…”Catching Fire,” of course. I’ve been SO looking forward to this book coming out! I made sure the house was relatively clean, made simple dinner plans and got myself to a stopping point on the graphic design projects I’m working on. All so I could spend the day reading this book.
I tend to look at books suspiciously when they have a lot of hype attached. I’m probably the last person on the planet who hasn’t read a “Twilight” book =) And I held out on “The Hunger Games” too, until the ARC literally landed in my lap. Man, was I sucked in!
When I got to the Book Loft this morning and didn’t see “Catching Fire” right away I almost cried. Literally. I didn’t want to lose precious reading time driving 30 minutes to Santa Barbara to get a copy!
Turns out, they just hadn’t put it on the shelves yet. Crazy, I know. Here I was so caught up thinking this is THE book of the day, but at my indie, it was just another book.
So how was it? Beyond my expectations good. Like all her other books, it lingers with me. I dreamed about it, woke up still thinking about it. As soon as I finished reading I had to go to Elizabeth Law’s “We’ve read Catching Fire and we need to Discuss!” discussion board and read all the posts.
As a writer, I want to be that good someday. I love to go back and reread scenes from her books, looking at how she pulls me in as a reader. Her language is so spare, her pacing is perfect. She shows us a character with just a few sentences and we know that person. I want to be able to do that. I want my characters to stay with people, to make readers think.
Who are your literary idols? Who makes you want to excel as a writer?