Which brings me to:
I Am THRILLED for 'A Murderous Procession'! I love Ariana Franklin's work and the rest of the 'Mistress of the Art of Death 'series. When I finished the third, 'Grave Goods', I just knew there would be more. There HAD to be more! This will be released on April 1st, but I pre-ordered it tonight!
This is another that I'm anticipating with bated breath. I. Can't. WAIT for 'Mockingjay'!!! (I also pre-ordered this one! It will be released on August 24th.)
Courtney talked me into reading 'The Hunger Games' by Suzanne Collins. (Thank you, Love!) No more than 8 pages into HG and I was hooked. Sucked in completely. It was difficult (an easy, fast read, though not pretty) to read and I often found myself shaking I was so scared/angry/nervous...and I cried. A lot. I hated what Katniss had to go through and couldn't help but put myself in the story line. What would I do if I were in that situation??? I read this so fast (less that 2 days) that I ended up dreaming the Games. Not pretty. I also couldn't eat or sleep. I think EVERYONE needs to read this, but I caution: If you do, you won't have a life for a day or two!
'Catching Fire' is the second in the series. Because of the horrible dreams the first gave me, I forced myself to take a break. I had to hide it so I wouldn't become completely consumed. Again. But, desire took hold of me and I dug the book out. I am making myself read this one slower-and more thoroughly. I feel like I missed a lot from Hunger Games-I was so anxious to get to the end...and make sure everything was "okay". Right now, I'm mad. I do NOT like what's happening...and I've been told it's only going to get worse...
The thought occurred to me the other day that I just may be the ONLY person left that actually anticipates new releases...not just to read the books, but to feel and experience a good, long, hard back book. AND to top that, there's the thrill of holding a first edition in my hands. First editions always smell better, feel better, and look amazing on the shelf. A HUGE thank you to all of my favorite authors, for your dedication and hard work. It's not overlooked.