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POPSUGAR Reading Challenge 2021 Update: Week Seven

Good morning, everyone! I hope that you are having a fantastic weekend so far! It’s been a cold week, and it seems like I’ve spent most of my time wrapped up in blankets, just trying to stay warm. We’ve only gotten a small amount of snow, but the cold weather has been a great excuse to do a lot of reading this week.

Before we get started on this week’s Reading Challenge book, I just want to give you a quick update about how my mum is doing. Mum is continuing to have headaches on a daily basis, some of which are more severe than others, and her doctor has put her back on steroids to see if that will improve things.

We are still waiting to see if Mum will be able to begin receiving a targeted bio-therapy treatment. She is currently on the treatment center’s schedule to begin the treatment (via infusion) starting at the end of next week, but the insurance company could still deny the treatment. (Apparently they have 10 days to approve or deny once the order is put in.)

As I said in last week’s update, we are continuing to take things one day at a time, and trying to make the most of every day. Thank you to all of you who are currently keeping our family in your thoughts and prayers, and to everyone who has sent me messages on Goodreads this past week. We appreciate your prayers and good wishes so much!

This week for the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge, I decided to read Binti: The Complete Trilogy, by Nnedi Okorafor.

An Afrofuturist book…

The first book in the trilogy (Binti) introduces Binti, a young Himba girl who is a talented master harmonizer. When she is given an opportunity to attend Oomza University, a prestigious college located off-world, she desperately wants to attend. Against the wishes of her family, Binti secretly accepts the university’s offer, and leaves the planet on a ship called “Third Fish.”

“I was the only Himba on the ship, out of nearly five hundred passengers. My tribe is obsessed with innovation and technology, but it is small, private, and, as I said, we don’t like to leave Earth. We prefer to explore the universe by traveling inward, as opposed to outward.”

Binti, by Nnedi Okorafor (page 9)

Initially, Binti does experience some discomfort in being the only member of her tribe on the transport ship, but she quickly makes friends who enjoy learning just as much as she does.

She’s not far into her journey, however, when the ship is attacked by a species known as the Medusae, who proceed to kill nearly every human on board. Binti is the only passenger left alive, and in order to stay that way (and protect the people on the planet they are heading toward), she must find a way past the Mesusae’s kill-or-be-killed mentality and negotiate peace between their two peoples.

Binti’s story continues in Binti: Home and Binti: The Night Masquerade, as well as in a short story called “Binti: Sacred Fire,” which takes place between the trilogy’s first two novellas.

I really enjoyed reading Binti: The Complete Trilogy! The novellas (and the short story) told fascinating stories, which were not only enjoyable to read, but which really make you think about both individual and cultural identity, as well as the importance of peace.

This was the first time that I’ve read anything by Nnedi Okorafor, and I found that I really enjoyed her writing style. I’m looking forward to reading more of her books, and have already added several titles to my TBR wish list. I will definitely be reading this book again in the future as well, because I think it will turn out to be one of those books that reveals something new each time it is read.

If you are a fan of science fiction and have not read Binti: The Complete Trilogy, I highly recommend taking the time to do so. And, if you do have an opportunity to read this book, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Next week’s POPSUGAR Reading Challenge update will be posted on Saturday, February 20th. In the meantime, I hope you will visit The Unapologetic Bookworm frequently next week for book reviews and other new content. Also, be sure to stop by tomorrow for a special Venom-tine’s Day post!

Have a fantastic weekend!

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