August has been a strange month for my reading habits. I am currently living on a friend’s couch while searching for a new apartment, which means I am far from my own book collection (oh, how I pine for them). It also means I’m hesitant to bring more books into my life until I have a new place to put them. But, let’s be real, that doesn’t mean I haven’t acquired any new books.
INBOX (Books Acquired)
SLAM! by Pamela Ribon and Veronica Fish
It’s a comic about roller derby! That’s all I know about it and it’s all I need to know to say, yes please I am in give it here. Plus I love the illustrator, Veronica Fish, who also illustrates the new Archie series and The Wendy Project, a gorgeous retelling of Peter Pan. I knew this was a thing since it came out in issues but I’ve been saving myself for the trade and I can’t wait to dig in.
The Invention of Angela Carter by Edmund Gordon
I’ve been wanting the Angela Carter bio since it came out, but it is so hardcover and heavy that I figured I’d just wait until the paperback. And then a friend of mine (who now works at Oxford University Press) sent me a copy and I squeed because nothing is better than receiving a book you wanted but did not ask for. I love Carter’s gruesome fairy tales and I am slowly reading her collection of non-fiction, so this makes a welcome and wonderful addition to my library.
OUTBOX (Books Read)
Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado (out October 3rd)
I have not been this excited about a short story collection in years. It is an intoxicating combination of folklore and pop culture, fabulism and realism. My favorite story, “Inventory,” takes place in a time when a mass infectious disease is spreading, but the story is told entirely through a recounting of the narrator’s sexual encounters. These stories will make your skin crawl; I recommend you read them slowly, and not before bed.
We Are Never Meeting In Real Life by Samantha Irby
The audiobook is narrated by Irby herself and it had me cracking up regularly. In this essay collection, Irby tackles a wide range of subjects, from racism, sexuality, and adulting to The Bachelorette, suburbia, and cunnilingus. There is nothing in this world I don’t want to hear Samantha Irby’s take on. She is smart, irreverent, and completely engaging. Also, the essays where she narrates her cat’s bitchy remarks are my favorite.
IN THE QUEUE
Catapult by Emily Fridlund (out October 10th)
I’ve heard such good things about Fridlund’s novel History of Wolves, but I’m more of a short story person, so I’m psyched Sarabande (an awesome indie publisher) is releasing this collection. I know nothing else about it, but a good publisher and good writer is all the recommendation I need. Oh, and look at that cover—so good.
Too Much and Not In the Mood by Durga Chew-Bose
I started this essay collection months ago, but got distracted. But I’ve heard so many wonderful things, I am excited to begin it anew. The prose is gorgeous, winding, and fairly dense—if the first essay is any indication—so I just need a good amount of space/time to really sink into it.
What are you reading this week?