Book Mail Monday 2/20/2023

Hello, book friends, and happiest of Mondays! We are officially moved into the new house and I have precisely one of my bookshelves set up to my liking. I can’t wait to get my office space together so I can share photos, but that is a task that had to wait for the more practical things like the kitchen and bathrooms. I’m hoping to get to it today.

It’s funny, really. I’m a person who tolerates clutter pretty well, but not when it comes to moving. I want all the boxes unpacked and everything in its place as soon as possible and spent nearly all day yesterday working towards that end. We’ve got a little ways to go yet, but the cabin is definitely starting to feel a bit more like home already. Azula is loving the windows, which are the perfect height for her to look out and keep an eye on things.

Anyway, we’re here to talk about books, not my moving habits! As I mentioned, my husband bought me a couple of books for Valentine’s Day, so I thought I’d share those recent additions to the collection for today’s book mail Monday. I don’t have a photo because I packed them somewhere “safe” for quick access and naturally have no idea where they wound up.

When Andy suggested a trip to Barnes & Noble, I knew I wanted to grab a copy of I Want to Die but I Want to Eat Tteokbokki . This book has caught my eye a few times but I always resisted buying it because I knew we were about to move. It’s a memoir about struggling with depression and the paradoxes of feeling hopeless but also still having desires.

I went in with the plan of getting just that book. Then my husband let me browse for too long and I stumbled across Vampire Weekend by Mike Chen, which I’ve been curious about. From what I can gather, it’s basically “vampires, but make it mundane” and I am here for it. It’s a paperback, so naturally I added it to my haul.

That’s all for book mail Monday for this week! Have you added any interesting books to your collection recently?


Book Mail Monday 2/13/2023

Happy Monday, book friends! It’s officially moving week, and our house is more boxes than anything at the moment. I’ve resisted buying any new books until we get to the new house, but it’s hard to resist when a publisher reaches out to offer an ARC. So, I do have one new book to write about for this week’s Book Mail Monday! Many thanks to Simon & Shuster for the complimentary copy.

This book came late Friday night, with an unusual after dark UPS drop off. Azula was zero percent pleased to see the UPS guy on her porch at 6:30pm and she wanted the entire neighborhood to know. I, however, am never not happy to see book mail.

This week’s new addition to the stack is Everything’s Fine* by Cecilia Rabess. This book follows Jess, who finds herself working at Goldman Sacks as the only Black woman on her floor. To make matters even more complicated, her old college rival winds up being her only ally… and maybe something more. Josh is white, preppy, and the kind of guy who enjoys playing “devil’s advocate.” Can they… or should they… make things work in the political landscape of 2016?

This book doesn’t have the best Goodreads rating at the moment (2.66 from 175 ratings), but I think it sounds interesting and am looking forward to seeing for myself! Have you heard of this one?