I’m spending 2018 reading mostly women. Only mostly, because I don’t want to be too restrictive about these things. If I read a book by someone who is not a woman I won’t have “failed”. I’m also trying to read books that are recommended to me, books by people I follow on Twitter, that kind of thing.
In August I read:
Santa Olivia by Jacqueline Carey – I love Kushiel’s Dart for the richness of the world and the amount of story that gets packed into each book (anyone else would have ended the first book on the return from the Skaldi, but no we have to go to Alba and negotiate a succession). Instead of Fantasy France, this is set in post-apocalyptic Texas (although we never quite get to see how bad the apocalypse has been, perhaps it’s only really one for them) and our characters are penned in hoping to escape rather than exploring the known world. This is full of little joys.
Weapons of Math Destruction by Cathy O’Neil – You already know if this is the sort of thing you’d like to read or not. All I can tell you is that it’s very readable, and the author is good to follow on Twitter.
The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K Le Guin – I think this is her most famous standalone novel. This is the one about an ambassador from the federation of planets to a new world, one where people have no gender most of the time, and can become male or female (everyone has the capacity for both) at a certain time of the month. The story is not mainly about that, it’s about politics and the coldness of the planet and trust and friendship.
In The Ruins by Kate Elliott – This is book 6 of the Crown of Stars series, which I was reading at the beginning of the year. After the break it took a while to remember who everyone is and where they are and whether they’ve accidentally time-travelled or not, but once I got settled in I enjoyed reading.
Blackout and All Clear by Connie Willis – I’ve read these before, but I think it was before I moved to London. This month walking through London at night, trying to find my way by landmarks without looking at my phone, gave me a strong urge to re-read. Time travel has been discovered, but is only used by historians. Some of those historians get “stuck” in WWII London, with bombs falling, and they’ve only memorised which tube stations are safe for the three months of their intended trip. Love these so much.