Books I read in December, 2023

Happy New Year’s Eve! It’s my last monthly book review for 2022! And we have 3 more books to review!

The Word for World is Forest by Ursula K. Le Guin

I haven’t read any Science fiction in a while, and Ursula Le Guin will always be my goto for science fiction! The Word for World is Forest is a beautiful book that puts us in a alienspace colonized by Earth for supplies and how the colonizers (once again) ravage not only the land but also the indigenous people of the planet for their pleasure and gain. There is no mincing of words here and Ursula K. Le Guin forces you to confront your humanity and our inability as a species to respect the land we are on or the people around us. This book really makes you think.

Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
I saw the add for the movie(?) coming out in 2023 and realized that I hadn’t read the book. While this isn’t my favourite book (I am not a rock and roll fan or a fan of the 70s music sense), I am always in awe of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s ability to create a world. You feel like you leave the book having lived through the life of the Six and I appreciate the nod to other books like Malibu Rising.

The Emergency by Thomas Fisher

I ran across this book on a social media channel and immediately borrowed it. Thomas Fisher is an ED doctor at University of Chicago’s hospital in South Side. This book is his story of working in an ED in a predominantly black neighbourhood during COVID-19. The book stretches as far as 2020 (pre-vaccines) so you get a glimpse into hospitals rapidly adjusting and creating a system where there was none. The bit that sells it for me is the letters he writes to his patients (and us) explaining how the broken healthcare system affects them personally.


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