A while back, I was complaining to my manager at the library that there are just so many books to read and not enough time (and by that I mean one lifetime). She explained how she often takes books home, keeps them on her nightstand, and doesn’t end up reading them. I think she meant this conversation to suggest she’s overly ambitious, but I interpreted it as “Hey, I should take all the library books home and just have them there!”). So, I started doing that. Thus, November has gone totally off the rails from my normal monthly reading plans and will consist almost entirely of library books.
Title: Owlsight by Mercedes Lacky & Larry Dixon
Genre: fantasy series
Key Descriptors: healing, magic, barbarian raid
Why I’m Reading It: this title is part of #ReadingValdemar in 2019
Title: The Girl Who Reads on the Métro by Christine Féret-Fleury, translated by Ros Schwartz
Genre: women’s fiction
Key Descriptors: French translation, bookstore, funny
Why I’m Reading It: I am making some effort to read more translations and thought a bookish novella from the library would be right.
Title: Mostly Dead Things by Kristen Arnett
Key Descriptors: LGBTQ, taxidermy, suicide
Why I’m Reading It: After Jenny Lawson made taxidermy so funny, I thought this might be dark humor, though Goodreads reviews suggest I’m wrong about this library book.
Title: Tangled Up in Blue by Joan D. Vinge
Genre: science fiction series
Key Descriptors: police raid, death, galactic technology
Why I’m Reading It: this is the 4th and final book in The Snow Queen Cycle, set in a parallel timeline to The Snow Queen. So far, this series has been impressive. I hate that I have to InterLibrary Loan it.
Title: Prison Baby by Deborah Jiang-Stein
Key Descriptors: adoption, stigma, outreach
Why I’m Reading It: I found Jiang-Stein on Facebook years ago and learned about her prison outreach efforts. She collects books for women and children HERE and talks about prison reform. Another library book.
Title: Dear Girls: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets, & Advice for Living Your Best Life by Ali Wong
Key Descriptors: epistolary, comedy, women
Why I’m Reading It: I wasn’t sold on Wong’s stand-up at first; I found her aggressive and desperate, but she’s set an example for pregnant women in show-biz that I admire. Also from the library.
Title: Paperback Crush: The Totally Radical History of ’80s and ’90s Teen Fiction by Gabrielle Moss
Key Descriptors: pre-teen, girl power, ceaseless series
Why I’m Reading It: I was totally a 1990s reader of girl-centric series that never ended and were cheap but engrossing. Thanks, library!
Title: Cannonball by Kelsey Wroten
Genre: graphic novel
Key Descriptors: LGBTQ, struggling artist, millennial
Why I’m Reading It: I haven’t read a graphic novel in ages, and I was interested in how this library book looks at creative communities in academic settings.
Are you looking forward to hear more about any of these books? Let me know in the comments!