Hooked on Angry Birds? Seen the cinematic trailer?

I love playing Angry Birds on my iPhone! My husband got me started on it. I played the Halloween version first, then the full version, and then the Halloween app automatically updated to include Christmas levels! I don’t want to know how many hours I’ve spent slinging birds at green pigs… But I still enjoy it!

So I’ve heard rumors about Angry Birds being made into a movie, but I hadn’t checked out the trailer until now. If you’re addicted to Angry Birds, you will enjoy this. Here you go!

My Latest Literary Obsession: The Hunger Games Trilogy

The Hunger Games book cover

The Hunger Games book cover

You know I love to read, when I have time. After spending so many years reading textbooks as a student, and several more as a sleep-deprived mother of small children, I finally have time to read for fun!

I’ve fallen in love with a handful of teen fantasy series, such as Harry Potter, Twilight, and most recently, The Hunger Games! Suzanne Collins’ three-volume series of The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay, has captured my heart, hijacked many hours of sleep, and occupied my mind for months.

Not familiar with The Hunger Games? Here’s a little intro, from Suzanne Collins‘ site:

Katniss is a 16-year-old girl living with her mother and younger sister in the poorest district of Panem, the remains of what used be the United States. Long ago the districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated. As part of the surrender terms, each district agreed to send one boy and one girl to appear in an annual televised event called, “The Hunger Games.” The terrain, rules, and level of audience participation may change but one thing is constant: kill or be killed. When her sister is chosen by lottery, Katniss steps up to go in her place.

Yes, the story is gritty and emotional. The first few chapters are terribly depressing, but absolutely necessary. But once I got through that, I could not stop reading! The main character, Katniss, is a strong, practical survivor. The dynamics of her relationships with her family, friends, competitors, mentors, and the public, are complex and interesting.

And if you’re worried that the whole saga sounds too cerebral, don’t worry. There is a whole bunch of very intense action! Life or death decisions, alliances and treachery, love and despair! You will not be bored.

Hunger Games story bracelet

Hunger Games inspired bracelet

After I finished reading the whole triology, I was inspired to create something to represent the story. I came up with this Hunger Games inspired charm bracelet.

I chose an eclectic combination of materials to reflect the dystopian setting of The Hunger Games. The main elements are composed of hand-worked natural brass with a brownish antiqued patina. I chose sterling silver and pewter charms, Swarovski® crystals, and polished glass to complete the bracelet, which tells a story to those who recognize the symbols. 🙂

If you’re a fan of The Hunger Games, go take a look and let me know what you think! If you’re not, check the books out! Cheers!