All 3 books in The Hunger Games trilogy are proverbial page-turners. Fantastic & creative plots, well-written, well performed. But the content is about some of the ugliest, most violent sides of human nature, so it's not cheerful or uplifting.
Having said that, because the books are written for youth, the language is clean & there's no explicit sex. There is a wonderful love triangle that is only resolved at the very end of the trilogy, in Mockingjay. Throughout the 3 books, there's meaty, thought-provoking content, worthy of consideration & discussion by both adults & youth.
These are books worth reading, but don't read them if you're in a funk. Life during & around the Hunger Games is challenging & exhausting, & reading about it shares some of that exhaustion. Despite that, I kept reading & reading & reading & hated to see it end.
Treat Me, Not My Age is an important book for adults of every age. I listened to it, then bought several paper copies of the book to give to family & friends. I even gave a copy to my internist. It's important information to have for your own healthcare & for your older relatives & friends. Treat Me, Not My Age takes the reader through how to deal with your own & your family's attitudes about medical problems related to aging, how to select & work with physicians, & how to maneuver through the healthcare system & its obstacles. It also deals with the realities of medical insurance, long-term-care, & when you should & shouldn't give up house & automobile. It's not the most exciting book you'll ever hear, but it's one of the most important as we age. Buy it now & either buy the paper book or take good notes.
Still Missing is a real thriller that includes surprises from the beginning through to the very end. I couldn't stop listening. And I tried - because it's a book about the worst of humanity. About some of the really ugly things people do to those they love & to strangers. It is NOT an uplifting book. From my perspective, no one in it is likable. But the story itself & the characterization & performance are excellent. The personal growth & development of the main character is superbly written & read. I highly recommend Still Missing - but only if your emotions are in a good place.
Yes! is a very practical compilation of many persuasive ideas. Some I already knew, some not. The reason I like it is because each point was made succinctly & persuasively, for immediate & practical use, then they move on to the next point. All the information may not be new, but it's good to have it concisely in one place. The reading is clear; it's difficult to make such purely information content exciting, but they do a good enough job & the text includes lots of interesting examples. One suggestion: I'd prefer that the chapter titles were more concrete, less catchy. That way I could write down the point immediately for desktop reference.
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