Mini-books = Mini-reviews

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I read a lot of short little things for the readathon this past weekend, so I figured they’d all add up to one post at least.

Cybersexism: Sex, Gender, and Power on the Internet by Laurie Penny – I mainly know Laurie Penny from Twitter, and haven’t gotten around yet to reading one of her full-length books. This short ebook was interesting, all important points on how men attempt to silence women in the internet – but probably too short to do the subject matter much service.

Binti by Nnedi Okorafor – What a great novella! The main character comes from a culture of people who live in the dessert and rarely leave, so when she is the first of her kind invited to go to an intergalactic university to study, her parents won’t here any of it. She leaves home to follow her passion, but on her journey encounters a terrible danger – and her uniqueness might be the very key to her survival. SUCH a good read, and has me even more excited to readΒ Okorafor’s new novel, Lagoon (which is currently $1.99 on Kindle, BTW, so perfect time to check out her work if you haven’t yet.)

Hell-Heaven by Jhumpa Lahiri – This is actually a short story in one of Lahiri’s collections, Unaccustomed Earth, but I bought this for 99 cents because I thought it might be good readathon material and I was right. It’s the story of the narrator’s mom, and how she falls in love with a man that isn’t her husband. Unrequited love to the max, I tell ya, but it was beautiful and intriguing. I really really need to read more Lahiri.

Total cost for these was $6. Totally worth it. Do you have any short stories or novellas to recommend? I think I’m going to need to stock up again before the next readathon.

~Sarah

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