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September 2, 2010 / Leslie

It’s Time To Read The Hunger Games

I saw this today on Galleycat:

Scholastic announced that Suzanne Collins’ Mockingjay has sold 450,000 copies counting both hardcover and eBook sales since its August 24th release. That’s an average of 45,000 books sold per day.

That’s a lot of books! And it’s good to see that reading is still alive and well. But I admit, I haven’t read any of this series yet. I’m sure I’ll like it; from the description of the series and the reviews, it fits the type of book I’d enjoy. So why haven’t I read any of them yet?

The simple truth is that I don’t like to be kept hanging waiting for the next installment of a trilogy. Sometimes for years. And in the meantime I forget a lot of the plot details. So I generally wait until the complete set is published and then read them all at once. Also, there is always the fear that I will invest time in a trilogy that will never be completed. I have been disappointed a few times with a series that abruptly ended after only one book. So now it’s time to read them all at once.

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  1. Ash / Sep 5 2010 10:42 am

    This idea is something I’ve heard a lot about lately. I’ve never read a series that ended so I don’t have that fear that a series would end. I think there is some truth in forgetting plot points over time with a series. Personally, I love the anticipation.

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    • Leslie / Sep 5 2010 3:10 pm

      I’m still annoyed that Orson Scott Card never finished Lovelock, The Mayflower Trilogy and that was 15 years ago!

      I would say most are trilogies completed, I just like the excitement of finding a new series and being able to read them in a row. The characters become almost my friends! Weird, I know. Last year I found The Dresden Files and loved the first book. So now I have seven of them waiting TBR, I just need some time.

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  2. bermudaonion / Sep 6 2010 3:57 pm

    I haven’t started this trilogy either. I’ve seen it compared to Battle Royale, which I didn’t like at all, so I’ve been hesitant to pick it up. My husband loved it!

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  3. avisannschild / Sep 7 2010 2:48 pm

    I have the first book, which I won from a book blogger when it first came out, but I haven’t read it yet. It makes sense to me too to wait until they are all out to read them, although you kinda miss out on some of the group excitement about the publication of the final book!

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  4. Dawn - She Is Too Fond of Books / Sep 18 2010 9:11 pm

    So glad to see I’m not the only one who hasn’t yet read this trilogy (or even THE HUNGER GAMES). My (14 yr old) daughter read it and has it waiting on her bookshelf whenever I’m ready for it!

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