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10 Books for the February 2020 #WotNReadingChallenge

2020 WOTN Reading Challenge

#WotNReadingChallenge Prompt: A Book With a One-Word Title

Even though February is a little longer than normal this year, it’s still the shortest month of the year. Last year, we celebrated February by reading books that were under 200 pages. This year, instead of honoring short books, the #WotNReadingChallenge is honoring short titles. Specifically, we’re honoring one-word titles. It’s been said that brevity is the soul of wit. Let’s appreciate these restrained titles.

10 Books for Your #WotNReadingChallenge Prompt

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - AmericanahIfemelu and Obinze grew up together in Nigeria. When they grew up, she went to the United States, while he climbed the ranks in Nigeria, unable to follow her. Many years later, Ifemelu comes back to Nigeria, and sparks fly between them again.

Circe by Madeline Miller

#WotNReadingChallenge February 2020After causing great offense, a goddess is exiled to a remote island. She lives a mostly solitary existence, except when guests come to call. This is a lyrical myth retelling.

Confessions by Kanae Minato

September 2019 #WotNReadingChallenge Confessions by Kanae Minato - translated by Stephen SnyderOn her last day of school, a teacher gives a lecture her students will never forget. The subject? How her daughter died. Each section of this book is essentially a monologue from a different point of view. 

Everfair by Nisi Shawl

February 2020 #WotNReadingChallengeIn this alternate history, Shawl imagines how the Congo would look if the residents had gained access to steam technology before the colonizers showed up. Members of this society create their own country and name it Everfair, after the utopia that they want it to be. However, life is never that easy.

Fingersmith by Sarah Waters

February 2020 WotNReadingChallengeSue Trinder is an orphan in Victorian England. She joins forces with a fingersmith (better thought of in pop culture as a pickpocket) to trick an heiress into marriage. However, not all is as it seemed. This book was adapted into the Korean film The Handmaiden.

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

February 2020 #WotNReadingChallengeHomegoing follows two sisters and their descendants. One sister was sold into slavery, and one remained in Africa. An incredible debut novel.

Kindred by Octavia Butler

February 2020 WotNReadingChallengeOne day, Dana is thrust back in time to save a drowning white boy in antebellum Maryland. She is soon brought back to 1976, but she is forced back in time, time and time again. Antebellum South isn’t safe for a (then) modern black woman, so she must struggle to survive her experiences.

Parasite by Mira Grant

February 2020 #WotNReadingChallenge
In an alternate 21st century, we cured disease with just one little pill containing a helpful tapeworm. However, Sal has discovered that this solution might just be too good to be true. 

Severance by Ling Ma

February 2020 WotNReadingChallengeAfter the world has ended, Candace struggles to find a place in the new order of things. She flashes back to when things were normal, reminiscing on how she and the world got here.

Witchmark by CL Polk

October 2019 #WotNReadingChallengeMiles joined the army and became a doctor to avoid being used for his magic. However, when an ill patient notices his gift, Miles finds himself drawn into a magical conspiracy.

What are you going to read this month? Have we left off something truly transformative? Tell us on social media! And, as always, for more Word of the Nerd book news, reviews, and reading lists, click here.


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Siobhan needs books to function, and therefore can infodump quite a lot about them, particularly when they're either science fiction or fantasy.

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