Russian Mom Reads

Within the last 7 days I managed to finish 4 books.

Granted, the first one had only a few chapters left. Mastretta’s “Tear This Heart Out” is a fictional story set during the times of Mexican revolution. The novel is about Catalina Guzman, who throughout the book transforms from a naïve young girl into an independent and exceptionally strong woman. I found the sharp yet humorous writing style very refreshing – the author didn’t hesitate to openly draw violence, blunt sexuality, shocking political and social norms of the period. The book definitely keeps you on your toes!

After this Mexican story I jumped right into the magic world of young adult fiction, “The Hunger Games” trilogy by Suzanne Collins. Of course, as most such books, it was much easier to dive into. How did I manage to finish 3 books in less than a week, all while chasing the kids? Easy! Even though, unlike my previous read, it had absolutely unrealistic setting, the story gave me serious nightmares! Hence, since I couldn’t sleep because of the damn books anyways, I decided to get over and done with them reading till 3 or 4 am almost every night.

I’m not about to sum up ” The Hunger Games”. They are SO 2010! It’s almost like if I were to write a review on “Harry Potter” at this point – everyone knows it’s a whole a lot of awesomeness, and you are not going to learn anything new from this Russian mom!

On my part, I think I’m going to take a little break from reading, catch up on my sleep, and remind the husband, that my place is in our bed, by his side!



  1. orples says:

    I read the Bi-Sentential Series by John Jakes along around 1976, and I read all 6 books in the series, non-stop. A 7th book (The Lawless (I believe) was soon to be published). I do love a book I can’t put down (when I have time to read). Lately, it’s been a challenge, so more power to you. :)

  2. thelauracalderproject says:

    I loved The Hunger Games trilogy and was super excited for the movies, but the wife and I aren’t quite sure about the actress playing Katniss. I hope they cast her correctly.

  3. itsgoodtobethecook says:

    I love your blog! My best friend is from Russia and you’re reminding me of things she would say! Hunger games is amazing… you’re allowed to comment even if it is 2012! I cannot wait for the movie.

  4. MoJo says:

    Honey, I’m a tried and true Hunger Games groupie too! I geek Twilight, Harry Potter and everything District 12! :) xoxo

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