The Book Thief So Far

The Book Thief has a good reputation. It gets good reviews, good ratings, etc. Do I agree with these people who claim this book is such a good one?

So far, the only problem I’ve had with The Book Thief is myself. Sometimes I read things over multiple times even if I got it the first time just to be sure, and I do so more than necessary. Overall the book has been pretty good. I love the idea of Death as a character, watching the life of Liesel Meminger pass by with the little free time he has. I think Markus Zusak is an incredible author and really knows how to set the mood and create an image in the reader’s mind with simple things such as the color of the sky. There is so much I love about this story, and I would agree completely that it is amazing.

Word Nerd- “Divulge”

On page 293 of Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins she writes, “I move it from this way and that, viewing it from different angles, covering portions and then revealing them. Trying to make it divulge its purpose to me.” The dictionary describes divulge as to “make known (private or sensitive information).” I would describe this as “revealing private information in a private conversation” or simply “telling secrets.”


Deep Thinkers- “wind in my mind”

On page 293 of Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins, the author of this novel writes, “I conjure up such a wind in my mind, letting it freeze my cheeks and numb my fingers, and all at once, the piece of metal half buried in the black earth has a name.” At this point in the story Katniss receives a spile from Haymitch while sitting in a hot desert and remembering District 12 and the cool breeze it offers. Given this, she could not have felt the wind from the surrounding area. I believe she was just so invested in catching up with her memories she could almost sense it, or maybe it even gave her chills. I like this because of the figurative language it uses. It gives you a better idea of what is going on in Katniss’s mind. Throughout Collins’s books I noticed this is something she does not do too often so when she does use it the phrase will stand out.

Word Nerd- “Lull”

Suzanne Collins writes, in page 251 of her book “Catching Fire,” “finally there’s a lull and he gets out, ‘So, Katniss, obviously this is a very emotional night for everyone. Is there anything you’d like to say?'” Lull is described by the dictionary as “a temporary interval of quiet or lack of activity.” I would describe it as suspension from actions and words.

Word Nerd- “Spiel”

In Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins she writes “I nod, but I don’t know what she means. Not until we’re all sitting out onstage and Ceaser Flickerman, hair and face highlighted in lavender this year, has done the opening spiel and the tributes begin their interviews.” on page 250. The dictionary describes spiel as “a long or fast speech or story, typically one intended as a means of persuasion or as an excuse but regarded with skepticism or contempt by those who hear it.” I would describe this as a verbal expression specifically intended to make the receiver feel a certain way about the topic.

Word Nerd- “Tureen”

In The Hunger Games (by Suzanne Collins) on page 55, she writes tureen in the sentence “a tureen of fruits sits in the ice to keep it chilled.” As defined by the dictionary, tureen means “a deep covered dish from which soup is served.” Based on the images provided also by google I would describe this word as a pot without the part you pour from and replacing it with a second handle, typically used for foods instead of tea.

Are Books Dangerous?

People have always been curious. They wonder what is right and what is wrong, what it was they were taught they can truly stand for. Books are a source of knowledge and ideas, guiding the reader into having their own ideas. Does this make books dangerous?

The content of a book can mean a lot to one person and nothing to another. The way a character or the author sees things can change how a reader will see things as well. Books hold power. People will learn from books and build up on ideas and beliefs they have. Having a strong belief in something can be dangerous if you grow too stubborn when it comes to that topic. People will try to do what they think is best, and if they think something they don’t really know is wrong is best it could lead to danger.

Word Nerd- “Regimen”

In the second book of the Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins, “Catching Fire,” on page 184 she writes “Peeta and I excel under the new regimen, though. It gives me something to do.” In this context, the word “regimen” is unclear. With the context of the page you know they are doing physical training. The dictionary provides this definition: “a prescribed course of medical treatment, way of life, or diet for the promotion or restoration of health.” A bit after the sentence containing this word is used Collins goes on to write about a diet, treatment for sore muscles, etc. I would describe this word as: an attempt at improving the wellness of physical health.

Word Nerd- “Entrails”

As I was reading “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins, I quickly found I word I don’t think I’ve heard before. On page four Collins writes the word “entrails” in this context: “Sometimes, when I clean a kill, I feed Buttercup (the cat) the entrails.” The dictionary describes this word as “a person or animal’s intestines or internal organs, especially when removed or exposed.” I assumed this word meant bones, head, or anything on an animal removed when butchered. I would probably still describe this word as such.

“Catching Fire” Book Review

A few weeks ago I read all 391 pages of “Catching Fire” by Suzanne Collins. I would rate this dystopian novel just one star below the first at four out of five stars.

In this book, Katniss Everdeen, the main character, wants nothing more than a life of peace.  Her plans are stomped on when the quarter-quell of the Hunger Games is announced with a twist she could never expect with the false sense of safety her new life has given her. The Hunger Games are an event organized by the capitol, the government of what is left of the North American continent. It was created after the rest of society, the districts, rebelled against the capitol 75 years prior to the current day in the world of Katniss Everdeen.

I feel as though this book was less descriptive or moving as the last. I felt the tone was looser and harder to grasp. This was not something I enjoyed. What I did like what the plot. There were hints all over the place and it flowed okay. I think the best audience for Catching  Fire would be teenagers who like to explore the “what ifs” and also enjoy a little romance and drama. Overall I would say this was a good, at least fun to read book.

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