Inbox/Outbox

Inbox/Outbox: August 23, 2013

In Inbox/Outbox, we document the rhythm of readers' lives by sharing books we acquired, books we finished, and the next books we plan to read each week.

As is becoming my way, I’m all over the place with genres this week. Did you read something awesome or go on a book buying binge? Tell me all about it in the comments!

Inbox (Books Acquired)

hidden currentsHidden Currents by Christine Feehan–I’ve been stressed out about romance novels lately, and I was starting to feel like I’d gone as far into my adventures in the genre as I could by myself (which, admittedly, is not very far.) So I subscribed to the WORDS of Love service from WORD Brooklyn, and now I’ll get a hand-picked recommendation from Sarah MacLean, a romance writer I adore, every month! Hidden Currents was my first book from the service, and it will be my first foray into paranormal romance. In the WORDS of Love email, Sarah described it as the “sexy and dark” story of a telepath who goes missing the the sheriff who can no longer deny his love for her when he sets out to find her. I’m excited about the read and trying something new with guidance from a trusted recommender.

The Urban Bestiary: Encountering the Everyday Wild by Lyanda Lynn Haupt–Nature writing is another genre I’m relatively new to (thanks to my obsession with Terry Tempest Williams’ When Women Were Birds, which led to a reading of the equally awesome Refuge). A couple years ago, I might have passed over this book about exploring where the city ends and the wild begins, but today I’m super interested. And I’m a sucker for genre-mixing, so a book billed as a combination of science, story, myth, and memoir is right up my alley.

 

Outbox (Books Finished)

MaddAddamMaddAddam by Margaret Atwood (Nan A. Talese, September 3rd)–The first two books in Atwood’s MaddAddam trilogy, Oryx and Crake and The Year of the Flood, are “meanwhiles” for each other, companions that present two different stories that occur on the same timeline. Primary characters from each appear on the periphery of the other, and it’s great fun to read them and piece together who was where, and when. MaddAddam takes place after the timelines converge–the Crakers, MaddAddamites, and God’s Gardeners are all together, and they’re all struggling to avoid the Painballers (the baddest of the big bads) and crazydangerous hybrid animals. (Pigoons and warvogs, y’all. They’re scarier than trackerjackers.) MaddAddam is just as clever, playful, smart, and incisive as I hoped it would be, and it’s a solid end to the series. I’ll be sorry to see these characters go, but of course, I can’t wait to see what the unsinkable Ms. Atwood will do next.

 

 

 

In the Queue

life is mealsLife is Meals: A Food Lover’s Book of Days by James and Kay Salter–What a treat this book is! I’m spending the summer with James Salter’s backlist, and I just couldn’t be enjoying this book more. Salter and his wife Kay are food lovers in the truest sense–they cook and eat for the joy of it–and this book is an unpretentious celebration of food, history, and the eating life. There’s a chapter for each month and entry for each day. In 366 vignettes (you know they did one for Leap Day), the Salters share favorite recipes, memories from their favorite meals, and fun facts about the history of food. You’re probably supposed to read one piece per day for a whole year, and you totally could, as a kind of food lover’s devotional, but I’ve been settling in with it at bedtime for the last few weeks and can’t seem to get out without reading at least 10. If you love food writing, you need this book.

Tampa by Alissa Nutting–I’m going back for a second reading of the creepiest book of the summer in service of the Bookrageous Book Club’s forthcoming episode. Hold me, readers. I’m skerred.

 

 

Have you read any of these? How’s your week been?

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