The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
Listen, the Hunger Games resurgence on TikTok got to me, I was seeing all these videos about the movies and the books and I just had to re-read them to get back to what the story actually is rather than all these theories and interpretations. Also, these books should be read every once in a while to remind us of what she came up with, because these books seem to get closer and closer to coming true. These should be mandatory reading.
Carrie Soto is Back by Taylor Jenkins-Reid
I was hesitant to read this, because it got so much feedback about a white woman (TJR) writing the stories of a Latina woman and a British-Chinese woman. But now that I have read it, I still think it is absolutely a valid critique, but I actually think it is her most racially sensitive book of all the books she has written, many of which have had Latina characters. She actually really delves into how race affects both of these elite tennis players’ careers, the only thing that I found interesting is that Nikki Chan, the British-Chinese player, is the one who brings up how race has affected her career, and it’s like it’s news to Carrie, that she had never noticed, or consciously noticed that race was impacting her career. She noticed that she didn’t get the same sponsorships or modeling opportunities as her white, blonde competitors, but she chalked it up to not being as pretty as them and used it as fuel to beat them. It was such an interesting read.
Although Daisy Jones and Evelyn Hugo are still my favorite TJR books.
Also this is my spot to say I am not allowed to buy anymore books until I read my entire TBR pile. It is massive, and I have to stop spending money on books.
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