No Sit Book Club – January 2022

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The library was closed for the month of January, so I stocked up on audiobooks prior to the closure. I consider it a serious problem if I don’t have a number of books + backup books to read. This past month I’ve been listening to audiobooks while I made breakfast and got ready for work (in addition to listening in the car). Here are a few:

Scythe, by Neal Shusterman – This is the first book in the Scythe trilogy, and it introduces us to a future where science and medical discoveries have basically eliminated diseases and old age. Although people can die, they are quickly resuscitated and repaired. The only way your life can permanently end is by choice or by the actions of a select group of individuals known as Scythes. They exist above and outside of the system (by the way, everything is moderated/controlled by a vast artificial intelligence known as the Thunderhead). This is a really fascinating vision of the future, but do note there’s a lot of violence. The audio version was excellent – I’d read the print a few years ago – and reminded me of a lot of details I had forgotten. More about Scythe here. (older teen science fiction/dystopian)

Once & Future, by A. R. Capetta – A gender-bending take on the legend of King Arthur. In this version of events, Arthur has been reincarnated as Ari and her mission is to save humanity from an evil corporation, Mercer. Merlin is there to be her guide, but because this is many cycles of reincarnation later (and he ages backwards), he is now a teenager! If you have even a basic knowledge of King Arthur, you’ll enjoy guessing which of the characters match up with familiar names from the legend. This is also the first book in a trilogy. More here. (older teen science fiction/fantasy)

Lies My Teacher Told Me, by James W. Loewen – If you’re bored by your history classes/textbooks, you might want to check this out just to see what you’ve been missing out on. This young reader’s edition of the adult book by the same name is a real eye-opener and may encourage you to do some research on your own about historical figures and events! Read more about Lies here. (teen nonfiction)

On Animals, by Susan Orlean – Remember a couple months ago when I recommended a bunch of nonfiction books about animals? Susan Orlean writes nonfiction for adults and can pretty much make any topic completely fascinating (whether or not you have any interest in it before picking up her books). The first book I remember reading by her was The Orchid Thief, which was all about the weird and wild world of orchid collecting, showing, and smuggling (I remain obsessed with this topic to this day). She has also written a book on libraries, and On Animals is her newest. There are some parts that may make for uncomfortable reading (relating to animal abuse), so if you are sensitive, be aware (and maybe read the print version, so you can more easily cultivate your reading adventure). (older teen/adult nonfiction)

An Ugly Truth: Inside Facebook’s Battle for Domination, by Sheera Frenkel and Cecilia King – This book makes the case that Facebook/Mark Zuckerberg have sacrificed ethics, privacy, safety, and everything else to dominate the industry. But you’re probably not using Facebook, right? Keep an eye on it. It’s known to gobble up other popular platforms (like WhatsApp, Instagram, Oculus VR, and more). (older teen/adult nonfiction)

What have you been reading/listening to this month? Submit your books and activities here: No Sit Book Club