#MustReadin2019 Fall Update

September 22, 2019

It’s time for the fall update! I didn’t do the spring one because I didn’t read anything. IMAGINE MY SURPRISE that I have actually read some of the books on my list.


Here’s the official list:

Must Read 2019 list

Here’s the update:

BecomingBecoming by Michelle Obama

I started this because my book club chose it, but could not gain traction on it in either print or audio.

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Archie, Vol. 2Archie, Vol. 2 by Mark Waid

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

There was not nearly enough Betty in this book. Just…not at all. Also, I’m not sure how I feel about Reggie’s character being so summarily dismissed. I guess the collective has decided that he’s less important/interesting than previous incarnations.

At any rate, I’ve gotten a good enough feel for how this series does things, so I don’t think I’ll be reading anymore. I really wish I had kept all my old Archie comics. My need for nostalgia is running deeper than I had imagined.

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The Obelisk Gate (The Broken Earth, #2)The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Whew, this one is better than the first–mostly because the world is established so that need to establish the world is gone and also because we find out what happens to Essun’s daughter AND there’s a lot of talk of generational trauma.

Also, at some point when Jemisin was describing Castrima, all I could think is that I understand why some people HAVE to write because imagine carrying all of that around in your head forever. I’m just saying.

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The Stone Sky (The Broken Earth, #3)The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

3.5 stars, rounding up

I really liked this overall and Jemisin has some beautiful language here, but she was back on the high fantasy world building train for a part of this, so it was a little harder for me to stay interested in the beginning and part of the middle. (Yes, I understand this is high fantasy. Yes, I can recognize that she’s really super good at it even as I understand that it’s not my jam and that it still affects my overall enjoyment.)

That mother/daughter stuff, though? And all that community building? And the commentary on trauma? WHEW.

I give the overall series 4 1/2 stars. Highly recommend!

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1. Six Characters in Search of an Author by Luigi Pirandello

2. Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke

3. The Mistress of Spices by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

4. Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

5. The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin

6. Ghost by Jason Reynolds

7. Archie, Vol. 2 by Mark Waid

8. Archie, Vol. 3 by Mark Waid

9. The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin

10. Far from the Tree by Robin Benway

11. What I Leave Behind by Alison McGhee

12. Breakout by Kate Messner

13. Finding Yvonne by Brandy Colbert

14. Sadie by Courtney Summers

15. Becoming by Michelle Obama

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1 Comment

  1. carriegelson

    I highly recommend Ghost on your list! So good. Thanks for joining in.


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