10 Books for the November 2020 #WotNReadingChallenge


The November 2020 #WotNReadingChallenge Prompt Is…

Genres are a lot more nebulous than you think. What makes a book literary fiction or genre fiction? A lot of the time, it’s just up to marketing. The oncoming terror of the 2020 presidential election has stripped a lot of my words away, so have 10 books that mash (at least) two genres together for your #WotNReadingChallenge prompt.

10 Choices for Your November 2020 #WotNReadingChallenge Prompt:

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

Elizabeth Acevedo - The Poet XXiomara feels like she can’t express herself properly. Ever since she went through puberty, it feels like everyone sees her but nobody hears her. Instead of speaking her grievances, she writes them in poetry in her notebook. This coming-of-age story told through poetry is extremely affecting. 

Dangerous Alliance by Jennieke Cohen

November 2020 #WotNReadingChallengeLady Victoria Aston is a very happy Regency teen. Her sister’s married, therefore she doesn’t have to worry about that institution. However, a sudden attack proves her beliefs misguided. Now, her immediate goals are: get married soon and try not to die. Seems simple enough.

When We Were Magic by Sarah Gailey

Sarah Gailey - When We Were MagicTeenagers (particularly AFAB teenagers) have a lot to deal with. Add in magic that they can’t control and an accidentally-dead classmate, and that could be a real strain on a friendgroup. 

Ghost Talkers by Mary Robinette Kowal

November 2020 #WotNReadingChallengeWhat if Spiritualism was real, and the military had taken full advantage? Ginger Stuyvesant is an American heiress/Spiritualist for the British army. When her fiance dies, Ginger realizes that there must be a spy among the troops. However, no one will believe a woman, so she must find proof of the wrongdoing herself!

Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn

Sarah Kuhn - Heroine ComplexEvie serves as the beleaguered assistant to the superhero Aveda Jupiter, also known as her old friend Annie Chang. It’s a hard job most days, but Evie’s used to it. One day, Aveda gets put out of commission and convinces Evie to be her stand-in. However, Evie’s been trying to hold in her own power, and it’s getting to be a bit too much for her.

Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty

Mur Lafferty - Six WakesThe members of the starship Dormire have been murdered. But they’ve come back in clone bodies, so it’s not like they’re permanently dead. You know, unless they can’t figure out who killed them the first time. That could end up being a problem.

Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire

Seanan McGuire - Rosemary and RueChangeling October Daye used to be a private detective, That all changed when she chased after the wrong man and ended up a fish for twelve years (she doesn’t want to talk about it). Although she’s tried to avoid her past life, an unexpected phone call reels her back in.

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

November 2020 #WotNReadingChallengeEveryone has raved about this book so, honestly, you can skip this paragraph if you want. Muir starts with a bunch of characters who don’t trust each other in an old mansion. She then adds bone magic and a mysterious puzzle that the characters want to solve. The final ingredient in this weird stew is obviously mysterious deaths. Fun!

The Midnight Bargain by CL Polk

C.L. Polk - The Midnight BargainThis romantic fantasy novel is one of my favorite books of the year. Polk implements a lot of the Regency Romance aesthetic into a second world fantasy. In The Midnight Bargain, women are only seen as useful for their capacity to bear children (wow so different from our own world). Every year, a Bargaining Season is held where families marry off their daughters, who must give up their magic to be wed. Beatrice must figure out whether she wants to marry for love and social acceptance, or if she wants to pursue a greater, magical calling.

To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis

November 2020 #WotNReadingChallengeNed Henry is exhausted from too many time-jumps looking for something called “the bishop’s bird stump” (no, he doesn’t know either). His colleagues decide to hide him in Victorian England so he won’t burn out completely. However, that just gets him stuck in period-appropriate capers trying to make sure time stays the way it’s supposed to.

PS: If The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia wasn’t technically out of print, it would definitely be out of print. Luckily for you, it’s getting reprinted next year by Tor, so at least one good thing will happen in 2021!

What mash-up of genres are you going to read next?

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