Who has two thumbs and has never read The Hunger Games series?
I do (and don’t) know why I haven’t read it yet. The first book came out the same year that the last book of the Twilight series came out, and the Hype Monster was real. In my circle, the same people who were raving about the Twilight series were also raving about The Hunger Games, and it turned me off a bit. Now, don’t get me wrong: I read the entire Twilight series and I *did not* think they were terrible. They were super readable (my husband and I read them all in the span of a week and a half), and while I didn’t *love* them, I didn’t dislike them at all. But there was something about diving into *another* YA fantasy series that EVERYONE was raving about that I wasn’t down for. I was a little afraid of the Hype Monster. So I decided to wait a while…and I kind of forgot all about them.
So I never read them.
A couple of weeks ago, I was catching up on my YouTube subscriptions, and Leena Norms had vlogged about how she reread The Hunger Games series. It made me realize that I’d never gotten around to reading them, and it was high time for me to do so. (And Leena’s thoughts and interpretations are great, so if you’re interested, go watch the video.)
I’ll be done with my undergraduate degree on June 4th (can I get an “AMEN”?!), and I’ll have the summer off before I start my master’s degree work, so I am finally going to read the series. I’ll be reading it as a buddy-read with sj, a friend from work, and an online friend, and I’m really looking forward to it. And of course, we’ll be reading the new one, too.
THEN…I’m sure you’ve heard by now that Stephenie Meyer is writing yet another Twilight book. Am I going to read it when it comes out? Yep. Are sj and I going to reread the first four books leading up to that? We sure are. Hahaha! I’m particularly looking forward to rereading them with sj. Should be a lot of fun. I’m not entirely sure this reread will happen in June, but that’s what I’m planning for.
The next Sykes & Savidge Book Club book is Graceland by Bethan Roberts, which sounds really interesting even though I’m not a fan of Elvis, so I’ll be reading that at some point before the end of June.
I’ll also be reading Longbourn by Jo Baker for Lauren’s Patreon book club. I’ve been meaning to read it for a while, and this is giving me a reason to put it at the top of my TBR list.
I’m still working on the Women’s Prize longlist, so I’m hoping to get to one or two of those in June, too.
This is an ambitious list, to say the least, but some of these will be very quick reads, so I’m pretty confident I will get through all the buddy reads, at least.
Have you made reading plans for June, or are you just going with the flow?