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The Hunger Games: Book 1 (Paperback)

by Suzanne Collins

I Just Didn't Like Her: Notes on Likeability in Fiction 26

Lately, I've been thinking: If I were a fictional character, would readers hate me?

The Timeless – and Timely – Allure of the Near Future 8

If today’s crop of books, movies and TV shows set in the near future are an accurate barometer, it looks like we’re in for some filthy weather.

Don't Ever Do It For the Money: A Conversation with My Agent 9

My failure to convince publishers of someone's talent and commercial viability: that's a sustained shitty feeling that comes with no billable hours.

Teaching the 'Law and Order' Short Story 12

How do you teach writing to students who watch movies and television instead of reading?

The Problem With Summer Reading 33

Summer reading assignments and reading quizzes and book reports don’t teach our students how to be readers. They teach them that reading is a school-centered activity. That it is a chore. That they aren’t good at it if they can’t remember insignificant plot points. These assignments set students up to cheat, or to fail, and always to regard reading as a drag.

Politics, Art, and the Practice of Writing: A Conversation with Orson Scott Card 35

Until recently most people knew Orson Scott Card as the author of Ender’s Game, a beloved modern science fiction classic. Of late, however, Card’s opposition to gay marriage has led to widespread media excoriation and intense scrutiny of his politics. In an effort to nuance current coverage, I chose to ask Card questions about writing and his identity as a writer.

Duck and Cover 0

A Year in Reading: Brian Joseph Davis (The Composites) 0

Women who write popular books are given a raw deal out of the critical gates, judged on criteria that similarly popular male authors never face. How much had I unconsciously absorbed that bias?

The Amazon Alphabet: From Audio Books to Zoo 4

The ABCs of Amazon: a peek into the reading habits of America and, like it or not, a primer for what's popular in the world of books.

Outside the Ring: A Profile of Sergio De La Pava 18

The incredibly true story of how one would-be novelist self-published his way to greatness.

If It's Free, Take It: 2012 World Book Night 4

It was going to be just me, a box of books, and Pico Boulevard. I was kind of scared.

The Millions Top Ten: September 2011 0

An e-book original takes the top spot and another debuts. One of the big literary books of the fall also lands on our list.

The Millions Top Ten: August 2011 0

It's The Pale King's last month at the top. Plus a new Hall of Famer and a pair of intriguing newcomers.

The Millions Top Ten: July 2011 2

Two debuts last month: a classic work of poetry and a brand new installment of an epic series.

The Millions Top Ten: June 2011 1

A favorite author of The Millions returns to the top ten. Plus two new Hall of Famers!

The Millions Top Ten: May 2011 0

Two debuts (including an e-book original) and a YA bestseller returns.

The Teenage Years are More Dystopian Than Ever 2

The Millions Top Ten: March 2011 1

Two new debuts and new number one.

The Millions Top Ten: February 2011 1

Three debuts and a brand new number one.

The Millions Top Ten: January 2011 2

Goon Squad! Plus two debuts a long time in coming.

The Millions Top Ten: December 2010 1

Year in Reading recommendations storm the Top Ten.

A Year in Reading: Michael Cunningham 2

I have taken periodic Proust breaks and read novels that don’t require 10,000 hours of uninterrupted attention.

A Year in Reading: Aimee Bender 4

The reward for this pace is a calmness lifting up off the pages, and a careful generous dipping into a deep and beautiful well.

The Millions Top Ten: November 2010 2

One prize winner graduates to our Hall of Fame, another debuts.