Another month has gone by, so here are my favorite books from this past month! I hope you find some materials that catch your fancy!
Shrill: Tales of a Loud Women (Lindy West): In this collection of essays, writer and activist Lindy West shares the story of her abortion, her experiences flying while fat, and the time she took on an Internet troll who pretended to be her dead father (and so much more!). West’s writing is witty and engaging, and I found myself both relating to her and learning from her in equal measures. If you care about women’s rights, check this one out.
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers #1; Becky Chambers): Earth was destroyed, and humans joined the Galactic Commons, a united group of aliens. Ashby commands the Wayfarer, a spaceship that creates tunnels through space. As the crew heads to dangerous territory for a major job, the story explores the characters and their relationships. Chambers’ compelling world-building (complete with very original aliens!) and strong character relationships make this a strong and tender narrative. I loved how the characters–many of who were alien species–navigated their relationships with one another. Fans of character-driven narratives–particularly the show Firefly– will enjoy this one. I cannot wait for sequels!
Haikyu! (vol. 1 & 2) (Haruichi Furudate): Ever since he saw a player called “The Tiny Giant” in the High School volleyball championships, Hinata dreams of playing volleyball. After playing one middle school game and losing badly, Hinata joins Karasuno’s volleyball team, only to encounter his rival. However, Hinata and his rival, the arrogant Kageyama, have a powerful dynamic on the court, and they, plus their teammates, might just have what it takes to go all the way to the championships. I originally picked Haikyu because I loved the anime, and I wasn’t disappointed. The action is top-notch, bur the focus on character growth is what makes this series so engaging. If you love the anime series like I do or are looking for a great sports graphic novel, pick up Haikyu.
Dragon Girl: The Secret Valley (Weigel): In Alanna’s world, dragons are rare, yet feared. When Alanna finds a dragon’s nest, she quickly discovers that these winged giants are actually pretty great! However, a greedy knight is after the dragons and their minerals, and Alanna, her brother, and her new dragon friends will have to outfox him! This graphic novel was great fun–Alanna is a wonderfully clever rambunctious kid, and Weigel’s dragons are absolutely adorable. If How to Train Your Dragon holds a place in your heart, definitely give this one a try.
The Masked City (The Invisible Library #2; Genevieve Cogman): The Invisible Library maintains balance between the natural-order obsessed dragons and the chaotic Fey by collecting books; Irene is a Librarian, trained to retrieve materials from alternate worlds. When her apprentice Kai gets kidnapped and taken to the heart of Fae territory–an alternative Venice– Irene will have to use every ounce of her skills, brains, and training to get him back. I enjoy the world and the magic (a Language that allows you to manipulate objects), and the plot is full of action and wit. Add a clever female lead (who loves tea!), and I was sold.
The Aeronaut’s Windlass (Cinder Spires #1; Jim Butcher): Long ago, humankind left the earth for spires high above the sky. Disgraced air force man Grimm captains The Predator, a mercenary airship for one of the spires; after a particularly nasty encounter severely damages The Predator, Grimm is trying to find a way to keep going. Gwen and Bridget are new spire guards struggling to learn the ropes, under the guidance of Gwen’s cousin, Benedict . When their spire gets attacked, the two groups will have to work together to rescue their spire from destruction. Clever characters, witty, whimsical dialogue, and an action-packed plot make this a fun read. If you like steampunk, you should definitely go for this.
That’s all for this month–I’ll catch you next time!