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?




August Autobuys

Autobuys is about books that I am already having on preorder or definitely planning on buying. 

August is a good time for my weakness which I call snark and violence otherwise known as Urban Fantasy. It’s not high brow I know, but I’m not going to apologize for it either. Like Amy Bloom’s answer to ‘what books are you embarrassed you haven’t read,’ “I’m a grown woman.” Me too, Ms. Bloom. This is going to be a fun month for being a grown woman.

Blood Games (Chicagoland Vampires, #10)

Blood Games by Chloe Neill (Aug 5)

Chloe Neill is the epitome of snark and violence for me so I’m totally looking forward to the latest in her Chicagoland Vampires series.
Bad Feminist: Essays

Bad Feminist: Essays by Roxane Gay (Aug 5)

I flat out loved An Untamed State and then I started following Gay on Twitter. What a freaking treat that is. I look forward to reading her Ina Garten live tweeting, her romantic unrequited relationship with her UPS man, and really everything she tweets. Bad Feminist is something I want in my hot little hands yesterday.

Cursed Moon (The Prospero's War, #2)

Cursed Moon by Jaye Wells (Aug 11)

Another contender for the S&V crown Cursed Moon is the sophomore installment in Well’s newest series that combines urban fantasy with crime procedural.

The King's Curse (The Cousins' War, #6)

The King’s Curse by Philippa Gregory (Aug 14)

I adore Gregory. I have sense I discovered The Other Boleyn Girl and quickly read her backlist. I’m anxiously awaiting the last in her Cousins’ War series.

Visions (Cainsville, #2)

Visions by Kelley Armstrong (Aug 19)

I devoured Armstrong’s Women of the Otherworld series and have faithfully followed her into her latest Cainsville series. While nothing like her previous urban fantasy series, Cainsville is a mix of part fantasy, part mystery and I like it.

The Wicked + The Divine #3

The Wicked + The Divine #3 by Kieron Gillen (Aug 20)

Comics are books dammit and I’m reading this. It’s on my pull list so I’ll be driving my happy ass there to pick it up probably the next day. This one is about gods who become pop stars every ninety years only to die two years later.

-Kurtis J. Wiebe

Rat Queens #8 by Kurtis J. Wiebe (Aug 20)

Let’s just assume every month I’m going to put TW+TD and this one in my autobuys. Otherwise it’ll get old really quick. But now you know. This series about a group of kick ass warrior women who have zero fucks to give and you need to be reading it now. The newest cover isn’t available, but here they are in their awesome glory.

There are probably some others that will be bought, but these are my pregame. Any books that you have preordered or will automatically buy?