Monday, September 05, 2011

A Favorite Summer Moment

Many memories will return to me when I think back on this past summer, but there’s one moment that defined the whole season, and went on to impact the lives of many others, as well...

My daughter had just returned home from college, and was unpacking. She was telling me how she and some friends had gone crazy for The Hunger Game series, and handed me the first book. I went to put it on her shelf--when I realized she was giving it to me to read.

Now while we are like mother/like daughter when it comes to a passion for reading, she’s all about sci-fi/futuristic/world-building stories, while I lean heavily toward realistic contemporaries. While we have periodically had overlaps in books we’d enjoyed, for the most part, we do not fall deeply in love with the same ones.

She must have read my face because she said, “Read the first 30 pages. If you don’t like it, give it back, no problem. But try it.”

I warily curled up with it, probably with one eyebrow suspiciously cocked...but then, something happened. Way before page 30, I got involved. Soon I became breathlessly hooked. As a reader and a writer. In fact, when I wasn’t reading it, I was following my daughter around the house to discuss it. And talking about it to anyone who would listen. (Sans spoilers, of course!)

As soon as moved onto book two, my son picked up grabbed the first one. He fell for it just as deeply, and talked it up to his friends who then wanted to read it...and on and on...

As of this writing, I can't begin to tell you how many people have read our three copies, or whose hands they are actually in. (But people, I need them back because my husband wants to read the series, too!)

So I think it’s fair to say that in my little slice of the world, it was a summer of The Hunger Games. And next March 23, you can bet a lot of people in my life will be lining up for the movie!

So tell me...has a book or series made a major impact in your life at some point, too?


Tina Ferraro
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Rowena said...

Oh your story sounds just like my Hunger Games story. I had to get new books because I don't know where my original set is. People just want to read them and I let them because it's a fabulous series!

TinaFerraro said...

Yes, Rowena, isn't it great to share the love of reading?

Cara King said...

I agree that the first Hunger Games book is a real grabber! So well-written, such great craft -- so hard to put down. :-)

Lots of books have made a major impact at different points in my life. I think the Oz books, which I started when I was six, made me a fan of fantasy for the rest of my life. And Louisa May Alcott's books had a profound affect on me, on my thinking...on so much.

stephhale said...

I resisted The Hunger Games at first too because I didn't think it seemed like my kind of book. I finally got fed up with hearing how great it was and decided I'd read the first couple pages. I was hooked! And the movie comes out on my birthday next year!!

Suma Subramaniam said...

Great Tina. The Hunger Games did it for me too this summer.


TinaFerraro said...

Cara, Steph and Suma, guess we all got the Hunger Games bug! Thanks for sharing.

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Emily Wood said...

Hi. I was lucky enough to read The Hunger Games years ago when I worked at a book shop and we got sent a proof. As soon as it was published I pushed it onto every customer I could. Trouble with reading the first one so early was I had to wait ages for the next to come out!
I have a special memory of HP 6 (half blood prince) as my husband and I were traveling around France in a 30 year old camper and reading it to each other. I'll never forget the evening when I was cooking when he read the bit about Snape killing Dumbledore!
Summer books are the best.