Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Reading Envy 071: Bad Priest, Good Priest, No Priest

Scott returns for a visit to the familiar Reading Envy Pub. We both bring spooky reads, memoirs, and... priests?

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Books discussed:


Agincourt by Bernard Cornwell
The Book of the Unnamed Midwife by Meg Elison
A Pearl in the Storm by Tori Murden McClure
I Fired God: My Life Inside -- And Escape From -- The Independent Fundamentalist Baptist Cult by Jocelyn R. Zichterman
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

Other mentions:

The Battle of Agincourt, 1415
Henry the V by William Shakespeare
Henry the V (film with Kenneth Branagh)
Richard Sharpe series by Bernard Cornwell
The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara
The Source by James Michener
Patrick O'Brien
1356 by Bernard Cornwell
The Reapers are the Angels by Alden Bell
Philip K. Dick Award

The Cruelest Journey by Kira Salak (I said Longest)
Sleepy Hollow (film)
Rip Van Winkle by Washington Irving
Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell

Related Episodes:
Episode 014 - Flannery O'Connor with Zombies with Jason and Scott
Episode 052 - The Man with the Eyebrows with Philip and Scott
Episode 058 - Wishing for a Sequel with Scott
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Sunday, October 16, 2016

Library Books Mid-October 2016

I can't believe it's time already for the monthly library book roundup! I feel like I haven't had time to breathe in the last few weeks, much less go to the library. Good thing I work at the library or I might never go.

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
What Belongs to You by Garth Greenwell
Blackacre by Monica Youn
Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kufkin
Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien
The House of Small Shadows by Adam Nevill

Not pictured:
Am I Blue? Coming Out from the Silence edited by Marion Dane Bauer
Blue Laws: Selected and Uncollected Poems, 1995-2015 by Kevin Young
Jimmy's Blues and Other Poems by James Baldwin
Letters Composed During a Lull in the Fighting: Poems by Kevin Powers
Jack of Spades by Joyce Carol Oates
A Month in the Country by J.L. Carr
The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload by Daniel J. Levitin

I checked out the Jackson, Nevill, and Oates for Spook/Book/Scare-tober reading. Greenwell, Youn, and Young all came home with me because they were longlisted for the National Book Award while the Thien is shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.

The Kufkin and Bauer were for Banned Books Week, Baldwin and Powers were library eBooks in a hunt for recent poetry, Carr was a whim after seeing it posted in Litsy, and the Levitin is a book I requested my library to order after someone referenced Levitin a bunch in a presentation I found interesting.

Phew! What do you have on your library pile?

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Reading Envy 070: Words Like Weapons

Jenny is joined by a new guest for Episode 070. Jenny put out a call out for guests in Litsy and Yanira is one of the people to jump in. I'm so glad she did!

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Books discussed:

Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching: A Young Black Man's Education by Mychal Denzel Smith
The North Water by Ian McGuire
Ways to Disappear by Idra Novey
The Daylight Gate by Jeanette Winterson
Guapa by Salim Haddad
The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

Other mentions:

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race edited by Jesmyn Ward
Man Booker Prize
Clarice Lispector
The Vegetarian by Han Kang
Beyonce - Lemonade
If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
Junot Diaz
Roxane Gay
Drown by Junot Diaz
The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton
Twilight by William Gay
Only Love Can Break Your Heart by Ed Tarkington

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Monday, October 3, 2016

New Books In, September 2016

This month was another great book month, from new subscription services to book signings to books I've been waiting for! Malaprop's, the best independent bookstore in my area (in Asheville, NC), has started offering the Homeward Bound Paperback Originals subscription service. They select one title a month, something that started out in paperback, in creative non-fiction or fiction. I'm hoping they might include poetry too from time to time, but the fun is in not knowing what will come! My first month was Cole's "Known and Strange Things," a book I would have read because I read everything by that author. The most recent is the Helm, a book I had not heard anything about! So that's working out well.

The Aitkenhead was the September pick for Book of the Month, the Chayut is the October pick for my book club, and I picked up the Brosh from another book clubber (we recycle our books on one another.)

Ron Rash did a reading/signing at M. Judson Books on Main Street in Greenville, SC, and I went and had the book signed. He had just returned from a long weekend at the Decatur Book Festival (in Georgia) and ended up having to cancel some of his dates due to a back injury. So it felt like good timing. I've encountered Rash before at various author and book events in the state, because he is pretty local. For some reason, the bookstore only has chairs for tiny people, so it was a well-attended but super uncomfortable event. I hope they can buy some normal chairs for events. (I'm not kidding, apart from the cafe chairs they pulled out these kindergarten sized chairs that are a good idea for zero adults I know. I'm not sure what the thinking is.)

Random House sent me the Picoult unrequested, and it looks interesting.

Last but certainly not least, I'd had the Bradley pre-ordered since February and now it is mine!