september 2020 reading wrap-up

September 2020 Reading Wrap-Up

September was a little slow for me reading-wise, but Hurricane Sally was a direct hit here, so there were a lot of other things…

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The Sacrifice of Darkness by Roxane Gay and Tracy Lynne Oliver

The world feels especially dark and heartless right now, which makes perfect timing for The Sacrifice of Darkness. This strangely hopeful, empowering graphic novel…

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The Mindful Universe by Mark Westmoquette

The Mindful Universe is a mindfulness book like none other I’ve ever read. Written by astronomer Mark Westmoquette, this book communicates the depth of…

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Odessa by Jonathan Hill

In Jonathan Hill’s Odessa, three siblings search for their mother in a post-apocalyptic United States, several years after a major earthquake has separated California…

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Murder with Oolong Tea by Karen Rose Smith

I was in the mood for a cozy mystery, and Karen Rose Smith’s Murder with Oolong Tea delivered. I loved the tea shop setting…

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Earthlings by Sayaka Murata

“My body is not my own.” I’m speechless and my stomach is in knots. The social commentary in Sayaka Murata’s Earthlings (translated by Ginny…

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Father Guards the Sheep by Sari Rosenblatt

The Iowa Short Fiction Award consistently gives us wonderful short story collections like Sari Rosenblatt’s Father Guards the Sheep. These are strong, character-driven stories…

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