Books...and the End of the World
Posted by Angela Ackerman
I haven't posted much in the way of my resolve to read more, so I figure this post should help make up for it.
First off, I have the BEST Reading Pile. Look at all these goodies!
Once I plow through these, I'm going on another scouting mission for some of my blogger chums' books that I was unable to find on my last trip to the library & Indigo books. I am not a quitter, and you guys have so many good books that I just can't wait to get into.
Some of these books have been waiting on my shelf for awhile, I'll admit. I find that when I'm drafting, I have to read books that have similar moods or themes to what I'm writing. I can't read books that have the same content tho--there's too big a chance that it might sway what I write. But It's hard for me to read a romance or something that focuses on high school cliques when I'm writing a MG about death.
(And yeah, that's what I'm writing about...death. You can see the book blurb here!)
Speaking of death and dark themes, I am probably the last person on the planet to do so, but I just finished reading The Hunger Games.
WOW! I have to say I loved it. It was one of the few books I've read in a long while where the content kept me so hooked I didn't see the writing at all. I couldn't put it down, and finished it during a self-appointed sick day I took last week. Have you read it? What did you think of it?
I'll admit, I was a bit leery of the book simply because reading the synopsis made me think that the author had taken Stephen King's The Running Man and smooshed it with Stephen King's The Long Walk.
Hubby and I are loyal King Fans, as you can see. After reading The Hunger Games though, I think I can say clearly that while the author certainly may have been influenced from these books regarding core ideas, what she did from there was completely her own and original enough that I didn't see it as a King rip off at all. I'd love to hear your take if you're familiar with these books.
Now, a Random Book Fact. See that green book on the top of my reading pile? Some of you may know about the significance of 2012 and the end of the Mayan Calendar.
The last day of the Mayan Calendar occurs on December 21, 2012. There are some people who believe that this will be the 'end of the world' where a purification will occur through a fiery cataclysm of some kind, while others believe that this date signifies a point where mankind will develop a higher state of consciousness and awareness. In any case, it will be a day that everyone will be looking at with increased interest and possibly fear as it draws near.
So why do I have a book about this event? Well, seeing as the world may end on my birthday, I figured I should be in the know. Wouldn't you do the same?
And as a reminder, don't forget to get your BOOK BLURBS in for our Can You Hook Us? Followers-only contest. The deadline is midday Friday March 20th, so get your 1-2 sentence pitches in! You can submit the entries in the the comment section here, or email them to me through my contact info.
Happy reading and writing!