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Real or Not Real

by Meghann on September 13, 2012

I finally finished the last book in the Hunger Games trilogy a couple of nights ago.

(and if you’ve read the book you understand the title of this post ;) )

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If you’re doing the math, that means I finished all three audiobooks (at roughly 8-11 hours a piece) in less than three weeks. To say they were addicting would be an understatement. I couldn’t get enough of the books – I would listen while doing the dishes, grocery shopping, running, lifting weights, sitting in front of the tv, pretending I was watching football, etc. etc. They were good!

However, as soon as the third book was over, I felt unsatisfied. I’m not sure why, but I think I was hoping for something a little more climatic with the ending. Someone had left a comment last week stating that she felt like the ending was sudden, like “the author felt like she was tired of writing.” I have to agree with that statement. I’m not saying it was a bad ending, I just felt it wasn’t as detailed or drawn out as the rest of the book. I actually re-listened to the final chapter to see if I had missed anything that would make me feel better – I didn’t. (thought I did like how she ended with the “real or not real” line)

I’m tempted to listen to the series all over again. Maybe not listening as obsessively as the first go around, but saving the audiobooks for long car rides or long runs. I’m also determined to watch the first movie again. Before I read the books I thought the movie was just okay – nothing special. I couldn’t comprehend what all the fuss was about. And then I read the books, now it makes much more sense. I think I’ll see the movie in a whole new light.

Have you ever re-read a book series?

I’ve read the entire Harry Potter series twice and have probably read the first four books three to four times. That’s actually a series I wouldn’t mind having in audiobook format; I’ve been itching for another read. I’ve also read the Twilight series twice, the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series twice, and the Shopaholic series three to four times (I’ve read the first books in the series more than the more recent ones). Actually, I wouldn’t mind having all of these series in audio format; they’re all my favorites.

Also, can you tell I have a thing for easy-to-ready books that are written for teenagers? Ha! I promise I read more than just this (the Wicked Trilogy is another favorite, but it’s long and dark so I haven’t re-read any of them). :)

Lunch

I had another late lunch today (after 2:00). For some reason I just haven’t been very hungry lately and have just been waiting to eat until the hunger does kick in.

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I used the last bit of last night’s Crock Pot Honey Lentils as a sandwich filler. The texture reminded me of sloppy joes (and if I would have added in some ketchup the tasted wouldn’t have been that far off from that either)

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With a side of carrots

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The lentils made for a FILLING sandwich. I ate about 3/4 and was done. It tasted delicious though. :)

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