Inbox//Outbox: November 7, 2016

Since becoming a librarian, my book intake has dramatically increased.  From new access to YA titles as soon as they’re released to audiobooks on my commute to bags of fantasy titles from donations… I’m consuming the written word faster than I can write about it.  Occasionally, I’m able to do full reviews in my On the Shelf series, but those have become few and far between.

I’m excited to present a new feature: Inbox//Outbox!  My goal is to make a two lists and post them every other week: Books I’m about to begin and books I’ve recently finished.  I hope this will be a fun way to talk about the different things I’m reading in a way that isn’t as time-consuming as writing a full review.

INBOX:

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

I read Yoon’s first book, Everything Everything, last year and have been eagerly anticipating the release of her second ever since.

Hermione Granger Saves the World: Essays on the Feminist Heroine of Hogwarts Edited by Christopher E. Bell

Academic feminist essays on one of my favorite Harry Potter characters?  YES, PLEASE!

LumberJanes by Noelle Stevenson

I read Stevenson’s graphic novel, Nimona, earlier this fall and adored it so much I not only bought a copy, but added LumberJanes to my list.  Word on the street is that the series is being made into a movie, so it’s good to stay on top of things.

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OUTBOX:

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

This kept me entertained during my commute last week.  It’s an odd book and I didn’t fully connect with the characters, but I appreciated Ness’s commentary on the “Chosen One” trope in YA lit.

How to Make an American Quilt by Whitney Otto

Recommended by one of my local baristas, this was my morning-tea book.  Although I found the structure a bit off-putting, I liked the way Otto uses the tradition of quilting to weave together her narrative.  (Get it–weave?!)  I’ve never thought about a quilt as a metaphor for the female experience in America, but love it.

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

Time-traveling pirates on a quest to save the world?   A violin prodigy for a protagonist and African American love interest?  The premise was a delight, but the execution a bit cumbersome.  Bracken’s novel dragged at points, but was enjoyable to have me anticipating the sequel.

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What’s in your Inbox//Outbox this week?  Anything to recommend?  Let me know in the comments!

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