2021: #26 – The Accusation: Forbidden Stories from Inside North Korea (Bandi)

This was a really interesting collection of short stories, written by an anonymous North Korean author mostly in the early 1990s. The stories take place both before and after the death of Kim Il-Sung and during the beginning of the North Korean famine. I thought it did a great job of illustrating the oppression that most people in North Korea were living under at that

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2021: #25 – How Long ’til Black Future Month? (N.K. Jemisin)

This was a gorgeous collection of short stories by the ever-brilliant Jemisin. The settings ranged from the past to the future and everywhere in-between, in this universe and the next. A few of the stories were a little heavy on the science for my taste, but there was always something compelling to keep me interested. Some of my favorites were: The Effluent Engine – steampunk

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2021: #24 – Don’t You Forget About Me (Mhairi McFarlane)

This was a cute romantic comedy focused on Georgina. Georgina is about to turn 30 and has nothing to show for it but a string of forgettable service jobs and a roommate who hates her. After getting fired from her job and then catching her boyfriend in the act of cheating on her, she reluctantly agrees to help a friend of her brother-in-law with the

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2021: #23 – Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland (Patrick Radden Keefe)

Before reading this book, all I knew about the Troubles in Ireland was that the Catholics and Protestants hated each other and the IRA blew stuff up. Now I can say I know a whole heck of a lot more. The framing of Radden Keefe’s history of the conflict is the disappearance of Jean McConville, a mother of 10 who had just lost her husband

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