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Dear Author Book Club Event and Feed Update

Hunger Games by Suzanne CollinsOn October 15th, Dear Author will host a book club event for Suzanne Collins’ Hunger
Games. This is a book that was recommended by Jia. It’s a story about a sixteen year old girl who offers herself up as a Tribute in place of her younger sister, as a player in the annual hunger games, whereby 12 children compete to the death to win a year of boon for his or her district and a lifetime of wealth for themselves.

This is a gripping story. With twists, turns, and lots of action, it kept me on the edge of my seat. Not only that, there’s no denying the power of its themes. War and violence leave scars on the next generation. Haymitch may be the town’s middle-aged drunk but can you blame him? Not did he survive a brutal battle to the death, now as a victor he must mentor future tributes. That hurts. Imagine getting to know these children, coaching them, hoping for their victory- and then watching them die. Year after year, that has been Haymitch’s fate. Of all the things he could have resorted to in order to cope, drinking might be one of the least destructive options available.

I can’t recall that we’ve ever hosted a Book Club before so we are bound to do it weirdly but we hope you will come on October 15th and participate in a discussion of the book including speculation on where it will go.

This book can be purchased in hardcover from Amazon or Powells. No ebook format.

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Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Elle
    Oct 10, 2008 @ 12:55:08

    Actually, it is 24 children (age 11-18)–a boy and a girl from each of the 12 districts–who complete in the Hunger Games, IIRC.

    I look forward to your Book Club, since this is a very interesting book.

  2. Anji
    Oct 10, 2008 @ 13:04:31

    Darn it, no ebook????


  3. Brie
    Oct 10, 2008 @ 13:40:01

    Hmm, the synopsis puts me in the mind frame of Lord of the Flies, a book that I didn’t really like. I do think I’ll give this one a go, though.

  4. Bev Stephans
    Oct 10, 2008 @ 14:27:19

    Since I buy all of my books online, I won’t be able to participate. There just isn’t enough time to order the book, read it and join in. Maybe next time, you could give longer notice?

  5. Jane
    Oct 10, 2008 @ 14:31:54

    Sorry Bev. We did talk about it in the thread of Jia’s review, but yes, I could have done a better job of promoting it.

  6. Emmy
    Oct 10, 2008 @ 14:56:00


    I rarely read most of the review below the cut unless it’s a sub-genre or an author I enjoy. I make note of the book and the grade, and may look into it more if there is an A grade, but I can’t remember the last time I read a review thread.

    I’m guessing that many people who would have participated in the book club aren’t going to be able to because they didn’t know about it in time to get the book. It sounds fun and interesting, though, and maybe I can participate next time :)

  7. Jill Myles
    Oct 10, 2008 @ 18:19:14

    I loved this book! Can’t wait to discuss. :)

  8. Christine
    Oct 10, 2008 @ 20:07:40

    Hunger Games just came to me in the mail a few days ago. I love the Book Club idea! I’ll try to read it by next Wednesday. Operative word is ‘try.’

  9. Sarah
    Oct 10, 2008 @ 21:33:30

    I’m so excited! I just finished this book the other day based on Jia’s recommendation. I was completely hooked so I’ll try to participate. I wish the next book was coming out already, lol.

  10. Leslie G
    Oct 11, 2008 @ 11:31:01

    Love the book club idea. I just got Hunger Games for my daughter because of Jia’s review. I’ll see if I can read it by the 15th.

  11. Keishon
    Oct 11, 2008 @ 12:56:41

    I’ll be late participant.

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