Inbox/Outbox: March 18, 2016

I’m in the middle of about a dozen books right now because so! Many! Choices! Let’s talk about it:

Inbox (Books Acquired)

BarkskinsBarkskins by Annie Proulx (June 14th, Scribner) — Dat cover tho. This is a doorstopper of a book, an epic work of historical fiction about 17th century loggers from one of America’s greatest living writers. Can’t wait to dive into this.

The Regional Office is Under Attack! by Manuel Gonzales (April 12, Riverhead) — Hi my name is Amanda and I will read literally anything Riverhead publishes, nice to meet you, coffee is in the back. Of course, a novel about a “coterie of super-powered female assassins” will not be the first exception.

Outbox (Books Finished)

association of small bombs karan mahajanThe Association of Small Bombs by Karan Mahajan (March 22, Viking) — A “small” bomb (one of those that kills just a few people and that never makes the international news) goes off in a Delhi marketplace, killing the two sons of a middle-class family. The novel follows all the players: the boys’ surviving best friend, their parents, and the bombers themselves, as they deal with the aftermath. A compassionate and necessary look at the cyclical nature of terrorism.

The Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes — Finished this one on audio, and it’s just as hilarious, insightful, and wise as you’d expect a book to be coming from the woman who created Olivia Pope. Especially poignant and helpful for me were her chapters on being a working mother and how no working mom can “have it all,” but neither can working dads and no one yells at them! (Also, again, Shonda if you’re out there: I need Fitz to die, he’s so annoying, please do me this solid.)

In the Queue (What I’m Reading Next)

the nestThe Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney (March 22, Ecco) — I have a real weakness for novels about rich New Yorkers and their problems (…”problems”?), and this one comes highly recommended by fellow Riot staffer Rebecca. I’m about 50 pages in, and it’s giving me a delightful and delicious feeling of schadenfreude.

The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin (May 24, Ballantine Books) — Finally finally finally! The third book in The Passage trilogy! I got about a third into this and had to put it down to read stuff for the Best Translated Book Award (long list coming soon!) and I’m chomping at the bit to get back into it and see what’s happened to Alicia and the rest of the crew.

Ok readers, I showed you mine, now you show me yours!

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