'Mockingjay,' by Suzanne Collins: Our first pick in the EW Shelf Life Book Club!

I’ve been wanting to do a book club on EW.com’s Shelf Life blog since it first launched. First, the fact that we’re here together means we share a love of books and enjoy reading and talking about them. But unlike the traditional book club forum, which requires being some place in-person at a designated time regardless of how we felt about the book, here on the Web, you can just skip (or defer) a discussion if you’re bogged down with work, family, Mad Men — or if you flat-out didn’t like what you read that week.

So how will the EW Shelf Life book club work? Each Tuesday we’ll assign a book. You’ll have a week to read it, and then we’ll meet back here the following Tuesday for a discussion — what we liked, what we didn’t, etc. We’ll pick them from a broad range of genres — thrillers, literary fiction, short stories, memoirs — and we’ll also periodically put a future selection to a vote, letting you, the readers, pick what book we tackle next. Some weeks we’ll have the selected book’s author join us, either by taking questions submitted ahead of time here on the blog, or by participating in a live chat discussion.

To kick things off, we’ll talk about Suzanne Collins’ Mockingjay, which went on sale this morning. It’s a smart, brainy read that straddles the teen and adult fiction worlds, laced with the kinds of issues and questions that make for lively debate. And — maybe the most important of all — it’s just a great story. So crack open your copy of Mockingjay — like you haven’t already! — and join me here next Tuesday, Aug. 31. We won’t have Suzanne Collins (though we’ll mine from an interview we recently did with her) — but there’s still plenty to talk about. And let me know: What kinds of books would you like to see here?


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  • Monica

    Books similar to Mockingjay would be great. Brainy, packed with adventure and a side of romance always makes for a good read!

  • Tanya

    YES can’t wait to read it!

    • Carol

      Not. Romance.

  • madeleine

    Hate. Romance.

    • andrea

      I am not a romance reader either and laugh when I see people talking about it in these books. I suggest giving them a try, they are truly original reads.

      • Jason

        I have never read a romance in my life, never plan to. Hunger Games and its sequels aren’t even close. Just got my copy of Mockingjay, but my wife snatched it up already.

    • Heather

      This is not a romnce novel!!! Read Hunger Games and find out

    • Liz Lemon

      These books are not romance. They’re like Lord of the Flies, Spartacus, with just a dash of romance. But the books are not about romance. I love this series, but I’m steering clear of spoilers, because I haven’t finished Mockingjay yet.

  • B9

    I read about this series in the last EW magazine, and immediately downloaded the first book on my Kindle. I’ve been reading all of the books like a maniac to catch up before Mockingjay came out today. So excited to read it this evening! Thanks to EW for spreading the word on great books for those who might have been out of the loop for 2 years.

  • Allie

    monica, you should check out the artemis fowl series! i think i’ll have to read the hunger games series. right now reading the five ancestors series. i hope some books by ann rinaldi are on the list. love historical fiction! and a live chat with the author would be pretty cool!

    • Monica

      Thanks Allie! I’ve been looking for something new to read. I just finished Mockingjay but I won’t say anything yet to spoil it!

  • K

    Wow awesome! Just waiting for my preordered copy to arrive.

  • Kristina

    Always wanted to do a book club and doing one through EW is probably the best thing ever (for me at least). I might not be able to do this one but I’m looking forward to more!

    • Eriko

      I wdeonr if there’s a difference between memoir and fiction, too. I mean: a memoir is sad enough because you know it actually happened. But why make up new sadnesses for the world?

  • Jackie

    Great pick, but its 3rd in a trilogy. I think some people might be confused starting at the end of the series.

    • Silk Spectre

      I agree. I am very excited! I read Catching Fire at camp! Its amazing how many adults read these books, which I believe are YA.

  • Steph

    I haven’t heard of these books before but now I’m intrigued. If it’s a series I need to start @ beginning though, so no book discussion of this one for me.

  • London

    1) this book is not available in UK until 1st Sept!
    2) The third in the series? Are you serious? Way to cut the number of potential readers down in one easy move. Most ridiculous thing i’ve ever heard!!

    • anonymous

      I’d hate to live in your bubble if that’s the most ridiculous thing you’ve heard. Besides, the books are popular enough that enough people will have read the others. And before there is a trail of “I didn’t read them” – it does not become unpopular just because YOU didn’t know about it! If it did, we’d live in a world where Twilight had never been successful. If only…

  • Briana

    Getting my book tomorrow. Yes, I made myself wait for this book.

  • jenjen

    My copy is on its way from Amazon!!

  • Kelly

    I love the idea of a book club. I just read “13 Reasons Why” by Jay Asher and thought it was amazing.

  • Elizabeth

    13 Reasons Why is a good one!

  • andrea

    Mockingjay was DISAPPOINTING! Did not live up to my expectations at all.

    • Arnie

      i think it was quite epic actually :)

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