October Reads

We Spread by Iain Reid - What better way to start off October than with some suspense? Reid's previous novel Foe is one of my favorite books, and his new one brings out that same eerie sense. This time, we get a look at what it means to age, and the lack of control that comes with it.


The Dispossessed by Ursula Le Guin - This was my third Le Guin book, and I'm glad she has many other novels to explore. Even though her focus is sci-fi, she explores the idea of otherness better than any author I know. This should be required reading for expats, revolutionaries, and politicians.


A Canticle of Leibowitz by Walter Miller - Um, immediate favorite. After a nuclear apocalypse, a new Order of monks arises to protect human advancement. I loved every single character (especially Francis) and actually cried while reading this. A must.


Braised Pork by An Yu - I've never read anything like this. It's a modern day fable about what limitations and boundaries mean to different people. If you like Murakami's writing style, you'll also enjoy An Yu. Just be ready for weird fish people and dream visions.


Grief is the Thing with Feathers by Max Porter - I'll be honest, I don't think I can say I've experienced true grief, but Porter gives a vivid look into how the weight of it is both ugly and needed. It's written in a poetic prose style, and is much better to read at a slow pace.


Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi - This one hurt to read, it was so good. Based on African folk religion, Emezi explores what it would be like to be born with the spirit of the gods raging within you. It's a heartbreaking novel that I was sad to put down.




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