Inbox/Outbox: December 16, 2016

Can I just insert an Elf GIF here to embody how I’m feeling? Yes? Good.

Let’s do this.

Inbox (Books Acquired)

Brimstone by Cherie Priest (April 4th, Ace Books)— World War I historical horror/fantasy from Cherie Priest, whose Boneshaker I really loved. Annnndd I’m sold!

The Leavers by Lisa Ko (May 2, Algonquin Books)–A debut novel about a young boy whose mother, an undocumented Chinese immigrant, disappears after leaving for work at a nail salon. He’s adopted by white college professors who try their best to Americanize him. This feels important, and I’m gonna read it!

Outbox (Books Finished)

The Escape by Mary Balogh— Sir Benedict Harper is disabled, having been severely injured in the Napoleonic Wars and lost much of the use of his legs. Samantha is a recent widow, fleeing her oppressive in-laws and trying to make a life for herself. The two meet, sparks fly, etc. The relationship here is very adult, by which I don’t mean *eyebrow waggle* (though this is a romance novel, so expect some of that)–both characters are emotionally mature, lacking a lot of angst, and trying to make decisions from places of health and personal wholeness. It’s also pretty low on the steamy/graphic scale, so if you like your romances on the sweeter side, this one’s up your alley.

Freedom is a Constant Struggle by Angela Davis— This collection of essays and speeches focuses mostly on the evils of the prison industrial complex, abolishing the prison system, and the connections that must exist between supporting Black Lives Matter and supporting Palestinians resisting Israeli occupation. There wasn’t much new information here for me, and I do wish it had gone deeper, but it’s a collection of scattered work and not a single book about the topic, so it might be intended to be more surface-level anyway. A good intro to the ideas, if you’ve never learned much about these topics.

In the Queue (What I’m Reading Next)

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly— Finally listening to this true story about black female NASA mathematicians who put men on the moon during the time of Jim Crow. The narration is so good (Robin Miles also narrated Negroland, which I loved), and I can’t wait to finish it so I can see the movie!  Janelle Monae, ahhhhh!

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