Hi there, book worms! Maggie here with a spring break edition of What We’re Reading. Even if you’re not traveling to a tropical destination, I suggest setting aside a Saturday to give yourself a mini-vacation. Pack some snacks, grab that book that you’ve been meaning to read forever, and take a day trip to a local pool (if weather allows), a favorite park, or head out to discover a new garden where you can relax and read. Sounds pretty fabulous, huh?

Our friends at SunglassWarehouse.com put together this poolside perfect reading list, and I decided to take a cue from the list and read The Hunger Games — a series that is a borderline nationwide obsession.

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So armed with my diet coke, PB & J sandwich, and a chocolate chip cookie the size of my face, I headed to the state park near my house to enjoy my book.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games book coverBelieve it or not, Suzanne Collins got her start in television. No not as an actor, but as a writer for children’s television shows, including Clarissa Explains it All and Clifford’s Puppy Days. While working on a Kids WB show, Suzanne met children’s author, James Proimos, who convinced her to give writing children’s books a try. Her first project was The Underland Chronicles, a modern, urban take on Alice in Wonderland. Her next series, The Hunger Games Trilogy, would go on to launch her into fame.

The first book in the trilogy is The Hunger Games, which tells the story of 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen. The captivating novel is set in the future in a land called Panem, formerly North America. Panem is composed of 12 districts that are subservient to the Capitol. Every year, the districts each send one boy and girl to participate in the Hunger Games, a televised battle in which only one person can live. Katniss, strong-willed and feisty, volunteers to compete in the games in place of her younger sister. She heads to the Capitol, along with the male tribute from her district, Peeta, to begin the competition.

For my mini-vacation in the park, The Hunger Games was a perfect choice. This quick read is absolutely addicting. I gobbled it up in a day and immediately began to hunt down the second book in the series. I took a special liking to Katniss who, unlike many female characters, is strong, confident, and a provider for her family. While it’s technically a ‘young adult’ novel, I highly recommend The Hunger Games to adults as well as teens. It’s an easy, enticing read that will leave you wanting more — the perfect poolside (or park bench) read.

By +Maggie Voelker