“Mr. Smith, I am aware that society thinks young ladies have not a brain to pass amongst them, and no skills other than playing the pianoforte. I assumed your organization might prove more perceptive, but perhaps it would be less frustrating to educate children than to reason with dull, plodding tortoises such as yourself. Nonetheless, I have a duty to serve my country. I shall be in touch.”
—Murder, Magic, and What We Wore, by Kelly Jones
Did you make any Reading Resolutions this year?
According to my borderline over-the-top 2017 Reading Spreadsheet—I can’t be alone in tracking my reading with a spreadsheet complete with color-coded conditional formatting and formulas to track various statistics, I hope?—I read 200 books and 213 single-issue comics, which amounted to just under 45,000 pages. My longest reading slumps were in June and July, and my most active reading months were April, October and November.
Of those 200 ...
I hope that you all had a lovely day yesterday, regardless of whether or not you were celebrating Christmas. (Or, for that matter, whether or not you had the day off.)
Today, being December 26th, is Boxing Day. And while Boxing Day has nothing whatsoever to do with boxing-the-sport, it’s as good a time as any to look at some books that DO have to do with boxing-the-sport.
So let’s dive in! Oh, but actually, to stay on theme I ...
"I can’t wait to meet your daughter.”
“And she’s excited to meet you. It’s too bad she isn’t home now.”
“She isn’t? Where is she?” I smile so that I don’t frown. When we spoke on the phone, I had specifically asked if Ella would be there, and Vanessa Morison had said that she would. I never take on students without meeting them first.
—Shadow Girl, by Liana Liu
Here’s something I’ve learned from horror ...
We keep marching, our feet trampling over Principal Wilson’s threats and our teachers’ warnings. We are marching because these words deserve to be run over. Steamrolled. Flattened to dust. We are marching in our Converse and our candy-colored flip-flops and our kitten heels, too. Our legs are moving, our arms are swinging, our mouths are set in lines so straight and so sharp you could cut yourself on them.
Maybe we hope you do.
—Moxie, by Jennifer Mathieu
December is the season of Best Book of the year lists—and the season of reminders about books from early 2017 while we make said lists—but let’s not forget that there are ALSO new books coming out, right?
Let’s take a look:
Shadow Girl, by Liana Liu
An eighteen-year-old girl gets a job living with and tutoring a rich kid at the kid’s family’s seemingly idyllic island vacation home, far far away from her own stressful family—and based on that description ...
I am telling the story to make sure the Abbey never forgets. But also so that I can fully grasp what happened. Reading has always helped me to understand the world better. I hope the same applies to writing.
—Maresi, by Maria Turtschaninoff, translated by A.A. Prime
The Red Abbey is remote, largely self-sufficient, and run entirely by women. Girls are sent there from all over: some are sent because of the unparalleled education they’ll receive there, some ...
I rarely write about books from the Far Future in this space—I’m a big fan of instant gratification, so I like to focus on books that are either already available or almost available.
That said, you should click over to your online bookseller of choice and pre-order The Poet X, by Elizabeth Acevedo. By the time it arrives—in early March of next year—you’ll have forgotten that you ordered it, and it’ll be like getting a surprise gift from your past ...