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Hunger Games Trilogy

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I can't remember what prompted me to read the first book from the Hunger Games Trilogy at the very beginning of this year.  I had dozens of unread books loaded on my kindle to choose from.  Nonetheless, I DID choose to make that my first book of 2012 and oh man, did I make a good choice.  I started reading it and read all through the night.  I didn't want to stop reading.  I didn't want it to end.  Ever.  When I finished the first book I wanted to start the second immediately.  Unfortunately I also really needed to sleep.  The book is incredibly engaging.  The characters were incredibly likable and relatable and the scenery was described so well that I felt as if I were in the "games" with them.

My friend notified me yesterday that the movie was going to be out in the theater on Friday, March 23rd and that we were going.  I contacted 2 other girlfriends today and said they had to read the book(s) and they had to come to the movie with us on that opening weekend.  In talking with one of my friends later she laughed at me and said, "You didn't take a breath the entire time you were writing that email, did you?"  Haha.  I think she was correct.  Yes, I am a wee bit excited.  :)

 

Here is some more info. on the 3 books (from amazon, affiliate links, download Kindle version for free if you are a Prime member!):

 

THE HUNGER GAMES - $5.39

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. Long ago the districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated. As part of the surrender terms, each district agreed to send one boy and one girl to appear in an annual televised event called, "The Hunger Games," a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the Games. The terrain, rules, and level of audience participation may change but one thing is constant: kill or be killed.

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CATCHING FIRE - $9.98

Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games with fellow district tribute Peeta Mellark. But it was a victory won by defiance of the Capitol and their harsh rules. Katniss and Peeta should be happy. After all, they have just won for themselves and their families a life of safety and plenty. But there are rumors of rebellion among the subjects, and Katniss and Peeta, to their horror, are the faces of that rebellion. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge.

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MOCKINGJAY - $9.95

Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena alive, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge. Who do they think should pay for the unrest? Katniss. And what's worse, President Snow has made it clear that no one else is safe either. Not Katniss's family, not her friends, not the people of District 12. Powerful and haunting, this thrilling final installment of Suzanne Collins's groundbreaking The Hunger Games trilogy promises to be one of the most talked about books of the year.

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Wikipedia Article on the entire Trilogy - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hunger_Games_trilogy

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The Last Song

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A couple of months back I saw the book The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks at the grocery store.  I was actually in need for a book to read, it was 40% off, and I liked the other Nicholas Sparks stuff I have read, so on a whim I bought it.

II read it fairly quickly, and I really, really liked it.  I didn't want to put it down.  It is probably my second favorite of all his books I've read, after The Notebook.  So I was quite excited when I saw the movie was coming out.  Even though I am quite a homebody, and am almost never the one to initiate an outing, I quickly sent out feelers to a couple of girlfriends to see if they'd be interested in seeing it.  I knew there was no way I was going to get my boyfriend to sit and watch this movie, let alone actually pay to see it.  Then I checked rottentomatoes.com.  And I kind of panicked for a moment.  It was given a rating of 13%.  13%!  I was embarrassed that I had started this thing in motion, and now people were going to hate it. 

I had one friend in particular that I thought might like to see it with me.  She was actually very interested, even though she hadn't read the book yet.  I let her borrow the book and she read it in a weekend.  She loved it as much as I did.  And she still wanted to go see the movie even though the ratings were pretty abysmal.

So I'm heading out shortly to go see it.  I'm thinking we'll still enjoy it, despite the critics.  We know it's not going to be winning any Oscars, and we've set our expectations accordingly.

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Are you a fan of Nicholas Sparks?  If so, what's your favorite of all his books.  Have you see this movie?  If so, what did you think?  Have you ever organized and outing or an event that was a complete bust?!

Paranormal Activity

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ParanormalActivity.jpgDo you believe in ghosts?  Demons?

I'm not sure that I do.  I'm not sure that I don't.

I do know I love watching those paranormal/ghost hunter type shows.  So when I heard about the movie Paranormal Activity I definitely wanted to see it.  My boyfriend didn't really want to see it (he isn't a fan of scary movies) but he acquiesced and we added it to our Netflix queue.  It came in the mailbox last Wednesday but I couldn't watch in until Friday night.  Once we told a friend of ours that it was in the queue he said he would be very upset with me if we watched the movie without him.

I really enjoyed the movie, although I can't say the same for the two men I watched it with.  I really enjoyed the progression and the suspense.  I loved wondering what was going to happen next.  I loved the premise of a couple making their own video of the strange things happening in their home.  I think that particular aspect of the movie made it that much more interesting than most other movies.

I am somewhat ashamed to admit that based on the way my boyfriend had described the movie to me, I thought the movie was actually 2 people making a video of actual things that were happening to them.  It seems a little silly now, but I thought that throughout a good portion of the movie.  Probably right about up until the point where that thing happened with the ouija board.

 

Lots to discuss...  Have you seen this movie?  What did you think?  Do you believe in the supernatural?  Do you have any personal ghost stories to share?

Hoarders, on A&E

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My latest tv discovery, about a month or so ago, is a show called Hoarders that airs on A&E on Monday nights at 10:00pm. I must confess I am a little bit addicted.  If you don't already know, each episode profiles two individuals that are compulsive hoarders.  Most times the person is on the verge of losing their home, their children, or both.  Psychologists, professional organizers, and professional cleaners are all called in to help.

 

Whenever I watch an episode it makes me feel 2 things:

 

1.  sad and sorry for the people the show is about

2.  the urge to hop up off the couch and clean and declutter

 

I can't help but feel sympathy/empathy for these people.  Some people may not understand the mentality of hoarding and just yell at the tv screen, Just throw it out already!  It's trash!  What's the problem?!  But I am able to put myself in their shoes.  I think about what it must feel like to live like that.  I think it's a psychological issue and the person isn't exactly living that way by choice.  I feel very bad that the person may lose their home or their family may be split apart.

 

I also can't help but want to completely declutter every counter top, table, closet, etc. in my entire house.  Even if my house is currently in a pretty decent state.  There's usually something that could be put away or organized or scrubbed down.  The show really speaks to my perfectionist side.

 

I would be remiss if I wrote a post about Hoarders and didn't come clean and admit that I definitely have some hoarding tendencies.  I think this is part of the reason why i am fascinated with the show.  I have it well under control, but it takes a conscious effort, and sometimes I need reminders from those around me.  Through nature or nuture, I blame my mom.  :) 

 

Have you seen Hoarders?  What do you think?  Are you a hoarder yourself, or maybe the exact opposite?

Avatar

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Last night my boyfriend and I, along with a few other friends, went and saw Avatar.  If I am completely honest, I didn't really have a ton of interest in watching this movie.  I decided to go just because everyone else was and I figured it was something to do.  I didn't really know anything about it other than there were some odd looking creatures that were blue and like 8 or 10 feet tall.  Seemed a little weird and maybe a little too out there for my liking.

But, I am SO glad that I went.  Yes, the movie was long, but it wasn't too long.  It kept me captivated and interested from the very first minute to the very last.  I was in awe with all the stunning visual effects.  In fact, I am still in awe thinking about it a day later. 

If I had to do it all over again I would have gotten popcorn and I would have arrived at the theater earlier in order to get better seats. 

If you don't already know about the plot you can read more about the movie here: http://www.avatarmovie.com/index.html.  I am not going to say anything more about what the movie is about though because I thought going in knowing next to nothing about the storyline enhanced my experience that much more.

In my opinion, it was worth every penny of the $12.25 it cost to see it.  I think this is one movie you defintely do not want to miss out on.

 

Have you seen Avatar yet?  If you have, what are your thoughts on it?  If you haven't seen it, are you planning to? 

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