Reading inbox-outbox: Week of 20 July

I didn’t get much reading done this week… but I did acquire a few new books…

Inbox (books acquired)

  • A Rogue by Any Other Name: The First Rule of Scoundrels (Rules of Scoundrels Book 1) by Sarah MacLean (Kindle) — I’ve heard the folks at Book Riot go on and on about how Sarah MacLean is such an amazing romance writer. This week, while listening to the All the Books podcast, I finally decided, what the heck, I’ll give it a try… This was the book they recommended folks should start with, and it was only $1.99 on Kindle. So I bought it. I probably won’t read it for a while, but it will be there when I’m ready for another romance.
  • My Brilliant Friend by (Kindle) by Elena Ferrante (Kindle) — I bought it for the Read Harder challenge that I talked about in my last post. But I also bought it because my maternal grandparents came from Naples, or near there, and I don’t think I’ve ever read anything in translation from Italy. France, yes. Spain, yes. Sweden, yes. Russia, yes. But I don’t think Italy… so now I can fix that!
  • The Essential Neruda: Selected Poems (Bilingual, English and Spanish, Edition) by Pablo Neruda (paperback) — Everyone needs to own at least one book of poetry, right? Even though my husband and I are definitely “book people” we don’t seem to have even one book of poetry in our house. Since I plan on reading one for the “Read Harder challenge” (see my previous post), and this one will also help me with my Spanish, I decided to buy it.

Outbox (books finished)

  • The Diver’s Clothes Lie Empty by Vendela Vida (signed, special edition, hardcover) — Such a strange little book, and not at all what I was expecting… Probably best read in one sitting, it’s a fast read with just enough tension to pull the story along, but packed with lyrical prose and symbolism. The story is almost like an accordion, constantly folding back and reflecting on itself, even as the character takes abrupt turns, shedding one skin for another. It’s written in second person, which is surprising at first, but skillfully accomplished.

Queue (what I’m reading next)

  • I’m expecting another busy week at work, so I don’t know if I’ll get much reading in before the weekend… If I can squeeze in some reading, I’d like to start one of my library books — probably The Library at Mount Char
  • I’d also like to finish Between the World and Me

That’s it for this week! Hope you are enjoying some summer reading and maybe getting in some reading time by a pool, or on a beach, or in a hammock somewhere…

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