Inbox/Outbox: December 9, 2016

I’m finally crawling out of my post-election inability to read anything that isn’t about politics or, like, teenage girls fighting warlocks. Though honestly, it wasn’t a terrible flavor of slump to be in. Here we go!

Inbox (Books Acquired)

The Education of Margot Sanchez by Lilliam Rivera (Feb. 21, Simon and Schuster)— Blurbed as “Pretty in Pink comes to the South Bronx” and really, that’s all I needed. That, and a kick-ass cover.

All Grown Up by Jami Attenberg (March 7, HMH)— Our Executive Director Rebecca lit-rully shoved this into my hands this week, which I take as a sign to immediately sit down and begin reading. Which I have done. I don’t even need to know what it’s about.


Outbox (Books Finished)

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid (March 7, Riverhead)–A magical realist tale of a newly-in-love couple fleeing violence and war in their unnamed Middle Eastern home country, joining an ever-growing tide of refugees entering Western cities through mysterious doors that appear randomly. When readers argue that literature is necessary, inherently political, empathy-building, and can change minds and save lives, this is the sort of book they’re talking about.


In the Queue (What I’m Reading Next)

The Escape by Mary Balogh— I really like the premise of this series by Balogh, in which each book focuses on a character who was wounded somehow in the Napoleonic wars. In The Escape, Sir Benedict Harper , whose wounds from the war have left him dependent on two canes to walk, falls for his sister’s neighbor Samantha, a newly widowed woman at the mercy of her oppressive in-laws. So many feels! Much angst. Wow.

Lioness Rampant by Tamora Pierce— I’m on the fourth book in the Song of the Lioness quartet, and I’m just obsessed with Alanna. She’s cranky and focused! I love cranky and focused! Also, I can’t get enough of books with magical cats, apparently (Mogget, anyone?).

That’s it for me! How was your week in reading?

Amanda Nelson: Amanda Nelson is the Managing Editor of Book Riot. She lives in Richmond, VA. Follow her on Twitter: @ImAmandaNelson