Literary Loot: August 29, 2014

This is a good week for Literary Loot! I got my Quarterly Box from Book Riot! Apparently really fast from what Rebecca, the program organizer (or as I say Queen) tells me. So yay! I am already rocking the button. I think I’m going to have to hide it from my husband who is a huge Princess Bride fan.

Literary Loot

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This is kind of a Literary Loot. It’s a t-shirt Literary Loot for BAD FEMINIST by Roxane Gay. I have a confession. I have a weakness for bookish shirts as well as t-shirts from my local restaurants and hangouts. This is the latest addition. I meant to post it earlier. I kind of did on Twitter. I love it so hard. My only problem I found when I wore it? The people who have no idea and think it’s about not being a feminist and are thrilled. I don’t have time to stop and explain how awesome her book is and how it’s about not being perfect. Oh well, totally worth it.

Literary Loot

IMG_0128This time I decided to mix it up a bit. Instead of having separate LLs for Library, Comics and the books I buy, you get a three-for. I actually bought a couple on e format as well, but that’s a post for another day.

  • The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch. This one has been praised from people I trust about books (and a few who are kinda sketchy…) so I figure it has to be good. It is described as Robin Hood meets Oceans Eleven on its Goodreads description, how can I ignore that? I love me some good hiest.  Library
  • Saga #22 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples. This one is on my pull list so it’s gonna come up monthly. I’m having fun figuring out how things are going to play out.  Comics
  • Henna House by Nomi Eve. I’ll be honest. I don’t remember how this one got on my radar, but here it is. I even had its publishing date on my calendar so that’s how much I was looking forward to it. My oldest spawn has his first day of school yesterday so we did our tradition of First Day of School Pizza which I followed up with a new tradition now that he’s a reader with First Day of School Book at our local indie bookstore. I originally wasn’t getting anything, but who am I kidding? I can’t walk into a bookstore without buying a book. Print – bought 

What books have you brought home? In print? Digitally?

 

Antici….pation

Okay, I know. That title is terrible. I couldn’t help it. I have it though. I am highly anticipating a few books in the coming months.

September 

  • Festive in Death by J.D. Robb. I have been a fan of this series forever. A futuristic cop procedural with tough as nails cop Eve Dallas, it’s a fun bit of mystery. The series isn’t perfect (I have issues with how Dallas’s hubby continually inserts himself into all her cases), but all in all it’s a ride I look forward to taking. Sep 1.
  • The Winter Long by Seanan McGuire. Again, a series I have an obsession with. This time it is an Urban Fantasy with a changeling named Toby Daye jumping through hoops to have to deal with the always scheming fae living among us, specifically in the San Francisco area. I have a weakness for violence and snark and Toby delivers both effortlessly and joyfully. Sep 2.
  • The Witch With No Name by Kim Harrison. I hate to get all genre on you all at once, but I couldn’t help it. This is the last in Harrison’s much loved Hollows series so I’m definitely in it to win it. More snark (much of it from a pixie who uses Tinkerbell’s name in vain), more violence, and probably tears as we say goodbye to the Hollows crew. Sep 9.

October

  • Wilde in America: Oscar Wilde and the Invention of Modern Celebrity by David Friedman.  I’ve been convinced for awhile that Wilde would kill at Twitter. Remember that weakness I had for snark? He was a master of it. Go read The Picture of Dorian Gray or The Importance of Being Earnest if you don’t believe me. And if he were alive today we’d be seeing his shenanigans all over People magazine and E! News. I also really love biographies of authors. Some of them lived lives that were worthy being as interesting as the novels they wrote. Oct 9.
  • The Woman Who Would Be King by Kara Cooney. I have this one on its way to me as an ARC and I cannot wait. I have loved Ancient Egypt since I was a kid, but mostly I got stuck in Cleopatra’s reign. Lately I’ve branched out and picked up a few historical fictions of others. yYes, I know not the same as nonfiction, but that’s where I start. I have a process. Cooney writes of the longest reigning female pharoah, Hatshepsut and her  struggles of ruling in a time when men were the status quo. Oct 14.
  • Yes, Please by Amy Poehler. I have a confession I don’t watch Parks and Rec, but I did watch SNL and I read Bossypants earlier this summer. Tina Fey had a great anecdote involving Poehler that basically resulted in Poehler saying “I don’t fucking care if you like it.” I immediately wanted two things. One, a tshirt with this proclamation and two an Amy Poehler biography. To my family’s relief, I’m willing to settle for the book. I’m probably going audio since Poehler is narrating. Oct 28

 

What books are you anticipating in September and October?

Pull List

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One day I’ll think of a better title for this one, but here it is. Literary Loot: Pull List? I don’t know.

Actually only The Wicked and the Divine #3  was on my pull list. However, Amanda from Book Riot inspired me with Storm and Elektra. I didn’t get the new Elektra that was out though because the store was missing issue #4. I think I need to put X-Men (Marvel Now) on my pull list. I really loved the first 11 (except two in the middle that seem to be from a whole different storyline and it was super confusing). I’ll add Storm and Elektra if I dig them.

From left

  • Storm #1 
  • Storm #2
  • The Wicked and the Divine #3
  • Elektra #1
  • Elektra #2
  • Elektra #3

 

 

Review at a Glance: Lucky Us

I have had this one on my shelf for awhile so I’m really glad to be able to get to it. A story set in the World War II era, Iris and Eva are half-sisters who embark on a journey that doesn’t quite live up their dreams, but they make it work. It’s hard to write a synopsis without giving away spoilers so I’ll leave it at that. I loved the writing of this. By swapping between Eva’s narrative and letters written to her from the people around her, the story felt more evenly told since you  get more points of view. I have read other reviews of the ‘likeability’ of Iris and Eva. This tends mostly to come up when there are female protagonist and people act like the author wants you to always be friends or lovers with them. I never once worried if I liked the characters. I just kept wondering what shenanigans they would partake in(I do however, like a good shenanigan). So Bloom did her job for me. I was engaged. I wanted to see what would happen next. I was interested in these people’s relationships. How did they interact with one another? How did they resolve the decisions they made to themselves? Lucky Us isn’t a perfect book. I felt a little off with the pacing, but that could have been me. However, it’s very well written with lovely language and interesting characters.

 

*I received this ARC  from Library Thing as a part of their Early Reviewers program.