What I Read: July ’20

The Thief (The Queen’s Thief #1), The Queen of Attolia (The Queen’s Thief #2), & The King of Attolia (The Queen’s Thief #3) by Megan Whalen Turner: What a series! I am now not-so-patiently awaiting the fourth book in the series. Set in a fictional version of Ancient Greece, this story marries just enough new world building, historical feeling, and good old adventure and politicking to be captivating.

American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins: This was recommended by a friend and I found it very compelling until I was about 75% of the way thru it and then another friend sent over an article sharing that this story was written by a white author, telling the story of Mexican nationals. I found this hard to reconcile and it made me feel like the ending was not earned.

The Marvelous Misadventures of Ingrid Winter by Janne S. Drangsholt: A drag. Almost a DNF. (Women who’s personally lives are charmingly a mess finding themselves thru the acquisition of material objects are not a compelling narrative for me.)

How Long ’til Black Future Month by N. K. Jemisin: Another from N. K. Jemisin in my quest to be a Jemisin completest! Short stories aren’t usually my bag but I loved how easy this was to pick up and put down while nursing the baby.

Palm Trees in the Snow by Luz Gabas: I got this for free.99 from the Kindle first store and that is the right price to pay.

White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America by Nancy Isenberg: A tome! I feel like this book had a moment a few years ago but I am really glad I read it now. It is important to recognize and fight against, how the ruling class in the US has used race and racism to keep the working classes divided to their own benefit.

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