Inbox // Outbox 4/17/17

Time for another reading list… I’ve decided to alter my format a little bit.  We now have:

  • Currently Reading: self-explanatory
  • Inbox: Books I’m going to read next
  • Outbox: Books I’ve recently finished

Enjoy!


Currently Reading:


To Kill a Mockingbird
by Harper Lee

I haven’t touched this book since my freshman year of high school.  I’m about halfway through the audiobook and it’s just as enjoyable as I remembered.  Plus, Atticus Finch is the one of the best dads in literature.

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

Yes, I’m reading this for the third time this year.  I just keep being drawn back to it.  I spent a great deal of time reading reviews and analysis on various book blogs the other day and my appreciation for the story has only been growing.  Is it perfect?  Definitely not.  But Maas impressively weaves heady subjects like mental illness and abusive relationships with the story–something that isn’t common in the fantasy genre.  Plus, book three comes out in LESS THAN A MONTH and I can’t wait.

Over the past year, Rachel Held Evans has become one of my favorite Christian writers.  In this memoir, she takes us through her journey as she goes from fundamentalist certainty to doubt to faith.  I’m about halfway through and am loving every moment.
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Inbox:

Starbird Murphy and the World Outside by Karen Finneyfrock

I don’t know much about this YA novel, but it’s been on my to-read list for a while and I’m going to give it a shot.

The Idiot by Elif Batuman

This book keep appearing on various most-anticipated lists for this year, so I got a copy from the library.  The premise is intriguing–we’ll see if it lives up to the hype.

Midnight in Austenland by Shannon Hale

It might be a while until I get to this, but I’m a sucker for fluffy romances… especially when they have to do with Jane Austen.  I know this likely won’t be a high-quality read, but sometimes, you just have to read fluff.  I read Hale’s first Austenland novel a few years ago (and adore the film version) and look forward to spending time with this one.

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Outbox:

March Volumes 1-3 by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell

This three-volume series tells the story of the Civil Rights movement through the eyes of Congressman John Lewis, then one of the leaders of the SNCC.  It chronicles his personal journey as the movement progressed, from lunch counter sit-ins in Nashville to speaking at the Civil Rights March on Washington to fighting for voting rights in Selma.  I love, love, loved these books.  I learned so much about the movement that I didn’t know before.  Growing up, this slice of history feels far away, but reading these books hit home how recent all of this is.  It didn’t happen that long ago.  It’s amazing how far we have come as a nation, but I cannot help think of how far we still have to go.  This is a story that crawls under your skin and dwells there, itching and making you uncomfortable, but leaves you with greater empathy.  I recommend it to anyone.

Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland

I really enjoyed Sutherland’s debut novel.  Henry was charming and relate-able and totally someone I would date if I could go back to my high school days.  The side characters were excellent.  But the whole concept behind the novel felt… I don’t know… like something done before.  The story grapples with the concept of a manic pixie dream girl, loving the idea of someone, and the concept of healing and coming back together.  The lessons Henry learns are all great ones, but I feel like John Green already masterfully wrote this story in Paper Towns.  Still–if you’re a YA fan, this is worth your time.

How to Say Goodbye in Robot by Natalie Standiford

I picked up this title after it being recommended by a friend a while back, but found it a bit bland.  The best part was definitely the late night radio show the protagonist listens to.  I also really liked that it was a YA novel featuring a strong boy/girl friendship that doesn’t involve any romance.  I’m all about love stories, but it was a refreshing change.

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My next Inbox // Outbox will be on 5/1/17

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