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That’s right, fellow tributes, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire hits theaters this weekend. The first film was released in March 2012, and if you’re like me and haven’t re-read the series since then, you probably need a refresher. No shame, even Jennifer Lawrence, in the midst of all her interview quirkiness, has been fuzzy on what’s in which movie and where we are now. To prep for the release, we’re reviewing what you need to know before you see it. Consider it part of your training. Don’t know what I mean? Then you definitely need to read.
Last Wednesday night, I attended the HarperTeen Author Dinner at the National --- a super chic bar and restaurant in midtown east --- as a representative of The Book Report Network, specifically TeenReads and 20SomethingReads. Now, I’ve been to author events before (how glamorous am I?), but I’d never been to a full-blown dinner before. The natural first step in preparing for a dinner honoring three people who have written books is to actually read their books, which I did with pleasure.
This week, we’re going big. Really, really world-changing big, and I don’t mean world-changing as in it touched the hearts and minds of millions and inspired a little girl somewhere in rural Kansas to become an English major (no one should need inspiration for that anyway). This week I’ve picked 10 books that caused significant, widespread and lasting change to the world we live in. Ten books that cover politics, religion, philosophy, advanced physics and everything in between. Ten books worth knowing about.
Hundreds of fans --- mostly in their 20s --- gathered to hear Junot Diaz (Pulitzer Prize-winning author of DROWN, THE BRIEF WONDROUS LIFE OF OSCAR WAO, and THIS IS HOW YOU LOSE HER) interviewed by Publishers Weekly and PW Comics editor Calvin Reid on Friday night in New York City. The gorgeous United Palace in Washington Heights hosted the event, which was sponsored by community bookshop Word Up.
November 16, 2013

Gotham City Moves West

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The bat signal shines against the orange pillar of the Golden Gate Bridge as Gotham City’s villains traveled west to wreak havoc on the unsuspecting City by the Bay. Thankfully, in the far reaches of Siskiyou County, the message was received, calling forth Batkid from his secret lair in Tulelake. For this pint-size superhero, fighting crime alongside Batman is a dream come true.
November 14, 2013

Throwback Thursday: My Heart is an Autumn Sunset

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The question on everyone's mind this Throwback Thursday is whether or not there's a non-cheesy way to post a picture of the sun setting over the city to the Internet. Well, friends, I may have found history's greatest loophole! There's nothing that inspires nostalgia quite like a lovely, late-autumn sunset, and today's was no exception. So enjoy our short and sweet** throwback as the sun goes down here and wherever you may be. And enjoy my picture of the setting sun, and try to pretend I'm not a dork.  **Loosely defined
The release of Ender’s Game (based on Orson Scott Card’s 1985 novel of the same name) on November 1st brought another big-budget sci-fi flick to the big screen. As excited as I am about this movie (and I am very excited about this movie), it’s still only one facet of the reactor core lithium-ion crystal that is the genre of science fiction.
November 7, 2013

Throwback Thursday: Bittersweet Books (Without Almonds)

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Happy National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day! That's as much of a thing as I think it is, right? Either way, we've decided to dedicate this TBT to our favorite bittersweet books (hold the almonds --- we may be nuts, but we're not that nuts). Thankfully, our YA reading through the years has been filled with plenty of sweet and sad books that have marked us indelibly. Whether they were about discovering love, finding out what you're passionate about, or even confronting death, these books had us alternately smiling and sobbing --- and always, always expanding our horizons. I could expand my "horizons" with some bittersweet chocolate just thinking about it. 
October 31, 2013

Throwback Thursday: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again!

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Happy Halloween! It feels like we've been celebrating for weeks already, but the spooky fun is only just about to start. This week's Throwback is an equal-opportunity shocker, filled with un-scary scary books and scary un-scary books --- and, of course, books that are just plain scary. So before you start painting your faces sexy-zombie gray (or just regular zombie gray, if that's the kind of thing you're into) check out our last 20SomethingReads Halloween hurrah, and remember to eat, drink and be scary!
If you’ve been on Twitter on a Tuesday evening, you’ve probably seen more than a few confusing hashtags with capital “A’s” in them. Last night, for example, #hAlloween was on the list of trending topics for a few hours, both in the US and globally. That’s because on Tuesday nights, Twitter essentially belongs to the viewership of “Pretty Little Liars,” ABC Family’s mystery-drama golden child loosely based on the young adult book series by Sara Shepard.