Bitch Weekly: What We’re Reading in January

New year, same us! We’re still reading, watching, and playing all the fun things we can get our hands on.

Angela’s List

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Magnus Chase by Rick Riordan
After hearing Rick Riordan talk at a conference last month, I was very interested to read the Magnus Chase YA series that deals with the gods of Asgard. As I am a huge Thor fan anyway, I thought this series, which now has three books out, would be a fun read. In addition Magnus Chase is a gender-fluid character, who I’m interested to see how Riordan writes into the story. Riordan said the character was inspired by a former student of his and the issues the student faced. I can’t wait to see what this series holds.

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Unwind by Neal Shusterman
Neal Shusterman’s Dystology series also sounded very interesting to me. The premise revolves around pro-choicers and pro-lifers deciding that all children can be born, but at the age of 13 to 18, parents can decide to have their child go through the “unwinding process” which takes all the child’s organs and gives them to other children. The child can ‘live on’, in others, but the plan is to help rid society of unwanted teenage troublemakers. What could possibly go wrong with this plan? I want to know too.

Jessica’s List

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BLACK by Kwanza Osajyefo and Tim Smith 3
I haven’t started reading this yet because I just received it in the mail yesterday, but I’m so excited for this one! I backed the Kickstarter for this last, and I’ve been excited about it ever since. The idea behind this graphic novel is the amazing question: “what if only black people had superpowers?” The story follows Kareem Jenkins who discovers his superpowers after being gunned down by police–a story that’s too familiar. This book may get another shout-out in the next Bitch Weekly, once I’ve actually read it.

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I Was the Cat by Paul Tobin and Benjamin Dewey
I picked this book up a few years ago at ECCC, and I definitely judged this book by its cover. In I Was the Cat, a cat hires a writer to ghost write his memoir for him. Read that sentence again. Yes, he’s actually a cat. I don’t know why I didn’t start reading this the moment I bought it or why it’s been sitting, untouched, on my bookshelf for so long. But I finally started reading it this week, and I have a feeling I’m going to love it.

Doctor Who: Time Lord Fairy Tales by Justin Richards
This is pretty much exactly what it sounds like: a collection of fairy tales as if they were told by Time Lords. I’ve only read a few of the stories so far, but it’s a lot of fun to see these new spins on familiar stories. The story I’m most looking forward to is probably “Snow White and the Seven Keys to Doomsday,” but since I’m a sucker for the beauty and the beast story, I’m sure I’ll love “Helana and the Beast,” too.



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