I am something of a bibliophile - okay, not something - I AM a bibliophile. Books and words are an obsession that goes back to when, I'm not sure but I've always been a reader. At my peak I was reading 6 - 7 books a week. Some of them were for editing work, some were pre-reads for author friends but most were just for my sheer enjoyment. I can sit down with a book and lose 5 hours without even realizing time has passed.
Whatever happened to me last June sucked the reader out of me. I don't know if it was depression or my insane inability to concentrate on anything but I stopped reading. I would pick up books in the store and nothing seemed interesting, I would browse Amazon's Kindle book choices with an upturned nose. Nothing could grab or hold my attention. I've missed books terribly.
When previews for The Hunger Games started showing, they interested me. It looked like a movie I would enjoy so I did a bit of digging and found out it was a book first - not just one book but a trilogy. I've never been one for watching a movie over a book. My head produces better imagery than any producer or director so I looked them up for Kindle and sure enough I found all three books and purchased them yesterday afternoon.
After waiting impatiently for my Kindle to charge since it hasn't been turned on in nearly a year I started reading the first book - The Hunger Games. 4 hours later I finished the book. Not only is it an engaging story but I can identify with the characters.
Book 2 - Catching Fire is no different. I woke up this morning and had the Kindle up and going. I can see the relevance of the story to what is happening around the world right now with Occupy. These are relevant stories and my brain is gobbling them up. I'm half through the second book and have made myself stop reading. I need to digest what I've taken in and I have stuff I need to be doing that doesn't include being in my PJ's at noon on a Thursday.
When I finish the series I'll no doubt see the movie but it won't be better than what I've already seen in my head.