A Year In Books.

If you’re new to Girl on the Contrary, welcome!!! I made a New Years Resolution to read one book every week of the year and I write a review of that book every Monday. Today is Monday so….you get the picture.


Finally we are at the last book of the Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins, Mockingjay. Before I dive in, I should warn you, there WILL BE SPOILERS. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Mockingjay is the final book in the Hunger Games Trilogy and I read it very eagerly. I had to know how the brilliant post-apocalyptic series was going to end. Had. To. Know. Which is why I read it within the same 48 hours I read the first two books. Have I mentioned this series was compelling? 🙂

In Mockingjay, Katniss is struggling with being the face of a resistance she didn’t intend to start and you struggle with her.  The Capital has Peeta, she is still trying to protect those she loves, and is having a hard time trusting the leadership of District 13. The final chapter of The Hunger Games is rough on Katniss. Very rough indeed. This book was an emotional roller-coaster kids. A loopy fast moving roller-coaster. And I loved every second of it.

Can I just say, the monsters Suzanne Collins creates in these books called “mutts” are freaking terrifying. Seriously, those things are nightmare inducing. And they became even more upsetting when they killed Finnick. Finnick! My beloved Finnick! And he was just married. Honestly, at that point, I felt a little broken. I wasn’t sure that the book could get any sadder. I mean, fighting a rebellion, dealing with people you’re not sure you can trust, Peeta gets brainwashed against you, your friends die, and then….and then…..well, I won’t tell you what happens next but I will say that I cried. I legitimately cried. The ending of the rebellion was very jarring. But honestly, if it had ended in a way devoid of real emotion and sacrifice, it wouldn’t have been true to the tone of the books. It was upsetting but it was honest.

I realize this is all very vague so I suggest you read the books. I will say, however, that I absolutely loved the way the story wrapped up. There were certain things I initially thought I might want to change but the more I thought about it, the more perfect the ending seemed just as it was. It was surprisingly real for a fictional story. It felt genuine. The best recommendation I can give this book, and truly all of these books, is that I thought about them for days after I finished them. Good books and good stories follow you and The Hunger Games Trilogy definitely followed me.

And I really can’t wait for The Hunger Games movies to come out because I have a feeling they will fill the Harry Potter sized hole in my heart.

What are you guys reading this week??

29 thoughts on “A Year In Books.

  1. **Spoilers**

    My friends and I have decided to make T-shirts for the movie premiere. Seeing as how none of the drama would have ever happened if Prim would have just stood up and gone into the games willingly (not let Katniss volunteer, I mean) we’ve decided it’s all her fault. Especially since, well, you know what happens to her. All of Katniss’ efforts were in vain! Our shirts are going to say “Prim got what she deserved!”

    Given, the story wouldn’t have been as riveting, but it would have saved us some tears, right?

    I had the same feeling about the ending, too. I was totally team Gale, because I saw them as soul-mates. But Peeta is very much the ying to her yang, so I’ve come to approve.

    I loved the series, and I’m really excited about the cast they hired for the movies. It seems perfect. I’m glad you featured this series in your reading.

    1. Those shirts are so wrong they’re right! I was never team Gale – I fall very definitively into the team Peeta category so I was thrilled with the ending. I’m super excited about the movies too!!!!!

  2. I read this series and loved them! A few days after reading Mockingjay the woman I work with caught me in the back room crying and I admitted I was thinking of the book I had just read. Luckily she’s a librarian and understood 🙂 Right now I’m reading Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace. It’s killing me…
    I’m enjoying your blog very much!

  3. This series truly is amazing!! I read the first two books within days, and then eagerly awaited the release of the third book on pins and needles. I recently saw a cover of entertainment weekly which had a photo of the actress playing Katniss. Generally, I do not buy magazines but I just could not help myself. I had to buy it! I was like a teenage girl spending an endless amount to time dissecting each photo while holding on to every little detail of the movie’s release. Cannot wait to see these books come alive! Excellent book choices =)

  4. I love to read, but lately all i can read are school book. I’m currently reading “the omnivore’s dilemma’. This book makes you rethink what you eat!

  5. Ann says:

    This is to good to be true. Lucky me who found your blog, it´s full of benefits. I get to read very good writing that often makes me laugh. You remind me of music I like, R.E.M yesterday. It makes me practice my english. And now I get bookreviews. What´s next?

  6. I haven’t yet got around with those books. Somehow, when I think of any book that gets adapted and that targets young audiences, I just switch off. I grew up with Harry Potter but I was always indifferent to the movies.
    Right now I’m reading Game of Thrones. HBO has been doing an adaptation of the series but there isn’t anything for the younger ones in there. It’s a brilliant series and once I started watching it, I had to read the books. That doesn’t happen a lot to me, watching something first and then feeling like reading it 🙂

      1. Same here. Though I haven’t started reading them yet. But it was the series that made me want to read them. I hope to at least finish book two before second season starts up. Probably the next book I read.

  7. Miss Emm says:

    Wow this was great! I thought I was the only one who did this. But I do have to give it to you, you are far more detailed than I am.

  8. I skimmed the post because I have only read the first book in the series. I bought it because I kind of liked the cover, it stood out in all the re-released King that I have read and Twilight/Twilight knock-offs I wasn’t interested in. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

    Also, since I can tell with you The Hunger Games and Harry Potter fandom you like children/young adult fantasy. Have you read a book called Un Lon Don? It’s a good book. It takes a bit from Alice’s adventures, but what book doesn’t take a bit or more from another book these days?

    Great blog by the way. I stumbled upon it through your Freshly Pressed broken logic bone.

      1. I bought it on a whim and loved it. Not sure where my copy is anymore. I have this thing with books, Never lend a book. So either my brother still has it or he let someone else read it. Which is what I am hoping, then at least it is being read and not gathering dust.
        I have a weird story about The Zombie Survival Guide. I read it, gave it to my bro, he gave it to a friend, and a year later my brother’s roommate ended with a copy. It turned out it was the copy I bought. We did some back tracing to prove it. But mostly I give a book to whomever wants to read it without the expectations of getting it back. I even say after it is read give it to someone else. No point in letting good things go to waste.

      2. I almost never lend my copies of books out- they are like my children! But I have been known to buy multiple copies of a book I love to give to friends or randomly leave somewhere for people to find.

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