I am a teacher-librarian and I have a confession to make…
I have been unable to finish Mockingjay, the third book in the hugely popular The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins, for over three months.
|A contributor to my ‘series burnout’?|
I last read Catching Fire nearly two years ago with the promise to take a short break from Katniss Everdeen and the rebellion. Last week, however, I returned to District 13 with little fanfare and far less excitement about finishing the final installment. Several days later and I’m slogging through the third chapter switching between four other reads on my Kindle.
Am I a victim of the shortening attention spans that is gripping denizens of the twenty-first century?
Am I sick?
Do I need a doctor?
More Vitamin D?
Is this contagious?
Am I the only person to ever suffer from ‘series burnout’?
Am I the first person to ever admit that “You know, I just really don’t care to see how the whole love triangle thing with Katniss, Gale, and Peeta turns out…”?
Am I talking blasphemy…?
All joking aside, I really can’t remember the last time that I completed a series of fiction…let’s see…
Harry Potter? Still two more to go. Sort of lost steam after the birth of our second child.
Chronicles of Narnia? Only first two read–and that was nearly twenty years ago–probably not heading back there any time soon either.
Twilight? Barely finished the first one. And at least, I can readily admit that I don’t really see the allure of Meyer’s work.
Lord of the Rings? Sure. But only once every ten years. I mean, I’ve gotta life!
And like many teacher-librarians and bibliophiles, I see great significance in reading best sellers. More and more school districts are using best sellers in the curriculum to hook students and bring them into the fold. To get them to develop a lifelong habit of reading. Talk about leveraging student engagement! Many have turned to the series/trilogy in order to maintain longer terms of engagement.
So, why am I struggling to complete books that so many others hold so true and dear to their reading-heart?
Then again, shouldn’t I just be happy that I have the freedom to read whatever it is that I want to read? And quite frankly, I might not ever return to District 13, and I’m not so sure that that’s a bad thing either.