Inbox/Outbox: November 24, 2017

Thanksgiving weekend for me has always been a cozy weekend of family and books, of independent bookstore visits and walks through their local park’s rose garden. This weekend is no exception—I am buried in books and bookshelves. My to-read shelf for the rest of the year is a dream of favorite authors, feminist discourse, and highly-recommended 2017 releases. What a dream.

Inbox (Books Acquired)

The cover of the Name of the Wind 10th anniversary editionThe Name of the Wind: 10th anniversary deluxe edition by Patrick Rothfuss

My 10th anniversary edition of this gorgeous epic fantasy beginning of music and magic, signed by Rothfuss, recently arrived in the mail. Kvothe’s tales are an absolute masterpiece of scope, and I’m still in suspense over how Rothfuss will manage to wrap the whole thing up in a single volume in Doors of Stone. For now, I’m just in awe of this beautiful volume and excited to dig into its bonus content.

Outbox (Books Finished)

Excerpts from The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir

De Beauvoir is sarcastic, witty, and engaging, and this abridged version of her text (from the UK) is short and to the point. I wasn’t surprised to find that her feminist discourse was genius, given the popularity and fame of this text, but I was surprised by how accessible this text was to read. I’m considering a commitment to read the full 800-page book in the future, because the way De Beauvoir digs into society, into the way women internalize sexism and the patriarchal system, into the ways economic independence isn’t accomplished but also isn’t enough, is brutal and incredible. The only bad thing about reading this was the realization that it was written in 1949 but could have been written today. The cover of Mostly Void, Partially Stars, a Night Vale Novel

Mostly Void, Partially Stars (Welcome to Night Vale Episodes #1) and The Great Glowing Coils of the Universe (Welcome to Night Vale Episodes #2) by joseph fink and jeffrey candor

I fell in love with Welcome to Night Vale early in 2013, but here’s the thing: I’m not a big podcast person, and as hard as I tried (and I swear, I did try), my fandom eventually faded out with my ability to remember to carry headphones with me when I went places. So when I saw my sister reading the scripts put into book form, I was thrilled—and she noticed, getting them for me for my birthday last year. Both volumes are fantastic compendiums of the episodes, and because I have the voices of Cecil and Carlos rolling around in my head, the only thing I’m truly missing out on is the weather. The volumes cover the first two seasons, and have a lot of bonus content for dedicated listeners about the origins and creative processes behind Welcome to Night Vale.

In the Queue (What I’m Reading Next)

A Writer’s Diary by Virginia Woolf

Virginia Woolf stole my heart first with the non-binary main character in magical realist Orlando and most recently with the twisty, visual epic that is The Waves, so when I was in London, I made a special trek to Persephone Books, a feminist small press and bookstore where they sell her A Writer’s Diary in their classic minimalist grey. I’m digging into these extracts with a pen, ready to circle and underline and star, ready to be immersed in the mind of a genius.

We Are Okay cover by Nina LaCourWe Are Okay by Nina LaCour

How many times can you hear the people in your life rave about a book and still have not read it despite it living on your to-read shelf? I’m finally going to read We Are Okay this holiday season. I’ve heard that it delves deep into anxiety and grief, and I’m looking forward to reading a character with good anxiety representation.

If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio

This is another one that I really planned to read earlier in the year, but which I’m excited to see finally approaching my currently-reading list. I’ve followed Rio online for a long time, and am looking forward to her Shakespearean, coming-of-age tale.

What books did you begin or finish this week?

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