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hunger games.

I have finally joined the ranks of the not-so-select few that get to rant and rave about the cast pickings for the currently-filming adaptation of the popolar youth fiction novel, which by the way is an abomination to the super-talented picks I cast in my version of the film. This book was addictive. Don’t know why, it was just catchy like an awesome virus that locks on and doesn’t let go til its done feeding you. That may have been a bit much but there was something strangely fascinating about the perspective of Katniss, a young girl who has to fight to the death at the annual Hunger Games in her country of Panem. Will she make it? Probably, considering there are two other books in the series…it does kind of suck when you know the main character can’t be killed, at least until the trilogy is completed. I am always fascinated by these series’ of youth fiction that take over and become the most popular thing in reading and pop culture.
There is something to be said about a writer who can capture your interest within a second of picking up the book. That sort of talent is not everyday, it’s every once in a great while that an author comes along and opens up your mind and fills it with imaginative stories.

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Food Rules

The other day a friend of mine let me borrow Food Rules, an amazing eater’s manual by Michael Pollan. From the moment I opened the book I was captivated and ended up reading it very quickly. Usually I don’t like books that are extreme or ones that have strong opinions, I think it’s because my patience for anything drastically skewed or unnecessarily extremely opinionated just rubs me the wrong way. I believe in being moderate, thinking fairly and accurately, being reasonable and realistic. And Pollan does a fantastic job in doing just that. He presents his findings in such a way that are easy to digest. I also find that his rules are readily adoptable and applying them to your diet is easily doable. There are many things in the book that are common sense-type rules but things that we’ve learned to forget over the years as eaters in America. Being that he is a journalist, his job is to make complicated things easy to understand, and he makes a very confusing thing (eating food) very simple to grasp. In any case, I found his book very interesting and I think everyone should really read it. It will change how you view and consume food (in a good way). The end result for me: I want to live healthy so I must put pure/good/whole food into my body, and the way to do that? Good food, right food, happy food… The rules make it easy.

moleskine

mila: these books are probably the best tools for a writer. they are beautiful, sleek and easy to carry. if I’m going to write into something it needs to be aesthetically pleasing and not distracting- moleskine definitely has this down. also it doesn’t hurt when the company prides itself on letting the consumer know that Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway, and Bruce Chatwin all used this legendary notebook. it’s a great marketing tool because stupid people like me will think they will become one of the greats if they buy and write in them.

a farewell to arms.

best book ever.

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