Books that Bite and Sting, really?

Here we go with another daily prompt from Daily Post for my week-long challenge.  I’m now on day 4 of 7 and have to say that I’m quite enjoying it even though the topics are quite challenging to me.  Today’s topic?

Franz Kafka said, “we ought to read only books that bite and sting us.” What’s the last thing you read that bit and stung you?

I’m not sure that any books have ever really bitten or stung me but I have read a few which I really didn’t want to put down when I had to go to work, make dinner, go to bed etc.  I read quite a bit, mostly really quick rubbishy romance novels but on the odd occasion I’ll branch out into something else.  The something else is usually teen fiction.  There were two series of teen fiction which I read this year and couldn’t put down until I’d read all the books in the series.

The Hunger Games via

The first was The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins.  Everyone who had been to see the film said it was fantastic and as I couldn’t get to the cinema to see it I thought I’d read the book instead.  I still haven’t seen the film but the book was brilliant and I couldn’t put it down!  Just as well it was on my kindle rather than the paperback book as the kindle is so much easier to hold and take with me wherever I go than a book.  I was also glad that all 3 books in the series had been published by the time I got round to reading them because I then bought the next two books to download and read as soon as I’d finished the first book.  I think I read all 3 books in 3 days.

Time Riders via

The other series of books which I became hooked on this year was the Time Riders series by Alex Scarrow.  By the time I discovered the series, there were four books and, like the Hunger Games, I sat and read all of the first 5 books in 4 days!  I then had to wait for book 6 to come out but when it did I was not disappointed and read that one in one evening.  I’m now eagerly awaiting book 7 which will be released in February 2013.


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