These have somehow melded in my mind to create a mish-mash of thoughts, but instead of elaborating on it right now, I thought I'd challenge those reading this, whether they are reviewers or just "average" readers, to choose one book from this list and tell me in the comments which book it is. Then, if possible, they can talk about it on their blog, on Twitter, Facebook (granted, I likely won't be able to read most FB entries unless they are public), or anywhere else that they feel so inclined. All I ask is that I hear about this, as I am curious to see what readers think.
Now this list will purposely be diverse in a number of ways, so hopefully there will be something of interest for someone (and hopefully more than one title will be unfamiliar, at least until investigated further). So here goes:
Shani Boianjiu, The People of Forever are not Afraid
Leena Krohn, Tainaron
Sofia Samatar, A Stranger in Olondria
Nimad Sirees, The Silence and the Roar
Sherman Alexie, Blasphemy
Alaya Dawn Johnson, The Summer Prince
Liliana Bodoc, The Days of the Deer
Milorad Pavić, Second Body
Jean-Marie Blas de Robles, Where Tigers are at Home
Kate DiCamillo, Flora and Ulysses
Was originally going to write 5, but a few more immediately came to mind, so here's a list of 10. Should be interesting to see which works are chosen and why. Let me (us?) know!