What a whirlwind week! I started the first of my long work days (I work a full day then teach a 3 hour class on Tuesdays and Thursdays), I signed up to take the GRE and I started my grad school applications. It’s so cool to be at the point in my life where I actually feel ready and more than motivated to pursue my dreams — working towards an MLIS with a concentration in youth services. I know that the field is competitive, but I am a fighter, y’all. Anyways! It was also a super week as far as books go — I bought a bunch for my Kindle! AND quite a few showed up in my mail.
The Hero’s Guide To Storming The Castle by Christopher Healy (Requested/Unsolicited Review Copy) – So, I mentioned being jealous about this book on twitter and magically got an email. BUT because I am so fricken overwhelmed with life stuff, I hadn’t responded to it. So the awesome publicist just sent it anyways because she is THE COOLEST EVER (with awesome taste in audiobooks – BTW). Anyways I plan on reading this during the week because it seems perfect for de-stressing.
The Elite by Kiera Cass (Unsolicited) – So, this also came last Saturday after I made STS, in a pretty box. ONLY, lol there was glitter in the box and I didn’t realize and was wearing black because I was going bowling with friends. And hahaha I ended up going out covered in glitter and was like, ah this fucking box. BUT I am appreciative, especially as I finished The Selection this morning and enjoyed it to my surprise.
The Vine Basket by Josane La Valley (Vine) – I love the cover of this book. It’s basically about this girl who wants to go to school and better in life — but she might end up being sent to work in a factory. It just sounds fantastic.
The Menagerie by Tui T. Sutherland and Kari Sutherland (Vine) – A book about a menagerie that has dragons and unicorns? Um, fuck yes.
Salt: A Story Of Friendship In A Time Of War by Helen Frost (Requested Review Copy) – I love the cover. I love historical fiction. And I love free verse. Salt combines all of those elements.
Deep Down by Deborah Coates (Unsolicited) – This book is second in a series, so I am not entirely sure about it. But I do love that cover.
Fragments by Dan Wells (Unsolicited) – Finished copy! Yay!
Rush by Eve Silver (Unsolicited) – This sounds a bit like Ender’s Game minus author homophobia, so I am freakin pumped up to read it.
You Look Different In Real Life by Jennifer Castle (Unsolicited) – YESSSS! Reality TV is my favorite AND Jennifer Castle was super lovely when I met her thus I can’t wait to crack this one open.
A Trick Of The Light by Lois Metzger (Unsolicited) – I look forward to this one because it’s about a boy with an eating disorder — yes it does happen and I wouldn’t mind reading a contemp on a new-to-me issue.
Defy The Dark edited by Saundra Mitchell (Unsolicited) – So there’s a short story by Courtney Summers in here? HELL YEAH BUDDY. Also? I need to read more short stories.
Elegy by Tara Hudson (Unsolicited) – The third book in a trilogy I haven’t read yet. Alas.
Born Of Illusion by Teri Brown (Unsolicited) – Yo, I love 1920s NY, and I am prepared to love the shit out of this book.
Severed Heads, Broken Hearts by Robyn Schneider (Unsolicited) – I’ve seen mixed reviews for this and am kind of nervous about it, but I’ll go in with an open mind.
New Lands by Geoff Rodkey (Unsolicited) – So, lucky me I actually ended up purchasing book one of this series The Chronicles Of Egg at that Penguin Sale I always mentioned. I’m not sure when I will get to it, but it is NICE to have the sequel on hand. Also, I love middle grade.
Love Wins: For Teens by Rob Bell (Unsolicited) – I think this is a religious book and while I’ve been told it’s unique, guys, I just have no interest in it.
House Of Secrets by Chris Columbus and Ned Vizzini (Edelweiss) – Heck yes middle grade! Beyond that, I like books by Ned Vizzini and Chris Columbus’s movies, so I am beyond excited to read House Of Secrets.
In The After by Demitria Lunetta (Edelweiss) – Hell yes, another post apocalyptic book and this one looks deliciously thick. I cannot wait to delve in.
Fault Line by Christa Desir (Edelweiss) – Bad ass cover, I hope the book is equally as bad ass on the inside.
How My Summer Went Up In Flames by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski (Edelweiss) – YAY! I am going to read this when I am in the mood for a kick ass contemporary.
How The Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvarez – I bought this one to clear space off my shelves because it was inexpensive. Also, I wasn’t entirely in love with the cover I had.
Never Fall Down by Patricia McCormick – I have heard nothing but good things about this YA book pubbed by Harper Teen. Also, it’s on sale for $1.99 I think. So you should snap it up too.
A Secret In Her Kiss by Anna Randol – I love this book cover and when this romance book first made the rounds I was interested, but never committed to purchasing it. However, I couldn’t resist it’s cheap price tag.
Badass by Ben Thompson – I just love history. And this looks like a fun way to look at history.
I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb – Another super huge book taking up space that I was more than happy to buy in cheap kindle form and put into my cull bag.
Ahab’s Wife by Sena Jeter Naslund – Also a book I had on my shelves, but it just was kind of blah and the pages were yellowing.
In case you skipped it or missed it, here’s a recap of what we’ve posted here last week:
- I confess to liking non-fiction about scary things in this audiobook review.
- My love for Robin Benway’s books is forever and Also Known As just fuels that love.
- Dr. Bird’s Advice For Sad Poets is a debut that makes me want to YAWP!
- Yo, I will always drop money on books by these authors.
- Can you believe that Allison’s been co-blogging here for a year? Congratulate her on putting up with me for so long here.
- I’m all about the middle grade books — especially when they feature donuts and protagonists who are unsure of themselves.
- Allison ultimately enjoys Mind Games.
- That one time I used a Hocus Pocus GIF in a review of a Richelle Mead book.
- In which Allison reads contemporary book THE LOOK by Sofia Bennett and gives it away.
- A very moving letter to Charlie from The Perks Of Being A Wallflower from Allison. If you read anything from last week, read this.
- I kind of hate when books drop interesting subplots in favor of boring subplots. And I am still not over paranormal.
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