Inbox // Outbox 2/20/17

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A Dance With Dragons by George R.R. Martin

Finally, I’m on the last of the currently published A Song of Ice and Fire books.  I’m always daunted by the size of these books, so I’m listening to the audiobook on the way to work.  Aside from his inability to do female voices, the reader is fantastic.  It’s really easy to get wrapped up in the story.

Of Other Worlds: Essays and Stories by C.S. Lewis

This is my current post-breakfast-curl-up-in-a-chair-drinking-tea read.  It’s a collection of short essays by Lewis on one of my favorite topics–the concept of story, particularily fairy stories.  I really enjoy Lewis’s fiction and his Christian nonfiction works, but in this one, his expertise as an academic shines through and it’s wonderful.

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

This is the second in a series–see my thoughts on the first book in the Outbox section for more.  I’m reading it very, very slowly and savoring every word.

Rat Queens by Kurtis J. Wiebe

I feel my graphic novel/comic phase beginning to wane, but this series is too cool to pass up.  I mean, it’s about a team of multispecies badass lady warriors who take down goblins and fight corruption.  The art is good, the characters are awesome… what’s not to love?

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Yes, this appeared in my last Inbox//Outbox post.  No, I haven’t read it yet.  Yes, I intend to… soon.

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A Court of Thornes and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

HOW DID I NOT KNOW THESE BOOKS EXISTED?!!!  This is probably one of my favorite things I’ve read in quite a long time.  I read it last weekend and I loved it so much that, despite having a stack of other things to read, went back to the beginning and read it again.  I’ve never read anything by Maas, but I was blown away!  This book hit all my sweet spots–a solid fairytale retelling, compelling world, enjoyable characters, steamy romance, and very dark, gruesome plot points that make the drama so, so enjoyable.

Love in Lowercase by Francesc Miralles

This was my Valentine’s read.  It’s about a lonely professor in Barcelona as, due to a cat, begins going out into the world and learning to actually live.  It was fluffy, quick, and adorable.

King Lear by William Shakespeare

I scored cheap tickets to a preview performance of Shakespeare’s tragedy at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis a few weekends ago.  So, naturally, I had to read the play before I saw it.  I always think reading Shakespeare is going to be challenging, but then I pick it up and my English Major training kicks right in and it’s a total breeze.  I got through the play in a few days, just in time to see the show (which was excellent).

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