Inbox/Outbox: December 8, 2017

December might be my favorite reading month, because it’s when we do round-ups and wrap-ups at Book Riot, so I don’t have any immediate required work reading I need to do. That means I can spend the month reading backlist or reading ahead for 2018, if I choose. And I have a feeling this is going to be the best December yet!


Animals Eat Each Other by Elle Nash (Dzanc Books, April 3, 2018): A young woman joins a relationship with a Satanist and his girlfriend, and ends up changing everything about her life.

Her Mother’s Mother’s Mother and Her Daughters by Maria José Silveira,‎ Eric M. B. Becker (Translator) (Open Letter Press, December 12): Spanning 500 years, this novel follows Brazilian history through the eyes of the mothers and daughters of one family.

The Shortest Way Home by Miriam Parker (Dutton, July 31, 2018): So excited for this! It’s Parker’s debut novel. She has worked as an editor in publishing for 17 years, now she’s on the other side as an author.


Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott (Little, Brown and Company, July 17, 2018): Ooooooo, what delicious fun this was! It’s about two high school friends who share a terrible secret, and what happens when they are reunited ten years later as competitors in a science lab. Smart, nasty, and hella good.



The House of Broken Angels by Luis Alberto Urrea (Little, Brown and Company, March 6, 2018): I’m a big fan of of his books, including Into the Beautiful North and The Hummingbird’s Daughter, so I’m excited to check out this one, about an ailing patriarch who brings his family together for one last party.

Invitation to a Bonfire by Adrienne Celt (Bloomsbury Publishing, June 5, 2018): I loooooooved Celt’s last novel, The Daughters, so I’m also excited for this one, about a dangerous love triangle based on Nabokov’s marriage.

What has your reading week been like?

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Liberty Hardy: Liberty Hardy is an unrepentant velocireader, writer, bitey mad lady, and tattoo canvas. Turn-ons include books, books and books. Her favorite exclamation is “Holy cats!” Liberty reads more than should be legal, sleeps very little, frequently writes on her belly with Sharpie markers, and when she dies, she’s leaving her body to library science. Until then, she lives with her two cats, Millay and Steinbeck, in Kittery, M.E, and she is also right behind you. Just kidding! She’s too busy reading. Blog: Franzen Comes Alive Twitter: @MissLiberty