PennedCon Recap and Haul & Weekend Book Haul

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This past weekend, I was able to experience a new convention, Penned Con!, thanks to the lovely author, Elise Kova, who shared some free tickets to the event, which is how I found out about it!  Great big thanks to Elise!  I’m so glad I could attend and hope to go back next year 🙂

As this was my first time going, I wrangled a friend into going with me and we drove a little over two hours to arrive for Friday’s afternoon session of signing.  We were able to find parking pretty easy and check-in was super quick.  We even had a few minutes to scour the swag tables before they reopened the doors to where the author tables were all set up.

Earlier this week, I tried to do as much recon and research as possible to find out how this works and who was planning to attend.  The above picture shows all the books that were already on my shelves that I took with me to get signed by attending authors.  Obviously, that included all my (not yet signed) Elise Kova books as well as a couple for Kel Carpenter, and I saw that Shannon Mayer was able to attend!

There were so many people in such an enclosed space that it was really hard for me to hear anything for most of my time exploring, so I didn’t do much talking.  However, I did pick up my preorders and a few impulse buys (only a few due to budget reasons!) as well as lots of information to look up later.

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My preorders are along the bottom, the two newest from Elise Kova and the first two from Audrey Grey’s new series.  Across the top, you’ll see two of my impulse purchases, The Fire Prophecy by Megan Linski and Alicia Rades and Or Dreams and Dragons by Karpov Kinrade (which has been on my Amazon wishlist for awhile and I hadn’t realized this author would be here).  Shannon Mayer was giving away copies of the second book in her Rylee Adamson series for free and is definitely a good reason to locate a copy of book one.

And the last one I picked up will actually be mailed to me because the author was hit by the Amazon Disaster (Amazon had a printing/printer issue and wasn’t able to deliver product to many of the authors in time for the convention).  But I am excited to receive it in the mail soon!

The Faerie Games (Dark World: The Faerie Games Book 1)

After we were done flitting between the two stuffed ballrooms of people, my friend and I decided that we were all peopled out and would not come back for the free evening dance.  However, we did have a couple other things we wanted to do while in St. Louis, so off we went!

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After spending a bunch of money on books, we sold your old books to Half Price Books, where I found the third I’ve Been Killing Slimes light novel and four books in the Otherworld series (on clearance), which I decided meant that I should reread the books I have and continue the series.  Because my TBR isn’t long enough 🙂

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Then on Saturday, I was shopping with my mom at our local used bookstore, where I found a bunch of the InCryptid series by Seanan McGuire, which I haven’t started yet but I love her Toby series, and a book I had just added to my wishlist, Black Blade Blues.

What a wonderful book-filled weekend!

 

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June Book/Bookish Mail Haul and June #OTSPSecretSister

I meant to get this post done before leaving on vacation, but that didn’t quite work out.  So this post will showcase the second half of June, and I’ll have another post later in the week with my book mail for the beginning of July!  It’s been a crazy couple of months for mail, and it’s all so exciting 🙂

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#ALAAC18 Book Haul Part 1

For the three nights that I stayed in a hotel room, I was able to spread my books out and take pictures.  I was not able to do that with the fun books I picked up on Monday, so today I just have pictures of what I picked up.  Tomorrow’s post will go more in depth for the various titles and who I picked them up for.  I would like to point out the signed Buffy the Vampire Slayer board game that I won during the raffle at ALA Gaming, which is one of my favorite additions to the conference.  Can’t wait to test out this game!

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Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons, #1)

Hardcover, 376 pages
Published August 28th 2017 by Random House Children’s Books
Recently, I finished listening to the audiobook of Leigh Bardugo’s latest book, the first in the DC Icons series.  While Wonder Woman is not my favorite superhero, I have found her Greek mythology storyline fascinating, so I was expecting good things.
I was a little disappointment.  And I’m not sure if it was the writing or maybe the narrator.  There were parts that I really liked, such as the oracle, the bracelets, Diana’s realizations about humans and her place in the world.  But the overall story felt a bit contrived?  I wanted to finish the story but I had to force myself to get started every time.  I just wasn’t motivated to keep going.
I guess I got caught up in the hype and expected too much.  My plan still definitely includes reading the rest of Leigh’s backlist as I enjoyed the first Grisha book very much and am excited to read Six of Crows.  If I had to guess, WW didn’t surprise me because WW doesn’t lose.  UGH, I feel like I’m rambling now, so I’ll leave it here.
Let me know what you thought about this book.  Did I miss something epic?

Summary:

Daughter of immortals.

Princess Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law—risking exile—to save a mortal. Diana will soon learn that she has rescued no ordinary girl, and that with this single brave act, she may have doomed the world.

Daughter of death.

Alia Keralis just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn’t know she is being hunted by people who think her very existence could spark a world war. When a bomb detonates aboard her ship, Alia is rescued by a mysterious girl of extraordinary strength and forced to confront a horrible truth: Alia is a Warbringer—a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery.

Together.

Two girls will face an army of enemies—mortal and divine—determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. Tested beyond the bounds of their abilities, Diana and Alia must find a way to unleash hidden strengths and forge an unlikely alliance. Because if they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war.

Fangirl Friday: #ALAac17 Author Signings : Books from Home

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Today’s Fangirl Friday continues to focus on author signatures in my collection, but this time, I wanted to present something a little different.  As I recently attended ALA Annual in Chicago for work, I was able to meet a few authors and snag a few more signatures.  I wasn’t able to personally meet very many authors as I was quite busy attending work-related sessions, so many of these were acquired via my husband standing in line since he was there on vacation.

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2017 #BEAleftbehind & BookOutlet Book Hauls

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.

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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 🙂

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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!

Fangirl Friday: Author Signatures Pt. 7

Back in January, I had the opportunity to meet 2 authors that had quickly made their way to the top of my TBR based on the synopsis and premise of their books/series.  So, even though I hadn’t read more than a chapter or two of either of their books, I drove a little over 2 hours one way on a work night to meet Susan Dennard and Elise Kova.  And I took a friend who had even less knowledge of these two than I did.

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Fangirl Friday: Author Signatures Pt. 4

As promised, here are some signatures collected from past ARCHONs!  It’s always exciting to see who the writer/artist guest of honor will be and then to meet them in person.  My earliest favorite author, Tamora Pierce, attended a couple years back.  I went to almost every panel she was on and even invited her to my bachelorette party.  Unfortunately, although she agreed to make an appearance that night, she was not feeling well.  Instead, she sent her assistant with a lovely note apologizing and congratulating me.

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