Brown Paper Packages Tied Up With Strings
Dears, I don’t care for this winter business. The extra hours of darkness and cold weather give me seasonal depression – a condition that is worsened by the melancholy that seems to go hand and hand with the holidays. It’s tough for me to make merry, is my point.
Luckily, I have found several things that I enjoy and make me giggle and so it is in the spirit of giving that I bring them to your attention as well.
- Mark Reads: The Hunger Games
A few weeks back, Mrs. Frothy lent me a series of (Young * cough * Adult) books by Suzanne Collins. The Hunger Games trilogy is a violent and bleak tale about a teenage girl who is forced by her own government to fight to the death (see FUCK, HOLY) in an outdoor area with 23 other children – all between the ages of 12-18 - until one remains. Oh yes, and the bloody event is held annually and televised. The children all hail from different districts in a dystopian country called Panem (Bread in Latin) and nearly all of them are entrenched in poverty and starving. In addition to the perks of not being murdered on live television by another child, the sole survivor receives a home for their family to live in as well as food for the remainder of their life. It’s one of the most engrossing – and disturbing – things I have read in some time and I tore through the series in a week’s time.
But I digress. I mention this because Mrs. Frothy had also asked me to write up a review of the third book in the series, Mockingjay, and I have failed in doing so primarily because I recently found someone who is reviewing the series and doing a far better job than I possibly could. The site, Mark Reads, reviews several literature series (both the Harry Potter and Twilight series are covered there as well) one chapter at a time with witty and biting commentary and I think it is hilarious and MAGICAL. I encourage you to check out his site!
- Drunk History
Bless the sweet baby jeebus. Have you seen Drunk History? I feel like it would be a disservice to the series to try and explain it if you haven’t, it’s the sort of thing that is better to just watch and let wash over you. Drunk History has been an endless source of joy for me during a particularly dark time and so I am enclosing two of my recent favorites.