Inbox/Outbox: March 24, 2017

Publishing really starts ramping up in the spring, and it’s totally evident in the state of my book mail! Let’s take a look:

Inbox (Books Acquired)

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng (Sept. 12, Penguin Press)— Ng’s debut Everything I Never Told You was my favorite book of 2014, and I maybe huzzah’ed in joy when I got approved for a digital ARC of her upcoming novel. I’m going in blind on this one (I have no idea what it’s about), and it opens with an unstable teenaged girl lighting her house on fire. Or so the other characters say. I’m hooked!

Made for Love by Alissa Nutting (July 4, Ecco)–Dear Lord I have never been so nervous about a book. Nutting’s Tampa, a novel about a female teacher who sexually preys on her male middle school students, told FROM THE TEACHER’S POV, was probably the most disturbing book I’ve ever read. The plot synopsis of her new work about a wife escaping her mega-wealthy husband doesn’t seem to go down a similar road, but I’m still going to read this with one eye closed. Just in case.

Outbox (Books Finished)

Done Dirt Cheap by Sarah Nicole Lemon— I’ve already raved about how much I loved this one over on our YouTube channel, so I’ll be short here. Two teen girls, one the ne’er do well errand girl for a crooked defense attorney, the other the daughter of the head of southern Virginia’s most powerful biker gang, become ride or die (literally) best friends and come together to defeat some terrible men. Teen girl Thelma and Louise. Go read it.

Birds of a Feather by Jacqueline Winspear— The second in the Maisie Dobbs post World War I mystery series. Not quite as satisfying as the first (Maisie’s honed intuition bordered a little to closely on psychic powers in this one for my tastes), but the way Winspear works in details of British life immediately after the war is still so fascinating. It’s scratching a nice Agatha Christie itch, and a nice history nerd itch. On to the third!

In the Queue (What I’m Reading Next)

27 Hours by Tristina Wright (October 3, Entangled Teen)-– Queer! Teens! In space! I’ve had this in PDF for awhile but couldn’t figure out how to get it to work on my ereader (I am everyone’s grandma). Finally got it going, and I’m a chapter in. Wright drops you DIRECTLY into some crazy action (gargoyles! moons! dragons! military stuff!), and I’m loving it.

The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser (October 3, HMH Books for Young Readers)— Karina is a Contributing Editor here at Book Riot, and I just love seeing our people write books and put them out there in the world. This middle grade novel about five siblings who are about to lose their home to a grumpy landlord (and the lengths they’ll go to to keep it) sounds charming and like a perfect thing to read in the spring.

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