This spring, as the university semester came to a close, I asked some of my fellow SLAIS students to recommend what they’ve been reading/listening to over the past school year. Here are the recommendations:
Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye by Tania del Rio and Will Staehle
The red, black and white illustrations, by Will Staehle, hooked me from the first page. I loved the story of the resilient and resourceful Warren fending off numerous challenges to his legacy, his family’s strange hotel.
~ recommended by Jennette C.
Where the Sea Breaks Its Back: The epic story of early naturalist Georg Steller and the Russian exploration of Alaska by Corey Ford
A non-fiction account of the ultimately disastrous expedition of Danish explorer Vitus Bering, his Russian crew, and naturalist Georg Steller to southern Alaska in the 1740s.
~ recommended by Matthias Olhausen
Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho
Magic is waning in England and Zacharias, the first black Sorcerer Royal, and Prunella, a young woman with an immense magical ability of her own, set out to figure out why. A fun, witty narrative of romance, intrigue, and adventure that doesn’t shy away from the fact that its characters deal with oppression and institutional racism.
~ recommended by Chloe Riley
Gastropod by Cynthia Graber and Nicola Twilley
Gastropod is a podcast that “looks at food through the lens of science and history.” The topics are always well-researched, often featuring guest experts, and navigating between science, history, and story for a consistently captivating show. [link to the podcast]
~ recommended by Gwen Doran
Rolling in the Deep by Mira Grant
If you like your horror smart and slick with a slice of too-terrifyingly-close-to-reality science on the side, this slim novella by Mira Grant is for you. Rolling in the Deep recounts the last fatal voyage of the SS Atargatis, which sets sail for the Marianas Trench with a team of scientists, a group of actors, a camera crew, and a collection of interns, to determine whether or not mermaids could possibly exist. None of them are ever seen again.
~ recommended by Meghan Ross
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
“If you are a young gay boy, or if you ever were a young gay boy, then you need to read this amazing YA novel. Even if you’re NOT and never were a young gay boy, read this book anyway. It’s brilliant. It’s poetic. It’ll break your heart and sew it right back up again only to rip it right out of you.” [full review here].
~ recommended by Alan Woo
Captive Prince Trilogy by C.S. Pacat
Intrigue and action-packed gay romance set in an alternate history/High Fantasy world. Excellent pick for romance enthusiasts and fans of The Goblin Emperor or Game of Thrones.
~ recommended by Krista Parham
The Thousand Names by Django Wexler
~ recommended by Myles Wolfe
Let us know your recently-read/recently-listened/recently-watched recommendations!
Chloe Riley is the SLAIS student representative on the Readers’ Advisory Interest Group. She’s currently a student in the MLIS program at SLAIS, and works at the Vancouver Public Library.