

Grade: A

If this were a movie, it would be rated: PG for violence


In my excitement over Catching Fire, I somehow forgot to mention Michelle's awesomeness. I don't know if she designed these buttons herself or what, but aren't they fun? It made me laugh, especially since Laura mentioned how much the Gale-Katniss-Peeta thing reminded her of a certain vampire-teenage girl-werewolf triangle. If you want to show your love, click here and steal some buttons for yourself. Click around while you're there - she's up for a BBAW nomination, and would no doubt appreciate your vote.

BTW: I vote Gale. I also vote Edward. What does that say about me? Hmmm ...


  1. I am right in the middle of this book and knew before I started that it was a cliffhanger. But how could I wait another year to read this one? Can't.

  2. I'm reading mine right now, but I'm taking it slower than I usually read a book. I always find myself reading the first or second in a series, and finding out I have to wait a whole year for the next one! I should have bought it a year from now so I could read them both back to back!:)

  3. Ha! Love the title. I know I won't get my hands on any ARCs either, so I've resigned myself to waiting. Sorta.

  4. Finished this last night at midnight. Tried to take it slow but read it in 2 days. Loved it. Had to borrow the book from one of my YW.

    I was worried at the beginning that it was turning into Twilight with too much about the 2 love interest but it got past that.

  5. So true! I am having major withdrawal!

  6. Jennifer - I know, I know. I always tell myself to wait until a series is finished before I start reading, but I can never do it. I was proud of myself for waiting this long to read it since I've had it since the day it came out.

    Chantele - That's exactly what I'm saying. Waiting a year is TORTURE.

    Melissa - I knew the title would get some attention! Hee hee. Does anyone know how to get Scholastic ARCs? I'd love to be on their mailing list.

    Laura - It did get a little Twilight-y there, didn't it? It's definitely its own thing, though.

    Julie P - So am I :(

  7. Yeah, Catching Fire is a good one! Kind of like waiting for the next Harry Potter!

  8. Let me know if you get on that Scholastic ARC list - I'd love it. Oh, and I think I'm Team Gale too, even if I think she'll end up with Peeta.

  9. How true this review is! Seriously, the year until the third book is available is going to be excrutiatingly long. UGH

    I suspect I'll be re-reading both Hunger Games and Catching Fire several times between now and then. It's just that fabulous.

    I actually did create these buttons myself. I know just enough to be sorta dangerous but not enough to be awesome with Photoshop. haha

    As for which team I'm on I think we all know I'm a Team Peeta girl all the way! LOL :)

  10. You're the first I've seen on Gale's side. I keep saying that he needs more air time, THEN maybe I'll decide!

  11. Waiting for book 3 will kill me, but what can you do???

    I noticed the vampire love triangle similarities too, and it bugged just a bit. I kept thinking that Peeta reminded me of Jacob... (and I voted for Edward over Jacob). I think I'm on team Gale too, but I would really like to get to know him better. Best scene in the book for me was when Cinna pulled the wedding dress stunt. LOVE that guy!

  12. I should have read this before reading Catching Fire. :) Can't wait for the next one, although it's going to be a looonng wait!


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