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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 →

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

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 →

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Something to Talk About by Meryl Wilsner

In the Hollywood world where the #MeToo movement is alive and well, but, so too, is the reason the very same movement is necessary, Something to Talk About was a breath of fresh air. Yes, this is a workplace romance that is rife with drama, especially of the tabloid kind, but it’s not—in any way—the creepy kind. This isn’t about the creepy, older boss hitting on her assistant…whether or not the assistant was interested. Rather, it’s a very slow burn romance that starts off merely as a great showrunner-assistant relationship on the set of the tv show where they met, The Innocents. However, when Jo invites Emma to the SAG Awards as a buffer from the uncomfortable questions she expected to have to face from journalists and the paparazzi over her upcoming job on a movie script, they capture an image that—out of context—looked romantic. Read more →