10 Books for the February 2019 #WotNReadingChallenge

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I’m sure all of you have monthly to-do lists, and it always seems like there’s never enough time to do everything. Every year, when February rolls around barely after the holidays, it’s always a shock realizing there’s even less time this month than usual. This month, we’re recommending books under 300 pages, so your book-a-month for the #WotNReadingChallenge takes up that much less time.

10 Books Under 300 Pages for Your February #WotNReadingChallenge Prompt

Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

February 2019 #WotNReadingChallenge Friday Black (Mariner Books) by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah
Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

This short story collection speaks to the 21st-century state of being. It feels like there’s no such thing as a sane job or life security, and the powers that be ask terrible things of their underlings.

Women and Power by Mary Beard

February 2019 #WotNReadingChallengeWomen & Power A Manifesto (Liveright) by Mary Beard
Women & Power: A Manifesto by Mary Beard

Classicist Mary Beard looks to her usual beat (read: ancient history) to find some of misogyny’s roots. This book was published in 2017, when this examination felt immediate and necessary to the political landscape after the previous year’s election. Seeing that more women are joining national races, this may end up relevant on the national stage again (sigh).

Hark! A Vagrant by Kate Beaton

February 2019 #WotNReadingChallengeHark A Vagrant (Drawn and Quarterly) by Kate Beaton
Hark! A Vagrant by Kate Beaton

This book collects a number of laugh-out-loud comic strips from Kate Beaton’s website, which this book is named after. These comics cover topics from Canadian history to superheroic antics.

Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh

February #WotNReadingChallenge Hyperbole and a Half (Gallery Books) by Allie Brosh
Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh

Also adapted from a website, Hyperbole and a Half discusses the author’s life and her struggles with depression. Allie Brosh is probably better known as one of the co-showrunners of the wildly inventive Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.

Barracoon by Zora Neale Hurston

February 2019 #WotNReadingChallenge Barracoon (HarperCollins Publishers) by Zora Neale Hurston
Barracoon by Zora Neale Hurston

In 1931, noted writer Zora Neale Hurston interviewed Cudjo Lewis, who was the last person alive to remember being taken from Africa on a slave ship. It took 77 years for the account to be published, but remembering the past is even more relevant in our current present.

White Tears by Hari Kunzru

February 2019 #WotNReadingChallenge White Tears (Knopf Publishing Group) by Hari Kunzru
White Tears by Hari Kunzru

Two young music enthusiasts, Seth and Carter, accidentally record someone singing in the park. When they try to pass the record off as a vintage relic, events are set in motion that change their lives forever.

Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in Forty Questions by Valeria Luiselli

February 2019 #WotNReadingChallenge Tell Me How It Ends (Coffee House Press) by Valeria Luiselli
Tell Me How It Ends by Valeria Luiselli

Valeria Luiselli, an immigration court translator, discusses the immigration crisis. Her framework for this is the 40 questions that young asylum-seekers are asked when they’re taken to court

Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot

February 2019 #WotNReadingChallenge Heart Berries (Counterpoint Press) by Terese Marie Mailhot
Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot

This is a beautifully written memoir. In it, Mailhot discusses her family, her trauma, and her mental health issues.

Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

February 2019 #WotNReadingChallenge Binti (Tor) by Nnedi Okorafor
Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

Binti is the first person from her people to be offered a place at the universe’s most prestigious university. However, on the way there, regional tensions lead to real problems, and Binti needs to decide whether the trip was worth it.

Space Opera by Catherynne M. Valente

February 2019 #WotNReadingChallenge Space Opera (Corsair) by Catherynne M. Valente
Space Opera by Catherynne M. Valente

One day Earth finds out the answer to Fermi’s Paradox: there is other intelligent life in the universe. However, the universe isn’t all that convinced that humans count as intelligent life. What will convince them? The results of a totally glamorous Eurovision-esque musical competition. If they don’t do well, the human race will be destroyed. No pressure!

What Do You Think?

This prompt is pretty easy to fulfill, and you’re by no means obligated to stick with these choices. There are no poetry collections or superhero comics on this list, but quite a few of them are under 300 pages. If you want, you can join our new #WotNReadingChallenge Goodreads group and discuss other options there. Happy reading!

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