Inbox // Outbox 5/15/17

It’s time for another glimpse into my reading life.  I’m going to be going on vacation in a couple of weeks, so it might be a while until my next one of these.


Currently Reading:

The Lost Kingdom of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine

When I was a kid, Gail Carson Levine’s stories were some of my absolute favorites.  I still read Ella Enchanted almost every year and it gets better each time.  When I heard that she was coming out with another book set in the world of The Two Princesses of Bamarre, I knew I had to read it.

The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

Currently, I’m halfway through this brick of a novel.  Yes, over two weeks of listening only to this audiobook in the car has me only halfway.  The pacing is pretty slow, but I know that Sanderson likes to take his time.  The world building is incredible (no surprise there) and I am growing to love the interesting and complex characters.  It’ll probably be a few more weeks until I read the end, but I think spending so much time in this world will only make the conclusion more satisfying.

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Inbox:

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

I’ve been recently indulging in the predictable, but delightful genre of chic-lit.  I have heard good things about this book and thought I’d check it out.  Plus, I can’t resist a solid hate-to-love story.

Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

I keep seeing this book in places, needed something to fill in the gaps, and it was available at the library.  We’ll see how it goes.  Lady pirates are awesome, so I have high hopes.

Spill Zone by Scott Westerfield

This graphic novel has been on my radar, but I wasn’t intending to read it anytime soon.  Then, it showed up in delivery to my library and I decided that it was fate.  It should be a quick read.  I haven’t read anything by Westerfield since high school.

Fables by Bill Willingham

A friend recommended these comics and I recently finished the first issue.  I’m always game for a clever fairytale retelling and am now waiting for the massive deluxe volume to come in from the library.

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Outbox:

Strange the Dreamer by Lainai Taylor

I was on the fence if I should read this book.  On the one hand, the premise sounded really weird.  I knew there was a librarian, a lost city, and blue people.  On the other, I had only heard high praise.  Once I started reading, it took quite a while to adjust to Taylor’s writing style.  But then I couldn’t put it down.  It’s a beautiful, heartbreaking story about the power of dreams and first love.

Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

I’m so glad I jumped on the bandwagon and read this series.  They’re light, fluffy, and fun.  Lara Jean is such a relatable character.  It’s refreshing to read about a shy girl who loves her family and prefers to stay home baking cookies to going to parties.  This book centers on her senior year as she makes plans for the future.  It’s such an enjoyable read–the series is a must for fans of YA.

Blankets by Craig Thompson

This graphic novel wrecked me a little inside.  It’s the coming-of-age story of a boy named Craig (I assume it’s at least partially autobiographical).  Raised in rural Wisconsin in the bosom of a fundamentalist Christian community (which I so relate to), the novel focuses mainly on Craig’s experience of falling in love for the first time.  Sprinkled in are flashbacks to his childhood adventures with his younger brother.  With beautiful art that, at times, speaks louder than words ever could, the novel is sweet and vulnerable and heartbreaking.

Close Enough to Touch by Colleen Oakley

I spotted this cover at Barnes and Noble a few weeks back and knew I had to read it.  (I never can resist a pretty cover.)  It was a fast read–I spent a day on it.  It’s about a woman named Jubilee who has a rare allergy–she’s allergic to other people.  After a near-death experience as a teen, she doesn’t leave the house for nine years.  When her mother dies, she is forced to rejoin the outside world.  She gets a job working the circulation desk at her local library and, of course, falls in love.  It’s a predictable, but sweet story, and ohh… what a pretty cover.

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My next Inbox // Outbox will be sometime in June

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