This topic, Ten Most Recent Reads, is always a good one and give me a little push to get some reviews done. I've got a few from reliable series, a few nonfiction, a few Canadian, and several from the Women's Prize for Fiction longlist. Here's the full longlist:*The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett (audiobook waitlist)
Small Pleasures by Clare Chambers
*Piranesi by Susanna Clarke (loved!)
The Golden Rule by Amanda Craig
Exciting Times by Naoise Dolan (reviewed below)
Burnt Sugar by Avni Doshi (reviewed below)
Because of You by Dawn French (want to read, not available yet)
*Unsettled Ground by Claire Fuller (not available yet in Canada)
*Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi (liked it)
*How the One-Armed Sister Cleans Her House by Cherie Jones (reviewed below)
Luster by Raven Leilani (not a fan, but better than Burnt Sugar)
*No One is Talking About This by Patricia Lockwood (reviewed below)
Consent by Annabel Lyon (Canadian, liked, will try to review later)
Nothing But Blue Sky by Kathleen MacMahon (haven't seen at all)
Detransition, Baby by Torrey Peters (audiobook waitlist)
Summer by Ali Smith (just picked up from the library!)
For more lists, and for future topics, check out That Artsy Reader Girl .
Studying the layers of dirt in the Earth to make predictions for future climate based on past, designing new space suits, studying tapirs and their role in ecosystems, keeping water clean in the ISS - each new topic and field of study was more interesting than the last. There is some information on the topic presented for each biography and could be a starting point for some young person to start investigating.
All of this is written for a late elementary/junior high school aged reader. So while I liked the information, the writing was definitely not for adults. Which is fine - I am not the target audience, and I will be pleased to add this book to my classroom library.