- Mary Schmich
Finally, a book has come along to bump The Hunger Games from it's spot as number one most requested title for the last few months. And what book knocked it off? A book that I've seen people reading in airport departure lounges, on buses and trains and standing in line at the post office. A book that I've heard people discuss with equal parts awe and scorn. A book that people are talking about in book clubs, emails, newspapers and radios. That's right, Fifty shades of Gray. Two series, five books (if we'd had more spaces I'm sure the last James book would've been on here somewhere) - I give you our top 5 most requested items for July 2012.
Fifty shades darker / E. L. James
Adult fiction. Daunted by the singular tastes and dark secrets of the beautiful, tormented young entrepreneur Christian Grey, Anastasia Steele has broken off their relationship to start a new career with a Seattle publishing house. But desire for Christian still dominates her every waking thought, and when he proposes a new arrangement, Anastasia cannot resist. They rekindle their searing sensual affair, and Anastasia learns more about the harrowing past of her damaged, driven and demanding Fifty Shades. While Christian wrestles with his inner demons, Anastasia must confront the anger and envy of the women who came before her, and make the most important decision of her life.
Mockingjay / Suzanne Collins
Teen fiction. 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+
Fifty shades of Grey / E. L. James
When literature student Anastasia Steele is drafted to interview the successful young entrepreneur Christian Grey for her campus magazine, she finds him attractive, enigmatic and intimidating. Convinced their meeting went badly, she tries to put Grey out of her mind - until he happens to turn up at the out-of-town hardware store where she works part-time. Erotic, amusing, and deeply moving, the Fifty Shades Trilogy is a tale that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever.