#304 – The Hunger Games


I love my job.

There are some weeks, like this week, where I find myself in back-to-back-to-back meetings. I don’t love meetings but, for the most part, I do love my job and everything that I get to do.

I get to hang out with students.

I get to go to camp and on mission trips.

I get to see boy students finally start to get it as they near the end of their sophomore years.

There are so many reasons why I love my job. But there are also parts of my job that I could do without.

Like The Hunger Games.

I’ve been aware of The Hunger Games for about a year. I’ve been made more and more aware of it as our students have talked about it more and more. Now, with the movie releasing next week, the excitement level has reached fever pitch and I can’t escape it.

Our girl students are talking about the books and the movie. Our guy students are talking about the books and the movie. So I feel like I should at least read the first book, which I’m going to do.

I don’t have a strong desire to read The Hunger Games; I’d rather read a book about prayer or Star Wars. Since I work with students, though, I need to engage with aspects of their lives, even if that means reading books I don’t really want to. I read Twilight and I can’t imagine Hunger Games is any worse than that.

I’ve found that reading books I don’t want to read is a lot like eating vegetables. Even though I’m a grown man and enjoy my vegetables, I still eat them first and very quickly. I don’t want to waste my time on vegetables when there’s a steak or sandwich to eat. I don’t want to waste too much time on The Hunger Games because there are other books I want to read.

But if having to read The Hunger Games is one of the downsides to my job, I’m still pretty blessed.

What do you do when have to read a book you don’t want to read?


11 comments on “#304 – The Hunger Games”

  1. Fortunately, I don’t have to read books I don’t want to any more, but I feel for you! I will say this: you might be pleasantly surprised. I was. The first book is quite strong. I haven’t finished the trilogy, but there is a lot of meat for discussion, and it’s very well-written.

  2. Even my boy teens at the teen center are talking about this book. I love when books translate to both genders for teenagers – it’s a hard thing to accomplish – both my boys and girls are extremely picky.

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