Another month has come and gone, and that means another top books of the month are in order! Here are the books that I especially enjoyed this month.
The Bear and the Nightingale (Arden): Vasilisa lives with her father and siblings in the far north of Rus. Vasilisa is a wild child, who has the ability to talk with the spirits and folk creatures-an ability that is very dangerous to have in her Christian world. When her world is threatened by a dark force that has long since lain dormant, Vasilisa will have to muster her strength and few allies in order to defeat it. I absolutely adored this book! Katherine Arden skillfully builds Vasilisa ‘s world so that I was fully immersed in this cold, wild setting, and I loved Vasilia’s freedom and determination. Fans of fairy tales and strong female protagonists will love this one.
Catastrophic Care (Goldhill): The American health care system is a major point of contention, and the debate on how to fix it is fierce. David Goldhill makes a compelling argument for changes that would dismantle the current system: he claims that by using insurance to pay for health care, the system is not accountable to its customers–which drives up costs and the frequency of medical error. In addition to pointing out these issues, Goldhill lays out a thoughtful solution that is worth poring over. Catastrophic Care is a fascinating read for anyone who’s looking for insight into the issues in the system and a possible solution.
Norse Mythology (Gaiman): I’m sure this one will be on folks’ radar, but I really enjoyed Gaiman’s Norse Mythology. Gaiman skillfully captures the humor and power of some of the classic Norse myths and breathes life and humor into the stories. Of course, every writer will leave their mark on the telling, and Gaiman is no different–and I love what he did! Fans of Gaiman and/or Norse mythology will want to check this one out.
City of Saints and Thieves (Anderson): Christina considers herself an excellent thief: she works for the Goondas, a street gang in Kenya, and she has proven herself to be capable in her role, which is very different from the usual role girls in the gang have. For years, Christina has planned revenge against Mr. Grayhill, the murderer of her mother, who had entered his household as a refugee. When the first part of her plan–break into Grayhill’s mansion to steal information–goes horribly awry, Christina has to journey to her native Congo to uncover her mother’s secrets in order to solve the mystery. Natalie C. Anderson has created a smart, sympathetic heroine in Christina and a thrilling story that will leave readers on the edge of their seats.
That’s all, folks! Catch you next time!