Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Obligatory - But Heartfelt - MOCKINGJAY Post (No Spoilers)

"Don't read this one too fast. I did, and I regret it." - Sage advice to me from the cashier at the late, great Borders in West Hollywood, referring to Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

Helpful cashier, I take your advice many years later and apply it now to Suzanne Collins' Mockingjay, the third and final book in the amazing Hunger Games series.

Yes, I'm desperate to find out what happens, but I'm even more desperate to prolong the experience. I read Hunger Games in a day and a half, and Catching Fire in one feverish evening, but this time, I'm going to take my time. When this one's over, it's all over, and I'm not ready to let go of the adventure or the characters and the world they inhabit. I don't want to leave them behind.

I love the sense of anticipation I have right now, the not-knowing how it's all going to end, because no matter what happens or how I'll feel about the events of the story, the hardest part for me will be that it's finished.

Oh, to one day publish a book that someone will devour in an evening or lovingly procrastinate over!

(P.S. This is no small feat, reading the book slowly, because my husband's already done.)


  1. ...lovin your post!
    Once I grasped "Hunger Games" emotionally, I tore through it in a day. Tried to stretch out the "Catching Fire" experience, but failed. As for "Mockingjay"...I give up.
    That's why books are written in pages...they can be re-opened:)

  2. Thanks, and good point, Elliot :) As an update, I managed to stretch out Mockingjay for about a week before I couldn't take it anymore and had to finish!

  3. So true! It's important to enjoy the experience. I rushed right through the first 2 as well. I think I'll take your advice on the 3rd. :)

  4. Hey Jemi, good luck. Hope you enjoy it. I finished the other day and waited up late for my husband to get home because I needed to discuss it!

  5. Um, should have read this before. I devoured MOCKINGJAY in one evening. So sad it's over.

  6. Hey Jennifer, great to see you! :)

    I'm so sad it's over, too. I felt completely emotionally drained when I finished. I guess now all I can do is obsess about the film version.