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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
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it was amazing
Read 3 times. Last read June 15, 2016.

Third time reading this book and I loved it yet again! :D Listened to it in audio and it was very fun and entertaining. While I did picture the movie somewhat while reading, I still like the book better and think I always will. It's how I first was introduced to the story. ;)

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Suzanne Collins
“Deep in the meadow, hidden far away
A cloak of leaves, a moonbeam ray
Forget your woes and let your troubles lay
And when it's morning again, they'll wash away
Here it's safe, here it's warm
Here the daisies guard you from every harm
Here your dreams are sweet and tomorrow brings them true
Here is the place where I love you.”
Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games

Suzanne Collins
“Remember, we're madly in love, so it's all right to kiss me anytime you feel like it.”
Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games

Suzanne Collins
“We could do it, you know."
"What?"
"Leave the district. Run off. Live in the woods. You and I, we could make it.”
Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games

Suzanne Collins
“I can feel Peeta press his forehead into my temple and he asks, 'So now that you've got me, what are you going to do with me?' I turn into him. 'Put you somewhere you can't get hurt.”
Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games

Suzanne Collins
“One more time? For the audience?" he says. His voice isn't angry. It's hollow, which is worse. Already the boy with the bread is slipping away from me.
I take his hand, holding on tightly, preparing for the cameras, and dreading the moment when I will finally have to let go.”
Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games

Suzanne Collins
“I don't want to lose the boy with the bread.”
Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games

Suzanne Collins
“I'm coming back into focus when Caesar asks him if he has a girlfriend back home. Peeta hesitates, then gives an unconvincing shake of his head.

Handsome lad like you. There must be some special girl. Come on, what’s her name?" says Caesar.

Peeta sighs. "Well, there is this one girl. I’ve had a crush on her ever since I can remember. But I’m pretty sure she didn’t know I was alive until the reaping."

Sounds of sympathy from the crowd. Unrequited love they can relate to.

She have another fellow?" asks Caesar.

I don’t know, but a lot of boys like her," says Peeta.

So, here’s what you do. You win, you go home. She can’t turn you down then, eh?" says Caesar encouragingly.

I don’t think it’s going to work out. Winning...won’t help in my case," says Peeta.

Why ever not?" says Caesar, mystified.

Peeta blushes beet red and stammers out. "Because...because...she came here with me.”
Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games

Suzanne Collins
“You don’t forget the face of the person who was your last hope.”
Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games

Suzanne Collins
“All right, so give me some idea of what you can do," says Haymitch.

I can’t do anything," says Peeta, "unless you count baking bread."

Sorry, I don’t. Katniss. I already know you’re handy with a knife,” says Haymitch.

Not really. But I can hunt,” I say. “With a bow and arrow.”

And you’re good?” asks Haymitch.

I have to think about it. I’ve been putting food on the table for four years. That’s no small task. I’m not as good as my father was, but he’d had more practice. I’ve better aim than Gale, but I’ve had more practice. He’s a genius with traps and snares. “I’m all right,” I say.”
Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games

Suzanne Collins
“But because two can play at this game, I stand on tiptoe and kiss his cheek. Right on his bruise. ”
Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games

Suzanne Collins
“If Peeta and I were both to die, or they thought we were....My fingers fumble with the pouch on my belt, freeing it. Peeta sees it and his hand clamps on my wrist. "No, I won't let you." "Trust me," I whisper. He holds my gaze for a long moment then lets go. I loosen the top of the pouch and pour a few spoonfuls of berries into his palm. Then I fill my own. "On the count of three?" Peeta leans down and kisses me once, very gently. "The count of three," he says. We stand, our backs pressed together, our empty hands locked tight. "Hold them out. I want everyone to see," he says. I spread out my fingers, and the dark berries glisten in the sun. I give Peeta's hand one last squeeze as a signal, as a good-bye, and we begin counting. "One." Maybe I'm wrong. "Two." Maybe they don't care if we both die. "Three!" It's too late to change my mind. I lift my hand to my mouth taking one last look at the world. The berries have just passed my lips when the trumpets begin to blare. The frantic voice of Claudius Templesmith shouts above them. "Stop! Stop! Ladies and gentlemen, I am pleased to present the victors of the 74th Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark! I give you - the tributes of District 12!”
Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games

Suzanne Collins
“They're already taking my future! They can't have the things that mattered to me in the past!”
Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games

Suzanne Collins
“The cat that Prim got hates me, I think partly because I tried to drown it.”
Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games

Suzanne Collins
“You’re not leaving me here alone,” I say. Because if he dies, I’ll never go home, not really. I’ll spend the rest of my life in this arena, trying to think my way out.”
Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games

Suzanne Collins
“I have kept track of the boy with the bread.”
Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games

Suzanne Collins
“Why not? It's true. My best hope is to not disgrace myself and..." He hesitates.

And what?" I say.

I don't know how to say it exactly. Only... I want to die as myself. Does that make any sense?" he asks. I shake my head. How could he die as anyone but himself? "I don't want them to change me in there. Turn me into some kind of monster that I'm not."

I bite my lip feeling inferior. While I've been ruminating on the availability of trees, Peeta has been struggling with how to maintain his identity. His purity of self. "Do you mean you won't kill anyone?" I ask.

No, when the time comes, I'm sure I'll kill just like everybody else. I can't go down without a fight. Only I keep wishing I could think of a way to... to show the Capitol they don't own me. That I'm more than just a piece in their Games," says Peeta.

But you're not," I say. "None of us are. That's how the Games work."

Okay, but within that frame work, there's still you, there's still me," he insists. "Don't you see?"

A little, Only... no offense, but who cares, Peeta?" I say.

I do. I mean what else am I allowed to care about at this point?" he asks angrily. He's locked those blue eyes on mine now, demanding an answer.”
Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games

Suzanne Collins
“Peeta opens his mouth for the first bite without hesitation. He swallows, then frowns slightly. "They're very sweet."
"Yes they're sugar berries. My mother makes jam from them. Haven't you've ever had them before?" I say, poking the next spoonful in his mouth.
"No," he says, almost puzzled. "But they taste familiar. Sugar berries?"
"Well, you can't get them in the market much, they only grow wild," I say. Another mouthful goes down. Just one more to go.
"They're sweet as syrup," he says, taking the last spoonful. "Syrup." His eyes widen as he realizes the truth. I clamp my hand over his mouth and nose hard, forcing him to swallow instead of spit. He tries to make himself vomit the stuff up, but it's too late, he's already losing consciousness. Even as he fades away, I can see in his eyes what I've done is unforgiveable.
I sit back on my heels and look at him with a mixture of sadness and satisfaction. A stray berry stains his chin and I wipe it away. "Who can't lie, Peeta?" I say, even though he can't hear me.”
Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games

Suzanne Collins
“And while I was talking, the idea of actually losing Peeta hit me again and I realized how much I don't want him to die. And it's not about the sponsors. And it's not about what will happen when we get home. And it's not just that I don't want to be alone. It's him. I do not want to lose the boy with the bread.”
Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games

Suzanne Collins
“It's lovely. If only you could frost someone to death."

"Don't be so superior. You can never tell what you will find in the arena. Say it's a gigantic cake-”
Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games

Suzanne Collins
“I want to do something, right here, right now, to shame them, to make them accountable, to show the Capitol that whatever they do or force us to do there is a part of every tribute they can't own. That Rue was more than a piece in their Games. And so am I.”
Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games

Suzanne Collins
“No, it happened. And right when your song ended, I knew - just like your mother - I was a goner,' Peeta says.”
Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games

Suzanne Collins
“You have a... remarkable memory."
"I remember everything about you. You're the one who wasn't paying attention.”
Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games


Reading Progress

December 2, 2011 – Started Reading (Kindle Edition)
December 2, 2011 – Shelved (Kindle Edition)
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December 3, 2011 – Finished Reading (Kindle Edition)
May 30, 2015 – Shelved (Hardcover Edition)
June 12, 2015 – Started Reading (Hardcover Edition)
June 12, 2015 –
6.0% (Hardcover Edition)
June 15, 2015 –
11.0% (Hardcover Edition)
June 15, 2015 –
15.0% (Hardcover Edition)
June 15, 2015 –
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26.0% (Hardcover Edition)
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30.0% (Hardcover Edition)
June 16, 2015 –
34.0% (Hardcover Edition)
June 16, 2015 –
page 153
40.91% (Hardcover Edition)
June 16, 2015 –
page 185
49.47% (Hardcover Edition)
June 17, 2015 –
page 193
51.6% (Hardcover Edition)
June 18, 2015 –
page 306
81.82% (Hardcover Edition)
June 18, 2015 –
page 316
84.49% (Hardcover Edition)
June 18, 2015 –
page 329
87.97% (Hardcover Edition)
June 18, 2015 – Finished Reading (Hardcover Edition)
June 14, 2016 – Shelved
June 14, 2016 –
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June 14, 2016 –
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June 14, 2016 –
36.0%
June 14, 2016 –
63.0% "Still love this book."
June 14, 2016 –
70.0%
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June 15, 2016 – Finished Reading

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