Guest Post: Down the “look-into” hole with Bookrob13

Subtitle: Staring down the look-into hole and seeing through to the other side.

This post is kind of the same thing as a “Down the tbr hole”, except that a while back I noticed that there were books that I wanted to keep in mind without necessarily knowing that I definitely wanted to read them. This lead me to create a ‘look-into’ list on Goodreads. In this post, I’ll start going through this list and decide whether to “TBR IT” or “FLUSH IT”. As is customary, I’ll go through the list starting with the book that’s been on the list the longest.

Mostly Dead Things by Kristen Arnett

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I remember coming across these first several books at the same time, maybe all from the same article. I guess, technically, I don’t remember this first one. Let’s see! Oh wow, this has quite a wild synopsis! Check it out. I have been known to read some books with pretty out there characters yet still grounded in how we live as humans (e.g. Lord Vishnu’s Love Handles, A Spy Novel (Sort Of) or Apathy and Other Small Victories) and this seems to be of that flavour. I haven’t read one in a while though. A 3.40 rating on GR, but Roxanne Gay’s review calls it “Excellent excellent”.

Verdict: TBR IT!

Naamah by Sarah Blake

A retelling of the biblical flood from the perspective of Noah’s wife, Naamah. This is a pretty compelling premise with a lot of potential for examining some important life questions. I just sampled the first few pages on amazon and I kinda like it.

Verdict: TBR IT!

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Oval by Elvia Wilk

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Some speculative fiction where the protagonist’s boyfriend develops a pill that temporarily makes the user more generous. His hope is that this could cure income disparity. The protag, Anja, on the other hand, is horrified. Also, they apparently live in some eco-friendly, corporate-run artificial mountain. Sounds somewhat interesting, but nothing’s really gripping me about it.

Verdict: FLUSH IT!

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

I’m a sucker for epistolary novels. This is written as a letter from a Vietnamese-American son to his mother who can’t read, so it seems more like him trying to put some thoughts to paper, but I dunno. He discusses his family’s history with roots in Vietnam, as well as revelations about his own life. The synopsis calls it “a brutally honest exploration of race, class, and masculinity”, which makes this even more compelling for me.

Verdict: TBR IT!

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The Tenth Muse by Catherine Chung

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I don’t know if you know this about me, but I’m a mathematician. This is a story about a mathematician, Katherine, facing both a tremendous math problem (the Riemann Hypothesis) and those tremendous problems we all face: who is she? what is love? what is the cost of ambition? I really almost put this on my TBR when I first read about it because it’s quite rare to come across a mathematician character who’s treated as a human.

Verdict: TBR IT!

The Round House by Louise Erdrich

I’ve been wanting to read a novel by Louise Erdrich as I’ve heard a lot of good things. This one is the coming-of-age story of a boy in the Ojibwe reservation in North Dakota wrestling with trying to understand a terrible crime that (I think) happens to his family. It’s described as a “mystery, and a tender, moving novel of family, history, and culture”. That sounds good to me! I guess it’s as good a place to start reading Erdrich as any. Or do you have a better suggestion?

Verdict: TBR IT!

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Well, that’s just 6 books out of 53 on my “look-into” list, but I think that’s a pretty good start. Did I make any mistakes? Let me know!

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