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10 Books for the June 2019 #WotNReadingChallenge

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June’s #WotNReadingChallenge Prompt is…

Everyone knows that you’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover. However, it is a natural human instinct to do so, especially if we’re being literal. If you want to feel a little better about shallow book-choosing methods, try picking a book by its title. In fact, this month, we’re encouraging it for the #WotNReadingChallenge!

10 Recommendations for the June 2019 #WotNReadingChallenge Prompt

The Poisoner’s Handbook by Deborah Blum

June 2019 #WotNReadingChallenge - The Poisoner's Handbook by Deborah Blum (Feb. 2010)
The Poisoner’s Handbook by Deborah Blum (Feb. 2010)

Despite what the title indicates, this book will not teach you how to poison your enemies. Instead, Blum explains how 20th-century forensic scientists tracked poisonings (both intentional and incidental), changing the world forever.

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

June 2019 #WotNReadingChallenge - The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers (Jul. 2014)
The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers (Jul. 2014)

A young woman with a mysterious past joins a motley crew as they take a job halfway across the galaxy. If you’ve already read this one, you should make sure that you haven’t missed the two follow-up books. They were both nominated for the Hugo Award and Record of a Spaceborn Few inspired this prompt. The series as a whole is nominated for the Best Series Hugo Award this year.

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

June 2019 #WotNReadingChallenge - Catch-22 by Joseph Heller (1961)
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller (1961)

This anti-war classic novel follows a squadron as they get assigned more and more dangerous bombing assignments. If one wants to go home, they can claim that they’re insane and therefore unfit to participate. However, knowing that bombing assignments are bad for one’s continuing existence is a sign of sanity, and proof that they should be out bombing. That is Catch-22, a title so iconic we use it as an idiom of bureaucratic nonsense today.

How Long ‘Til Black Future Month? by N.K. Jemisin

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How Long ‘Til Black Future Month? by N.K. Jemison (Nov. 2018)

N.K. Jemisin made history last year when all of the individual books in her Broken Earth trilogy won the Hugo Award for Best Novel. She recently published this short story collection, which shows off the breadth of her talent and imagination.

A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine

June 2019 #WotNReadingChallenge - A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine (Mar. 2019)
A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine (Mar. 2019)

Ambassador Mahit Dzmare arrives in the interstellar Teixcalaani Empire to discover that her predecessor has been murdered. Now, she must figure out where the danger in court is while trying to settle her own political position. It’s a court politics murder mystery in space!

The Fact of a Body by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich

June 2019 #WotNReadingChallenge - The Fact of a Body by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich (May 2017)
The Fact of a Body by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich (May 2017)

After a death row case catches her eye when interning in law school, Marzano-Lesnevich is taken aback by her disdain for the inmate. She tells the history of his case while delving into her childhood problems, which relate unexpectedly.

Ask Me About My Uterus by Abby Norman

June 2019 #WotNReadingChallenge - Ask Me About My Uterus by Abby Norman (Mar. 2018)
Ask Me About My Uterus by Abby Norman (Mar. 2018)

In this frankly-titled book, Abby Norman discusses her struggles with endometriosis, and describes the history of diagnosing women. A lot of AFAB people have issues getting doctors believing that there’s a problem. Norman uses studies to explain part of why that is, as well as explaining her specific medical history.

Weapons of Math Destruction by Cathy O’Neil

June 2019 #WotnReadingChallenge - Weapons of Math Destruction by Cathy O'Neil (Sept. 2016)
Weapons of Math Destruction by Cathy O’Neil (Sept. 2016)

Do you ever think about how much big data has burrowed into our lives? Cathy O’Neil gets into how wide-reaching it is, from health monitoring to mass incarceration.

The Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling

June 2019 #WotNReadingChallenge
The Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling (Apr. 2019)

In this claustrophobic novel, Em contracts Gyre to go into a mysterious cave with a suit that Em can control if she chooses. Gyre has essentially lied on her resume, and Em isn’t truly truthful either. However, they have to trust each other if they want to meet their own goals. If you, like me, are certain that you don’t want to spelunk random caves, this will not change your mind.

 

What do you appreciate in a book’s title? What book are you considering for this month’s #WotNReadingChallenge prompt? Talk about it in the comments!

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