The Hunger Games #CatchingFire #Giveaway

by Jennifer Donovan

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I feel like my personal policies about books and movies are being challenged. I never used to reread much, but now having read The Book Thief shortly before screening the movie and enjoying the background that it provided, instead of choosing NOT to read a book shortly before I see the movie, I think I’ve moved into the reread the book first camp.

After I saw the Hunger Games movie, I immediately reread Catching Fire, and with the release of the Catching Fire movie coming up on November 22, I have a strong strong desire to reread the book.

It’s a good story, a multi-faceted one, and I think rereading will help me remember the characters and the background. If you haven’t read the Hunger Games, but you’ve just seen the movie, I think you could just jump into the 2nd book if you wanted to as background for the 2nd movie. You could certainly read it afterwards.

You might even be in the situation where you missed seeing the Hunger Games movie, despite all the hubbub. You have time to solve that problem too. I would definitely see the first movie before you watch the second.

This one looks good. They were obviously working with a bigger budget. Additionally, the setting and themes of this one lend themselves to a great visual feast. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire opens nationwide November 22. My 15-year-old daughter and I are really excited about this, so much so that my daughter deemed the promotional package of Hunger Games: Catching Fire chocolates that I received, “The coolest thing I ever received.”

Enter to Win

We have a copy of Catching Fire: Movie Tie-in Edition to give to THREE of you (U.S. shipping addresses only).

Start by entering your name and email address in the widget below to unlock one or many entry options, starting with leaving a comment telling me about your first experience with The Hunger Games (even if this is it).

One of your options for an entry will be commenting on my interview with Gloss, Cashmere, Betee, Finnick and Johanna, so be sure to check that out.



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Jennifer Donovan has been a part of the 5 Minutes for Mom team since 2007. She writes product reviews, covers events, and manages the 5 Minutes for Books weekly column and website. She lives in Houston and blogs at Snapshot about life with her family.

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1 Christine Jensen November 11, 2013 at 12:04 am

I kept seeing positive posts on facebook about the book and had no clue what it could be about, so I hopped on the library wait list for the first book and was quickly hooked!
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2 Alvina Castro November 11, 2013 at 2:42 am

I have neither seen it nor read it but want to do both

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3 Marti Tabora November 11, 2013 at 5:16 am

This is my first experience. I have been meaning to get the book, but just haven’t taken the time to do it. Thanks for the opportunity.

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4 wendy rozema November 11, 2013 at 6:39 am

I havent’ seen or read this yet .. but i’d like to!

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5 Holly F November 11, 2013 at 7:00 am

I watched the first movie about a week ago On Demand from Netflix. I had resisted because I normally don’t like dystopian stories like that but I absolutely loved it. The next day I downloaded the audiobook from the library and listened to it over the next two days. I loved how much more inside information it had into what she was thinking. I may listen to it again soon because it was so good.
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6 Tammy S November 11, 2013 at 10:59 am

My first experience with this series was when the book came out. I remember reading it with my daughter and getting so caught up in the story. It one of those books that you start reading and can’t wait to read the next in the series.

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7 Mariaelena November 11, 2013 at 11:17 am

My fiery experience was the first movie, never had time to read the book but now I got lots of time

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8 anne November 11, 2013 at 1:18 pm

My first experience with the book or movie. Love to read this book.

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9 amyc November 11, 2013 at 1:48 pm

I have had no experience with the Hunger Games. But have wanted to read it for a long time.

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10 Kristina Wilson November 11, 2013 at 2:34 pm

I saw it last yr in the theatres

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11 DEBIJOT November 11, 2013 at 4:38 pm

I have read the book series and I have seen the first movie. Can hardly wait for the second movie.

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12 beth cole November 11, 2013 at 4:54 pm

I just started reading the first one this week.

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13 Wehaf November 11, 2013 at 5:11 pm

I read the whole series, and just recently watched the first movie. I’m excited for this one to come out!

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14 Tiffany Marston November 11, 2013 at 6:47 pm

I saw the movie in the theater with my husband. My husband, my oldest daughter and myself have all read the books. My second oldest is reading the books now. I am going to with my husband again to see the next movie for our wedding anniversary…i am looking forward to!!!

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15 Stephen N. November 11, 2013 at 8:46 pm

I first saw the film. I liked that so much that I read the books.

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16 Stacey B November 11, 2013 at 8:47 pm

The first experience I had was the first movie that came out — and I loved it so much I had to read the books

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17 Patricia Wojnar Crowley November 11, 2013 at 8:47 pm

I haven’t seen it or read it…but my niece loves it!

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18 MaryBeth November 11, 2013 at 10:11 pm

I waited until I had the time and access to all three books to start them… I love to read and hate to wait once I’m sucked into a storyline. Very enjoyable reads, but I’ve yet to see the movies.

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19 chelsea November 11, 2013 at 11:13 pm

I LOVED THE FIRST MOVIE. I cant wait to see the next one… I’d love to read the books too!

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20 shelly leatham November 12, 2013 at 2:51 am

I saw the first Hunger Games movie recently, and I am interested in seeing Catching Fire. I have not read the books though!
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21 Anita Yancey November 12, 2013 at 10:15 am

My first experience with Hunger Games was when I bought the DVD of the first movie. I loved the movie and I hope the second one is as good.

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22 Anita Yancey November 12, 2013 at 10:17 am

As for the chocolate. I would like to try the DISTRICT 11-Agriculture, harvest cherry & cacao dark chocolate.

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23 Linda Kinsman November 12, 2013 at 10:46 am

My oldest daughter read the books and shared them with me as part of our Mom/daughter book club and I was hooked!
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24 Tammy S November 12, 2013 at 11:14 am

I would like to try the DISTRICT 2 – Masonry: caramel + pecan + 41% cacao milk chocolate. It sounds great

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25 LaVonne
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I’ve read all three books. Love them. Can’t wait until this movie comes out. Will be seeing it with my sister.
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26 Daniel M November 12, 2013 at 10:34 pm

renting the 1st movie from netflix

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27 Terra Heck November 13, 2013 at 3:59 am

My first experience was watching the first movie during a midnight showing with my teenage daughter. Thanks.

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28 shelly November 13, 2013 at 9:45 am

My son read the books & then I took him to the movie. The whole kids being forced to kill other kids theme really surprised me.
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29 Jennifer Johns November 13, 2013 at 10:34 am

This would be a great gift for my 15 year old daughter!

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30 Jennifer Johns November 13, 2013 at 10:37 am

Her first experience with Hunger Games was reading the 1st book for a school report. She loved them so much! Last year, she and I went to the midnight movie premiere. We had a blast! There were a lot of people dressed up like the characters.

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31 Tabathia B November 13, 2013 at 10:45 am

I read the first book after my daughters saw the movie

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32 kathy stevenson November 13, 2013 at 5:56 pm

I read all of the books before the first movie came out!

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33 Lacey Burd November 13, 2013 at 6:01 pm

I’ve watched the first movie one time. My sister brought it to a family movie night :)

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34 Rebecca Parsons November 13, 2013 at 7:54 pm

I wasn’t sure i would like it but after my husband got the movie, I ended up liking it.

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35 Regina November 14, 2013 at 8:17 am

It took forever for us to watch the first movie. I honestly thought the story line was quite morbid.

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36 Regina November 14, 2013 at 8:20 am

I would like to try the milk chocolate.

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37 Jamie Martin
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My girlfriend and I were trying to get a bed time routine situated and we decided that she would read to me. We didn’t know what to read and my friend recommended Hunger Games. Harmony started reading it to me that night and we fell in love with the whole series!

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38 Vickie Couturier November 14, 2013 at 11:40 am

this is my first experience with hunger games

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39 Vickie Couturier November 14, 2013 at 11:49 am

id like to try ◾DISTRICT 2 – Masonry:
caramel + pecan + 41% cacao milk chocolate

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40 Stephanie November 14, 2013 at 12:08 pm

After ignoring the hype for awhile, my husband bought the first book for me for my birthday. I think he and I both read it within 24 hours of me opening it! We immediately ordered the next two books :)

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41 Krystal Dunlap November 14, 2013 at 3:17 pm

This is my first experience with the hunger games.

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42 Sindy Murray November 14, 2013 at 9:44 pm

I like the first movie but I think it was a little bit to long!

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43 Donna W. November 15, 2013 at 4:44 am

I was hesitant about seeing the movie as I had trouble understanding the cruelty of the games. My husband had read the books and really liked them so wanted to see the movie. I liked it so read all the books and can’t wait for Catching Fire.

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44 Melissa P. November 15, 2013 at 6:23 am

I’m curious about the second movie. Would love to win the book. : )

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45 Liz November 15, 2013 at 9:54 am

I saw the first movie, but have not read the books.

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46 Liz November 15, 2013 at 9:55 am

Oh, man. District 11 chocolate, please!

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47 mrs. bacon November 15, 2013 at 9:37 pm

I read the first book and could not put it down. I would love to read this one as well.

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48 Amelia Drew November 17, 2013 at 2:28 pm

This is such a good series to read!

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49 Beth C November 17, 2013 at 5:15 pm

I saw the first movie.

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50 Beth C November 17, 2013 at 5:15 pm

Milk chocolate sounds good to me.

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51 Diana November 18, 2013 at 1:13 pm

I love The Hunger Games!

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52 samantha w November 19, 2013 at 4:51 am

I have seen the first movie, and think I would like to read the book before I see the second one

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53 Donna W. November 19, 2013 at 5:16 am

my first experience with Hunger Games is the first movie in the theater

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54 Kathie Craig November 19, 2013 at 10:12 pm

I saw the movie on DVD or OnDemand and loved it.

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55 marian boll November 20, 2013 at 1:11 am

I saw the first movie, bought the DVD and want to see the movie soon

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56 Elle November 20, 2013 at 7:53 am

A girlfriend watched the first movie and told me about it. It’s funny, because of what she said I was only a little interested and thought I may or may not like the movie. Now I’m a huge fan of the movies and books! The first movie blew my mind.

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57 debbie November 20, 2013 at 8:39 am

I won the hunger games book, and I just got around to reading it a couple of weeks ago.

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58 Starr Greenwell November 20, 2013 at 1:34 pm

My first experience was seeing the Hunger Games at the movie.

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59 beth November 20, 2013 at 2:11 pm

I read it after a friend introduced me to the series

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60 beth November 20, 2013 at 2:12 pm

I’m not sure that I would enjoy the beef jerky chocolate

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61 angie November 20, 2013 at 2:56 pm

looks very interesting have had friends discuss it

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62 april yedinak November 21, 2013 at 8:40 am

My first experience was reading the 1st book after it was recommended to me by my niece. I loved it and I loved the first movie.

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63 Staci A November 21, 2013 at 12:42 pm

I’ve seen the first movie, and really enjoyed it.

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64 beth shepherd November 21, 2013 at 9:51 pm

I saw the movie awhile ago and read the books. great stuff

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65 Shannon Baas November 22, 2013 at 2:34 pm

This is my first experience.

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66 Emily November 22, 2013 at 6:39 pm

A few years ago I was in school still, and a friend of mine practically begged me to read the series. of course at the time I was too busy, about a year later I read the books and fell in love. The Movies just make my love that much stronger.

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67 in the hammock November 22, 2013 at 6:50 pm

my first experience was reading the original book. i loved it, and i think they did such a great job with the movie!
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68 Stephanie Larison November 22, 2013 at 7:47 pm

I’ve never read the book or seen the movie, but I’d like to.

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69 Bernie W November 22, 2013 at 10:14 pm

My first experience was seeing it in the theaters.

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70 Thomas lockhart November 22, 2013 at 11:13 pm

I read the books and enjoyed them

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71 ashley cossette November 22, 2013 at 11:35 pm

went to see the first movie and honestly im still not even sure what i thought about it, have been meaning to see it again but haven’t fonud the time. Hoping to see it before i see catching fire though!

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72 Sindy Murray November 23, 2013 at 12:55 am

We like the movie and we are hoping the second one is even better. I have not read any of the books!

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73 Steve Stone November 23, 2013 at 3:10 am

i just finished the first book a month ago.

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74 Sara Wagner November 23, 2013 at 8:08 am

My first experience was seeing the movie Hunger Games. Now I’m hooked.

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75 beth November 23, 2013 at 9:35 am

i have not seen the movie yet looks good

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76 tina reynolds November 23, 2013 at 10:19 am

My husband read the books told me a bit about it and I watched the movie with him

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77 Priscilla P. November 23, 2013 at 11:25 am

I would want to try the chipolte chili candy. It sounds fun.

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78 Priscilla P. November 23, 2013 at 11:28 am

I have read all the books and seen the 1st movie. My Granddaughter, and my Niece were reading the books at the same time as I was reading them.We would have to call each other and talk about them. We went to see the movie together as well.

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79 Priscilla P. November 23, 2013 at 11:32 am

I thought Sam Clafin was perfect as Finnick,

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80 staceyk November 23, 2013 at 12:46 pm

this is my first experience with it!

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81 Angela W November 23, 2013 at 2:28 pm

I havent’ seen or read this yet

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82 Ava Chavez November 23, 2013 at 3:20 pm

A freind reccomended the books to me & within 2 days I’d read them all!

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83 tracey johnson November 23, 2013 at 4:40 pm

i saw the first movie

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84 Melanie Montgomery November 23, 2013 at 5:33 pm

My sister in law bought me the first book for my 23 birthday

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85 Tricha November 23, 2013 at 8:18 pm

I have not read or seen them

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86 peter gladue November 23, 2013 at 9:04 pm

Worked in Borders, when the third book of the series came out

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87 Linda G. November 23, 2013 at 9:29 pm

this is my first experience

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88 Heather B November 23, 2013 at 10:15 pm

We rented the first movie on Netflix not long after it first came out.

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89 Racheal November 23, 2013 at 10:58 pm

My younger sister had to read The Hunger Games in 5th grade. I saw it laying around, so I picked it up and started reading. I did not put it down until I finished it later that day!

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90 mrsshukra November 23, 2013 at 11:13 pm

Watched the first movie on DVD with my hubby and liked it!

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91 augrim November 24, 2013 at 1:44 am

I rented Hunger games from RedBox. It was O.K.

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92 Anastasia November 24, 2013 at 3:13 am

My first experience was someone telling me to read the books. Once I started, I gorged on them and finished the series within a week :)

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93 Serena Powell November 24, 2013 at 5:49 am

I first heard about the Hunger Games when my sister read them years ago.

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94 melina r November 24, 2013 at 7:38 am

I rented the Hunger Games movie-liked it, will defintely see the sequels.

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95 Georgia Beckman November 24, 2013 at 9:08 am

I have not read either book nor seen the movies. BUT, I would like to. Our 11 year old granddaughter is really into it. She will be going to see the new movie on Tuesday before Thanksgiving.

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96 Stacy I. November 24, 2013 at 9:37 am

I read the book seeing that the movie came out. I’m really glad I read it.

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97 Teresa Thompson November 24, 2013 at 9:45 am

I read the series 3 years ago and loved it.

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98 Carolyn Daley November 24, 2013 at 9:47 am

I have not read the books or seen the movies yet. I might watch the first movie on Amazon Prime and see the second movie next weekend. I would love to win this giveaway for a friend. Thank you for the opportunity.

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99 Diana Hatch November 24, 2013 at 11:57 am

I loved reading the Hunger Games Books

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100 Breanne November 24, 2013 at 12:35 pm

I checked out the first book from the library a few years ago on a whim.

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101 Ciara B. November 24, 2013 at 3:29 pm

I’ve read all three books, I couldn’t put them down

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102 wendy b November 24, 2013 at 4:42 pm

My first experience was watching the first movie. I was out of the loop about how very popular the books were.

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103 Ed Nemmers November 24, 2013 at 5:14 pm

I heart dark chocolate!

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104 Amy W. November 24, 2013 at 6:29 pm

The first time I watched the Hunger Games was a couple of days ago. It drew me in, but I found it to be quite disturbing.

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105 Claire
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November 24, 2013 at 7:12 pm

My first experience with the book or movie. Love to read this book.

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106 Claire
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November 24, 2013 at 7:13 pm

I would like to try the DISTRICT 11-Agriculture, harvest cherry & cacao dark chocolate.

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107 Casandra November 24, 2013 at 7:13 pm

Read the books, absolutely loved them!

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108 Michelle Tucker November 24, 2013 at 9:34 pm

My husband made me read the first book, I couldn’t get to the second one quick enough. By the third one I wanted to throw the kindle across the room. Heh. Loved that series!

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109 Buddy Garrett November 24, 2013 at 9:52 pm

This is my first experience with The Hunger Games. It sounds exciting.

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110 Buddy Garrett November 24, 2013 at 9:53 pm

I would like to try the District 2 chocolate.

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111 Tara C November 24, 2013 at 11:37 pm

I read the books when Mockingjay came out and I realized that I’d better hurry up and read the series before someone accidentally spoiled it for me! I saw the first movie at the drive-in last summer and loved it!
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112 Angela Saver November 24, 2013 at 11:58 pm

I’ve not seen it or read it at all! I’d love to though! Hope I win!

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