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
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
Summary: Short version: A collection of Jemisin’s short stories. I’ll summarize each one briefly Continue reading
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
Length: 363 pages
Setting: mostly Port William, Kentucky, 1910s-1970s
Summary: Short version: Jayber Crow’s life in small town Kentucky Continue reading
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
This was my book club’s choice for May.
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
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.
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