I just moved to Seattle and sometimes it feels like I haven’t seen the sun in weeks. But I don’t really mind because rain is just an excuse to stay in all day and read, right?
Inbox (Books Acquired)
Thrill Me by Benjamin Percy
A collection of essays about writing fiction. It’s published by Graywolf, Karen Russell has a blurb on the back, and apparently Kelly Link is cited. What more could you ask for? I haven’t written fiction in a long while, but I’ve been wanting to get back to it and I think this collection is just the kick in the pants I need.
I scoured US bookstores looking for this UK-only short story collection, and I learned that some bookstores can order books from the UK (it may take months for them to arrive on ship, but… still). I’d heard about the collection from this article by Logan of the best LGBT sex scenes in literature. All I needed to know was it’s a collection of queer fairy tales; I can’t wait to dive in.
Outbox (Books Finished)
I read this for my book club and now I can’t shut up about it and I want to read everything else Schwab has written. I don’t want to give too much away, but if you like superhero stories couched in (psueudo) science or dark tales that turn the “good v. evil” trope on its head, you’ll really enjoy this book. It reminded me a lot of Nimona by Noelle Stevenson.
Life Among the Savages by Shirley Jackson
I love Shirley Jackson, but until a few weeks ago I’d never read her nonfiction. Originally published as essays in womens’ magazines, Life Among the Savages (and Raising Demons, her other memoir) is a memoir about Jackson’s life as a wife and mother. Although she was criticized for contributing to the “happy housewife” myth, such critics clearly miss the underlying sardonic tone of the essays. Much like her fiction, Jackson’s memoir is fascinating, funny, and disconcerting.
In the Queue (What I’m Reading Next)
Just out in paperback! I read this in galley form, and now I’m so excited to read it with book and pen in hand. Honestly, I can’t think of a better way to describe Valente’s latest novel than the book jacket’s first line: “Radiance is a decopunk pulp SF alt-history space opera mystery set in a Hollywood-and solar system-very different from our own.” Imagine if the film industry boom of the 20s occurred when humans could also travel through space. Imagine Valente’s decadent descriptions and lush language weaving a planet-hopping noir tale. Now imagine walking yourself to the bookstore to pick up a copy… You’re welcome.
Your turn! I can’t wait to hear what books you’ve read and what books you’re looking forward to—I need my TBR pile to topple.