Book Haul (IMM 21)


July 15, 2012 by Heidi

IMM 21

Hi friends! Fairly small book haul this week, but what I lack in numbers I make up for in awesome.  Here’s what I got:

Preloved by Shirley Marr [Goodreads]
Yay!  I’ve been wanting to read both Fury and Preloved by Shirley Marr since hearing about them, but as with a lot of Aussie reads, they can be hard to track down.  Luckily, I got this copy of Preloved as part of a book tour from Flannery (The Readventurer).
For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund [Amazon|Goodreads]
My blog buddy Catie (The Readventurer) sent me this one, and I’m so excited to read it!  Misty (The Book Rat) is hosting an Austen in August event next month, including a readalong of Persuasion which I plan to participate in.  The only question is do I want to read this one before or after I revisit Persuasion?  Will having the original fresh in my mind make me nit-pick this skeleton retelling?
Graceling by Kristin Cashore [Amazon|Goodreads]
I checked Graceling out of the library because I’ve finally been prompted to read this one by virtue of the fact that I’m going to see Kristin Cashore (with Gayle Forman and Melina Marchetta—Eeeeee!) at Books of Wonder in NYC on Tuesday.  Are you going to be there?  Let me know, I’d love to say hi!
Oh and P.S. Already finished Graceling and freaking loved it.
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers [Amazon|Goodreads]
It’s been a couple of months since my last non-fiction, and every once in a while I just crave some.  So far, Stiff is incredibly fascinating, but sometimes nauseating.  Picked this one up from the library.
The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calveras County and Other Stories by Mark Twain [Amazon|Goodreads]
Guys Read: Funny Business edited by Jon Scieska [Amazon|Goodreads]
From Sync—you can download these titles till Thursday! I love Mark Twain and short stories, but have never tried listening to shorts, so both The Notorious Jumping Frog and Guys Read will be a new experience for me.

Stiff by Mary RoachThe Notorious Jumping Frog of Calveras County by Mark TwainGuys Read Funny Business by Jon Scieszka

My Week of Bunburying

Audio: The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis
Second Helpings by Megan McCafferty
Thieftaker by D.B. Jackson
Storybound by Marissa Burt

Let me know what you’ve been up to or what books you got this week, and don’t forget to sign up for your chance to win an ARC of Crewel by Gennifer Albin!


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  1. Alison says:

    So glad you liked Graceling! Run along and go grab Fire and Bitterblue now. They’re great too. :)

  2. I sooo need to hop on the Kristin Cashore bandwagon. Her books sound like the exact kind of thing I love, but i’ve yet to pick one up. Enjoy the Books of Wonder event – sounds super exciting!

  3. Angela says:

    Dang, I got very excited when I read about the Austen in August… Because I read it as Austen in Austin. Except that isn’t the case. But, the read along of Persuasion is exciting, too. I would recommend reading a synopsis instead, because, I too, nit-pick in cases like that.

  4. mollyspring says:

    Isn’t Graceling SO GOOD! If you believe it, Bitterblue is even better (and I still have to read Fire). You’ll love Stiff too–such a fun nonfiction read! I’ve also got For Darkness Shows the Stars checked out, and looking forward to a futuristic spin on Jane Austen’s Persuasion. Enjoy your haul :)

  5. Kristen says:

    Glad to hear you enjoyed Graceling so much! Can’t wait to see what you think of Kristin Cashore’s other books now. I really liked that one, but I LOVED Fire!

  6. Nafiza says:

    *flail* You have Preloved! I actually haven’t read any of Shirley’s books but she’s so awesome, I can’t help but think her books will be too. I broke down and purchased Darkness too. It had better be good. I liked Fire better than Graceling. Let’s see how you like that one.

  7. RivkaBelle says:

    I really need to read Graceling – I love the covers, and now my library has all 3 so I won’t have to wait …

    For Darkness Shows the Stars is AMAZING! My review is forthcoming, but I absolutely LOVED it. It’s been 2 years since I read Persuasion (but I’ve watched the movies several times apiece), so the story was still clear in my memory — but it’s just … Oh wow … Can’t wait to hear what you think! :)

  8. It’s hard to say whether you should read Persuasion first or not. On the one hand, I think you’ll like For Darkness Shows the Stars quite a bit more if you don’t. On the other hand, I kind of want you to experience the brilliance of Persuasion without knowing anything about it before-hand. It’s a dilemma! These are the kind of problems that I like to have, LOL.

    I’m so excited for our fact-finding mission in NYC this Tuesday! And I’m so glad you loved Graceling. Now, when are you going to read MM? 😀

    Great haul!

  9. Oh, my GOD! You are going to see Melina Marchetta AND Kristin Cashore AND Gayle Forman? At the same time?? Holy, Holy Heidi, you are SO lucky, I am beyond envious, REALLY. Promise to take lots of notes and pictures so I can experience this vicariously through you! You are going to LOVE Graceling. Amazing kick butt heroine, probably in my Top 3. That is SO exciting!

    I think Pre Loved and For the Darkness Shows the Stars both look awesome (Yay for Aussie LOVE!) but seriously, I can’t get past the fact you are going to see those three fabulous authors at one event. Gah, that is just AWESOME. Have FUN!!

  10. Lena says:

    GRACELING!!! YESSSSS!!!! Soooo good. You might as well check out FIRE and BITTERBLUE while you’re at it, lol.

    And yay for FOR DARKNESS SHOWS THE STARS. I’ve heard so many good things about it, so you must let me know how it is!

    Happy Reading!

  11. O_O I won a copy of Preloved at Inkcrush and I absolutely can’t wait to read it. We can compare notes once we’re both done. I so wanted to read For Darkness.. but then Catie reviewed it, and her reviews tend to me so convincing and eye-opening that I just gave up. Hope it works out for you, though. Happy reading, Heidi!

    • Heidi says:

      Yeah, I read a couple of ‘meh’ reviews about it, so that I’m less enthusiastic and more hesitant, but I’ve also read a lot of really good reviews so I still want to check it out.

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