Inbox // Outbox 3/6/17

Just as I had finally whittled my library pile to near zero, it’s suddenly full again.  Isn’t it funny how life is like that?

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A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle

I had a moment earlier this week when I saw something about this book and thought, “How have I not read this?  How can I be a fantasy book lover and not have read this?”  So I’m going to read it.

The Mother of All Questions by Rebecca Solnit

Last fall, I read Solnit’s Men Explain Things To Me and found it insightful and enjoyable.  I was thrilled to hear she had a follow-up book coming out.  My library was kind enough to purchase this upon request and I look forward to spending time with it.

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

YES, this is the third time this book has appeared in my Inbox//Outbox feature.  I’m actually reading it this time.  I’m taking it slowly and am about 130 pages in.  So far, I am absolutely loving it.  

Captain Marvel: Vol 1 by Kelly Sue DeConnick

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve read any graphic novels or comics, so I thought I’d pick up this Captain Marvel book from the library.  I’m not familiar with the character, but love lady superheroes.  I expect to enjoy this.

God Behaving Badly: Is the God of the Old Testament Angry, Sexist and Racist? by David Lamb

I had the chance to hear this author give a seminar at a conference a year or so ago and have been wanting to read his book ever since.  I am always looking for faith-based books that push and stretch me–expanding my understanding of Christianity and the Bible.  I’m drawn to Lamb’s work because it tackles disturbing elements in the Old Testament that are often sidelined or explained away in an unsatisfying manner by church leaders.  So far, I’m finding that the book isn’t offering me much new information, but presents the material in a way that would be extremely useful for people new to the topic.

Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth

I wasn’t a fan of Roth’s Divergent series.  I thought they were unoriginal and poorly written.  But, writers grow and I’m willing to give her a second chance.  (For my thoughts on another writer’s growing pains, see my Outbox section.)  Of course, my library hold came in just as I’ve got more than I can probably handle on my TBR shelf.  Ah, well.

By the Sword by Mercedes Lackey

It’s been a while since I’ve read anything by Lackey.  I saw this book in a list on BookRiot and though, “Hey, why not?”  We’ll see if I get to it before my library hold runs out.  If not, I can always pick up a cheap copy online.

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Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, & Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

I recently fell completely in love with Maas’s A Court of Thorns and Roses series and decided to pick up her other books.  Throne of Glass, while entertaining, was definitely a let-down.  The main character is shallow, the world building could use some work, and the writing is bland overall.  Crown of Midnight picked up a bit.  However, I am going to let Maas off the hook because when she published these she was a new writer.  It sometimes takes a few books to get into the rhythm.  I’ve heard so many good things about the series that I’m going to keep going, enjoy what is there, and hope that things get better.  I just started the third book, Heir of Fire, and I already feel the characters maturing and the world expanding.

Dance With Dragons by George R.R. Martin

I’M FINALLY UP TO DATE ON THESE BOOKS!!!  I started reading Martin’s famous series in 2011.  Six years later, I’ve finally finished it.  I’m always surprised at how much I enjoy these books.  I watch the HBO show am and familiar with what happens and, when I pick up one of the books, expect it to be boring for some reason.  It’s not.  There are just lots of side characters and plots.  What I love most  is how lived-in the world is.  I can just feel the age of the cities, lands, and cultures.  When characters discuss legends and heroes of old, I actually believe them.  Now that I’m finally at the end, I can join the fans eager for Martin to get it together and finish The Winds of Winter.

The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell

I picked this up from the library after hearing about it on a podcast.  The podcasters were discussing the archetypal hero’s journey and used it as a primary source.  I’m interested in story and structure, so I picked it up.  Yeah… this book is super boring.  I’m skimming it to glean the interesting tidbits, but am not absorbing much.  It’s a combination between Jungian psychology and mythology and just isn’t my thing.

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2 thoughts on “Inbox // Outbox 3/6/17

  1. jessplainsong March 6, 2017 / 4:03 pm

    You’ve never read a wrinkle in time??!!! Oh boy. My favourite book growing up. Female protagonist, beautiful characters, and from memory, very well written.

    • Amelia March 6, 2017 / 4:25 pm

      I know, I can’t believe it either! I’m really enjoying it so far–can’t believe it took me so long.

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