So much for being a purist. I couldn't wait for Catching Fire. I started another book today. Lois Lowry's The Giver . It often comes up in comparison to The Hunger Games, so I justified that at least my selection was somewhat related. Three friends highly recommended it; one swore I'd hate it. It does leave me with a sense of foreboding, but so far it's very compelling. I can't put it down. (Though, of course, I had to, since little boys come before books.)
I'll keep you posted on my verdict. I haven't read any of Lowry's novels yet, but her picture book Crow Call is one of my favorites. I love her slow, methodical storytelling. It draws me in.