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Displacement by Kiku Hughes

Displacement is a graphic novel that you will breeze though, but the story inside will wrap itself around you and never let you go. It had me teary-eyed at several points while I was reading it, and kept me thinking about the real and fictional characters depicted within it for several days after I’d finished. However, it also filled me with hope. Read more →

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I Kissed Alice by Anna Birch and Illustrated by Victoria Ying

I particularly loved the integration of DMs from Slash/Spot, comments on Alice and Cheshire’s comic, the text messages and updates on how long it has been since they’ve either logged into Slash/Spot or until the deadlines for the award competition. In particular, there is a popcorn emoji reference that had me recognizing just how perfectly well Birch understands the medium she’s using to convey her story. Not everyone does. Read more →

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10 Things I Hate About Pinky (Dimple and Rishi, #3) by Sandhya Menon

Whether you’ve read the rest of the Dimpleverse yet or not, you seriously have to pick up 10 Things I Hate About Pinky! There are great Easter eggs for fans of the rom com upon which the title was taken, and the story is super sweet and full of chemistry—just as one would expect from this series. Of course, if like me, you love Sandhya Menon’s writing, especially When Dimple Met Rishi and There’s Something About Sweetie, then you simply must read this book. Read more →

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The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (The Hunger Games, #0) by Suzanne Collins

I found it really interesting to see how different the 10th Hunger Games was from the 74th and 75th versions. The way the tributes were treated, as though they were livestock in either animal agriculture or performers in zoos or the circus, always amounted to less than human. It was also interesting how we get to see the Hunger Games begin to evolve over the course of the novel in great part due to Coriolanus Snow’s education in the areas of political philosophy, control, power, and in particular, how governments can maintain the social contract. Finally, there are a lot of Easter Eggs in the book for fans of the series, many of which made me think that some of his experiences in this timeline are what made him have such great disdain for Katniss Everdeen sixty-four years later. She was a reminder of a time and of people who he didn’t want to remember…at least not in my opinion. Read more →