Now that I am required to read from a fairly obscure book list (or maybe not so obscure- I've just been had my literary head in the sand), I thought I'd start sharing some of the books with my readers. Vermont College of Fine Arts has some fairly extensive required reading lists for poetry, creative non-fiction and fiction. I will be studying mostly creative non-fiction, but will be reading from all the lists.
The first book I want to share with you is juvenile fiction. I have a huge love for that genre ever since I started teaching high school ESL. We read dozens of books by Lois Lowery, Sandra Cisneros and Gary Paulsen, to name a few of my favorite authors.
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins is an incredibly addictive, fast-paced sci-fi. It's not as cheesy as Twilight...you won't be as embarrassed for enjoying it. For those of you who don't normally enjoy science-fiction, I have to say that it doesn't feel like you're reading sci-fi.
You will fall in love with the main characters, the heart-wrenching love-triangle, and the drama of sufferers of a government in the future that is obsessed with fashion and utter indulgence at the expense of its "district" citizens.
Get this book, but be prepared to ignore your family and friends while reading. Nursing moms: this is one that you won't be sad to wake up in the middle of the night for. Enjoy!