Reading inbox-outbox: Week of 26 January

January is over. Woah. Crazy. Some January reading stats for you:

And now, more about what I bought, finished, and have been reading this past week…

Inbox (books acquired)

  • Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles book 2) by Marissa Meyer (Kindle)  — I bought this when I saw it go on sale this past week (it’s still $2.99 on Amazon as of this writing). I read the first book in this series (Cinder) almost a year ago. Each of the books in the series leverages a different fairy tale, but they all take place in an extremely well-imagined sci-fi world. Cinder was loosely based on Cinderella. This one is loosely based on Little Red Riding Hood, I think. And I think the next one is loosely based on Rapunzel. Fairy tale retellings seem to be a “thing” right now, but I enjoyed the first book enough that I want to continue reading the series — not enough that I’m going to drop everything to read these, but enough to grab them on sale and hoard them until I’m ready to be entertained with a fast and fun YA book.
  • Cress (Lunar Chronicles book 3) by Marissa Meyer (Kindle) — After I bought Scarlet, I checked to see if book 3 was also on sale, and it was! So, I picked up this one, too. Might as well get caught up while I wait for the most recently published in the series to go on sale…

Outbox (books finished)

  • The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell (Hardcover, signed, Indiespensible edition) — I finished it! This book was great. One of the things I love about David Mitchell (besides his writing) is that he’s the kind of author that rewards careful readers. He inserts little details into his stories that later become important details: characters, places, objects, etc. So, it pays to read his stories slowly and carefully. I also love that, like Cloud Atlas, each of the sections that are told from different characters’ perspectives each sound different and distinctive. I remember being amazed by his ability to do that in Cloud Atlas. He managed something similar here, but I still think Cloud Atlas is a better example of what I’m talking about here. Even though it took me basically all month, on and off, to read this book, I loved it and I highly recommend it to anyone that likes that cross-over space between literature and genre fiction.

Queue (what I’m reading next)

  • I’m still reading Afterworlds as my “bus book” — I don’t think this book is for everyone and I can see why fans of other Scott Westerfeld books might have been disappointed in this one (not that I’ve read any of his other books — I’m basing this on reviews I’ve read)… I think anyone who has ever participated / “won” NaNoWriMo would love this book… they may be the only ones who truly “get” it. It remains to be seen if I love this book. So far, I’m definitely enjoying it.
  • On Friday, the work book club is meeting to discuss Half a Yellow Sun. My copy for Kindle is still on hold at the library. So, I have to decide if I’m going to buy this and try to finish it before Friday, or if I’m just going to wait and read it when my hold comes up…