"If we didn't have libraries, many people thirsty for knowledge would dehydrate."
- Megan Jo Tetrick
So, the other day I tweeted the fact that our copy (yes, I daftly used the word 'copy' instead of 'copies') of The Hunger Games had a large number of requests and, well, our tweetstream exploded. A lot of what came through were very funny responses suggesting that we buy more than one copy to go round *clears throat* because I had crazily made it sound like we only have one :/ Rookie mistake that I won't be making again. All of which culminated in an article with the NZ Herald. Yeah so it'll be a wee while before I do *that* again *sigh* A few people even suggested we manage the request list with death matches. I'd quickly like to point out that umm we won't. The reason I relate this story is because the book in question - indeed, the entire series - features in top spots for today's list. And so, this being the time that I write my monthly 'Top 5 most requested items' post, I'm feeling a little bit leery and hoping that the blog doesn't explode (implode?) in much the same way. Here are *she says hesitantly* our top 5 most requested items for April 2012.
The affair / Lee Child
Crime fiction. Adventure fiction. Carter Crossing, Mississippi. 1997. A lonely railroad track. A crime scene. A coverup. A young woman is dead, and solid evidence points to a soldier at a nearby military base. But that soldier has powerful friends in Washington. Reacher is ordered undercover--to find out everything he can, to control the local police, and then to vanish.
The help / Kathryn Stockett
General fiction. Limited and persecuted by racial divides in 1962 Jackson, Mississippi, three women, including an African-American maid, her sassy and chronically unemployed friend, and a recently graduated white woman, team up for a clandestine project.
Mockingjay / Suzanne Collins
Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena alive, she's still not safe. A revolution is unfolding, and it is up to Katniss to accept responsibility for countless lives and to change the course of the future of Panem. Ages 14+
Catching fire / Suzanne Collins
Teen fiction. By winning the annual Hunger Games, District 12 tributes Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark have secured a life of safety and plenty for themselves and their families, but because they won by defying the rules, they unwittingly become the faces of an impending rebellion. Ages 13+
The Hunger Games / by Suzanne Collins
Teen fiction. Katniss is a 16-year-old girl living with her mother and younger sister in the poorest district of Panem, the remains of what used be the United States. Long ago the districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated. As part of the surrender terms, each district agreed to send one boy and one girl to appear in an annual televised event called, "The Hunger Games." The terrain, rules, and level of audience participation may change but one thing is constant: kill or be killed. When Kat's sister is chosen by lottery, Kat steps up to go in her place. Ages 14+