Mockingjay Part 2

This post was sponsored by Lionsgate as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. 

If you are a long long long time reader, you know that one of the best jobs I’ve ever had was working for a professor at the library school at UT Austin. She was on the national Notable Children’s Book committee which meant that she was FLOODED with books sent by publishers for consideration.

Obviously, between her research, teaching, and heavy involvement with local and national library associations, she didn’t have a lot of time to be opening endless packages of books and keeping track of them.

Which meant that I got the amazing job of opening piles of brand-new books several times a week, logging them in the database and then filing them in the cabinets (by the end of the year, we had filled so many enormous cabinets, it was ridiculous).

I also was at liberty to take any books I wanted to read and then report back on which ones I thought she should take a look at.

Best job ever.

A few days in, an advance copy of a book called The Hunger Games arrived. It was the first advance copy I’d ever seen and the thought of reading a book before it even came out was totally mind-boggling to me. I flipped the paperback over and read the teaser and it sounded intriguing.

So I took it home with me and proceeded not to read it (this is a reoccurring theme in my life). Finally, when Bart and I went to San Francisco to celebrate our third anniversary, I took this book and no others on the plane so that I’d be forced to read it.

Two pages later, I was wondering if Bart would mind if I spent our whole trip sitting in our hotel room reading.

During the day, as we walked all over the city, I’d tell Bart in great detail about what was happening in the story, and then when we’d get back to the hotel, I’d read as fast as I could before I couldn’t keep my eyes open any longer.

It was the craziest thing to read it basically in a bubble and then a few months later watch it spark into one of the most popular books of the decade.

A year later, when we spent our fourth anniversary driving across the country to Boston, Bart and I listened to the audio version together.

We both read the following books on our own and then saw each of the movie versions as they were released.

Last winter, when we were in London, all the major stars were in London for the world premiere of Mockingjay Part 1and so of course we packed up the girls in the stroller and headed to Leicester Square where we circled the block approximately 25 times to catch a glimpse of Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth (the security guards wouldn’t let you stop and block the pathways, so unless you’d gotten there hours and hours beforehand, your only option was to keep circling). Bart, being the tallest, managed to snap a couple of photos.

So of course I am beside myself excited about Mockingjay Part 2 coming out next Friday (November 20th). I think this one, with Katniss, Gale, Peeta and company going into Panem on a rescue mission is going to be preeeeeeeeety fun to watch on-screen. Also, how scary is President Snow (answer: very).

Bart and I are going to see it with another couple that are also big fans, and I can’t wait. I love seeing a movie in theaters opening weekend because there is just so much energy and excitement and I think a movie is more fun with a full house watching along with you. Also a pack of Junior Mints.

If you’d like to see Mockingjay in the theater when it opens, you can enter in the widget below – 5 winners will be selected to win a $100 Fandango gift card from now until Mockingjay opens. But you’ll have to get your own Junior Mints.

I-C will randomly select 5 winners from all program entries and will handle fulfillment of the winning prizes.

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  • Reply Grace Haynes November 9, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    I'm not sure how we would discuss it without giving away spoilers, but I'm really curious to hear what you think about how the series ended. I know there's a wide range of opinions about the end of Mockingjay, and I'd love to know where you side in the debate!

  • Reply Angie Clark November 9, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    I'm so excited for this movie too!!!!!! I have a little mixed emotions with sad feelings that this is the last one.

  • Reply JoLee November 9, 2015 at 7:34 pm

    I can only imagine how awesome it must have been to read an advanced copy of The Hunger Games. I read it right when it came out and was crazy about the book too. We were at Thanksgiving at an uncle's house, and all I wanted to do was read! It was so intense. I was dreaming about The Hunger Games.

  • Reply Paige Flamm November 9, 2015 at 7:38 pm

    Basically, no one can write a sponsored post as well as you. I wasn't the biggest fan of the first Hunger Games movie and so I never read any of the books, but Derek liked them so I'm sure he'll be excited for the movie to come out soon!

  • Reply Meghan November 10, 2015 at 12:47 am

    Fun giveaway. How fun you went to SF for your third anniversary!

  • Reply tara November 10, 2015 at 4:56 am

    I think you must've reviewed THG years ago on your blog because I remember picking it up, and you were the only one whose book recommendations I took seriously, and totally devoured it. Waiting for Catching Fire was torture. But I HATED Mockingjay and never saw the movie because of it.

  • Reply Carly November 11, 2015 at 3:40 am

    I've never (in my life!) seen a movie opening night 😳😫😞. And won't for this one either…. But still! I can't wait to see it. This was my favorite book of the trilogy.

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