November 16, 2021

November 2021 Goodreads Update

In anticipation of being done with my award reading in less than three months, I have ramped up my TBR adding. Here is the result of that activity.

Charleston Syllabus

Charleston Syllabus: Readings on Race, Racism, and Racial Violence by Chad Williams, et. al. - After that white dude visited the Emmanuel AME church with a machine gun in 2015, a lot of essays hit the internet from people trying to make sense of it. They used the hashtag #CharlestonSyllabus. This is a collection of the best of those essays.

Nature of Witches

The Nature of Witches by Rachel Griffin - I feel like this might have once been on the award reading list, but it's not there now. This cover is really interesting. The photography really plays with focus. I'm intrigued.

Marvellous Light

A Marvellous Light by Freya Marske - An impoverished baronet in Edwardian England finds himself made the civil service liaison to a magical society. His contact in the society is prickly and reserved. Then they uncover a deadly plot against all magicians and have to work together. Fun!


Dune by Frank Herbert - Yes. Yes. I know. I haven't read Dune. I had kind of labeled it "boring sci-fi" in my head, so I never bothered. Now, with the first movie out, I'm hearing that it's more character-driven than plot-driven, so I might check it out.

Dead Center

Dead Center: Behind the Scenes at the World's Largest Medical Examiner's Office by Shiya Ribowsky - The New York City Medical Examiner's Office is the biggest and most evolved one of its kind. Ribowsky talks about some of the investigations he led in bizarre death cases. And he talks about what it was like trying to identify the dead after the 9/11 attacks.

Voices From Chernobyl

Voices From Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster by Svetlana Alexievich - This book was published 20 years after the explosion at the Chernobyl Nuclear Reactor in 1986. The author interviewed many people and transcribed those interviews into a monologue form in this book.

Disability Visability

Disability Visability: First-Person Stories From the 21st Century by Alice Wong - In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, this book is a collection of essays by people with disabilities both visible and invisible.

Holly Jolly Diwali

A Holly Jolly Diwali by Sonya Lalli - Diwali was in the first week of November, and one of my coworkers got this book in delivery. I was intrigued, so I put it on my TBR. It's an Indian romance and it is blurbed by an Indian author I like, Uzma Jalaluddin.

Certain Appeal

A Certain Appeal by Vanessa King - This is a modern-day retelling of Pride and Prejudice. I'll give anything a shot that is a retelling of P&P.

And that's it for the first half of November! See anything interesting?