First I have to admit something. I love the show Gossip Girl. Though I haven’t read the books because after reading the first page of the first book I realized that I just wasn’t going there, but the show…well, like I said, I love it. Which brings me to the book I finished on Friday, How to Buy a Love of Reading by Tanya Egan Gibson.  This book reminded me of the show – rich kids, fancy houses, underage drinking, partying, money, money, money. (Why do I enjoy watching/reading this kind of drivel? It’s like candy for me, I suppose.) In any event, the girl in the book, Carley isn’t living up to her parents’ or teachers’ expectations, so her parents “buy” her an author  to write a book for her 16th birthday present. Carley is a little on the overweight side and this is a major part of the book. She is best friends with Hunter, a hunkalicious guy who is every girl’s dream (Though he also happens to be an alcholic, pill popper). So we have the shennanigans of Carley, Hunter, and Bree, her author. Lots of SAT word lists and literary terminology thrown around. This is an adult book although it is very young adultish. Fun for me!

And my other weekend book was The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. This one is a young adult book (Collins also wrote the Gregor the Overlander series for kids). The story is set in the future; the U.S. has been divided into 13 districts. The 13th district rebels and is obliterated, so to keep the other districts under control, the Capitol has devised the Hunger Games. Two kids from each district are selected each year to participate in Gladiator-type, fight to the death games. The heroine, Katniss takes her little sister’s place when she is chosen to participate from District 12. I have to say, I liked this story very much. I have a penchant for these futuristic, not necessarily, but kind of science fiction novels. (Full discolsure: Stephenie Meyer recommended this book, so that is how I became aware of its existence. Further disclosure: I have read all of Meyer’s books. Went to a Breaking Dawn release party at Barnes and Noble…the whole shebang. Thought The Host was quite marvelous. I think she is good at what she does, but don’t think she’s the greatest writer of all time.)

So this post has successfully made me sound like I read nothing but young adult fiction and watch awful television. These are things I like, but I have many layers. Just like Shrek said, “Onions have layers.  Ogres have layers.” And I’m not embarrassed.