This Saturday is one of my favorite days of the year! It is National Marathon Reading Day! Now, marathon reading sessions aren’t really unusual for me, but it’s nice to have a legitimate excuse this time.
You often hear about what people are binge watching on Netflix or Hulu so I’m here to offer some suggestions on what you can binge read this weekend.
The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins: The Hunger Games trilogy takes place in an unspecified future time, in the dystopian, post-apocalyptic nation of Panem, located in the ruins of North America. The country consists of the wealthy and eccentric Capitol, and 12 (formerly 13) poorer districts ruled by the Capitol. The Capitol is lavishly rich and technologically advanced, but the 12 districts are in varying states of poverty. The trilogy's narrator and protagonist, Katniss Everdeen, lives in District 12, the poorest region of Panem, formerly known as Appalachia, where people regularly die of starvation. As punishment for a past rebellion against the Capitol (called the "Dark Days"), wherein 12 of the districts were defeated, and the 13th was supposedly destroyed, one boy and one girl from each of the 12 districts, between the ages of 12 and 18, are selected by lottery to compete in the Hunger Games on an annual basis. The Games are a televised event in which the participants, called "tributes", are forced to fight to the death in a dangerous public arena. The winning tribute and his/her home district are then rewarded with food, supplies, and riches. The purposes of the Hunger Games are to provide entertainment for the Capitol and to remind the districts of the Capitol's power and lack of remorse. The Hunger Games follows 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen, a girl from District 12 who volunteers for the 74th Hunger Games in place of her younger sister Primrose Everdeen.
There are three books in this series and this is one of my favorite series of all time. This series is great for anyone from teens to adults.
Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling: The novels revolve around Harry Potter, an orphan who discovers at the age of eleven that he is a wizard, though he lives in the ordinary world of non-magical people known as Muggles. The wizarding world exists alongside the Muggle world, albeit hidden and in secrecy. His magical ability is inborn, and children with such abilities are invited to attend exclusive magic schools that teaches the necessary skills to succeed in the wizarding world. Harry becomes a student at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, the Wizarding School in Scotland, and it is here where most of the events in the series take place. As Harry develops through his adolescence, he learns to overcome the problems that face him: magical, social and emotional, including ordinary teenage challenges such as friendships, infatuation, romantic relationships, schoolwork and exams, anxiety, depression, stress, and the greater test of preparing himself for the confrontation in the real world that lies ahead, in wizarding Britain's increasingly-violent second wizarding war. Follow Harry, Hermione, Ron and the rest of Dumbledore’s Army as Harry discovers he’s a wizard, searches out Horcruxes and proceeds to work to defeat He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named and the rest of the Death Eaters in this classic series.
This is probably my favorite book series of all time. There are seven books in the series, but well worth the time investment whether you are 10 or 40. Also, if you happen to have a Kindle Unlimited Account, all seven books are available there!
Blood Sucking Fiends Series by Christopher Moore: Jody never asked to become a vampire. But when she wakes up under an alley Dumpster with a badly burned arm, an aching back, superhuman strength, and a distinctly Nosferatuan thirst, she realizes the decision has been made for her. Making the transition from the nine-to-five grind to an eternity of nocturnal prowlings is going to take some doing, however, and that's where C. Thomas Flood fits in. A would-be Kerouac from Incontinence, Indiana, Tommy (to his friends) is biding his time night-clerking and frozen-turkey bowling in a San Francisco Safeway. But all that changes when a beautiful undead redhead walks through the door...and proceeds to rock Tommy's life -- and afterlife -- in ways he never thought possible.
If you appreciate a good laugh in your reading I highly recommend this series. Everything by Christopher Moore is hilarious. This series would be more appropriate for adults.
I do believe that this is more than enough to keep you busy for Marathon Reading Day!