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The Week’s Most Popular Posts: March 26th – March 30th, 2012

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This isn’t just a reason why dudes should read The Hunger Games, it’s why EVERYONE should read The Hunger Games — and it was one of my favorite things about the novel. In Collins’ dystopia, information about other “types” of people (that is, people from the other 11 districts) is closely guarded, and it’s only when these kids are thrown together in the arena, that they begin to learn what life must be like for others whose situations are different. The message: Be cool. Live and let live (if you can). Empathy is what can really help the odds be ever in your favor.

From A Dude’s Guide to The Hunger Games by Greg Zimmerman

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In this case, readers of the novel were upset because the actor did not fit with what they imagined. And that is understandable. They were worried about the integrity of the story. Criticizing the casting of Rue based solely on her race, however, is disrespectful to both Collins and the story she has created. If people are going to get angry about the way that their favorite book characters are cast in film adaptations, then they should make sure they are getting angry for the right reasons.

From Rue, Race, and The Hunger Games by Cassandra Neace

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2. Winter of the World, by Ken Follett (Sept. 18) — Speaking of sequels-on-the-way-to-trilogies, Follett’s new novel continues the chronicle of the 20th century he began with the thousand-page doorstop Fall of Giants. And believe it or not, this second installment is actually longer than the first!

From 5 Books to Look Forward to This Fall by Greg Zimmerman

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C’mon, we really want to know–and we’ll ask this every week, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to share. Or ignore us. Or to tell other people to share! The possibilities may not be endless, but if you’re like most of us on staff, your TBR piles are.

From What’s On Your Nightstand? by Bethanne Patrick

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You don’t really know me, Author. I don’t often reach out to you to tell you personally about how much I loved your book. Meeting you and talking to you always make me feel like an awkward, tongue-tied, 12-year-old girl. But I still wanted to find a way to say thank you, to let you (and all of your Author friends) know that your work is valued. Your books, whatever the subject, have an audience somewhere. When that magical confluence of the right reader finding the right book at the right time happens, your book will be read by someone who will feel forever grateful to have experienced it.

From An Open Letter to an Author by Kim Ukura