Tag Archives: summer reading

MOCKINGJAY PARTY POST: LIVE BLOG EDITION

24 Aug


Let the party commence! Just like you, we literally just picked up our copies (12:01!) and are on our way to spend the night reading. We will be very sleepy Book Talkers tomorrow, that is for sure.

First things first: If you haven’t read or don’t intend to read Mockingjay yet, DO NOT GO ANY FURTHER. There will be spoilers in the comments section of this post. Tread very carefully! For everyone who is here to talk about the book, don’t forget that on the right hand side of this post you’ll see Book Talk’s own WORDS WE LIVE BY—so please, keep it friendly and fun. The lovely Suzanne Collins herself has requested that we all be mindful of fellow readers and fans.

NOW, it’s time for the biggest giveaway yet! In honor of finally getting our hands on Mockingjay, we want to give away THIRTEEN Mockingjay Pins! (Get it?) As with the first round, be sure to comment on this post with the phrase “I want a Book Clubs Mockingjay Pin!” in the body of your comment to enter. You must be over the age of 18 and a valid U.S. resident; click here for complete rules. You will have until 11:59 p.m. on August 24, 2010, to enter. We will draw thirteen (13) names at random and announce the winners on Wednesday, August 25. Please only submit the phrase one time, and leave the rest of your comments for good old-fashioned book talk.

Anyway, now it’s time for you to tell us what you think! We’ll be around to add in our own thoughts while we read as well. Continue reading

Third Give-Away Winners!

9 Aug

The discussions just keep getting better and better! This time you guys went everywhere – the love interests, the history, even the nomenclature! We can’t wait for this Friday to start talking about Catching Fire.

Congratulations to Natalie and Mrs. K on winning the Mockingjay Pins and copies of Catching Fire. We’ll see you guys on Friday for another chance to win!

SoHG: Hunger Games – THAT ENDING!

6 Aug

It’s time! Discussion post number two! We are going to talk about Hunger Games and oh my goodness, that ending. Just like last time, the same rules apply. Remember, on the right hand side of this post you’ll see Book Talk’s own WORDS WE LIVE BY – so please, keep it friendly and fun  Comments with spoilers for Catching Fire will not be approved, let’s keep it within the confines of Hunger Games. Thanks!

Let the games begin!

Also, we have give-away number three! We’re giving away two MORE Mockingjay pins! In addition to the pins, the two lucky winners will get a copy of Catching Fire so they can get started for next week. As with the first round, to enter be sure to comment on this post with the phrase “I want a Book Clubs Mockingjay pin!” in the body of your comment. You must be over the age of 18 and a valid U.S. resident, click here for complete rules. You will have until tonight August 6th, 2010 at 9pm EST to enter. We will draw two (2) names at random tomorrow 1pm EST. Please only submit the phrase one time, and leave the rest of your comments for good ole’ fashioned book talk. Continue reading

More Winners!

2 Aug

Thanks to all of you who made the first discussion post such a huge success! You guys really had some interesting insights on Katniss and Peeta and the rest of the Hunger Games team – even Cinna!

Congratulations to Shaianne and Cheryl R. on winning two more of our Mockingjay pins! Again, there are definitely more give-aways, so don’t fear, you’ll have more chances to get your hands on one if you haven’t yet!

See you guys in the next discussion post about Part III of Hunger Games on Friday 🙂

SoHG: Chapter 18 – OMG. (First Discussion Post and Give-Away)

30 Jul


It’s here! Our first discussion post for the Summer of Hunger Games! Now, this post is purely for parts 1 and 2 of Hunger Games, so please stick to those plot points – we won’t be approving comments that contain spoilers for the rest of the series. So rest easy first timers, this is a safe place. Remember, on the right hand side of this post you’ll see Book Talk’s own WORDS WE LIVE BY – so please, keep it friendly and fun 🙂 Let the games begin!

These games, of course, involve our second wonderful give-away! This time, we have two exclusive Scholastic Book Clubs Mockingjay pins as the prize. As with the first round, to enter be sure to comment on this post with the phrase “I want a Book Clubs Mockingjay pin!” in the body of your comment. You must be over the age of 18 and a valid U.S. resident, click here for complete rules. You will have until tonight July 30th, 2010 at 9pm EST to enter. We will draw two (2) names at random tomorrow 1pm EST. Please only submit the phrase one time, and leave the rest of your comments for good ole’ fashioned book talk.

Warning! There are  spoilers here for parts 1 and 2 of Hunger Games! Click on the ‘continue reading’ link to read some of our thoughts on the book so far and comment with some of your own! Continue reading

Summer Backslide & Our Top 5

20 Jul

A few weeks ago we posted an article from USA Today on our Facebook page about how reading during the summer might be the best way to protect against the summer backslide. It got us thinking here at the Book Talk team, what were our favorite summer reads growing up? That being said, here are our Top 5 summer reads from when we were younger:

Trevor:

The Phantom Tollbooth
The Giver
Max and Me and the Time Machine
Miracle at the Plate
Sideways Stories from Wayside School


Preeti:

A Wrinkle in Time
Lord of the Rings
Anne of Green Gables
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing
Alanna: The First Adventure

Erin:

To Kill a Mockingbird
The Midwife’s Apprentice
A Cricket in Times Square
Island of the Blue Dolphins
Redwall


Jen:

Mrs. PiggleWiggle-anything
Strega Nona
Amelia Bedelia-anything
A Wrinkle in Time
Hatchet

Ben:

Watership Down
Redwall
The Little Prince
Island of the Blue Dolphins
Where the Red Fern Grows


Kym:

A Wrinkle in Time
The Secret Garden
My Side of the Mountain
Anne of Green Gables
Matilda

As you can see, we have some repeats but what can we say…A Wrinkle in Time is awesome.

What would your top 5 be?