I got tagged in the 2021 Good News Book tag by Corner of Laura. While my personal 2021 was a lot of recovery from a broken ankle, I did manage to read a good deal, perhaps because I didn’t have many other options when it came to what to do. However the tag wanted to show that good things happened in 2021.
1)Gay marriage was legalized in Switzerland: A book with LGBT characters who live happily ever after.
One of my favorite books of with an LGBT happily ever after was Sweet and Bitter Magic.
Amazon: Sweet and Bitter Magic
2)Giant Pandas are no longer classed as Endangered: A book with a fantastic animal companion
Maddie’s dog when she is left behind is one of the few things that gets her through, the dog protects her and provides her company throughout the book. If anyone is a great animal companion it’s this dog.
3) Studies show that the HPV vaccine has cut cervical cancer rates by almost 90%: A book where science plays a big part
This Mortal Coil
This whole trio of books made me think about the possibilities of science. Even though it was basically a piece about plagues ala a zombie book. Plus wasn’t last year what a time to read it. It had many deep insights into identity, and scarified in a plague situation.
Amazon: This Mortal Coil
4) Josephine Baker became the first black woman to be inducted into the Pantheon in Paris: A book that celebrates Black culture
Skin of the Sea
This wonderful fantasy celebrates African culture and African deities, it is very good, so good I just ordered it’s sequel. Which I’ve been grumbling about a release date for for month. You should read this book.
Amazon: Skin of the Sea
5) Chloe Zhao became the first woman in colour to win an Oscar for best director: Your favourite book by an Asian author
Finding Junie Kim
This important historical and semi-autobiographical book portrays both the horrors of the Korean War and the issues of racism still occurring today. I’m not normally a historical fiction fan but Oh had my interest from start to finish with this piece.
Amazon: Finding Junie Kim
6)Rose Ayling-Ellis, the show’s first deaf contestant, won Strictly Come Dancing: A kickass disabled character
It’s hard to pick a favorite disabled character but I’m going to pick Artemisia from Vespertine who I’ll argue is disabled because of her original possession.
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