Inbox/Outbox: April 21, 2017

The other night, another woman at the yoga studio commented on how I’m always reading a book before class. “When else am I going to read?” I only halfway joked because I am the work-at-home mother of a toddler. “But you only get five minutes!” she said. “Every minute counts,” I responded, with a crazed look in my eye.

It does, you guys. It really does.

Inbox (Books Acquired): 

Lumberjanes/Gotham Academy by Chynna Clugston-Flores, illustrated by Rosemary Valero-O’Connell, and with contributions from Maddi Gonzalez and Whitney Cogar – This past weekend, my husband and I took our daughter to an Easter egg hunt at a local square. It’s like Battle Royale but with toddlers… whose parents help them take down the competition. Delightful, really. My favorite part, though, is the fact that one of the businesses that borders the square is my favorite independent bookstore. I like to pick up something every time I’m in the area. This time, I snagged a copy of this Lumberjanes / Gotham Academy mashup, because I am obsessed with Lumberjanes and must own everything Lumberjanes-related.

Nick & NorahOutbox (Books Finished): 

Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan – I was away at a conference late last year, flying solo and feeling lonely, when I read Levithan’s Every Day. It was an interesting premise, so I thought I’d check out what else he’d written. When I saw he was behind the source material for this sorta cute movie about two music snobs who meet-cute, I put it on my list of things TBR. Last week, I picked up a copy at the library and read it in one day. I found it charming in the way it so perfectly captured this time in one’s life, when everything is so dire and epic and all-consuming.

Twins by Marcy Dermansky – The other week, I went to a local reading series and saw Dermansky read from her much-buzzed-about The Red Car. On my way out the door, I picked up two of her earlier books: Twins and Bad Marie. As I began reading Twins, I found myself actively disliking the protagonists as I simultaneously pitied them. But I couldn’t look away from the story of this dysfunctional family, and I rode things all the way through to its satisfying conclusion.

Nightlights by Lorena Alvarez – In my new quest to consume all the graphic novels ever, the gorgeous artwork in Nightlights immediately caught my eye. Beautiful and charming.

The Beautiful Bureaucrat by Helen Phillips – I tend to enjoy creepy-quirky novels that lampoon corporate culture. When I finally got around to this one, I found it to be a quick, entertaining, and quietly heartbreaking read.

In the Queue (What I’m Reading Next):

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng – I read and enjoyed Everything I Never Told Youso when I saw that Ng was coming out with a new novel, I jumped on that so fast I got whiplash. I’m reading an egalley because the book doesn’t pub until September, so ye shall find no spoilers here. All you need to know is that it’s about high-end suburbia, secrets, artwork, motherhood, and more.

On the Outside Looking Indian by Rupinder Gill – I love books about breaking bad and saying yes to life, so the premise for this memoir intrigued me. Gill writes about the things she feels she missed out on because of her conservative Indian upbringing and about how, at the age of 30, she finally decided to make up for lost time. I’ve only just started reading this, and I’m really enjoying Gill’s sense of humor.

Read anything good this week?

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