So, normally I don’t go crazy and order a million things that all show up on the same day, but since the mail has been a little slow, September is full of amazing new releases, September is also full of art show prep and a Leigh Bardugo event, and I’d traded for several books, plus you throw in a holiday. Can you see where this is going? All these things combined meant that yesterday I came home to a tower of boxes that almost reached my hips (and I’m not short). I loved every second of opening each one and gazing at all the beautiful new books that probably won’t fit on my shelves at this time 🙂
Today was a great day for mail! My BookOutlet order came in with lovely books for both my library and for my Secret Sister (not shown because that would spoil the surprise!), and a couple of #booksfortrade came in. Plus a book from Blue Rider Press (Penguin/Random House). Thank you everyone who made this possible 🙂 I have so much to look forward to!
Considering I leave to attend ALA in a couple days, I thought it might be a good time to recap some recent book hauls. Namely the books a co-worker picked up at BEA for me and my most recent Book Outlet sale purchases.
The most exciting book from BEA was The Tea Dragon Society as it is signed by the author/illustrator, and I love this art and story combo! You can read the webcomic online for free here or purchase the book when it publishes in October from Oni Press. The same co-worker who picked up that one also snagged a copy of Holly Black’s newest, The Cruel Prince. Can’t wait to read this one! A second co-worker surprised me by bringing back a final copy of Daughter of the Pirate King and an arc of The Glass Town Game. If I remember correctly, she picked them up at the Owlcrate booth 🙂
I’m not sure that you can tell yet from looking at my blog, but I recently discovered how much I love Tor.com’s novella line of titles. And since I’m a couple years behind in reading them, I picked up four of the most intriguing ones available on Book Outlet.
Spiderlight by Adrian Tchaikovsky
Impersonations by Walter Jon Williams
The Drowning Eyes by Emily Foster
Binti by Nnedi Okorafor
In addition to those, I also picked up Beyond Redemption by Michael R. Fletcher, which I’ve been hearing wondrous things about. The Secret Loves of Geek Girls looked like a fun mix essays and topics, and I decided that I needed a second copy of The Throne of Glass Coloring Book since I couldn’t bring myself to actually color in the one I pre-ordered.
I should be posting reviews of Binti and The Tea Dragon Society in the near future as I have finished reading those. But I’m also hoping to read through most of these fairly soon as well!
A couple weeks ago, I received some fun bookmail in the form of Book Depository purchases arrivals (can’t track those!), and this week saw a bunch of preorders delivered as well as some new arcs from work and prizes. All just in time for my birthday!!
Hey all! It’s been awhile since I did a feature of books I have received via the mail, work, and through trades. This week I received such a great mix of books for review and to add to my collection that I just had to share!
This week was full of surprises! I’m so excited to add these titles to my TBR/review stack. Not that I need any more books to read, but I’m always excited to get new stuff 🙂
Earlier, I found a copy of Peternelle van Arsdale‘s debut The Beast is an Animal. It sounds like a great combination of fantasy and thriller. It comes out in March 2017.
And yesterday, one of my co-workers brought me a copy of Veronica Roth’s newest, Carve the Mark to be released in January 2017. I think all the pages have a watermark disclaimer that this is not the final manuscript. I was not expecting this at all but am looking forward to seeing how Roth’s writing has improved. Admittedly, I liked the concept of Divergent, but didn’t care for the rest of the series, so my hopes are high that this will be better. I guess we’ll find out!
Several months ago, I had signed up for a contest through Kim Harrison, author known for her Rachel Morgan/Hollows series, to become a superfan. Well, I was chosen and received 2 mass market paperbacks of The Drafter. And I thought that was the end of it until I opened a package yesterday, and inside was an advance copy of The Operator with a note about how these were special editions for the superfans. Since this one comes out in November 2016, I better squish it to the top of my list. Otherwise, how can I call myself a superfan?
Are you excited about any of these titles? Which would you read first?
Over the weekend, I was delighted to find this shiny blue envelope waiting for me in my mailbox. Inside was an ARC of Weregirl by C.D. Bell, which I had won through a Shelf Awareness contest. I had actually seen this at BEA16 originally, but was unable (due to time) to learn any more about it. It’s due out on November 1st from Chooseco and has favorable reviews over on GoodReads already. Looks like a fun read!
Last month wasn’t a great month for finishing books, but my collection did grow with several new titles. This month was a little crazier in that area than usual as I went on vacation and visited two Hastings (since the chain is going out of business), won a couple contests, participated in a blog tour, received a galley through the AceRocStars, picked up some winter galleys, and HarperCollins sent a huge box of galleys to the office.
Since Fanmail took a month off for SDCC16 and recovery, I decided to try out a different subscription box, My World of Books. Honestly, I only chose this one because the curator had announced that the book was going to be A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchett. And I LOVED that book!
This is a newer box and hasn’t been around very long, which shows in the packing (nothing included to keep objects stable during transport). However, the quality of the items was great, and they arrived with no damage. I do wish the items matched the book more, but the items included were fun and practical. There’s a notebook covered in orchids, a dragonfly necklace, bookmarks, and butterbeer lip balm. Also included was a double-sided flyer featuring two self-published authors, Angela Bouquet and Kory M. Shrum. Both authors have the first books in their respective series available for free through a variety of ebook distributors. And Angela had signed her side!
I enjoyed the curator’s inclusion of her recommended exciting August 2016 fantasy releases. If I understand it correctly, she makes one of these charts for each month and posts them on her social media, which is pretty cool! I was already excited for several of these titles, but there are some new ones that I need to go research.
Overall, I feel like I got my money’s worth with this box and lots of neat things to try out and explore. This is definitely a subscription box to watch and support! Check it out at My World of Books.