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10 Books for the August 2019 #WotNReadingChallenge

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What’s the August #WotNReadingChallenge Prompt?

It’s WorldCon month! At WorldCon, one of the biggest conventions of the year, the Hugo Awards are given out. This month’s #WotNReadingChallenge prompt is in honor of WorldCon and the Hugo Awards. August’s prompt is “A book that won a major SFF award,” which includes the Hugo Awards.

10 Books for Your August 2019 #WotNReadingChallenge Prompt

The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon

August 2019 #WotNReadingChallenge - Michael Chabon - The Yiddish Policemen's Union
Michael Chabon – The Yiddish Policemen’s Union

Notable accolades: Hugo Award for Best Novel (2015), Nebula Award Nominee for Best Novel (2014), Locus Award Nominee for Best Science Fiction Novel (2015)
In a world where the Slattery Report’s proposal was made law, time is almost up. Before his world changes forever, Detective Meyer Landsman wants to solve just one more case.

The Tea Master and the Detective by Aliette de Bodard

August 2019 #WotNReadingChallenge - Aliette de Bodard - The Tea Master and the Detective
Aliette de Bodard – The Tea Master and the Detective

Notable accolades: Nebula Award (2019), Hugo Finalist (2019, pending as of this writing)
All that transport ship The Shadow’s Child wants to do is sell tea and stay out of deep space. However, when she crosses paths with Long Chau, she may not get what she wants.

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

August 2019 #WotNReadingChallenge - Neil Gaiman - American Gods
Neil Gaiman – American Gods

Notable accolades: Hugo Award for Best Novel (2002), Nebula Award for Best Novel (2002), Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel (2002)
After he’s released from prison to mourn his wife, Shadow Moon is recruited by a mysterious man called Mr. Wednesday. Mr. Wednesday draws Shadow into a conflict, one where not all is as it seems. This book has been adapted into a Starz series, which has two seasons so far. Word of the Nerd (read: yours truly) has reviewed all of both seasons.

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin

August 2019 #WotNReadingChallenge - N.K. Jemisin - The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
N.K. Jemisin – The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms

Notable accolades: Hugo Award Nominee for Best Novel (2011), Nebula Award Nominee for Best Novel (2010), Locus Award for Best First Novel (2011), World Fantasy Award Nominee for Best Novel (2011)
Yeine Darr, an outcast within the kingdoms, is unexpectedly named as one of the king’s heirs. However, it becomes quickly clear that this is not a good thing for her, as people are scheming throughout the palace. As a side note, Jemisin’s Broken Earth series is the only series where each individual book won the Hugo Award. If you haven’t picked up The Fifth Season yet, it is a wonderful choice this month.

The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal

August 2019 #WotNReadingChallenge - Mary Robinette Kowal - The Calculating Stars
Mary Robinette Kowal – The Calculating Stars

Notable accolades: Nebula Award (2019), Hugo Finalist (2019, pending as of this writing)
In this alternate history, Earth is hit by a meteor in the 1950s, disrupting the climate in a way that will kill humanity. Instead of being resigned to their fates, the world looks to the stars as a way to escape.

Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie

August 2019 - Ann Leckie - Ancillary Justice
Ann Leckie – Ancillary Justice

Notable accolades: Hugo Award for Best Novel (2014), Nebula Award for Best Novel (2013), Locus Award for Best First Novel (2014), Arthur C. Clarke Award for Best Novel (2014)
An artificially intelligent warship has been destroyed, at least for the most part. The AI only has one ancillary (ie: body) left to her, and she is going to get revenge.

The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu and translated by Ken Liu

August 2019 #WotNReadingChallenge - Liu Cixin - The Three-Body Problem - translated by Ken Liu
Liu Cixin – The Three-Body Problem – translated by Ken Liu

Notable accolades: Hugo Award for Best Novel (2015), Nebula Award Nominee for Best Novel (2014), Locus Award Nominee for Best Science Fiction Novel (2015)
Named after a famous scientific puzzle, this book follows two time periods. In one, a Chinese scientist is imprisoned after being accused of sedition, but she still continued scientific work. Forty years later, her work is linked to several scientists’ suspicious suicides.

Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer

August 2019 #WotNReadingChallenge - Jeff VanderMeer - Annihilation
Jeff VanderMeer – Annihilation

Notable accolades: Nebula Award for Best Novel (2014), Locus Award Nominee for Best Science Fiction Novel (2015)
In this creepy novel, four women become part of an expedition into the mysterious Area X. This changes them forever. The 2018 film adaptation became a Hugo finalist in its own right.

Redshirts by John Scalzi

August 2019 #WotNReadingChallenge - John Scalzi - Redshirts
John Scalzi – Redshirts

Notable accolades: Hugo Award for Best Novel (2013), Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel (2013)
Something fishy is happening on the Universal Union ship Intrepid. Every once in a while, a crewmember unaccountably dies on a mission. However, the remaining people are putting the pieces together…

To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis

August 2019 #WotNReadingChallenge - Connie Willis - To Say Nothing of the Dog
Connie Willis – To Say Nothing of the Dog

Notable accolades: Hugo Award for Best Novel (1999), Nebula Award Nominee for Best Novel (1998), Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel (1999)
In the future, Oxford historians use time travel to observe past events. Unfortunately for them, their latest patroness is running them ragged in an attempt to rebuild a particular cathedral. After nearly collapsing from exhaustion, Ned is sent to the past to find a bishop’s bird stump, and gets caught up in a screwball mystery.

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