It's true.  I officially finished Mockingjay, the third and final installment in Suzanne Collins' trilogy The Hunger Games, at 4:56 am.  I will give absolutely nothing away.  I will just say that there are moments in a person's life when they are confronted with something more important than sleep.  This is one of them.

But more important is how this day began...

Armed with a folding chair, an umbrella, my ARC of Catching Fire, and her droid, we sent Mer Bear to Books of Wonder at 3 pm.

She was first in line.

Meanwhile, after finishing up as much work as possible, Juju met me at FinePrint, and I left the office earlier than I have since...ever?

We ventured outside and took to the streets of Manhattan.  Everyone new it was #Mockingjay Day.  Streets were barricaded.  Even the cops were out.

We stopped for sushi and brought some to the Mer Bear so she didn't starve.

And then we chatted it up with people in line.

We tried to keep dry when it rained.

And the whole time, Mer Bear kept reading Catching Fire...

Except for that one time...

When she tried to sneak into Books of Wonder.

Well, and that other time too.

And the whole time, the line kept growing.  More people kept coming...

Even that crazy Joanna girl.

And Kody Keplinger was there...

Well, okay, not really.  But she was there in spirit.

Even The Janet Reid showed up...

But she didn't let me take her picture.

And then after all the waiting in the bitter cold, sleet, and snow (read: drizzle),

they let us inside.

Mer Bear was first in the I am new this phenomenon that is The Hunger Games and I did not pre-order my book line.

I did pre-order my book.  Which mean, I was

Juju and Mer Bear were right behind me.

During the party, we ran into people in costume.

Best was the girl who dressed as Katniss Everdeen IN THE DRESS!


The Wedding Dress.

We got our faces painted.

We had our tarot cards read.

We watched magic tricks and jugglers.

And we ran into that Joanna girl again.

We tried to win prizes.

Hunger Games keychains and mugs.


My roommate won a keychain, the rest of us...

Did not.

While we waited, Mer Bear finished Catching Fire.

(And yes, she started it that day).

And then it was time for the main event.

We heard from THE EDITOR (also a fabulous author himself)

We heard from SUZANNE COLLINS!

And then, we got our books.

And got them stamped by Suzanne Collins.

(And yes, I reveled in the fact I was first...it was hard not to.  Even though the position should have belonged to Mer Bear.)

This concludes my photo essay.

Now, I must sleep.

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Remilda Graystone said...

Oh my gosh! That's so awesome! I so wish I was in New York right now. *sigh* The pictures were wonderful, Suzie! Loved this post!

Emily White said...

That sounds like such a great night! Kinda jealous right now. :( But happy enough from the excitement of the post to get over it! :)

brizmus said...

that sounds like SO much fun!!!!!!!!!!!

Lindsay said...

That sounds like so much fun. I'm biting my nails waiting for my copy of Mockingjay to arrive. This is what happens when you live in the UK where it isn't released till tomorrow. lol.

Luna said...

Fun post! After everyone raving about this trilogy, I guess it's time I finally check it out for myself. :)

Frankie Diane Mallis said...

LOL, I can't believe you guys were number 1! Also I love how your pictures of David and Suzanne are from the exact opposite angle that mine are--being on opposite sides of the room:-) What a fantastic night!

Joanna said...

Wait--I was there?? How did I get there? Where am I??

I'm so tireddddddddd....

Heather said...

Thanks so much for sharing! I loved the tone of this post and all the pictures...almost as good as being there. (OK, actually not even close, but I guess as close as I was going to get, living several thousand miles away from Books of Wonder.)

Rebecca B said...

#001! You need to frame that!

Janet Reid said...

The only question I have is "can I read it now, puhleeeeze!"

Lacey J Edwards said...

It was great to finally meet you after e-stalking you for months! Meredith is hard core! Thanks for sharing the pictures! I didn't wiggle into the back so I couldn't get very many of David and Suzanne.
And that dress was AMAZING!

Unknown said...

You guys are Nuts!

Marjorie said...

Books of Wonder! I love that store. It used to be located right across the street from where I live, but then it moved up the block from where I live. Had I known, I would have been. (Yikes?) LOL

The owner of the store lives in my building, and he would vouch for my sanity..... or would he? LOL

This is an excellent photo essay and it makes me wish I was there to have joined in all the great fun!

Carrie said...


Romance, Rumours and Rogues said...

Wow, you had a ball!
So cool!

I absolutely can't WAIT to read Mockingjay!!!

Jennifer Hoffine said...

Sounds (and looks) like a blast!

Some books are worth losing sleep over. For me, this book was worth joining Audible for, so I don't have to lose sleep reading it or wait to listen to it:)

Little Ms J said...

Love your Mockingjay Adventure. I only wish I hadn't preordered from Amazon since it is taking FOREVER to get here and I think every single person I know has already read it. Damn Amazon.

Sarah Goldberg said...

Looks like so much fun, Suzie! Wish I'd been in town. I may be imagining things, but is there a love triangle on your face??

Anonymous said...

Oh wow! That is amazing :)

Sarah Wylie said...

It looks like you had a blast! And I agree with Rebecca - you need to frame that 001!

Unknown said...

Ah, I'm jealous! There aren't any fun people in WI. I strolled into Target at 8:30 am and grabbed one (of many) off the shelf.