Peony In Love
It is February – the month of love, so I thought this month’s book should be a love story.
Peony In Love written by Lisa See is a wonderful story about love in 17th century China. The love in this story is strong enough to continue into the afterlife. The book starts with a young girl who is about step into an arranged marriage with a man she has never met. Her life parallels that of the main character in her favorite opera, The Peony Pavilion. Both are trapped by their upper class standing and societal expectations, and both struggle to break free and be heard. At the beginning of the story, Peony’s father decides to host a showing of The Peony Pavilion. During the show, the women sit behind a screen so as not to be seen by the men. At one point, Peony peaks through a crack in the screen and sees a very handsome man and is overcome with emotion. By chance, she meets with this man while everyone is watching the opera, and finds herself torn between her feelings for this man and her duty to enter an arranged marriage. This wonderful story is full of love, hope, sadness, and joy, and really brings a different era and world to life.
The Hunger Games
I am a big fan of children’s books as well as young adult books (which might be why I have 3 bookcases full of them without having any children or young adults residing with me). Anyway, my latest foray into this realm of reading was The Hunger Games trilogy.
**WARNING** Once you start reading you will cease to accomplish anything else in your life until you finish all three books!
These books are packed with action and suspense. The book starts in a future society set in North America. In this new society each year the names of 2 children are drawn from each district to take part in the Hunger Games – a televised game in which the children must battle each other to be the last survivor. When Katniss Everdeen realizes that her younger sister’s name has been drawn for the games, she volunteers to take her place. The reader then enters the bizarre world in which the players are pampered and prepped for the games. The stadium constructed for the games is large and elaborate, consisting of miles of wilderness, strategically placed water sources, video cameras to film everything, and contrived “natural” disasters to keep things interesting.
If you are looking for a quick and entertaining book, I highly recommend this trilogy!