3.01.2012

Hunger Games Countdown Kick-Off + Reaping (Giveaway)


I was a newly-proclaimed avid reader, standing in a brightly lit bookstore back in 2008, fresh off the Twilight bandwagon (just setting the stage a little). I was in need of a good book; something to keep my interest so I wouldn’t lose hold of the ever elusive reading bug, which I had finally caught. I knew only two things: I apparently liked sparkly vampires, and I especially liked love stories. I read cover after cover, but without knowing what I liked, I had no way of knowing which of the many books to spend my precious money on.

And that’s when she approached me. I’ll never forget the way she swooped in like some bookish angel, and stuck The Hunger Games in my hands. “Read this,” she said. “DO NOT judge it by the cover. Once you read the book you’ll understand the cover, but until then, just give it a chance. You’re going to love it.” I wasn’t so sure that a book about hunger could be the answer to my reading needs, but I decided to be patient. She must have seen the apprehension on my face. “It’s got a weird name,” she said. “But it all makes sense once you read it.

She was friendly and cheerful, and so I opened up to this stranger and divulged my dirty secret: Twilight was the first book I had read in years, along with just a few others in the year or so afterward. I was a complete newbie when it came to books. We talked about books for a few minutes, before I gave in and asked what The Hunger Games was about. She gave me a basic summary of the plot, and added, “my sister recommended it to me, and I’ve been recommending it to anyone who will listen. It just came out, so we have to wait a year for the next one, but this book is worth it. I promise you will not regret it.” I bought two of her recommendations that day.

Later that night, I cracked the cover of The Hunger Games, and began reading about a girl with a horrible name. As I read on, I discovered a nation with a horrible tradition...and later discovered the girl who was on fire; the girl who would change it all.

And I did not regret it.


The time has come to...party!!

For the next 22 days, TRF's focus will be on a countdown to The Hunger Games movie! Most (but not all) of my posts will be Hunger Games related...and I have some pretty cool things in store, beginning with a Reaping Giveaway!

Okay, not that kind of Reaping. In this one, you'll WANT to enter your name in the bowl as many times as you can. At the end of the month, I'll draw one name from Rafflecopter the glass bowl, and that person will be announced the winner!

What can you win?
Official Mockingjay pin
World of The Hunger Games book by Kate Egan
Jabber Jay card game


How to enter:
  • Enter once using Rafflecopter, below. (If you are reading this in a feed reader, you'll need to click through to the post to view the Rafflecopter entry form.)
  • You can take out up to two tesserae and gain extra entries for tweeting about the reaping, and/or leaving a comment on this post.
OPEN INTERNATIONALLY
Ends 3/23/2012


a Rafflecopter giveaway

61 comments:

  1. I think I meant that I was supposed to do this and then say I did it. I hope that this is ok! My favourite character in the Hunger Games is of course Katniss. I also have a soft spot for Finnick.

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  2. My favorite character is definitely Rue. She's this tiny thing with a big heart that doesn't want to give up even when all the odds are against her! ^__^

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  3. My favorite character had to be Peeta!! I wish I could explain everything he does that makes him my favorite.. but I won't spoil it for anyone that hasn't read it. Instead I'll simply say.. That boy looks good with bread! :)

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  4. This is cruel...how can I pick just one? I guess I have to say Cinna. He's just awesome in every way!

    ~Debz

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  5. I love this giveaway! <3 I took FOREVER to read this series (as in I just finished Hunger Games less than a week ago) and I'm halfway through the second book and Rue is definitely my favorite by far. She's just so adorable and whenever I see her in the movie trailer I get excited...then sad. :p

    Thanks for the giveaway again!

    Amber Elise @ Du Livre
    Check Out Du Livre's Latest Blog Post: Initiation by Imogen Rose Blog Tour Stop and Giveaway

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  6. Where did you get that Jabber Jay card game? I want to buy one if I don't win! You think of such fun ideas :D YAY for Hunger GameS!!

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  7. SO excited. Can't wait!
    Awesome contest.
    (not an entry)

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  8. I have not read these books yet.

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  9. Wow, this giveaway is fabulous, thank you so much!!! I love your story, such people are wonderful.

    My favourite character is Finnick with Katniss as a close second. Actually, probably up to the second part of Catching fire, she's be my favourite, but then I begun to really love Finnick :).

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  10. My favorite character is Finnick.

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  11. My favorite character is Peeta. <3
    Thank you for this AMAZING giveaway :D You are the best :)
    Love, Carina

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  12. Ah, so tough to choose! I'm a big fan of Katniss, of course, but I think I'd have to go with Peeta. (At least, Peeta from the first two books - a lot of what we see of Peeta in book 3 is pretty heartwrenching :().

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

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  13. Katniss! I really feel a connection with her character.

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  14. Katniss!!! and when I saw the trailer, PEETA! He's such a sweetheart. I love him and his cakes and breads

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  15. My favorite is Katniss. She's a very unique girl and I like her. She remind me of my sister a bit :]
    Thanks for the giveaway! :]

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    1. oh, and I filled out the form as Mikki ManĂ³ :]

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  16. Obviously I love Katniss, Peeta, Rue... But currently my favorite character is Cinna. Such an amazing and interesting character.

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  17. I don't think I have a favorite. I think I love Cinna right now just because Lenny Kravitz is absolutely swoon-worthy!

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  18. Effie! Thanks for this giveaway, the movie is going to be AWESOME!

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  19. I LOVE this series! I am reading through them again in celebration of the movie coming out! I'm way excited! Thanks for your giveaway and post. My friend recommended this book to me. She couldn't stop talking about it, so I gave it a try, and I was hooked! Now I have mockingjay fever!

    p.s. I'm new to the book blogging world. Please check out my blog and let me know how I'm doing. Thanks!

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  20. Finnick. No contest. :) I have so much love for him and Annie. *sniffles*

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  21. Obviously Peeta. He's so friggin' amazing <3

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  22. Katniss and Gale because they're both badasses. <3

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  23. My favourite character in the Hunger Games, it is hard question. I'm going to say Peeta. He is the sweetest and kindest and he would do anything to save Katniss. He has such a sweet emotional side to him that many men would be afraid to show. He always says exactly what he feels and he is just the perfect character.
    Thank you for the giveaway!

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  24. My favourite character is Cinna with Katniss a close second.

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  25. Favourite character? Hm. Can I be creepy and say President Snow? The way his character developed at the end of Mockingjay was totally fascinating!

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  26. I love Peeta. He's by far my favourite character :D

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  27. Peeta Has To Be My Favorite! I Will Always Be Team Peeta :)

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  28. Between Katniss and Peeta ... I'm sorry Katniss, but I have to go with the boy with the bread.

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  29. Katniss. I admire her wit, strength and courage; I am touched by her capacity of love for Prim.

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  30. I like Katniss but apart from her my favorite character was Johanna. I can't wait till she is cast.

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  31. PEETA! Although I love how Katniss is so strong and brave... I also love Finnick and Annie! And Rue! and Cinna! Okay I love them all (But especially Peeta!) LOVE THE HUNGER GAMES SERIES! Can't wait to see it on the big screen!

    Vivian M

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  32. Rue and Finnick are my favorite characters. Can't wait to watch the movie! Thank you for the fantastic giveaway! :D

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  33. My fave would be Cinna! I love him. :D

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  34. Peeta Mellark is my favorite character! :)

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  35. I love Peeta. I mean who doesn't love a boy who can bake? Then I thought about it a little more and Cinna was an awesome character because at first he was a difficult one to figure out and he just turned around and shocked you with his messages through clothing. It was really powerful.

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  36. I love Rue, she's so sweet and acted as a foil for Katniss' character by reminding her of her sister.

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  37. oh this is a hard question since i'm loving quite a bunch of characters (peeta, katniss, rue, cinna and even haymitch & johanna. lol, it's weird) but i'd have to go with Finnick. i admire his determination and to be honest, i'm touched by his willingness to go through everything although he knows things will not be pretty.

    thank you for the giveaway <3!

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  38. Katniss is my favourite character! :)

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  39. I love all of the characters! They were so real to me! I really like Katniss and Peeta and Rue :) And Effie! XD

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  40. I absolutely love Peeta!!He's so sweet and willing to risk anything for Katniss to live, and he really loves her♥♥

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  41. I know I'm SO in the minority for this, but I LOVE Haymitch. I've loved him since the beginning and my friends think I'm crazy. I love his wisdom and snarkiness--I think he's such a great mentor. And I love how he's so relatable to Katniss.

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  42. I'm only on the second book right now, and I would have to say my fave characters are Gale, Rue and Haymitch. They are all so different but amazing in their own way. I cannot wait to finish this series and see the upcoming movie!!
    Thanks for the giveaway.

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  43. My favorite characters are Peeta and Gale. Love them. And love that you're doing this. :) Thank you!

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  44. I love them all! They're all so unique and different from each other...but if I had to choose, I'd have to say Katniss. She's the epitome of a heroine and she's just so amazing, I love her! :D

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  45. Thank you so much for this giveaway, and especially for making this international! My favourite character has to be Katniss (how can it not be her? ;d)She's such a strong and brave person, someone I'm really looking up to. I also like Prim because she reminds me so much of my own sister. They're about the same age, and I really recognize Prim's love and kindness in her.

    Thanks again for this awesome giveaway!

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  46. My fave is Peeta. I dont really know why until i realized that i love to paint too :D

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  47. i am in love with Gale, i think its because of the protection that he offers

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  48. My favorite character is Rue because I felt closer to her while reading the book

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  49. i haven't read this. I wanted to check out the movie before I got into another series. being a potter fan, gleek & twihard is a full time commitment. Your love for THG is pulling me towards just reading it first!

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  50. Ooh, favorite character? So hard! Ummm... I think I have to go with Katniss. Even though I really do love them all. <3

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  51. My favorite character is definitely Peeta. /swoon
    Can't wait for the movie!

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  52. My favorite character is Buttercup (Prim's cat) because he's not scared of Katniss and he likes to play Crazy Cat with her. :)

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