Reading: inbox-outbox for 22 Nov

Last week was fun, so let’s try this again…

Inbox (books acquired)

  • Raven Boys (Kindle) — I saw that the price dropped on this to $2.99 and I had to pick it up. I’d read reviews of this and the other books in the series by one of my favorite book bloggers, “Melissa,” aka “Book Nut.” So, I added it to my “Someday/Maybe” wishlist on Amazon, which I then monitor for just such price drops. Not sure yet when I’ll get around to reading it, but it looks promising…
  • The Art of Asking: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help by Amanda Palmer (signed hardcover) — Amanda Palmer is kind of a force. I became vaguely aware of her when she became attached to Neil Gaiman, and then found myself completely impressed by her after watching her TED talk. I’ve been following her blog and social media stuff since then. When I heard she was coming to Google to promote this book, I knew I had to drop everything and go. I have to say, she’s even more impressive in person. And, after the excerpts she chose to read for the event at Google, I’m even more excited to read her book.
  • Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free by Cory Doctorow (signed hardcover) — I watched Cory’s talk when he came to Google to promote this book, but I couldn’t go in person that day. So, I didn’t get a chance to buy the book at our subsidized rate. When I saw they were selling it at the Amanda Palmer event, and they still had signed copies from his visit to Books, Inc. I grabbed one. I was very impressed and inspired by Cory’s talk and I’m excited to read this, but I probably won’t get to it any time soon. I have a feeling that Greg will probably grab it first.

Outbox (books finished)

  • Wild by Cheryl Strayed (Kindle) — I’ve found myself sort of sucked into this book this week. I should have been spending that time writing, but instead I kept saying “just one more chapter…” My NaNoWriMo word count has suffered, but who cares because I really enjoyed reading this book. I don’t really read “memoirs” because I don’t really care for that genre of book. And, I couldn’t relate much, or at all, to most of the personal backstory, but I still found myself completely fascinated by her journey and experience on the PCT. As I mentioned last week, since I first heard of the PCT, shortly after I moved to Seattle post-college, I’ve harbored an idea that someday, maybe, I would do this crazy thing. Someday, maybe, I might. This book, for all the lost toenails and thirst and disgusting dehydrated meals, for all the dirt and stink and pain, didn’t manage to discourage me. In fact, it might have only made me want to do it more. Can’t wait to see the movie!

Queue (what I’m reading next)

  • The Algebraist by Iain M. Banks (library hardcover) — I only got about a third through this epic space opera before my work book club met to discuss it back in October, but I liked it enough that I really want to finish it. It’s a library book and I’m on my last renewal at this point. I can’t get it on Kindle. So, it’s now or never.

Now… back to advancing my NaNoWriMo word count

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