Monday, May 25, 2015

Inbox/Outbox: May 18th–May 24th

Read Last week - Green

Since I picked up six new library books last week, of course, I spent most of the week rereading non library books.  I’ve noticed that when I have too many new choices I sometime avoid picking and reread. I read one new book (Sunday) and one notable reread.

The power of oneEverything I never told you

The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay

This is one of my favorite books of all time, possibly my very favorite. I’ve read it at least a dozen times, but this time I listened to the audio.  The narrator was excellent. I always notice something new about this book.

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

It took me awhile to get into it, but once I did there’s no way I could have quit.  If you’ve read it let me know – I’d love to discussSmile

New to My Shelves - Green2

I’m on vacation from work this week so I’m planning to make a big dent in my library stack.  Otherwise I’m going to have to return a bunch unread.

Girl at MidnightShanghai GIrlsLadies detective agencyNone of the Above5 to 1Love letters to the deadBetatwo boys kissing9780525428848_HoldMeCloser_BOM_CV.inddNick and Nora


The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey

From – Library

Where I heard about It

Echo is a pickpocket.  A runaway from the Avicen, an ancient race of people who live beneath the streets of New York.  Magic keeps them from human discovery, but humans can see Echo.

Shanghai Girls by Lisa See 

From – Library

Where I heard about It  - A real life friend recommended this to me ages ago.

I need to read something set in Asia for the 2015 Read Harder Challenge so I’m going to give this a try.

The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith

From – Library

Where I heard about It

This is my new choice for book by an African writer.

None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio

From – Library

Where I heard about It

Where I heard about It 2

I know very little about trans/queer/intersex - to the point where I’m scared to use the words for fear of offending someone.  I’m afraid this book is going to make me want to throw things, but it seemed like a decent place to start and an interesting story.

5 to 1 by Holly Badger 

From – Library

Where I heard about It – I have no idea. I put it on hold at the library months ago, but can’t remember what triggered that.

In the year 2054, after decades of gender selection, India now has a ratio of five boys for every girl, making women an incredibly valuable commodity. Tired of marrying off their daughters to the highest bidder and determined to finally make marriage fair, the women who form the country of Koyanagar have instituted a series of tests so that every boy has the chance to win a wife.

Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira 

From – Library

Where I heard about It

Laurel begins writing to the dead as an English assignment.  She started with Kurt Cobain because her deceased sister loved him.  Laurel continues to write to dead celebrities as a way to work through to anger and grief over her sister.

Beta by Rachel Cohn

From – Library

Where I heard about It – Nowhere I just saw it on the shelf at the library and read the synopsis.

Elysia is created in a laboratory, born as a sixteen-year-old girl, an empty vessel with no life experience to draw from. She is a Beta, an experimental model of a teenage clone. She was replicated from another teenage girl, who had to die in order for Elysia to exist.

It sounds interesting and I’m almost ready to admit defeat on the sci-fi I was trying to read for the Read Harder Challenge.

Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

From – Purchase from The Bookworm (indie bookstore)

This was getting raves a couple years ago and I just never got to it.  Hopefully I do soon.

Hold Me Closer – the Tiny Cooper Story by David Levithan

From – Purchase from The Bookworm (indie bookstore)

Tiny Cooper stole the story in Will Grayson, Will Grayson.  Now he has his own book, but it’s a Musical in book form.  David strongly encouraged fan compositions to accompany his lyrics – made me wish I could compose.

Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

From – Purchase from The Bookworm (indie bookstore)

I’ve actually already seen the movie, but I had no idea the book was half written by David Levithan.  The story of how he and Rachel wrote it was really interesting and I’m excited to read it.

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