There’s not been any rhyme or reason to my reading this week. I’m picking up whatever appeals to me, and it’s so wonderful! I’m packing my bags today for holiday travel, and call me delusional, but I’m hoping for some serious nose-in-a-book time in the coming week. Inbox/Outbox will be on hiatus next week while we re-run some of our favorite posts of the year. Happiest of holidays to you!
Inbox (Books Acquired)
The Day My Brain Exploded by by Ashok Rajamani (Algonquin Books, January 2013)–When he was 25 years old, Ashok Rajamani suffered a brain bleed after which he had to relearn everything, even the most basic skills. More than a decade later, he recalls the day his brain exploded and his difficult recovery process. I’m on a roll with books like this lately, after Susannah Cahalan’s Brain on Fire rocked my world, and I can’t wait to read this.
Dear Lucy by Julie Sarkissian (Simon & Schuster, April 2013)–You know you’ve earned your book nerd bona fides when you have not just favorite authors or favorite publishers but favorite editors. Simon & Schuster’s Sarah Knight (find her on Twitter @MCSnugz) is one of mine. She edits my friend Michele Young-Stone (The Handbook for Lightning Strike Survivors) and the fabulous Cara Hoffman (So Much Pretty), and I trust her taste implicitly. She sent me this debut novel, saying it was a mix of whimsy and sinister noir-ish undertones, and I couldn’t be happier to see it.
Outbox (Books Finished)
The Love Song of Jonny Valentine by Teddy Wayne (Free Press, February 2013)–Imagine a precocious, sardonic, world-weary 11-year-old Justin Bieber-esque ‘tween pop star, and you’ll have Jonny Valentine. Jonny (real name: Jonathan Valentino) narrates this story about pop culture, Americans’ obsession with fame, and growing up too soon, and let me tell you, it is fanfuckingtastic. I usually observe a strict backlist-only reading policy from Thanksgiving to New Year’s, but I couldn’t resist this when it showed up last week, and I’m so glad I didn’t wait.
And yep, this is for the week. What can I say? I’ve been binging on Dexter and Homeland!
In the Queue
Wifey by Judy Blume–After my recent devouring of the essay collection Everything I Needed to Know About Being a Girl I Learned from Judy Blume, I got a mean hankering to revisit the books that shaped my earliest views on sex, love, and relationships. More than that, I just HAD to go back to the first Grown Up Book I read at a much-younger-than-was-appropriate age. Fellow Rioter Brenna and I are embarking on the Great Judy Blume Re-Read together, and we’re going to start with Wifey, to see if it’s really as naughty as we thought when we were twelve.
The Dewey Decimal System by Nathan Larson–The narrator of this post-apocalyptic New York story “works” in the New York Public Library, has a mean Purell (TM) addiction, and does the pseudo-government’s dirty work. I bought this a while back based on the super-enthusiastic handsell of one of my favorite booksellers, and I’ve just started it. The voice is so wry and dark and happy-making, I want to cancel all my weekend plans and hang around with Dewey instead.
That sums it up for me! How was your week in books?