Inbox/Outbox: January 20, 2017

Publishing is back into full gear after the holidays, my inbox runneth over, and I can’t keep up! Let’s get to it:

Inbox (Books Acquired)

The Impossible Fairy Tale by Han Yujoo (March 7th, Graywolf)— A book with an “atmosphere of nightmarish dread” about the savage nature of childhood? Yes ok I will read that, yes I will.

The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman–I’ve recently discovered a personal weakness for historical fantasy, so this seems like a good next pick! Demon hunters, 1812 London high society, a plucky heroine? Let’s do it to it.


Outbox (Books Finished)

Eve Out of Her Ruins by Ananda Devi, translated by Jeffrey Zuckerman— Oh man, this one got me right in the feels. The first book to make me cry in 2017. Told from the POV of four young people on the edge of adulthood in Mauritius, a small tropical-paradise-but-actually-poverty-stricken island in the Indian Ocean. They all deal with their lives in their own (usually unhealthy or dangerous or illegal) ways, until tragedy comes and the slow-boiling tension erupts. JUST READ IT. Kthanks.


In the Queue (What I’m Reading Next)

The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon— I stumbled upon this while browsing my library’s Overdrive ebook selection, and checked it out because it’s been 60 degrees here for most of winter and I’m really missing the vaguely creepy and unsettling nature of an actual winter. So far, the book is more than vaguely creepy and unsettling, it’s just plain creepy and unsettling. Wheee!

Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher— Carrie Fisher’s memoir about her struggle with addiction and mental illness is my book club’s next (timely) pick, and I’m going to pick this one up on audio. Here’s hoping I can listen to it while driving without bursting into tears and crashing into anything!

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