Two weeks later and while visiting me in Texas, my sister noticed the book - which I hadn't yet started - on my nightstand. "OMG HAVE YOU READ THIS YET?!" were the first words out of her mouth. She was mortified when I said I hadn't, and then she told me she'd watch my kids that afternoon so I could crack it open.
Now that the trilogy had the recommendation of three people whose opinions I greatly respect and none of whom I'd categorize as Sweet Valley High-reading young adults, I felt it safe to start reading.
|Will/Hallie: "Can we have a snack?"
Erin: "Eat whatever you want. Take it to the playroom
and watch a cartoon." That's A+ parenting, people.
As soon as I finished The Hunger Games I moved on to Catching Fire (which my father-in-law had since mailed to me), and I bought Mockingjay just a few short hours after I'd finished Catching Fire. For the amount of time it took me to finish the three books I did essentially nothing but read and take care of my kids' most basic needs until Tom came home from work, and then I just read.
At the beginning of the month I spent a few days at The Lincoln Lodge in Northern Wisconsin with the kids, my in-laws, and my sister-in-law, Jenna. All of us were at various stages of reading the books, and Jenna and I spent much of our free time (free = not reading) reenacting our favorite Hunger Games and Katniss moments.
|Yes, I bought it. It's awesome.
|Taking aim while tubing - what can't that girl do?!
|Preparing to attack the mosquitoes with
|Modeling the tribute jacket we found in
a downtown Minocqua gift shop.
|We found this poster - which taught us which foods could
keep us alive in the forest - in a Minocqua antiques shop.
|Matching Katniss braids.
|Ready to do battle (somehow we arrived in the
arena with weapons already in hand).
I can't remember the last time I went out in a storm like that one. We slipped and slid down the stairs (of which there are MANY) and then trudged through the muddy sand to the water, where we discovered the boat still anchored to the shore. We carefully maneuvered our way down the dock and into the boat to gather those things that hadn't yet but might very well be blown away, and then we waded into the lake to literally pull the boat further onto the shore with our bare hands. We were absolutely drenched, incredibly cold, and covered in sand, mud, and pine needles. And it was perhaps the most fun I had the entire time we were there.
We've since returned to the real world, but a few days ago I received an email from Jenna with this picture attached:
|I think Lionsgate studio has found their
understudy for Jennifer Lawrence.
The proof of Tom's commitment came in the form of a text he sent to me after finishing Catching Fire:
"Just saw a lizard on the bush outside the kitchen window. Is it weird that the first thing that came to mind was, 'If I were in the Hunger Games I could eat that'?"
I was so proud.
So my obsession has been hanging around for a few weeks now, and I don't really foresee it moving on until after November, 2015, when Mockingjay Part 2 arrives in theaters. (As a side note and teaser for a blog post to come, I'll mention that not only does Catching Fire premiere on my birthday in 2013, but Jenna and I have plans that will hopefully land us on the red carpet...) I'll admit this seems like a long time, but there IS a positive associated with this timeline - since the next three movies will all be released on or within two days of my birthday, Tom won't have to worry about coming up with how we'll celebrate. I can hear him breathing a sigh of relief as I type.
A few final thoughts to bring this two-day rant to a close:
- If you haven't already, read The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay.
- If, once you've read the books, you need someone to get excited about them with, call/text/email/message me.
- Plan for a August 18th Hunger Games viewing party at my house.
- Tell me about your obsession(s) so I don't feel quite so childish and ridiculous!