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I am trying to broaden my reading this year. I typically read historical fiction which is still my favorite. With all the political upheaval I am planning on reading more nonfiction. I’m hoping that by having a better understanding I can quiet my mind’s questions of “why this is happening” or “why is misinformation so prevalent”. I also want to read more genres that I often ignore.

I started off the year reading The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue. I found the first part of the book boring and very repetitive. As I often do when a book is like that but yet I still kind of want to know what happens I will start jumping around, which I did. I landed in the middle and began to become intrigued with the book and stayed with it until the end. The story line is of a girl, Addie who makes a deal with a dark god to live her life in freedom. Unfortunately this means others will not remember her when she sees them again. Until she meets Henry in 2014 who remembers her. The book parallels Addie’s life from her birth in the late 1600’s with her life in 2014. The author has done an excellent job connecting this parallel timelines. The ending was a surprise, though it shouldn’t have been. Still not sure if I liked the ending but overall this was an excellent read.

In this standalone short story by N.K. Jemisin, New York City is about to go through a few changes. This is the prequel to the City we Became.