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Three Books I'm Reading Now, 11/6/23 Edition

The Books I'm Reading Now

I'm reading The Power author Naomi Alderman's newest novel, The Future, to be published tomorrow; I'm listening to Prachi Gupta's memoir about growing up Indian American, They Called Us Exceptional; and I'm reading A Power Unbound, Freya Marske's final installment in her Last Binding trilogy.

What are you reading these days, bookworms?


01 The Future by Naomi Alderman

Martha Einkorn fled her father's religious compound in Oregon. But now she's working for a social media guru bent on controlling everything, and she's starting to wonder if she's ventured very far from her beginnings after all.

Meanwhile in Singapore, survivalist Lai Zhen has temporarily evaded a would-be assassin. A mysterious app on her phone seems to have all of the answers she needs--but Lai isn't sure what the tradeoff is.

When the two connect, they just might change everything.

I mentioned Naomi Alderman's novel The Power in the Greedy Reading List Six Fascinating Dystopian and Postapocalyptic Novels.

I received a prepublication edition of this book, scheduled for publication tomorrow, courtesy of NetGalley and Simon & Schuster.


02 They Called Us Exceptional: And Other Lies that Raised Us by Prachi Gupta

I'm listening to Prachi Gupta's They Called Us Exceptional.

In her memoir, Gupta explores her Indian American culture, her parents' expectations, society's pressures, and the fiction that her family attempted to portray of being perfect--despite conflict, messy moments, and Gupta's need to be seen for who she really was.

The book begins with Gupta's apology to her parents for airing the family's dirty laundry rather than writing the book as a novel. She explains that only by telling the truth in this way does she have any hope of allowing others to live their truths as well.


03 A Power Unbound (Last Binding #3) by Freya Marske

I've been sooooo excited to read this final installment in Freya Marske's Last Binding trilogy, a queer historical fiction fantasy-mystery series I've loved.

Lord Hawthorn swore he was finished with magic for good after his twin sisters died. But when a dangerous ritual threatens the safety of all the magicians in Great Britain, he reluctantly dives back into the world to try and help procure the Last Contract.

An unlikely group of allies fights to reveal the source of the evil at work--and through unexpected attractions and the uncovering of weighty secrets, the group works to unravel the mysterious roots of British magic once and for all.

Marske is also the author of A Marvellous Light and A Restless Truth.

I received a prepublication edition of this title, scheduled for publication tomorrow, courtesy of NetGalley and Tor Publishing Group.


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