I just finished reading Mockingjay, the third book of the Hunger Games trilogy. These are, without much competition, the best books I’ve read this year.

They’ve been on my reading list for a long time, but I started them after S started reading them in school, and enjoyed them so much that she bought the trilogy and read ahead of where they were in class. S hasn’t been much of an avid reader in recent years, so any book that gets her this fired up about reading was worth checking out.

It’s hard to say much about them without giving away important plot elements. The storytelling is gripping. It’s all told first-person, stream of consciousness, and there’s never a moment’s rest.

I’m looking forward to reading more of Collins’ books, although S hasn’t expressed much interest in any of her other works.

These books round out a year of reading that, although not as copious as my sister’s 66, by about half, was still quite a lot for me, in comparison to recent years, when everything else seemed more important than spending a moment reading. I also noticed that I left off several of the Discworld books that I’ve been reading with my Beloved, so it’s probably 3 or 4 short.

Next on the reading list is “The Catcher In The Rye”, which I’m not particularly looking forward to, but will find a way to finish anyways. A few years ago, I came across a list of 438 books that all educated people should read. And while this list, like every other one of its kind, is pretty arbitrary, I’m going to try to make my way through it over the next ten years or so