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Chit Chat – The Hunger Games

So I may be one of the last people on earth to read The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins, but I’ve just finished it. I heard all about it when it first came out. A lot of my friends read it and raved about it. I didn’t get around to reading it. Truthfully, I wasn’t…
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What Are You Reading Right Now?

Every now and then, I’ll throw this question out at you. What’s on your nightstand or Kindle or whatever, RIGHT NOW? And if you’re one of those lucky people who can manage to read several books at the same time, which one is really grabbing you the most? Why?
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Writing A Review – What Makes The Difference For You?

 Being the curious being that I am, I’m always asking questions. Always asking “Why?” “Why’d you do that?” “Why’d you say that?” “Why in the heck are you wearing that…” Okay, I digress. As an author, a published author since March 2011, I’ve had to curtail my obsession with the why questions, because sometimes I’m…
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Talking Books

Okay, let’s talk about books. We love them. Reading them. Writing them. For those of us who write them, the challenge comes in trying to keep up with our always growing TBR pile, right? I struggled with this for a long time, but this past year I’ve read a lot of really good books. Have…
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How This Works…

I usually have a bit of trouble explaining myself, (yes, I know I’m a writer), so it’s no wonder I’ve received a few emails from confused people. Let me try and break it down. This blog is for READERS. This blog is for READERS WHO REVIEW CHRISTIAN FICTION. This blog is for AUTHORS WHO WRITE…
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Welcome to The Blog About Books!

As a debut author, I’ve spent the last six months connecting with readers, authors and reviewers. It hasn’t been easy. In fact, at times it’s been downright difficult. Why? Because there are thousands of blogs, thousands of bloggers who love books, and thousands of bloggers who love books and review them! How do you sift…
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And So We Plant

October 2, 2017 | 4 Comments

It’s been a hard season. A scary few months. We began May with much joy, still celebrating the birth of our first granddaughter, Annabel Rose, born at the end of April. And she is everything we and her parents prayed for. She is beautiful. Perfect. All amazing baby cuddles and snuggles and sleepy smiles and…

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It's ACFW Conference Time!

September 15, 2017 | 6 Comments

I know, it’s been an age. And honestly, I’m not sure you’ll hear much from me around here anymore. I haven’t quite ‘hit’ the formulae that keeps people hooked. So this is more of a fun post that my friend Laurie Tomlinson has going, so I thought I’d join in the fun. It’s almost time…

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And So We Choose This Thing

June 21, 2017 | 6 Comments

Thirty one years. Today. I stood before him in a long white gown that cost more than my father wanted to spend, but he bought it for me anyway, because it was the one and he was ‘the one’ and my Dad would have bought me the moon if I said I wanted it. I stood…

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Is It Supposed To Hurt This Much?

June 8, 2017 | 7 Comments

That was a text I got from my daughter a few hours into labour. “Is it supposed to hurt this much?” I wanted to laugh, but I didn’t. Because, yes. It is. And it does. And it will continue to. With every challenge that comes with being a parent. Being a mother or father or…

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We're Waiting For You!

April 25, 2017 | 4 Comments

Dear Baby E, You’re late. I suspect this may be a good indication that we will get along well. (I think this trait may come from both sides!). As your grandmother, I reserve the right to tell you what’s up, and rest assured I probably will, whether you like it or not. Heads up –…

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Onward to 2017!

December 27, 2016 | 1 Comment

I hope your Christmas was fabulous! We spent a quiet day together, and then, in a shocking break from tradition, we went to a restaurant for Christmas dinner! It was lovely not having to spend the day chopping, peeling and cooking, constantly checking the clock to make sure everything was running on time. I’ll admit,…

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Where Is Your Identity?

August 29, 2016 | 17 Comments

I’ve just returned from a few days in Nashville, where I attended the American Christian Fiction Writers annual conference. I was trying to figure out dates in my head and I think this must be at least the eighth conference I’ve attended, and still, I’ll be honest, it’s the best of times and it’s the…

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Grace Awards 2015 Winners ~ in Faith Based Fiction

May 31, 2016 | 0 Comments

So honored to be a recipient of this year’s Grace Awards! And since I’m knee deep in edits this week, it gives me something to celebrate! And blog about. 😛

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Guarding The Writer’s Heart

May 9, 2016 | 0 Comments

Source: Guarding The Writer’s Heart

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SCAVENGER HUNT WINNERS!!

April 27, 2016 | 0 Comments

Thanks to all who took part in the Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt over the weekend! It was lots of fun, and all the authors enjoyed it too! Here are the three overall Prize winners – First Prize: Crystal Balzer Second Prize: Jackie Wisherd Third Prize: Becky Mickels And the winner of MY giveaway – one…

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Chit Chat – The Hunger Games

So I may be one of the last people on earth to read The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins, but I’ve just finished it. I heard all about it when it first came out. A lot of my friends read it and raved about it. I didn’t get around to reading it. Truthfully, I wasn’t even aware it was YA fiction until I downloaded it.

My initial thoughts as I read were “Wow, what a fantastic read!” Now that I’ve finished it, I’m taking a breath. Rethinking the whole thing. Trying to make sense of it.

This is a book for kids? It IS YA, right? So what age range would that be? You can tell me, because I have no idea, but I’m thinking it’s usually middle school – 10 – 14 perhaps? Given that, I’m not sure I can totally rave about this book. As well written as it was, I’m not sure I would have wanted my kids reading it when they were ten.

The premise bothers me. Bothers me a lot, actually. It’s like Survivor on crack.

Take a bunch of kids, chuck them into a man-made arena and let them fight to the death. To. The. Death. Really? And while I am sure it could have been worse, there were some pretty gruesome descriptions here that I didn’t care for.

I guess I’m not surprised that this is a #1 best-seller. Nor am I surprised that there’s a movie coming out. I am surprised however, that this is acceptable reading material for kids. No. Not surprised. Disappointed.  It’s Harry Potter all over again. And yes, I have watched and enjoyed all the HP movies. Again, great writing, great story, but too much darkness. Isn’t there enough in the world already?

So I guess my bottom line here is that I’m not a fan. I thought I was going to be. I was all ready to rave up and down about how great this book was, but to be honest, now that I’m finished, I’m left with a hollow feeling in the pit of my stomach. And a question that I just have to ask.

Is this ALL we have to offer the next generation of readers?

So lets hear from you. Read Hunger Games? What are your thoughts?

 

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