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What We're Reading: Feb 2023


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Welcome! You've reached the place where we, on a monthly basis, gather up what the Lighthouse team are currently reading. You can check out round-ups from previous months amongst our Read Think Act posts.

February may be a short month, but the team have come across quite a few gems already - cyberpunk about found families fighting aliens as well as a memoir about memory and astronomy.


Voyager by Nona Fernandez. A short, vertiginous memoir with two starting points: twenty-six stars renamed after twenty-six victims of the Caravan of Death during Chile's dictatorship, and the neurological illness of the author's mother. It's full of curiosity about astronomy, the makings of history and memory: all the big questions magically handled in a small space.


I Am the Law by Michael Molcher


Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb. A really honest, earnest, funny, and compassionate book about what happens inside and outside the therapy room

The Oleander Sword by Tasha Suri. The sequel to the Jasmine Throne. I JUST WANT MY GIRLS TO BE SAFE AND HAPPY AND IN LOVE OKAY???


Alien: Inferno's Fall by Philippa Ballantine and Clara Carija. A found family of queer trans refugees fighting aliens, it also raises some smart cyberpunk questions about identity and joins the old & new movies together in a fun way.


Sistersong by Lucy Holland. A beautiful, captivating retelling of an old English folk ballad. Magic, trans representation, and folk songs- I have been utterly engaged and transported.


Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid, A compulsively readable novel about race, class, and feminism in the United States today. The Boy With Flowers in His Hair by Jarvis


A Love Story for Bewildered Girls by Emma Morgan is funny and thoughtful, a little book of intricately drawn women.

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