April Rewind and Book Haul


April 29, 2013 by Heidi

April was a crazy month for me, ya’all!  I apologize for being a missing link in the blogosphere as of late, that may just be par for the course in the coming months.  I started a second job, which means I’m working some 12 hour days, and am exhausted.  On top of which I have car issues, health issues (I’m assuming it’s bad when your extremities begin going numb for days at a time), and well–a social life, so I apologize for not having been around overmuch.  Of course, May’s going to be insane as well!  I’m excited to be participating in several tours for books I thoroughly enjoyed, and I’ll be getting ready for BEA–let me know if I’ll see you there!

Book Haul

April Book HaulBecause I enjoyed One + One = Blue by MJ Auch so much, Macmillan was wonderful enough to send me her backlog to check out, including One-Handed Catch, Wing Nut, and Guitar Boy.  They’re all focused on male protagonists, and I’m very excited for them, particularly One-Handed Catch which I believe is about her husband as a boy playing baseball after losing a hand.  And do check out the Guitar Boy and Wing Nut covers, because I love them (as I loved the cover for One + One = Blue).

The good people at Macmillan also sent me Otis Dooda: Strange but True by Ellen Potter, which is a bit younger on the MG spectrum than I usually read, but I freaking adored Potter’s The Humming Room last year (I mean hello modern Secret Garden retelling), so when she pitched it to me as a book written for her 8 year old son to enjoy, I was in.

From First Second, the fabulous graphic novel imprint, I received Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong by Prudence Shen and Faith Erin Hicks.  This was the perfect way for me to kick back after a long week Friday night!  It was so much fun, and I’m thrilled to say I’ll be having a Q&A with the authors in a couple of weeks.

Thanks to awesome blogger Asheley and St. Martin’s Griffin, I was lucky enough to win a copy of If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch.  AND it’s our YAcker pick for May, so you’ll be seeing feedback for this one quite soon.

Library books include: Boundless by Cynthia Hand, currently reading and so nervous about, The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson, which I thoroughly enjoyed–though it made a very interesting YAck!, Wolfsbane and Mistletoe ed. by Charlaine Harris  which I picked up to read The Star of David by Patricia Briggs, and finally the last (*cry*) released of Lauren Willig’s Pink Carnation series, The Garden Intrigue, which I’m enjoying but significantly less than the previous three installments.

April Digital Book HaulApril Audio Book Haul

I’m so happy to have picked up three hugely anticipated ARCs this month–The Pirate’s Wish by Cassandra Rose Clarke, Raven Flight by Juliet Marillier, and The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson.

I purchased Andrea K. Höst’s new stand-alone fantasy, Hunting, largely because I loved And All the Stars to pieces.

Library audios!: Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs, loved it (shocker), it was so emotionally powerful in ways I didn’t even know Urban Fantasy could be.  The Road by Cormac McCarthy which I picked up for my Classics Retold project, but am holding off on until I refresh myself on the original a bit.  Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Coast Trail by Cheryl Strayed, I started because I was in a non-fic mood and enjoy outdoorsy stuff, before I realized it’s another life-journey memoir which frankly I couldn’t care about less, so I axed it quick.  Ask the Passengers by A.S. King I snagged as soon as I saw it on the new audiobooks shelf–I’ve wanted to read her for ages, but particularly since seeing her on a panel at the NYC Teen Author Festival.

Whispersync April HaulAmazon and Audible were having an awesome Whispersync promotion where you could buy these 10 (free) classics for Kindle, and then get the audio for free as well!  I’ve already listened to Anne Hathaway’s narration of L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and I loved it!  I had no idea how much more there was to the story than we ever saw in the movie version, and for the most part Hathaway’s narration was excellent.  Highly recommended.  You can still get 6/10 of these books free here.

April Top 5 Reads

April Top 5 Reads

  1. Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs
  2. Quintana of Charyn by Melina Marchetta
  3. The Orchid Affair by Lauren Willig
  4. Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs
  5. The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

April Top 5 Posts

April Top 5 Posts

  1. Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta
  2. The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
  3. Artwork Reveal for The Hero’s Guide by Christopher Healy
  4. With Bated Breath: Classics Retold
  5. One + One = Blue by MJ Auch

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  1. Heidi, I agree completely – Iron Kissed was so emotional and just unexpected in its perfection. Bone Crossed, the sequel, is just as good in terms of emotional impact. :) I also can’t wait to read Bitter Kingdom or Raven Flight – if I get accepted. I’ll let you know if I do so we can read Raven Flight together!(: I also can’t wait to see what you think of Hunting and Ask the Passengers. I haven’t heard anything of the former – which I’m sure must be good – and the latter has mixed reviews which has prevented me from reading it. Anyway, lovely haul Heidi! I hope May is slightly less busy for you, although congrats on the second job! 😀

  2. I love your new setup for this type of post, pretty pictures + pretty lists = a very dazzled Asher. Boundless is on it’s way here via MY library and I’m nervous as all get out over the goings-on of that book. So many things can happen and possibly go wrong and this is coming from a supposed optimist. And you know how happy I am that you’ve read GoFat!

    ALSO: WE picked out the same three ARCs these past months: Pirate’s Wish is FRIGGING FAB, The Bitter Kingdom EQUALLY FAB, and now all that’s left is for me to Raven’s Flight and I don’t know if you remember how much I loved Shadowfell BUT I’M SO EXCITED!!!!

    And I’m excited for you OBVS. DUH.
    And BEA! I’m so so so SO happy we’re going to be attending the same year! *sonic squeals here*

  3. Wow, it sounds like you’ve been busy, and will remain so for a bit. I’ve been extremely busy as well at work, and I just have the one job. I also hope you start feeling better.

    I listened to the audiobook of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz narrated by Brooke Shields, and she was okay, but I wish I listened to the one narrated by Anne Hathaway. But I didn’t like the book enough to listen to it again, even if it is with Anne Hathaway.

    Anyway, happy May reading!

  4. Alexa Y. says:

    What a great haul! I’m sure you’ll have lots of awesome reading ahead of you. I must say that I’m particularly excited to read The Girl of Fire and Thorns – been looking forward to that one for a while. And also, Quintana of Charyn, which I’m very nervous/excited about!

  5. VeganYANerds says:

    BEA! BEA! BEA!

    And it’s so nice when pubs send you other books by an author you liked, I hope the rest of her books are good!

  6. I hope you enjoy If You Find Me, Heidi! I was a little nervous about it because of how much hype it’s been getting, but I ended up thinking it was really deserving of that reputation. Boundless was an interesting conclusion to the series, I though—I started out pretty nervous but by the middle I was enjoying myself more than I’d expected.

    I really do need to pick up Marchetta’s Lumatere Chronicles—I’ve heard excellent things about them. I’m glad the series was good for you the whole way through!

  7. Nafiza says:

    Ooo you got some really delicious books, dude. Take care of yourself, I hope your health issues work themselves out! And thanks for alerting me about Host’s Hunting. I will definitely check it out very soon.

  8. There are about a million things I could say about this post and the various books, but the only thought that made it through with me to the end was that I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE the Mercy Thompson books.

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