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my quick hunger games trilogy review/rant

3 May

hello lovelies!

yesterday i finished the hunger games trilogy- it took me from saturday to wednesday to devour the three books (hence my lack of blog posts).
i really liked the first and the second books: the characters were well developed, the storyline (so) gripping, you really felt you were in the middle of the arena with katniss and peeta!

spoiler alert!- if you haven’t read the books yet and care about how the story goes on, you might want to stop reading.

the reunion with her mother, prim and gale was also very touching (i secretly rooted for katniss and gale), and i couldn’t wait to start the third part.

a few dozen pages into the book, even before the whole mockingjay figure is announced, you just know that she doesn’t really have a choice, and that of course she will be the face of the revolution. well that was a little weak… the first two books were a little harder to anticipate! (even though before the quarter quell was read out loud, you just knew that katniss was going back in the arena)
president coin rubbed me the wrong way since the beginning… something about her iciness and very strict hold on district 13 didn’t sit right with me. i do understand that a district needs a strong leader, but a little bit of compassion doesn’t hurt- even if you are not supposed to exist!

the thing that bothered me the most though, is in the last third of the book- why did so many of katniss’ team have to die? why did castor and finnick have to be destroyed by snow’s mutts? especially finnick, who’s character had been elaborately strung out, the many facets of his personality described- all so that in the end, katniss had to blow him up so that he wouldn’t have encountered cato’s fate?
the part that i had to re- read several times for clarification (i’m still a little confused though) is  right when prim dies, katniss loses her senses, right? she is drifting in and out of a dreamlike state, where she is singing, sees her father, etc.
next thing you know, the story goes on! what? where is the binding sentence or paragraph? i really had to read the few sentences over and over, to find the connection, the word that signals that katniss is awake and conscious… still haven’t really found it, but i just went with it because i was so close to the end, and wanted to know just how she will kill snow.

am i the only one that was bothered by this? did anyone else experience the same missing feeling? i would love to hear your thoughts on this!

all in all, it was a great read, beautifully written- i’m definitely going to the movies these days to catch the first part. can’t wait to see how they show rue, cato, foxface and the wolf muttations in action :)


april weekend

30 Apr

hello lovelies!

i really hope you had an amazing weekend! mine was beautifully relaxing… we’ve had incredible weather over the last week, and the weekend just topped it all off with temperatures up to 30°C!

i spent the entire saturday reading at stadtpark (vienna’s “central park”), enjoying the sun, the grass, the birds chirping- it was divine! i started and finished the first book of the hunger games trilogy that day, and i’m hooked! i even brought the second one with me to work, so that i can read during breaks.

golden johann strauss statue in the park

sun rays through the trees

how dreamy is this garden? to anyone that is planning to visit vienna, stadtpark is a must see!
when i wasn’t at the park, i was with my friends at brunch or at the movies (american pie reunion!).i haven’t felt this rested in a long time, and i can’t wait to repeat the drill tomorrow again, because it’s national day! which equals holiday, and the sun approves.here a few glimpses of life at home on a lazy sunday morning

cookie chilling on the cool floor


post birthday report

26 Apr

26. that’s how old i am right now.

on the 24th of april, i turned a year older- probably not much wiser yet though…
i’m lucky enough to share my birthday with my best friend, even though she is a year older muahaha-ha, so we usually manage to throw a party or get a dinner event going.

this year, we celebrated at frank’s american restaurant with a small group of close friends. the special thing about frank’s is that it’s huge, and the menu is varied and everything (no seriously, everything!) is delicious- oh and they serve fantastic cocktails!

my starter was a flavorful mushroom crostini dish (similar to a bruschetta), and my main course was a luscious cheeseburger with a side of rough-cut fries and onion rings. can anyone tell i’m missing being in the states? :)
the whole evening through i drank cool water, a cocktail based on gin and blue curacao, with lemon, soda and sugar- it was like drinking a swimming pool, so fun!
my brother organized a surprise dessert, two warm soft chocolate cakes, that had a soufflé- like lava center! they came with vanilla ice cream and raspberry coulis- heavenly!

the evening couldn’t have been better, we laughed so hard at times, i thought we were going to get kicked out for being so noisy! i got lots of wonderful presents- let’s say that i will be very clean and awesome smelling for the next 6 months at least, i got so many amazing bath and body products! i also got the hunger games trilogy, a beautiful moleskine and pen, a spa voucher (thank you brother!) and other very useful stuff.

unfortunately, as with all good things, the day came to an end. and i fell into a pit of blue-ness.

sad birthday cat is sad

why is my phone so silent? gone were the calls, texts, bbms and facebook notifications that have followed me at very regular intervals throughout the day. 
and then my brain started working overtime: god you’re so old now, you’re past 25! look at you, single and at yet another new job. what about your grand plan, hm? in the grand scheme, you should be slowly settling down with someone, if you want to get married before you’re 30. you need to go buy wrinkle cream soon. one more year and you are officially not considered a “student” anymore. hey, in 4 years you’ll be 30. you get the gist, no?

so i said, fuck you brain! yes i just started another job, and yes i’m single- so what? i’m happy and healthy, have wonderful friends and a loving, supporting family. that’s more than some younger people can say for themselves.
so, in the wise words of barney stinson, i stopped being sad and became awesome instead.

and now i can really enjoy my presents, make plans for the year, throw myself into my new job, go shopping with all the money i will be making, travel, and relish in the freedom i have right at this moment.
26 is not old. hell, it’s actually going to be an awesome year.


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