Reading inbox-outbox: Week of 27 April

It is now officially my birthday month! So, let the birthday books (and book related goodies) come rolling in! I’m sort-of kidding, but I did receive some birthday presents this week… As you’ll see below, my “inbox” books this week are courtesy of “the birthday fairy” (aka: Mom).

Inbox (books acquired)

  • X-Men Volume 3: Bloodline by by Brian Wood, Clay Mann, Matteo Buffagni (paperback) — Apparently the birthday fairy must be reading my blog and realized that I’ve finished the first two volumes and I’m ready for the next installment! I’m especially excited to continue with this series because I just figured out that the most recent batch of issues (which I think will make up volume 5, due out in July), are by the same author as the Ms. Marvel series: G. Willow Wilson!
  • Uncanny X-Force: The Complete Collection Volume 1 by by Rick Remender, Leonardo Manco, Jerome Opena, Rafael Albuquerque, et. al. (paperback) — I wanted this because 1) Psylocke is featured in it, and 2) it has to do with the Apocalypse story, which I want to know more about before the next X-Men movie comes out (X-Men: Apocalypse). I doubt the story will be at all the same because I think the cast of characters is slightly different. But I had added this to my wish list because this is the only Psylocke / Apocalypse story line I could find. And I’m very excited for the first X-Men movie to feature my favorite character!
  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy (hardcover box set) — I’ve already read the whole series, and I love it. But I only own (as my husband likes to remind me) “a perpetual license to read these books on a Kindle, or Kindle software on an electronic device…” Like many of my favorite books and series, I wanted to own a nice hardcover set of this series. So, I added this to my birthday wish list, and the birthday fairy granted my wish! Hooray!

Outbox (books finished)

  • Ms. Marvel Vol 1 by by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona — Well, hubby was right, this is really good. I loved the story and the characters and the artwork. It’s funny and heartwarming and does a great job of addressing some of those “not fitting in” and “trying to figure out who you are / want to be” feelings that teenagers and young adults have to deal with. I highly recommend this one.
  • Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed: Sixteen Writers on Their Decision Not To Have Kids edited by Meghan Daum (Kindle) — I really enjoyed reading this. None of the stories matched exactly to my thoughts on the topic, but it was refreshing and heartening to read others’ takes on the prospect of not having kids — especially since most of the authors were older, and many addressed the “regrets” topic in a refreshing way (basically: everyone has regrets about their life, you can’t avoid it, in order to have/do one thing you have to not have / not do something else, that’s life). I highlighted a TON of passages in this book, and I almost never highlight anything, so that’s saying something.
  • The First Star to Fall (For Darkness Shows the Stars, #1.5) by Diana Peterfreund — This is a prequel novella for Across a Star Swept Sea, which I haven’t read yet. I read For Darkness Shows the Stars, and the accompanying novella. This novella (and Across a Star Swept Sea) take place in the same world, but feature a different cast of characters. I loved For Darkness Shows the Stars, but found this novella to be just “okay.” I liked it, but I found some of the tech to be a little far-fetched and I didn’t really connect with any of the characters. But, I still want to read Across a Star Swept Sea, because these between-novels novellas that have become so popular recently always seem to be made from the cutting room floor out-takes of the main story. So, usually the novels are better. That’s why these scenes and back-story bits were cut out, to make the novel better.
  • The Duchess War (Brothers Sinister, #1) by Courtney Milan (Kindle) — I tore through this book. It’s a historical romance that takes place in Victorian (I think) England. What I found most cool about this book was that it 1) actually has a plot, and 2) has very well-written, complex, flawed characters. The story keeps you on the edge of your seat, and not just because you are waiting for the two main characters to hook up. Plus, it’s what I might dare to call “feminist romance.” The heroine is actually a heroine and not just some dippy damsel waiting to be swept off her feet. She’s smart and independent, she makes mistakes, she knows what she wants and goes after it (and not just in the story, but in the romance as well). I highly recommend this one. Plus, it’s FREE on Kindle right now. Seriously, just go download it.

Queue (what I’m reading next)

  • I haven’t started Americanah yet… and it’s long… I’ll be reading that next so I can get it back to the library on time.

And now, time to get a little writing in before Game of Thrones and Silicon Valley


(Reminder: the format for my weekly inbox/outbox posts was adopted from Book Riot’s weekly column of the same name… for more like this, go check out those…)