Acquired ARCs Week of August 26th

This week’s Acquired ARCs only came from Edelweiss. Let’s see what they are.

 

A Pale Light in the Dark by K.B. Wagers

I liked Wager’s Indranan War series (even though I haven’t finished it, I really plan to) so I definitely wanted to see what this new series was all about. Consider me interested. It seems to have found family vibes, which I’m always here for. Bad ass leading lady also check. Possibly a big competition? That’s another one in its favor.

Pub date: March 3, 2020

 

 

Grown Up Pose by Sonya Lalli

I have mixed feeling’s about Lalli’s previous book The Matchmaker’s List, but I’m willing to give her another shot here. I don’t really have a lot to say here to be honest. It’s a story about a woman starting over after separating from her husband who she married at a young age, and her community’s impact on her life so there’s a lot Lalli can explore here. I hope the execution is as good as the premise.

Pub date: March 24, 2020

 

The Sinister Mystery of the Mesmerizing Girl by Theodora Goss

I had a great time with the first in this series and am working on the second now (it’s a chunkster). The idea that daughters of literature’s mad scientists would band together and have adventures? Oh man. I was there day one. I especially love that it’s told with each girl breaking into the narrative to give her side of the story or impart a snarky retort.

Pub date: October 19, 2019

 

The Deep by Rivers Solomon, Daveed Diggs, William Hutson, and Jonathan Snipes

Ever since I read An Unkindness of Ghosts, I’ve been aching for another story from Rivers. When I found out they had a novella inspired by The Deep by Clipping, well, let’s just say, it couldn’t get into my hands fast enough. I read this too fast and will probably read it again soon. There are so many details that you don’t expect to find in such a short story. Haunting, mesmerizing, and impactful are all words I would use to describe this story. It is nothing short of a work of art.

 Pub date: November 5, 2019

The Witches Are Coming by Lindy West

Don’t lie. You squeed when you saw this. If you’re like me, you watched Shrill (hopefully you read the book as well) and were in love. Lindy’s take on feminism, pop culture, and body image is nothing short of masterful. I have been awaiting this essay collection with bated breath and am trying to hurry to write this post so I can sit in my comfy chair with a bottle of Magic Hat #9 and just devour every word of this collection.

Pub date: November 5, 2019

 

Will you pick up any of these? Did you acquire any books this week? Tell me in the comments.

 

 

Acquired ARCs Week of August 19th

While I was a bookseller I became a front list addict. Rereading? Only for my truest love The Night Circus. If it wasn’t brand new, I didn’t read it. To be honest, if it was already out, I probably skipped it. I lived on Edelweiss and in the book buyer’s office, scoping all the Advanced Reader Copies (ARCs). A bit has changed now that I’m on hiatus. I’ve done a few romance series rereads like Julia Quinn’s The Bridgerton series to prep for the show and as I’ve mentioned lately I’ve been going through some of those ARCs I never got to through the Bout of Books readathon. But honestly, I’m still front list at heart and luckily the blog gives me a reason to read ahead as it were. Let’s see a few titles I picked up this week.

Netgalley

This Earl of Mine by Kate Bateman 

This is the first in a new series by Bateman. I haven’t read her before so I’m excited. Folks, this is a second chance romance with a marriage of convenience which is catnip for me. Heiress marries a condemned prisoner to save her fortune from a villainous cousin only to find out…hubby was actually working undercover. Now what? I don’t know, but I’m super excited to find out

Pub date: October 29, 2019

 

 

Lady Hotspur by Tessa Gratton

I really liked The Queens of Innis Lear which was a spin on Shakespeare’s King Lear so I’ve been waiting for something new from Gratton. Lady Hotspur is a retelling of The Bard’s Henry IV and takes place in the same world as her first book which fascinates me. We get to follow a fallen queen, a knight turned heir to the throne, and a weapon of warfare who is caught between them both. There seems to be a queer subplot which I am super down for.

Pub date: January 7, 2020 

 

The Throne of the Five Winds by S.C. Emmett

I didn’t know this when I requested it, but S.C. Emmett is a pseudonym for Lilith Saintcrow. I’ve read a few of her urban fantasy series back in the day, but it was so long ago, I couldn’t’ tell you why I stopped. Goodreads tells me this is an East Asia inspired epic fantasy following two queens, two concubines, and six princes. I like a good court intrigue so I’m…interested.  This is the first installment of a trilogy according to the Orbit announcement.

Pub date: October 15, 2019

 

Unnatural Magic by C.M. Waggoner

This debut novel was blurbed by one of my favorite authors, Kat Howard and also can we talk about how gorgeous this cover is? The main characters are a would-be mage and a troll who are investigating troll murders. This is not something I’ve seen before and I really can’t wait to jump in and see where Waggoner takes us.

Pub date: November 5, 2019

 

 

Edelweiss 

Engaged to the Earl by Lisa Berne

Engaged to the Earl is the fourth in the Penhallow Dynasty series which I have been reading and enjoying. Not sure what our trope is in this one yet from the description. Whatever the official one is for dude leaves to find adventure, comes back to find dreamy girl has grown the fuck up and looking gorgeous. Also she’s engaged so she’s gonna have to pick between the guy everyone likes and the guy no one’s heard from in years. What’s a girl to do?

Pub date: February 25, 2019

 

 

Something That May Shock and Discredit You by Daniel Mallory Ortberg

I read Ortberg when he ran The Toast and his book Texts From Jane Eyre but was too scared to read The Merry Spinster although one of my horror loving friends adored it. I’m a sucker for a good essay collection and this one sounds like it’s going to be a lot of fun. Pop culture is where Ortberg excels and I expect this to be a good time.

Pub date: January 28, 2019

 

What new books did you pick up this week? Is there anything you’re looking forward to reading this fall?

Special Shelfies 

For a reader, part of our personality is our bookcases. How we organize them. What kind of bookcases to get (I want built-ins so badly). What we put on them. I found that along with my regular categories (fiction, nonfiction, classics) I needed some special categories. Or ways to make my TBR more manageable. Not pictured are my unread and read shelves. I have two bookcases in my living room of my unread books. Then I have three bookcases in our game room of books I’ve read.

This shelf is on the bookcases in the living room where the unread books live. Since I decided to read more diversely this month I thought it would be easier to pull the related books from my shelves so I could see them all at a glance. Also on the shelf are my unread comics. Mostly because this is the emptiest shelf. This shelf will change depending on what short term reading goal I’ve adopted. I didn’t pull all my diverse titles, but the ones that appealed to me the most.

On the two shelf bookcase that used to belong to my father, I have my long term book goal. When Book Riot announced their #readharder challenge, I spent about an hour pulling books that could possibly fit the categories. I pulled multiple titles for each category to give me some options. The reason the shelf looks kind of empty is I’ve either put back books that no longer appealed to me or already read a category and put its corresponding book back. I need to go back and curate this shelf I think.

My comics shelf which is below my #readharder shelf. Both my husband and a friend of mine commented on a picture I posted on Instagram of my stack of comics telling me I needed a shelf to keep them separate from my other books. My husband apparently doesn’t live in the same house as I do because this is that shelf. One I’ve had for awhile now. To be fair he stays out of the library/game room, so there is a little forgiveness there. Since I’m still a newbie at the comics game, it’s sort of empty, but also I’ve lent a few comics out (including two-thirds of Y: The Last Man). I figure I’ll expand it to the #readharder shelf, moving those books either back into my collection or cull a bit to make a new empty shelf.
Do you have any special shelves?

Book Riot Quarterly Box!!!

On a day where my ass is getting kicked from a sinus infection, it was perfect timing to get my Book Riot Quarterly Box. The note says : “We’ve chosen a chilling theme to go with the oh-so-chilly weather. Hunker down, huddle up, and wrap your mind around some matters of life and death and the in-between.” I am now gleeful for the cold weather the rest of the country is getting so I can get an awesome package since it’s been downright balmy here.

IMG_0152Half-Resurrection Blues – Daniel José Older with a custom bookmark drawn by Older: I have this one  on digital, but now I have a copy to take to Book Riot Live to get signed.

 

 

 

 

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#booksandbooze flask from Liquid Courage – Something else I’m taking to BR Live! Ha! But seriously the husband and I have been talking about getting a couple of these…now he needs to get his own.

 

 

 

IMG_0154Being Mortal by Atul Gawande – I’m probably not in the right mindset to be reading this since my sinus infection is making me wish for death, but I’ll be diving into it later I’m sure.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_0155A notebook with a library card cover – I dig this so hard. It comes from no surprise to me that it’s from Out of Print. They’re the only ones who rock harder than Book Riot in the book world. I love me a good notebook.

 

 

 

Are you doing the Quarterly Box from Book Riot? Did you get one of the lamps or the lottery items? Spill it!

 

Literary Loot

Wanna see what I picked up last Saturday?

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I only meant to pick up my son’s order of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Half Magic, and the Knight of the Kitchen Table. However, my local indie is too wonderful for words. I picked up a signed copy of Island of a Thousand Mirrors, The First Bad Man, and In Real Life from the Staff Recommendation shelves.

Did you pick up any books this week?

The Pull List and Literary Loot Unites!

 

 

IMG_0150I love it when a plan comes together…okay, not so much a plan as when my bookish interests unite. Earlier in the week I had gotten an email that my copy of The Buried Giant by Kazou Ishiguro had come into the library and I planned at some point this week to pick it up, then two of the books I ordered for my oldest spawn were ready to pick up at our local indie bookstore. “What two books?” I hear you asking because who runs a book blog and then doesn’t title drop? That would be mean. The titles were Tuck Everlasting and How to Train Your Dragon. He’s reading above his grade level so it’s been fun to find classic books that will engage him without being too difficult in content. That’s a post in of itself. I also knew it was Rat Queens day which has been on a not so regular schedule as they dealt with new babies and abusive artists. Now there’s a new artist whose work I’ve pretty much fallen for and they’re back on track. I wasn’t going to pick up Rat Queens today except…it is also Saga day. And that felt like too much awesomeness to pass up.

While I was at Bookshop Santa Cruz picking up the spawn’s books, I noticed The Elegance of the Hedgehog in their used bin and I’d promised myself to buy it if I ever saw it in that bin (don’t ask why it had to be on those parameters, probably just to cut down on my spending). Then on the way to the customer service desk I lit upon Kindred by Octavia Butler of which I’d heard nothing but praise and why yes, I’m (mostly) only reading diverse authors this month so of course I’m going to buy it.

Not pictured are the ebooks I bought on Amazon. There were three authors that came out with the latest in their respective ongoing series, Chloe Neill’s Dark Debt in the Chicagoland Vampires, Anne Bishop’s Vision in Silver in the The Others series, and Seanan McGuire’s Pocket Apocalypse in the Incryptid series.

What comics or books did you pick up this week?

 

 

 

Pull List Loot: September 10, 2014

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Pardon my shadow

When Marvel Unlimited put a month subscription on sale for 99 cents I was there. It let me discover a lot of great comics. I didn’t renew when the price went back up, but I might in the future. There are still tons of comics I’d like to get started on. But for now I think I’ve gotten enough to keep me busy. One of the series I picked up? The new run of X-Men with the all female cast. LOVE it. Also in the mix is Black Widow. I was missing #5 and my comics shop was able to get it for me. Still missing #7 so now I get to track that one down. I might break down and get it digitally just so I know what that storyline is because as far as I understand it’s the end of an arc then go back later and grab it. The last one is Elekra. I actually haven’t started this one yet, but people who have similar taste in comics have raved so I’m willing to try.

 

So have you picked up any new comics this week? What would you do if you were missing a pivotal issue that your usual store couldn’t get you?

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.

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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.

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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?