I read The Hunger Games last night. I'm unsure how I feel about it. On the one hand, it was definitely a compelling story and a well-done post-apocalyptic world. At times, though, the writing felt a bit simplistic. I think Katniss Everdeen is an excellent, highly compelling heroine, and all the plot twists are justified, if somewhat obvious. I feel weird criticizing a book that kept me reading for two hours straight - maybe it's the fact that so many adults have been raving about this book. Maybe that led me to expect more sophisticated writing. I'm going to read Catching Fire and Mockingjay, but I think that the amount of hype surrounding The Hunger Games led me to expect a little more. Had I just picked it up and read it, without having heard of it, I don't think I'd have most of the qualms. And I would recommend it to others, with the caveat that it's definitely a young adult book.
More books coming in at the library; I will mention them when I get them. Annoyingly, I haven't been able to place any more holds in the Berkeley library system - not sure what that's about.
I'm stalling terribly when it comes to my novel. I've reached a point where I need to write a vital scene, kill a character that I have come to be quite fond of, and it's really hard for me to do. First of all, I like this character a lot; second, it will have a huge impact on my main character, and I really want to do it justice.
I need to just lock myself in my room with a pen, notebook, and some sad unobtrusive music on my iPod and write the damn thing.