Here’s a summary of the 3 wildly diverse books I read in March with my thoughts. I read one Chinese translated science fiction book, a YA fiction, and a heavy history about a genocide in a country in Africa.
Broken Stars: Contemporary Chinese Science Fiction in Translation by Ken Liu.
Rating: ★★★★★. Book #23 in my 2019 Reading Challenge
Incredible collection of Chinese short sci-fi stories mostly translated by Ken Liu. This is a follow-up collection to Invisible Planets. Chinese scifi is the freshest stuff out there in my opinion and you absolutely should read this if you enjoy scifi.
My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
Rating: ★★. Book #24 in my 2019 Reading Challenge
Interesting premise of the sister killing all of her boyfriends ‘accidentally’(?) but the characters are quite boring and predictable. Very light easy read though if you’re looking for something to read on a lazy day in the park or on the beach.
We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families by Philip Gourevitch
Rating: ★★★★★. Book #25 in my 2019 Reading Challenge
A haunting tale of the Rwandan genocide in 1994. It’s the type of history book that isn’t just a rundown of facts, and dates when things happened, but rather a book with the context, historical background, and personal stories of the complicated situation from those who were actually there. Often history books distill major events like this into neat little causal statements, because of A, B happened. This is almost never true. I came into this book knowing nothing about this country or the genocide but came out with a much clearer idea of what happened and the context behind it. Incredible history book! This book’s style reminded me of the book, Secondhand Time: The Last of the Soviets by Svetlana Alexievich or Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States.
PS I’m happy to report I am on track to read 100 books this year! I love challenging myself to read more books. You should do it too!