Inbox/Outbox: March 31, 2017

It’s moving week at casa Nelson, so I’m not getting as much reading done as I’d like. Did manage a bit though! Let’s go:

Inbox (Books Acquired)

An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole— I love some Regency romance, but sometimes I want a historical that just doesn’t have any dukes in it. No dukes! So I put this one on hold in the library and it just came through. A former slave with an eidetic memory becomes a Union spy and falls for another undercover agent. Oh book, I’ve been waiting my whole life for you.

Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy by Anne Lamott (April 4, Riverhead)— My favorite profane and irreverent writer of Jesus stuff takes on “radical kindness.” I want her to adopt me.

Outbox (Books Finished)

Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee— Calling all fans of The Three-Body Problem: this Bud’s for you. Heavy math and hard physics, a big ole conspiracy theory, and lots of death! A disgraced military captain gets a chance to redeem herself by re-capturing a lost fortress, but to do it she has to attach her consciousness to that of an undead mass murdering general. If you love old school military/space opera-ish science fiction, you need to pick this up. The audiobook narrator is excellent, also, though listening to the worldbuilding does take some getting used to.

In the Queue (What I’m Reading Next)

Radical Candor by Kim Malone Scott— When one of your closest friends who also happens to be your boss recommends a book about how to be a better boss, you read that book (hi, Rebecca!). I, like many women in business, do often struggle with what I call “lady training” — the inability to be candid or direct or critical out of fear of coming off too aggressive/mean/not nice. This book, by a former female executive at BOTH Apple and Google, is about finding the sweet spot between being too empathetic with your people, and not being an asshole. Just started this on audio and already finding it helpful.

Infomocracy by Malka Older— For ,y book club! It was my turn to pick our book and I wanted to do a genre we haven’t done yet. In the year plus that we’ve been meeting, the only one left was science fiction! I’ve heard Jenn recommend this on our podcast Get Booked before, so this is what I went with. Plus, it seems relevant in our current fake news/alternative facts situation we’ve found ourselves in.

That’s it for me! How was your week?

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