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Binti: The Complete Trilogy by Nnedi Okorafor

I’ve been hearing about the book as a great example of science fiction by a black author and decided to pick it up. Luckily, my library had the novellas collected into a single book.

Published: 2019 as a collection, 2015-2017 as novellas

Genre: 358 pages

Setting: mostly the desert African city of Himba, and the planet Oozma Uni

Summary: Short version: Binti’s event-filled life after she’s accepted to an off-world school Continue reading


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How Long ’til Black History Month by N. K. Jemisin

I had picked up this collection to read two Locus Award nominee for short stories. I enjoyed them so much I got sucked into reading the rest of the collection.

Published: 2018 for the collection, 2004-2017 for the individual stories

Genre: science fiction and fantasy

Length: 397 pages

SummaryShort version: A collection of Jemisin’s short stories. I’ll summarize each one briefly Continue reading

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Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry

I’ve enjoyed Wendell Berry’s nonfiction writing and decided I wanted to read some of his fiction. I decided on this book because Modern Mrs. Darcy has rhapsodized about it. Plus, it gives me the elusive “J” for my Reading the Alphabet Challenge

Published: 2000

Genre: fiction

Length: 363 pages

Setting: mostly Port William, Kentucky, 1910s-1970s

Summary: Short version: Jayber Crow’s life in small town Kentucky Continue reading

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Three Kingdoms by Lo Kuan-chung

Mr. Curiosity read several medieval classics this year, based on recommendations from The Well-Trained Mind. While I like their recommendations, it focuses on Western literature. I wanted Mr. Curiosity to read one of the great Asian classics. I have him a choice between this one (a Chinese classic) and The Tale of Genji (a Japanese classic). I chose this edition (there are many) because our library had it.

Translated and edited by: Moss Roberts

Published: this edition in 1976; originally in the 15th century

Genre: medieval classic historical fiction

Length: 304 pages of text, 318 pages total

Setting: third century China

Summary: Short version: A long-ranging fight over who will control China Continue reading

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The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

This was my book club’s choice for May.

Published: 2011

Genre: fiction

Length: 308 pages of story, 322 pages total

Setting: San Francisco, present day

Summary: Short version: Victoria needs to figure out her life now that she’s an adult Continue reading

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Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve

My husband picked this up as an audiobook for the family because Peter Jackson turned it into a movie.

Published: 2001

Genre: science fiction

Length: 373 pages

Setting: a post-apocalyptic, barely recognizable future Asia

Summary: Short version: London’s attempts to gain power causes many deaths Continue reading

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Landline by Rainbow Rowell

This book was recommended to me by one of my students when I asked for a book recommendation at the beginning of the semester. Plus, it was Rainbow Rowell and therefore needed to be read.

Published: 2014

Genre: fiction with a touch of fantasy

Length: 310 pages

Setting: California, present day

Summary: Short version: Georgie saves her marriage with a phone that calls her past Continue reading

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