Thursday, July 24, 2014

Books I want to read but can't yet

It's kind of torturous being on maternity leave right before a whole bunch of books come out that I've been waiting to get my hands on forever.  I know I could something else, but all I can think about are these books, it seems.  Come, drool with me.

1.  The Magician's Land by Lev Grossman.  The Magicians trilogy has been described as Harry Potter for adults, but I think of it more like Narnia for adults.  It pulls from both, but it has this melancholy tone to parts that pull straight (for me) from the longing for Narnia to be real.  It's also the only book series I can think of that would have this sort of quote: "you could only explain your Gödel, Escher, Bach references so many times before it starts to be a problem."  This is the third in the trilogy, and I am both excited beyond measure, and feeling a bit sad about it because...this is the end.  And like Narnia, I wanted the experience to go on forever.  If they all die in a train crash I'm going to be pissed.

Release date: August 5

Verdict: YAY, this is getting closer, and I can conceivably plow through it during maternity leave...Freddie can sleep, I can read & weep, etc.

ETA: Shannon over from River City Reading alerted me to the fact that this title is available on Net Galley.  *requested*

2.  My Drunk Kitchen: A Guide to Eating, Drinking, and Going with your Gut by Hannah Hart.  I've been watching MDK forever (butter yo shit!) and Harto is hilarious (the puns!) and seems like the most genuine of Internet persons, so I'm eager to gorge myself on this offering soon.  She makes me laugh, and I think I'm in love with her.

Release date: August 12

Verdict: Again, yay!  Just a little more waiting...

3.  Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir by Liz Prince.  I LOVE LIZ PRINCE.  I can't even decide who I love more, Hannah Hart or Liz Prince.  Can I have lady-crushes on both?  Hope so, because that's happening.  Prince is also everything I wish I could be: cute tattooed nerd with mad art skills who writes about adolescence and gender stereotypes and liking guys with beards and flannels and basically everything good and right in this world.  She is talented, funny, and I just love her.  I know this isn't the best review, but those are hard to write with little hearts in my eyes, clouding my vision.

Release date: September 2

Verdict: Waaah, I'll be back to work by then.

ETA: Also available on Net Galley!

4.  As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride by Cary Elwes.  Because duh.

Release date: October 14


5.  Yes Please by Amy Poehler.  Advice on "when to be funny and when to be serious"?  Yes please, if I may borrow the phrase.  Really, Poehler could scribble sweet nothings onto a napkin and I'd line up in the queue to buy it.  And I expect this to be better than a collection of scribblings.  I expect this to be fantastic.

Release date: October 28


What books are you waiting for as the late summer/fall publishing deluge approaches?  And what should I read while I twiddle my thumbs waiting for The Magician's Land?

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  1. I'm not as up as what is coming as you are, but I was just thinking this week that I wished there was another Mysterious Benedict Society book coming out soon. I'm in the mood to read one!

    1. Oh man, MBS on my list of books I keep meaning to check out, and then pass over. So many books!

  2. I'm too bogged down with my reading list BUT - the 3rd Discovery of Witches just came out, so once I am done with the better in real life reading list behemoth I will be diving into the second and third book back to back for up-all-night-read-a-thons. So irresponsible.

    1. I'm impressed with how much reading you get done! Psh, reading can't ever be irresponsible. (Tiring, maybe, but not's reading! Totally legit important! Sleep be damned!) :P

  3. At least if you're retired, then there will be time to read? Maybe? Unless it means you're buying an RV, getting a weird dog (weirder than Neville and Summer?) and going to tour the country.

    1. Ahh, the RV dream. Not gonna lie, that'd be awesome.

  4. I'm looking forward to The Magician's Land too! In the meantime, I seem to have found myself in sort of a mystery novel reading streak this summer, even though it's not my usual go-to genre. The Yard and The Black Country, by Alex Grecian were pretty good. The Sherlockian by Graham Moore. I've read several by Charles Finch that were pretty enjoyable. Good luck!

    1. That's a genre I could never get into, even though I grew up on Trixie Belden mysteries. I should probably dip my toes in the mystery waters again, just to make sure I'm not missing some good stuff!

    2. Oh, man, I read tons of Trixie Belden as a kid too, and I loved Sherlock Holmes. But that was about it. I think I read the Alex Grecian ones to see if they'd make a good gift for my dad, who does like to read mysteries. Then I found they make good summer reading for the very reason that they don't absolutely engross me. I can read a few pages out on the steps while also keeping an eye on my daughter playing in the yard, whereas books that I LOVE, I really want to save for long, quiet hours without distraction. Basically, it's the difference between needing quality time with a really good friend and being able to chat amiably with a casual acquaintance for a few minutes at a time. Those casual acquaintance books were great when I was nursing, too.

    3. The easy pick-up/put-down-ability is definitely a good feature for nursing-fare. I've been listening to a bunch of podcasts for the same reason!

  5. Oy. I'm so late to this because I'm terrible at looking at anything but Wordpress. Firstly (and again, late) CONGRATULATIONS ON ONE OF THE CUTEST BABIES I'VE EVER SEEN. Also, you should read "Let's pretend this never happened" It's HILARIOUS.