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.

 

 

Bookstore Day

 

The clothes make the woman…buy a lot of books

Independent Bookstore Day which started out as California Bookstore Day last year is a day to celebrate our indie bookstores. Last year I made it late and missed out on a lot of the specialty items. This year I got to my favorite indie Bookshop Santa Cruz at opening.

I love this place!

 

They had lots of great things planned. They had a wheel of prizes where I won a book on California by a local author and participated in a scavenger hunt. The scavenger hunt gave me a moment of pause in the category asking for a classic I’d never heard of, but I prevailed! I wasn’t able to do the literary trivia, but I think my speculative fiction book club ladies are down for it next year.

So many fun events!

 

Pardon the crappy handwriting!

 

Spin baby spin
Hmm. As a native Californian I bet there’s still a lot about my home state I don’t know.

I came home with some nifty stuff, especially the Roxane Gay book which had been my main goal. I also bought some fuck socks inspired by Christopher Moore’s Fool. There are there three socks included to cut down on that blasted lost sock problem. Also some snarky tea towels which I’m almost not wanting to use. I didn’t realize Roxane Gay’s book would be autographed which made it extra special!

I’m a sucker for snark, Roxane Gay, and cool socks.
The first one! *is dead*
I ❤ you, Roxane! Can’t wait to read it!

Did you participate in Independent Bookstore Day? What stores did you go to? What awesome loot did you come home with?

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?

 

 

 

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.