Reading inbox-outbox: Week of 4 May

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there!

In the “baby lottery” I was lucky enough to “win” a pretty awesome (and bookish) mom. My mom has always been an avid reader. When my sister and I were kids she read to us, took us to the library, and taught us the importance of reading for fun from a very young age. She encouraged our reading habits and bought us whatever we circled in the Scholastic book catalog. My mom taught me everything I know about intricate plots and how to guess what’s going to happen next in any story. And she was the one who introduced me to Harry Potter. Thanks, Mom, for encouraging, sharing, and funding my love of books, in addition to all the other million amazing things you do!

And now, back to our regularly scheduled blog post… This week’s inbox/outbox is going to be brief… I was pretty busy with work and writing this week. So, I didn’t get much reading done.

Inbox (books acquired)

  • I didn’t buy any books this week, but I did add a bunch of the Locus Awards finalists to my wish list, and I spent some time figuring out which books on my wish list that I can get from Overdrive (ebook lending) at my local library. It turns out that at least 15 of the books on my to-read list are available, and many don’t even have a wait list! Even if the Overdrive UI sucks, I’m thrilled that I can borrow ebooks from my library.

Outbox (books finished)

  • X-Men: Psylocke by by Christopher Yost, Harvey Tolibao — I’m still not entirely sure if I’ve read this collection of comics before, or not. I’m fairly certain that I never read the series of Uncanny X-Men comics that are provided as backstory for this collection. The Psylocke / Jubilee / Wolverine connection is especially interesting to me after reading the new X-Men series where Psylocke and Jubilee are part of this all-lady X-Men team. I really like how Marvel keeps all these stories so linked together.

Queue (what I’m reading next)

  • I’m still working on Americanah… I’m finding it hard to read this for more than a few hours without having to put it down to think…
  • I thought I would start A Court of Thorns and Roses (new series by Sarah Maas, author of the Throne of Glass series) right away when it launched on Tuesday, but I found that I kind of want to finish Americanah first… and I want to have a nice long stretch where I can really get into it without getting interrupted, and that was definitely not this week. But I did read the first chapter…

 

And that’s it for this week…

 

(Reminder: the format for my weekly inbox/outbox posts was adopted from Book Riot’s weekly column of the same name… for more like this, go check out those…)

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