Inbox/Outbox: November 3, 2017

The fact that we (finally) have fall weather in New York is definitely putting me in a reading mood. What’s better than making a big cup of Earl Grey and snuggling under a blanket with a book? Only treating yourself to a hot bath with a stack of them next to the tub. And I’ve been doing both this week! Plus, I’m behind on my yearly reading challenge, so it’s time to step it up.

inbox (books acquired)

A Daring Arrangement by Joanna Shupe 

I’m a big sucker for historical romance novels, and Joanna Shupe’s books set in the New York City Gilded Age have been some of my favorites from the last few years. So when I saw she had a new one out this week—featuring a steamy pretend engagement that might turn into something more—I downloaded this to my ereader faster than you can say “bodice ripper” three times fast.

 

Far From the Tree by Robin Benway 

This National Book Award finalist has been praised by so many book friends that I trust, and I loved Benway’s last book, Emmy & Oliver. The premise of three biological siblings all raised in different families and environments coming together instantly intrigued me. I heard the voices in this multi-perspective novel are amazing. I can’t wait to immerse myself in them.

 

outbox (Books finished)

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green 

I’m a huge fan of Green’s books and the vlogbrothers, so I knew I’d love this book. But I didn’t expect to love it as much as I did. Seriously, I cried more than I did reading The Fault in Our Stars. I put off starting it because I thought the book dealing with themes of mental illness and a character with OCD would be emotionally difficult for me to read. It was. But once I started, expecting to read a chapter or two before bed, there was no way I was putting this book down. It was hard…but it was also beautiful, romantic, funny, heart-warming, and (of course) totally gut-wrenching.

It Didn’t Start with You: How Inherited Family Trauma Shapes Who We Are and How to End the Cycle by Mark Wolynn 

I know, I know—this isn’t exactly a cheerful book either. But honestly, it had me thinking about my own life and family history in completely new ways. Some of the claims in this book how how the lives of our grandparents and great grandparents can influence our brain chemistry seemed far-fetched to me. But much of the information rang true, and I appreciated the balance of research with easy-to-understand explanations.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han 

To give myself a break from the slightly depressing book slump I’ve been in lately, I reread one of my favorite young adult romances. I’ve probably read the story of Lara Jean’s complicated love life ten times at least, but I never stop delighting in the sweet relationship she has with her sisters, the awkward moments when all of her crushes ever discover her feelings all at once, and my big time literary infatuation with Peter K. Swoon!

In the queue (What I’m Reading Next)

We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy by Ta-Nehisi Coates 

I was lucky enough to see Ta-Nehisi Coates speak about this book in Brooklyn a few weeks ago. He is a literal genius, both with ideas and with words. I’m incredibly interested to read his observations connecting the current political situation to the post-Reconstruction era, and to learn more about his personal journey as a writer during the Obama administration. This one might be a little too heavy for the bathtub, but I’m still excited to crack open its pages.

What books have you bought, finished, and added to your TBR this week? Leave a comment below.

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Alison Doherty: Alison lives in Brooklyn. She recently graduated from The New School with an MFA in writing for children, where her classmates regularly debated if she belonged in Ravenclaw or Slytherin. Raised on both coasts, in California and Maryland, Alison grew up wishing she could have Ella Enchanted as a bff and that Gilbert Blythe lived next door. Now, she is an Alice Munro fangirl, a big supporter of libraries and local bookstores, and loves having an e-reader so people don’t give her funny looks when she reads romance novels on the subway. When she gets sad or stressed she 100% never never ever watches the clip of Mr. Darcy diving into the lake on YouTube. She blogs about young adult books at Hardcovers and Heroines and is working on her first novel. Twitter: @alisoncdoherty