Inbox/Outbox: May 13, 2016

Let’s talk about books, baby
Let’s talk about books and me
Let’s talk about all the good things
And the goods things that may be…

This is what happens when you’re in a goofy mood and get super excited about getting to write Inbox/Outbox!–and here we go:

Inbox (Books Acquired)

Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge by Paul KruegerLast Call At The Nightshade Lounge by Paul Krueger (Quirk Books, June 7th)– I heard monster-fighting bartenders and said “please, can I have” SO fast! I really enjoyed My Best Friend’s Exorcism, same publisher, so I’m hoping this has the same fun/awesome book combo.

Radio Silence by Alyssa Cole–  I’ve never read a Romance/Apocalyptic novel before so I’m looking forward to diving in, especially since my brain doesn’t normally think sexy-time when thinking of surviving an apocalypse.

Gwenpool, The Unbelievable #2 by Christopher Hastings, Gurihiru (artwork)– I loved the first issue and have been waiting very impatiently for the second one. I love Gwen Poole’s humor and that she keeps breaking the fourth wall to acknowledge she knows she’s in a comic book. Complete fun! I’m saving this as a treat yo self.

 

Outbox (Books Finished)

Umami by Laia JufresaUmami by Laia Jufresa, Sophie Hughes (Translation) (Oneworld Publication, Sept. 13)– A lovely novel about grieving (loved ones, relationships, childhoods, the path not taken), family, and community told through multiple points of views from various people living in a small development. The variety in characters from adults (the landlord whose wife died; the twenty year old “spinster” struggling to eat) to children (the girl whose mother left; her best friend building a milpa whose sister recently passed) all tied together through community allowed for the exploration of many kinds of grief that while at times sad never felt heavy and managed to have weird/dark humor. Jufresa is now on my radar and I look forward to reading more of her work.

Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel– Amazeballs. Can that be a review? This was so good that it started out as my “shower audiobook” but ended up as me spending the entire day wearing earbuds and doing charades at anyone who tried to talk to me. I was treated to a surprisingly funny, kick-ass at times, interesting story that starts with the discovery of a gigantic metal hand—enter military, scientists, and a race to find the rest of the pieces and figure out the mystery.  The narrators were perfect in playing all the great personalities of the characters and since all the main characters had a different narrator it was like listening to a TV show/movie rather than having a story read to me.

 

In the Queue (What I’m Reading Next)

Super Extra Grande by YossSuper Extra Grande by Yoss, David Frye (Translation) (Restless Books, June 7)– I suspect this is going to basically get read in one sitting being Sci-Fi that made me laugh on the second page when I “took a glance” at the beginning.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo– I’m excited to start this one as my next shower audiobook.

Bukowski in a Sundress: Confessions from a Writing Life by Kim Addonizio (Penguin Books, June 21)– I’ve been enjoying reading this before bed and am about halfway in. The chapters/stories are generally around seven pages or less and vary from entertaining “bad behavior” to raw honest glimpses into things like mental illness, motherhood, and caring for a sick parent–the latter are my favorites so far, along with the story behind the title.

 

And that was my excellent reading week. How was yours? What are you looking forward to read next?

 

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