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New library books! ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿ“šโœจ

My local library branch has been closed for renovations for MONTHS, but it finally re-opened, and I went and snatched up my holds the first day it did.

Got a little bit of everything: horror, humor, and a story about a girl seduced by an older man.

Plus, I’m slowly making my way through War and Peaceโ€”these books are my break from that ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜‚

Let’s go, March reading!

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Hunger Games hits different in 2021

I just finished re-reading this trilogy for the first time in like five years, for the first time post-Trump presidency, for the first time since Covid, for the first time in my thirties. And some of the themes hit harder now.

Like the struggle to choose between fighting to change the status quo or fleeing/hiding for your own safety and sanity.

Like how there’s so much gray area in the good vs. evil debate, when each side truly believes they’re fighting for something noble.

Like how it’s easy to stop seeing individuals and merely see a “side” you’re against.

Like how people on both sides of a war (and the tactics and justifications they use) are far more similar than they think.

This series holds up so, so well, especially compared to a lot of other dystopian YA books that came out around the same time. It might even pack more punch in 2021 than it did when it came out in 2008โ€”which is kind of scary. Dystopia, like satire, is getting more and more indistinguishable from reality.

Happy Tuesday!

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The Book Broad is on Instagram!

Follow @bookbroadblog for fun book stuff in your feed!

The main blog will still be here, but the IG page will have more bite-size book reviews (some exclusive to IG) and definitely more memes.

It’s still getting its sea legs but there will be plenty more content to come ๐Ÿ“š๐ŸŒŸ

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It’s the end of Septemberโ€”in other words, basically Octoberโ€”and it’s time to get ready for maybe the best holiday ever with some spooky, Halloween-related posts.

P.S. I may or may not have plans soon to drop by a well-loved horror novelist’s house in a sleepy town in Maine. Stay tuned!

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Whatcha readin’?

I want to review more books on this blog, but I’ve been dreadfully behind on my reading goal for 2020โ€”for a lot of reasons, like being busy with work, moving to a new apartment, a global pandemic, among other thingsโ€”so now I’m playing catch-up. And in lieu of a review right now, here’s what I’m currently reading (or reading soon).

(Not pictured: A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin. I’ve been reading it for 84 years. Don’t @ me.)

Look at this cute little stack.

All from the library except the top one. And (unintentionally) all different genres! Sci-fi, horror, contemporary fiction (kind of an umbrella term but, more specifically, like, non-genre bestseller fiction), memoir, and thriller/mystery.

  • A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor by Hank Green: I spontaneously grabbed this sci-fi novel in a local bookstore because I’m a fan of Green’s brother author John Green’s novelsโ€”not knowing it was the second book in a duology. Whoops. So, now that I’ve caught up and read book #1 (An Absolutely Remarkable Thing), I’m finally digging into this one.
  • Malorie by Josh Malerman: The sequel to Bird Box, which I read last summer after seeing the Sandra Bullock Netflix movie and learning that it was also a horror novel! I’m excited for this one; only a few pages in and shit is already going down.
  • Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng: I know only two things about this novel that lead me to picking it up at the library: 1) It’s gotten excellent reviews, 2) There’s a miniseries with Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington I want to watch (that’s also gotten great reviews) but I’d rather read it first.
  • Over the Top by Jonathan van Ness: I haven’t read a memoir yet this year, and normally it’s one of my top genres. JVN is adorable. I love his work on Queer Eye and his commendable work on his own Instagram stories documenting his four cats eating breakfast every morning. If I’m being honest, that’s what pushed me to finally grab this one. *LOLs in cat lady*
  • Someone We Know by Shari Lapena: I’m a sucker for a good mystery and/or thriller, and I’ve enjoyed the other novels by Lapena I’ve read (A Stranger in the House and The Couple Next Door). Thinking I’ll probably crack this open after Malorie.

What are you reading?