Thursday, April 2, 2020

Jen’s Favorite Publisher

It’s official. Jen Steele loves books! And she would like to tell you why -

It all started with the Binti trilogy by Nnedi Okorafor. I was transported to a whole new, fantastic universe. Since then, whenever I see a new book published by, I immediately gravitate toward it. Sure, we all have authors we’re fans of, yet I never thought that I would find a publisher that inspired the same kind of fandom in me - but here we are.

Since that first book, I’ve slowly collected’s books, adding them to my to-be-read pile and passing them on to friends once I’ve finished them. Because when you adore a book, you have to pass it on, right? Can’t let your poor friends go until they’ve read all your recommendations.

So, you’re thinking, what does published? Their books are sci-fi / fantasy novellas that are among the most adventurous, diverse, and fun books I have read. These small books pack quite a punch, and have surely become my favorite go-to for a quick escape.

Pictured here: Jen shows off her collection. Book list below. Jen’s recommendation? Add one (or many!) to your to-be-read pile asap.

Flyaway, by Kathleen Jennings (pub date 7/28/2020): Liking reading a book of fairy tales! Set in Australia, an enchanted novella about family lore in a small town.

Binti, books 1 - 3, by Nnedi Okorafor: An amazing sci-fi story filled with beings from the far reaches of the universe and the one Earthling with the power and compassion to save humanity.

Silver in the Wood, by Emily Tesh: A book that should be enjoyed outside! Filled with the magic of  Green Man.

Riot Baby, by Tochi Onyebuchi: Tells the ferocious story of two siblings with remarkable powers. It’s an explosive, intimate story of love, grief, and family.

Empress of Salt and Fortune, by Nghi Vi: I’m very excited to read this local author. Described as a feminist fantasy set in a land inspired by Imperial China.

Upright Women Wanted, by Sarah Gailey: Heroic queer librarian spies saving the day in an alternative American Southwest.

Stormsong, by CL Polk: A much-anticipated sequel to Witchmark. The first ‘Gaslamp’ fantasy I’ve ever read. Not to mention, Witchmark was well liked by the Books & Beer Book Club!

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