Inbox/Outbox: December 23, 2016

I’m going to copy Amanda and use a gif to tell you where I’m at this week:

As soon as I finish this post, I have two weeks off to read and read and read! So let’s get to it, shall we?

Inbox (Books Acquired)

Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero (July 11, 2017, Doubleday)— I am a huge fan of Cantero’s last novel, The Supernatural Enhancements, so I’m really excited for this one. It’s about a group of former teen detectives that meet up again several years later to confront a case that went wrong back when they were kids.

The Devil’s Bible by Dana Chamblee Carpenter (March 7, 2017, Pegasus Books)—Eeeeeeeeee, it’s the sequel to Bohemian Gospel. You should read that before this one comes out – it’s so good! If you love historical fiction and adventure, it’s a great read. Definitely an overlooked book of 2015.

Outbox (Books Finished)

Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin, translated by Megan McDowell (Jan. 10, 2017, Riverhead) — I actually just read this for the third time, and I still don’t understand it, but I love it. It starts with a dying young woman in a hospital bed talking to a little boy who is not her son, and you could never in a million years guess what comes next. It is so intense and weird and upsetting and it freaked me out. So much fun.

Sip by Brian Allen Carr (Aug. 29, 2017, Soho Press)— As soon as I got this book, I sat down and read the whole thing. Carr is one of my favorite writers (Motherfucking Sharks, The Last Horror Novel in the History of the World) and he has outdone himself with this story of a future where people get high off of shadows. I’m obsessed with this book and I will definitely be talking about it many more times in the next several months.

In the Queue (What I’m Reading Next)

The Man Who Shot Out My Eye is Dead: Stories by Chanelle Benz (Jan. 17, 2017, Ecco)— I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews for this debut collection full of stories about people at a moral crossroad. I’m hoping it will continue the streak of incredible story collections I’ve read over the last two years.

The Dragonbone Chair: Book One of Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn by Tad Williams — It was just announce that Williams was going to start writing more in this fantasy world, which caught my interest since I haven’t read this series yet, so I picked up the first four books to power through on my reading vacation. P.S.— If you haven’t read his novel, Tailchaser’s Song, I highly, highly recommend it. Especially if you like cats.


Liberty Hardy: Liberty Hardy is an unrepentant velocireader, writer, bitey mad lady, and tattoo canvas. Turn-ons include books, books and books. Her favorite exclamation is “Holy cats!” Liberty reads more than should be legal, sleeps very little, frequently writes on her belly with Sharpie markers, and when she dies, she’s leaving her body to library science. Until then, she lives with her two cats, Millay and Steinbeck, in Kittery, M.E, and she is also right behind you. Just kidding! She’s too busy reading. Blog: Franzen Comes Alive Twitter: @MissLiberty