Reading inbox-outbox: Week of 13 July

So many books acquired this week… I maybe went a little crazy… maybe.

Inbox (books acquired)

  • Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson (Kindle, library) — People keep recommending this series to me, so I thought I’d give it a try. It’s fantasy (if you couldn’t tell from the title) with magic. I wasn’t expecting my library hold to come up so soon, but I think I’ll be able to read this pretty quickly.
  • X-Men Vol. 5: The Burning World by G. Willow Wilson (trade paperback) — This is a pre-order, but I can’t wait! It comes out on 7/28, and it’s the compilation of X-Men 23-26. Each volume so far has had a different author, and now this set was writen by the author of the new Ms. Marvel series, and I’m SO EXCITED. I’ve really enjoyed this series so far, and I can’t wait to see where she went with the story.
  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (Kindle) — I saw this in a bookstore in Brooklyn the day after its release and almost bought it. But I decided I’d rather read it on Kindle. Then I got home and I read the glowing reviews from Book Riot and Powells, and decided I wanted to read it sooner, rather than later. So I bought it and started it earlier this week. I’m familiar with Coates’ writing from The Atlantic, and I’ve been following his articles/tweets/posts for many years now. So, I’m not surprised at all the positive press. He’s a great writer and it’s a timely topic.
  • The Diver’s Clothes Lie Empty by Vendela Vida (Hardcover, signed special edition) — My Indiespensible shipment arrived and this is the featured book this time. Of course Powell’s picked a book by Vendela Vida. Of course they did. What I didn’t expect was to actually be intrigued by this book. I’ve read the description and the interview with the author that’s included in the box and I actually really want to read this!
  • Above the Waterfall by Ron Rash (paperback, ARC) — This was the second book included in my Indiespensible shipment, and it’s another advanced review copy from an author I’ve never heard of! I love that Powells has included ARCs in these boxes for the last two shipments. It’s so exciting to get a sneak peak at a book that you might not have otherwise heard of, or purchased, like this one. This is scheduled to come out in September. So, I want to read it soon and see if I can pass it along to anyone else who might enjoy it.
  • The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins (Kindle, library) — I first saw this reviewed by Cory Doctorow on tumblr. Then, I heard the glowing review from the All the Books podcast. So I added it to my library hold list and it just became available this week. Hooray! Except, I’m sort of overflowing with books at the moment… but I really want to read this. You might remember me mentioning it as one of the five books I wanted to order *right now* (before my library finally got a Kindle copy). It sounds very Neil Gaimen-like, which is a good thing as far as I’m concerned.

Outbox (books finished)

  • A Bollywood Affair by Sonali Dev (Kindle) — I started this on the way home from vacation because it seemed like it might be a good companion book to Written in the Stars… It reads just like a Bollywood romance, except without the singing and dancing. So, if you like that sort of thing (I do), then you might like this book. It is 100% romance and has a healthy helping of cheeseball comedy along with your standard issue smarmy and swoony stuff. Exactly what you’d expect from a modern Bollywood romance. And the voice is perfect.

Queue (what I’m reading next)

  • I want to finish Between the World and Me
  • Then I’ll probably start one of my library books… most likely The Library at Mount Char
  • And, I’ll probably save The Diver’s Clothes… for next weekend (since it’s a nice hardcover and I don’t want to take it on my commute…)

So many books! So little time! If only I had another week of vacation! Oh well… at least I have a mega-commute where I can read all the books! (as long as I don’t have work to do…)

Hope you are enjoying your summer!

(Reminder: the format for my weekly inbox/outbox posts was adopted from Book Riot’s weekly column of the same name…)