Book Mail Monday 4/10/2023

Happy Monday, book friends! I had a relatively quiet weekend, as my husband and I don’t really celebrate Easter. Instead, we took a walk at the park and I got a lot of reading and Sims time.

The last week or so has been a huge uptick in PR emails in my inbox, which means a bit of book mail to share. I generally try to be very picky about which ARCs I accept. Even though I’m always flattered when folks reach out to offer review copies, I know myself well enough to know when titles aren’t a good fit, and I will turn them down. That means I’ve got precisely one book to share this week, but it’s one I’m quite excited about!

Physical ARC: The Game Master’s Book of Astonishing Random Tables by Ben Egloff

I was delighted to see this TTRPG companion book in my inbox, so of course I had to check it out! Many thanks to Med Lab Books for the complimentary review copy. I’m not a GM myself, but I enjoy pretending I might be one day, and even a casual flip through shows me how this book could be a huge help in making the world of the game feel more robust and real. I’m excited to read through this one and maybe even get brave enough to run one of the bonus one-shot adventures from the book!

It is compatible with “your faovorite 5th edition RPGs” which I take to mean “this is for D&D but not, like, officially.” The Game Master’s Book of Atonishing Random Tables comes out June 20th of this year.

That’s it for my book mail this week, though I’m eagerly anticipating my Authentic Books box with a copy of The London Seance Society, which should arrive any day now (I hope).


Book Mail Monday 4/3/2023

Happy Monday, book friends! I’m off to a slow start today, as I woke up feeling tired and still a bit blah. It was a good weekend overall, and I got to see the D&D movie, so I can’t complain. (P.S. it was SO GOOD.)

Just one book came in the mail this past weekend, and it’s one I preordered a while ago–Ruby Warrington’s Women Without Kids. This book takes a look at the idea of motherhood and how choosing not to enter into it has long been a controversial and taboo choice for women.

As someone who has known from a very young age that motherhood was not for me, this is a topic near and dear to my heart. It’s wonderful to have children if that’s what you want, but there needs to be more acceptance that it isn’t what everyone wants and shouldn’t be treated as a default the way it often is, especially for women. It seems like we’re slowly moving in that direction as a society, but it still feels like something worth talking about given that I still get “you’ll change your mind” and offhand assumptions that I must be a mom since I’m a 31-year-old married woman.

I’m really looking forward to digging into this one! Hope your week gets off to a good start, preferably with a good book.