AHHHHHHHHHHHHH!! I CANNOT WAIT FOR TUESDAY!!!
Anyone pick up the Indie Next newsletter when you browse your local indie? Booksellers from indies across the US submit blurbs to recommend books as they come out. This is one reason I‘m constantly reading at least two months in advance. This past weekend I was finishing books and blurbs for submission. Here are the four I finished up; reviews to come. Any of these on your radar?
This short story collection is masterful, having a LOT to say about women today. It captures the tolls that “growing up” takes on a girl, that war bleeds from a person, and that a small decision or mistake can have on a life. And it does all this in absolutely gorgeous language. The audiobook, especially, is amazing, the stories perfectly navigated by Adjoa Andoh. LOVED it.
I spent most of today in our new hammock (courtesy of @RavenRenegade ) completely lost in Erin Morgenstern‘s masterful new novel. I‘ve been so nervous to read it, in case it didn‘t live up to The Night Circus, but oh my. This book. 🖤🐝🗝🗡🖤
Oh my goodness, @TorieStorieS !! Thank you SO much for the goodies!! The journal is PERFECT, and the card is stunning!! I have been meaning to read Gail Carriger FOREVER, and am so excited to finally own Cruel Beauty and Overstory!! The honey and treats look incredible, and I love the hat (will definitely be putting it on the Floof for a photo!). Thank you @TheReadingMermaid for hosting #MadHatterTeaPartySwap!! Now pardon me, I have tea to brew!!
Finished this amazing book on Kindle while still in the waiting room and literally yelled when I got to the end. Absolutely phenomenal—funny, creepy, twisty, action-packed ride with such amazing, amazing characters. I will be promoting the HELL out of this one when it comes out in September!! I cannot wait for book two!! #deweysapril @DeweysReadathon
I almost didn‘t join #deweysapril this time around, because I knew today would be interesting in terms of free time and I have work tomorrow, but then I remembered I don‘t *have* to finish, just hang out with some books and friends and steal reading time when I can. So I signed up! Easing in with something fun while I wait for @RavenRenegade at her hair appointment. @DeweysReadathon
Feeling under the weather today, which is just as well because it‘s started to rain. Curling up with some chicken soup, a Floof, and a gorgeous book to escape into. #rainyday #miyacatsprite #miyareads #catsoflitsy
I‘ve been meaning to read this book for forever. Today was the day! I devoured it in basically one sitting (aside from when a certain Floof decided I was too engrossed). Beautifully written, engaging, and all-too-plausible. Really made me think about how much time and energy I invest in work vs. home/fulfillment. Definitely worth the attention it‘s receiving!
#miyacatsprite #miyareads #catsoflitsh
March was a bit of a dead zone for me, readingwise. I‘m halfway through several things I‘m enjoying but stalled out on for some reason. Hopefully I finish in April and get out of this slump.
This last weekend was a flurry of reading activity, however, as I‘m going to another dinner tonight with the authors of these upcoming novels! I read Stay and Fight and The Electric Hotel this weekend and am halfway through the tagged book.
Just got home from the post office sending off my very first swap box! @WeeziesBooks I hope you enjoy!! Should deliver to you on Monday!! Excited to see if you like everything!
Thanks so much, @TheReadingMermaid for hosting this fun #MadHatterTeaPartySwap!!
I got to meet Mallory O‘Meara tonight!! I absolutely loved her book The Lady from the Black Lagoon, a memoir/biography/essay blend that not only explores the life of the fascinating woman who designed the Creature from the Black Lagoon, but delves (with Mallory‘s signature snark) into the still-rampant sexism in the Hollywood scene. Mallory‘s absolutely delightful and very kindly took a photo with me.
I am so excited about access to this #audiobook via Libro.fm!! I‘m a huge fan of Mallory‘s Reading Glasses podcast, and was SO glad when her familiar voice started reading to me. Makes working today MUCH better!! #booksellerperks
Seattle‘s been having a snow adventure, so I‘ve been holed up the last couple of days having my own mini readathon! ❄️📚 These are some of the books I‘ve been spending time with (tagged book is my current read). I was asked to moderate two panels at ECCC, so I‘ve been reading some great authors to prepare. (House of Salt and Sorrows was a palate cleanser.) Hope everyone‘s staying warm wherever you are!!
As a bookseller, I feel like I mark the passage of time by books coming out in paperback (ARC➡️HC➡️PB), particularly ones I totally meant to read either as an arc or in hardcover. I can‘t believe I still haven‘t gotten to these two, but fortunately their publishers generously sent them to me, so maybe I‘ll get to them soon? 🤦♀️📚
I am late to the Renthia party, but MAN, am I on board! I absolutely LOVED this series of women-centered fantasy novels featuring nuanced characters, lush descriptions, and just the right amount of bloody violence. Beautiful, empowering, and engrossing. The audio editions were very well done, too, if you prefer that format. The only reason I‘m okay with finishing is access to an ARC of a new novel set in the same world. 🐉🌳🐺✨❄️
Soooooo good to be back in this world...
My dear friend @jetpack offered me sanctuary this weekend: a few days away on Bainbridge Island to rest and recuperate. On a whim, I grabbed a copy of the latest Grishaverse novel (I was supposed to wait for my Illumicrate special edition 🙄).
I chose wisely.
I was treated to an early birthday viewing of Aquaman on a 270 degree screen, then went home and watched a couple episodes of Stephen Universe before picking up a new book that purports to be a zombie apocalypse novel from the point of view of a crow... All in all, a good (and interesting) night for story!
Friday night I met Karyn Parsons, author of this lyrical, layered middle grade novel. Ella, growing up in 1943 South Carolina, journeys to discover who she is as the era‘s turbulence grows around her. I love that it doesn‘t dumb anything down; young readers are often underestimated in what they can understand and carry. This doesn‘t shy away from hard moments, but underlines that even in darkness there are foil stars to catch the light. Stunning!
“Paul‘s inner life was spent in books, and she used to imagine them stacked in his head like ladders along a wall, leading to high windows. He had read everything, it seemed, and had an idea about everything he had read.” (DRC, 30%)
Reading this one for a dinner tomorrow, and I was mesmerized by this description.
My salon read this time.
Trying really hard not to let this week get to me, but it‘s hard. Decided to grab something I‘ve been really excited about to snap me out of this slump. Anyone else struggling this week? Hope it gets better for you, if you are. 💜🖤
We lost a legend today.
After my coworker told me the news this morning, I set up this small tribute. A customer, who found out from this display, told me she was glad she‘d found out in the bookstore because she was among friends.
I‘m so grateful for the book community.
Rest In peace, Mary Oliver.
One of the fun things I get to do as part of my new duties is curate the new release table for fiction (which we also use to display recently released or of-note-in-HC books). Loving the colorful colors of recent books! Helps offset the dreary season. #booksellerlife
I'm conflicted. I appreciated this one, but I feel most people who would pick it up already feel/know its topics. The author and illustrator note their bias as privileged, white women, and do their best to include diverse representations. However, there are gaps in the representations of disabled women, plus-size women, and women‘s experiences in the medical communities. Good first steps, but needs to push boundaries further than it did.
I‘ve been on a YA fantasy kick (yay self-care reading!), and I‘d been looking forward to this one for a while. Alternate history set in La Belle Époque? Heist featuring a ragtag bunch of introverts? Chokshi‘s lush writing that I just want to sink into? YES! What I wasn‘t expecting was for this book to be so laugh-out-loud funny. All in all, this was a great romp with engaging characters that set up some interesting twists for future installments.
I bullied a coworker into forming a classics book club with me, as my latent lit major missed reading books and arguing about them. I got to pick first since my birthday‘s this month. So one of my first books of 2019 will be Angela Carter‘s masterpiece of shivery retellings. 🍎❄️🐺🕯🗝