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Three Books I'm Reading Now, 11/5/21 Edition

The Books I'm Reading Now

I'm reading Natasha Pulley's The Kingdoms, which involves historical fiction and time travel; I'm listening to Marie Lu's young adult science fiction book Warcross, the first in the series, which centers around an unlikely futuristic heroine of a bounty hunter and an immersive online game; and for my book club I'm reading Charlotte McConaghy's Migrations, about a woman tracking the last Arctic terns on what may be their final migration--and escaping dark secrets of her own.

Which books are you reading and enjoying these days, bookworms?

01 The Kingdoms by Natasha Pulley

Joe Tournier has amnesia, and the few clues he can piece together about his past and his identity aren't that helpful. He holds vivid memories of life in 1900s London--and he holds a postcard a century old, sent to him from Scotland and simply signed "M."

But Joe's irresistible impulse to track down the postcard's author--and try to find out more about his own life in the process--will lead him through rebel-controlled Scotland, through plenty of adventure, and into grave danger.

Natasha Pulley is also the author of The Watchmaker of Filigree Street, another historical fiction story with science fiction elements. The Kingdoms is her second book.

02 Warcross by Marie Lu

Emika Chen is an orphaned young woman in a futuristic New York City. She's gifted when it comes to computers, but she's been driven by desperate circumstances to become a bounty hunter seeking out those who bet illegally on the worldwide phenomenon Warcross game.

She's hacked into the game plenty of times and glitched the system to work in her favor. But when she accidentally disrupts a high-stakes championship and draws the attention of the game's creator, she finds herself in Tokyo considering an invitation she could never have dreamed of: work for Hideo Tanaka himself. If she accepted, she'd never have to worry about money again.

But seeking to uncover the identity of those trying to destroy the game may turn out to be more high-stakes and dangerous than Emika ever dreamed.

03 Migrations by Charlotte McConaghy

Frannie Stone is taking her research equipment and heading to Greenland to track the last Arctic terns in the world during what might be their final migration to Antarctica.

She manages to talk her way onto a fishing boat and falls in with the crew, and it soon becomes clear that she's not only on a mission to document the critically endangered birds' journey. She's also conveniently left behind many complications and some dark secrets.

Migrations follows Frannie as she travels farther from civilization and safety--and as she considers what it would mean to try to cobble together some version of personal redemption.

McConaghy is also the author of Once There Were Wolves.