Inbox // Outbox 2/6/17

Inbox:

Strong Female Protagonist by Brennan Lee Mulligan and Molly Ostertag 

Continuing with my newfound obsession with comic books, I’m delving into this large volume that tells the story of an ex-superhero during her attempt to live a normal life.  I’m not super thrilled with the art, but hope the story will make up for that.

Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith by Anne Lamott

I fell in love with Anne Lamott a year ago while at English L’Abri.  I devoured three of her books and haven’t touched any of her work since.  I’m looking forward to her sauciness and blunt honesty.

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

This book caught my eye while shelving at work this week and I brought it home.  I’m not sure if or when I will actually get to it, but dystopian classics are on the front of everyone’s mind these days with the political climate.  It’s been a while since I’ve read anything serious, so hopefully this will be one I actually get to reading.  Plus, the new Hulu show is coming out, and it would be nice to be familiar with the source material before watching it.

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Outbox:

The Queen of the Tearling series by Erika Johansen

I picked up this series after hearing a rumor that Emma Watson is going to make them into movies.  I adore Emma Watson… so I had to give them a shot.  These books took me a long time to get into.  I started the first one a few weeks ago via a library e-book on my Kindle and designated it as the book I read at the gym.  This week, my due date was coming up and I powered through the majority of it and got hooked.  I finished the second book, The Invasion of the Tearling, in only a couple of days.  I’m now on route to finishing the third.  I like the series–the concept is a unique blend of fantasy and dystopia.  The characters are interesting.  It does drag at points, especially in the first book.  I hope it comes to a satisfying conclusion!

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed

This book has been on my radar for quite some time and I’m really glad I finally got around to it.  Travel memoirs are perfect things to listen to on audiobook while commuting.  I really, really enjoyed Cheryl’s life journey and her misadventures on the PCT.  While our lives are very different, I felt kinship with her as a fellow Minnesotan.  While I’ve never backpacked properly, I have spent a month traveling across Europe alone, and like Cheryl, understand the spirit of adventure.  It’s thrilling and wonderful, but also comes with incredible challenges.  This book made me want to try backpacking.

A Year of Biblical Womanhood by Rachel Held Evans

I adore Rachel Held Evans.  This book was a lot of fun–it explores her year long project of taking the Bible literally when it comes to instructions for women.  Every month, she focuses on a different theme and sets goals.  Some of the things she did were pretty weird and funny, such as adopting a computerized baby, sitting on the roof as penance for gossipping, wearing a headscarf while she prayed, and calling her husband “master”.  Ultimately, she peels back many, many layers and stereotypes regarding what it means to be a Christian woman and comes away with deeper appreciation for who God is.

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