Diverseathon is well and truly over but I’ve been laid low with headaches. So, better late than never, here is my wrap up post!!
Binti:Home was so good. I had forgotten how much I loved the characters and the world building and the way Okorafor combined that with the linking to the very clay of Binti’s home. I think this is out today in the US, so have at it people!
I have seen some scathing reviews of this book, but I absolutely loved it. There is no plot to speak of, and the narrative meanders all over the place. If you like complicated, flawed characters, and lots of social commentary and observations, this is the book for you. This is my first Zadie Smith and I’m looking forward to picking up more of her work.
I really enjoyed Woodson’s memoir in verse that is Brown Girl Dreaming. I do tend to struggle with poetry, and I would love to read more about Woodson’s life and experiences.
Ellen van Neerven is an Australian Indigenous author. This collection of stories experiments with traditional story telling and adds elements of magical realism. I really enjoyed this collection of stories – Water was by far my favourite, with it’s exploration of an alternate future with plant people.
I also started Fledgling by Octavia Butler. Butler plus vampires can only equal awesome.
How was your Diverseathon? Did it go according to plan? Did you discover any new authors that you want to tell the world about? Are you planning to keep up your diverse reading? Let me know!
Glad to see that you enjoyed all your books.I am yet to read a book by Butler but I hope to read my first one this one. I also like the sound of Binti. I will look for copies of all these books because they all sound great.
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Butler is so good, I definitely found his one challenging to some of my thinking (around age and consent – no spoilers though) I’ve always been a sci-fi fan, and I’m sad I wasn’t aware of her when she was alive and publishing. They were all great – I’d love your opinion of Swing Time if you get to it 🙂