So you see, the truth is, I wasn’t going to buy any books. No seriously, I wasn’t. After ALA, I thought I had more than enough, I mean, I DO have more than enough and my reading pile is growing into a magnificent tower. But as I am sure fellow bibliophiles will agree, one cannot help getting books when one is in the presence of it. Or in front of it. Or if there is a mention of it. And there’s a sale. Or you are having a bad day. Some people shoe shop. I buy books. When I’m stressed, when I’m happy, when I’m unhappy. Face it, any reason is good reason. And I have a knack for getting books cheap. So here are some new additions to my shelves (or reading pile).
So the gracious and lovely Michele Lang approached me about hosting a giveaway on my BM. So I immediately jumped at the chance and when she offered to send me her books to review, I jumped again. I do a lot of jumping. She signed them too! Thank you! Lady Lazarus, the first one in the trilogy, is amazing so far. The first sentence?
“I damned my soul in the summer of 1939.”
And that sentence sold me. If you want a chance to win a set of the trilogy, check back on the 8th of March to see the blog post and see how you may enter the giveaway.
These are all from Hachette Canada. Summer releases or um, April and May releases.
This is What Happy Looks Like – Jennifer E. Smith
Now I haven’t read her first novel but I was entirely sold by the synopsis. I’m not much of a romance reader (which is surprising considering my thesis but oh well) but this sounds like fun and fluffy and one cannot have too much fluff – well, maybe one can but whatever. I will read this and hope it will be good.
The Lucy Variations – Sara Zarr
So remember that book, The Sea of Tranquility that I have on preorder after I read it from Net Galley and gushed about? Well it’s okay if you don’t. You see, I have a thing for prodigies. Mainly because I am not one. I find reading about them to be so fascinating. Especially because their lives tend to be so messed up. I haven’t read anything by Zarr before but reviews of her other books have been good.
The Originals by Cat Patrick
The funny thing is I am not especially a fan of Patrick. I think her premises are awesome but so far, the last two of her books have failed to live up to that awesomeness. But somehow, even though I’m not a big fan, I have managed to read everything she has written. Hm. Hopefully she’ll pleasantly surprise me with this one.
These were sent to me by the awesome David Shapiro whom I met at ALA Midwinter Conference. They look amazing and I cannot wait to sink me teeth into them. Thanks David!
Impulse – Steven Gould
This is the dude who wrote Jumper and it is, I believe, the third installment in the trilogy. I’m excited to read it! Thanks Alexis from Tor!
Farseed – Pamela Sargent
This one is the second installment in the Seed Trilogy. I reviewed the first one. I found it a refreshing change from all the spaceship/loose sci-fi YA novels out there. Hopefully this one is just as pleasing. This one was sent by Alexis as well.
Story’s End – Marissa Burt
I read StoryBound and I quite liked it. So I requested this one and Shannon from Harper Collins Canada was nice enough to send me an ARC. Thanks Shannon. Review will be up nearer its release date.
So there was this book blogger event (where we shmooshed around a tiny table at the Starbucks in Chapters Metrotown) and the wonderful ladies from Raincoast Books plied up us with books and won our favor. Thank you Melissa and Megan! All of them excepting City of a Thousand Dolls which Kaitlin picked up for me from ALA (Thank you!) and Faerieground: Wish – Beth Bracken which was sent to me by Capstone. It’s a gorgeous book with breathtaking illustrations and I will read it fairly soon.
As I said before, I went to this event organized by the Vancouver Children’s Literature Roundtable and they had managed to get Oliver Jeffers to speak at the event. There, I saw these two books, I grabbed these two books and had them both signed. His signatures are awesome as they are usually accompanied by a drawing.
These four I purchased from BookDepository because for some unknown reason, the prices were low. Like really low. I got the YA ones for 11 dollars or so and Ever After for $18 (the retail place is 28 so I consider it cheap). Plus it was my birthday this month and well…I felt entitled to spoil myself.
I won Scarlet in a giveaway by the awesome Lucy from The Reading Date and The Best of Lewis Carroll comes to me from my friend Rossi for my birthday. Thank you ladies!