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Friday Fortune #7 – Book Review of “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins

Friday Fortune #7

Welcome to the seventh edition of Friday Fortune!

What is Friday Fortune? On Wednesdays and Sundays, my posts are generally serious and focus on specific aspects of writing or even life in general. Fridays are here to mix it up a bit. On Fridays, you’ll be surprised with giveaways, free snippets, general questions, and so much more! If you have any suggestions for questions I could ask or things I could do; let me know so we can make this interactive!

This week, I’ll be sharing my review of The Hunger Games, which I read back in May.

The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Most of you have heard about the book and the series it belongs to you. Many of you have read it and others have seen the movie. Some of you even both. I figured I’d share my opinion in the humongous sea of opinions that are available on the internet. Enjoy the first review I’ve posted on my blog!

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins is the first book in a trilogy. I will admit that I saw the movie first, but I always make sure to read the books of movies I see. No comparison will be drawn between the two.

The main character, Katniss, is a skilled hunter who provides food for her mother and younger sister. In the world of Panem, The Hunger Games take place once a year and force one boy and girl between 12 and 18 years old from each of the twelve districts to fight to the death. A chain of events leads to the fact that Katniss, this year, is the so called tribute for District 12.

The characters in this book are unique and diverse. Katniss is strong-willed and surrounded by a variety of characters that each have their own unique personality. I grew to love almost every one of them in some way or another.

My one issue is that we did not get the chance to learn more about the other tributes, aside from very basic information. While I do understand that Katniss, herself, could not learn much about them or else it would ruin the game, I still feel it would have been nice to know a bit more.

That aside, Suzanne Collins did a good job keeping me interested in the story. It was not packed with action at every moment; the start is much slower and there are moments of rest, despite the threat that looms overhead.

Overall, I enjoyed this book and will be reading its sequel soon. Four out of five stars due to small things that I feel could have been improved upon, like getting to know the other tributes, but it’s still a great book.

I recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good dystopian novel.

You can read all my reviews by keeping an eye on my Goodreads Author page. If not, look forward to the next review I share on WordPress!

Tune in next week for whatever I have up my sleeve for you in edition eight of Friday Fortune.


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How do you return to a project after a break?

Everyone knows how it feels. You’re fond of a project, doing a lot of work on it, polishing and trying to get it done. But then life interferes and you find yourself forced into doing other things for extended periods of time and suddenly, you’re away from that project for so long, that you start wondering:

How do I get back into it?

Book and apparatus for writing. Engraving (pri...

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I’m enduring this now. As of yesterday, I started working on Werewolf’s Lair again. I wrote a whopping two paragraphs and then closed the document. Not exactly anything special, is it?

At the same time, however, I find that works best after a long break. Slowly build it up. Yes, I only wrote two paragraphs, but next time, maybe I’ll write a couple hundred words, and before you know it, I’ll be back to how it was before!

Another thing that helped is the fact that, while I did little to no writing for a month, I started reading again. Because of this, even if I wasn’t writing, I was never far away from writing. Was it my writing? No. Was it still inspirational and useful in the long run?

Of course.

I read books. I reviewed books. Speaking of which, you can find my reviews on Goodreads. If you want to updated with what I’m reading, then that’s the best way to do so!

In the long run, even though I was away from my writing, it still lingered in the back of my mind, because I was reading other books. I never fully separated myself from it and that’s important with any project – whether writing, drawing, reading, or anything else you may do.

So, for me, Werewolf’s Lair is slowly getting back on track and that progress bar will be filling up soon!

When it comes to projects, how do you get back into them after a break? Share your stories!