Reading inbox-outbox: Week of 30 March

This was a slow book week (as expected). And I (shockingly!) did not acquire any new books this week! I know. Are you amazed? I am amazed.

Maybe instead of telling you about the books I bought this week, I’ll just tell you about the books I added to my wish list this week…

Inbox (books acquired)

  • No books bought or borrowed this week… instead I just added these four books to my watch list for future purchasing (or borrowing):
    • The Great Beanie Baby Bubble: Mass Delusion and the Dark Side of Cute by Zac Bissonnette — I found this one on a “best of March” book list post on Book Riot. I grew up during the Beanie Baby craze and had quite a few of these cuddly critters. So, of course this captured my attention. I’m surprised they have enough material for a book on this topic, but the review in the blog post made it sound fascinating, so I added it to my list. I’ll probably try to get this one from the library…
    • Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan — This was also listed in that “best of March” Book Riot post. I’ve seen this one around and it sounds like your basic (new adult?) romance novel. But, the Book Riot reviewer raved about the author’s writing style and how she enjoyed reading about this culture. It reminds me of that Psy song that was so popular a few years ago… this one might be worthy of a vacation read, especially if I can catch it during a price drop…
    • Chase Me by Tessa Bailey — This one is DEFINITELY a “new adult” romance novel, and also from that Book Riot March round-up post. It’s only $2.99, but I’m adding it to my list and saving it for when I need a fast and flirty fun read. Last time I was in the mood for something like this I had to fall back on a re-read because I couldn’t find one with a description that didn’t make my eyes roll. The description for this one is equally cringe-worthy, but I’m ignoring that and basing my interest solely on the recommendation in the review — specifically on the fact she said this book was “funny, and “the love interest was “ernest and sincere,” and it “embodies what modern romance is all about.” I’m interpreting that as a sign that the love interest will not be a Edward-Cullen-like overprotective stalker dude and the romance won’t be overly dramatic.
    • The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (The Inheritance Trilogy Book 1) by N.K. Jemisin — This was recommended to me by a friend, and then I saw this series featured in a Book Riot blog post and decided it was time to add it to the list. I might actually break down and buy this before I see a price drop, but only after I work through some of the books I’ve already bought and haven’t read yet…

Outbox (books finished)

  • X-Men, Vol. 1: Primer by Brian Wood and Olivier Coipel (paperback) — I really like what they did here. This volume also includes the Uncanny X-men comic where Jubilee first appears and what I think was the formative idea for this grouping. I hadn’t read that one, even though it did feature Psylocke as one of the main characters. I like the team they assembled, and, even if this first story line was a little weak, I can sense they are building up to something, and I’m psyched to read the next volume.

Queue (what I’m reading next)

My plan was to read less this month so that I could spend more of my free time writing. But that plan didn’t work out so well in practice this week. Instead of reading, I just spent more time procrastinating on writing. Then I beat myself up because I “wasted all this time” and didn’t enough writing done *and* I could have been reading. So, my plan needs work…

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