Inbox // Outbox 3/22/17

I was supposed to put this out on Monday, but forgot to polish it up over the weekend.  It’s a big list this time around… Enjoy!  What have you been reading this week?

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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

I keep seeing things for this book everywhere!  It hasn’t even been out a month and there is already a movie lined up.  I saw that the audiobook was available through Overdrive at the library and decided to jump on the bandwagon. The book was inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement and tells the story of a teenage girl who was in the car when one of her childhood friends is shot by a white police officer.  So far, although Star’s story is very different than my own, I really appreciate the perspective this book gives.

The Mother of All Questions by Rebecca Solnit

I’m about halfway through Solnit’s book of feminist essays.  This is a book I can only read in short bursts, but it’s good.  I absolutely loved the essay on silence.

Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People by Nadia Bolz-Weber

I was introduced to Nadia Bolz-Weber a few years ago and loved her book, Pastrix.  She, like Anne Lamott, Rachel Held Evans, and Sarah Bessey, offer a broken and beautiful picture of Christianity. Books like these help me sort through the baggage of the fundamentalist evangelical church of my childhood. They help me stay true to my faith and grow in new directions.

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I’ve been reading contemporary poetry lately and love what I’m reading so far.  Waheed’s collection came highly recommended by a friend and I’m glad that I followed through.

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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

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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. Continue reading

Inbox // Outbox 2/6/17

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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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Inbox // Outbox 1/23/16

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The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher

I’ve been on the list for this at the library for quite a while.  I’ve never read anything by Fisher before and, in honor of her passing, am looking forward to exploring what she has to say.  In addition, I’ve been engaging with Star Wars a great deal lately and this fits right in.

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson

This memoir has been on my library list for a while… I’m not really sure what to expect, but am going to give it a chance.

Darth Vader, Vol 1-4 by Kieron Gillen

This graphic novel series takes my current obsession with graphic novels and combines it with my Star Wars kick.  Vader isn’t my favorite character, but my brother told me these were good, so I’ll see how this goes.

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Inbox // Outbox 1/9/16

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The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

I’m halfway through the audiobook version of this and am doing my best to withhold judgement until the end.  I really WANT to like this book.  I just don’t know if I can.  The historical aspects are really enjoyable, but a couple of the main characters get on my nerves.  Plus, the reader is annoying–his voice trails off at the end of sentences and is hard to hear.

Saving Hamlet by Molly Booth

This was a fluffy, fun YA read.  Theater kid, Emma, suddenly finds herself promoted to Stage Manager in what is on track to become the worst production of Hamlet ever to grace the high school stage.  One evening, she trips and falls through the auditorium stage’s trap door and finds herself enlisted as an assistant at the Globe Theater in London… in 1601.  There’s not a lot of depth here, but my not-so-inner literature nerd loved all the Shakespeare.

Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken

Bracken’s first book, Passenger, didn’t blow me away.  There have been quite a few YA novels about time-traveling pirates released lately and none of them have been as satisfying as I wanted them to be.  Still, I’m intrigued enough to keep going and hope to get to this in the next week or so.  (Probably when I finish the Hamlet book).

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Inbox // Outbox 12/19/16

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The Magician’s King by Lev Grossman

I recently finished the first of Grossman’s trilogy (see below for more) and immediately moved on to the second.

My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories

Christmas short stories by all my favorite YA authors?  YES, PLEASE.

Watchmen by Alan Moore

I’m on the cusp of a graphic novel binge and what kind of reader would I be if I skipped out on what is heralded as the greatest of the genre?  I’ve been hearing amazing things about this book for years.  Will it live up to the hype?  I’m about to find out.

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Inbox // Outbox 12/5/16

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Something in Between by Melissa de la Cruz

I’m really intrigued by this book because it’s about an extremely driven girl who, after winning a competitive national scholarship, finds out that she’s an illegal immigrant.  I’m a few pages in and, while I don’t find the protagonist’s voice super compelling at this point, am eager to keep reading.

This Day: New and Collected Sabbath Poems 1979 – 2012 by Wendell Berry

I just got this collection in the mail and can’t wait to sink my teeth in.  I’m currently working my way through the complete works of W.B. Yeats, reading a few poems every morning.  This is my next project.

The Magicians by Lev Grossman

I checked this one out of the library on a whim.  The reviews on Goodreads aren’t amazing, but several of my friends have given it high rankings… so I’ll see how it goes.

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The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes

I listened to this one on audiobook during my commute.  I found the composition of the book jarring.  Moyes jumps between two time periods, linking two stories together.  While I liked the two stories, the linking felt forced.  Also, the trial at the end goes on for WAY too long.

Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson

I’ve been tearing through Matson’s novels over the past couple of months.  This one fits the genre of YA summer romance perfectly, but is no less enjoyable for it.

Humans of New York: Stories by Brandon Stanton

Stanton’s book is a collection of pictures and quotes from his Facebook page, Humans of New York.  I’ve been a fan of his work for quite a while.  What I loved about seeing the stories in book form was the way that so many of them linked together.  It captures the diversity of what it is to be human while tying us all together.  While we all are different, on a deep level, we are all the same.

Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld

I’ve heard good things about Sittenfeld’s modern day retelling of Pride & Prejudice.  I read the book in one sitting in the car and, while entertained, wasn’t blown away.  I liked some of the innovations, but a lot of the modern equivalents didn’t feel weighty enough.  Also, I didn’t actually LIKE any of the characters.

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Inbox // Outbox: November 28, 2016

I continue to surge through my reading lists and here is a bit of what I’ve recently covered and what I’m reading next.

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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

An old favorite… I’m usually drawn to it at least once every year.  This year, I’m listening to it on audiobook during my commute.  Rowell is one of my favorite YA authors and this book brings back so much.  As a former fan fiction author, I deeply relate with Cath’s obsession with fictional worlds.  Her journey through her first year of college brings me back to my own lonely, often miserable time as a freshman. Continue reading

Inbox//Outbox: November 7, 2016

Since becoming a librarian, my book intake has dramatically increased.  From new access to YA titles as soon as they’re released to audiobooks on my commute to bags of fantasy titles from donations… I’m consuming the written word faster than I can write about it.  Occasionally, I’m able to do full reviews in my On the Shelf series, but those have become few and far between.

I’m excited to present a new feature: Inbox//Outbox!  My goal is to make a two lists and post them every other week: Books I’m about to begin and books I’ve recently finished.  I hope this will be a fun way to talk about the different things I’m reading in a way that isn’t as time-consuming as writing a full review. Continue reading