Book Haul (IMM 22)


July 21, 2012 by Heidi

IMM 22

Hi friends! I (obviously from that stack) had an AMAZING week in books what with getting to see Gayle Forman, Kristin Cashore, and Melina Marchetta in person AND spend some time hanging out with awesome bloggers, including Catie who brought me an entire bag of books to borrow—which I’m pretty sure was actually showing restraint on her part.  I was also weak and got one NetGalley title and took advantage of this week’s Sync title, which you WANT friends because it is so so good.  Here’s what I got:

Fire by Kristin Cashore [Amazon|Goodreads]
Last week I simply devoured Graceling and loved it, so of course at the author event I chose to pick up Fire.  I’m actually getting kind of nervous for this one as I’ve heard so much love for it, my expectations are soaring.  We’ll see if I put it off for a while or dive right in.
Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta [Amazon|Goodreads]
This is the other book I picked up at the author event.  I know Melina Marchetta is known for her contemp (and for damn good reason–Jellicoe Road is one of the best books I have ever read in my life), but I’ve always been very excited to read her fantasy, so this gave me a good excuse.  Let’s take a moment to bemoan the terribleness of the American covers though, shall we?
Un Lun Dun by China Mieville [Amazon|Goodreads]
Ever since I read and loved Railsea earlier this year, Catie has insisted that I’ll love Un Lun Dun just as much or even more.  I have to say that just looking at it, I believe her!
Gullstruck Island (aka The Lost Conspiracy) by Frances Hardinge [Amazon|Goodreads]
I featured this one in a With Bated Breath post a while back, and since then I’ve realized I’ve put about every Frances Hardinge book ever on my TBR without ever connecting the dots that they’re all her!  Cannot wait.
Skin Hunger by Kathleen Duey [Amazon|Goodreads]
I honestly don’t know much about this one, but Catie finished it on her bus ride up to the city and offered it up with the pile, and who am I to say no?
Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol [Amazon|Goodreads]
I’ve heard wonderful things about this graphic novel, and I’ve been totally craving some graphic novel goodness lately.
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness [Amazon|Goodreads]
YES.  I’m THAT person that hasn’t read this amazing book yet. I KNOW. I’M GETTING TO IT. SO excited to have it sitting on my end table.
In a Fix by Linda Grimes [Amazon|Goodreads]
Thanks Tor!  I couldn’t resist requesting this start to another Urban Fantasy series. Fingers crossed!
Cleopatra’s Moon by Vicky Alvear Shecter [Amazon|Goodreads]
I’ve wanted to read this one ever since Thea wrote a lovely and glowing review of it at the end of 2011, so when I saw it was on this summer’s list of Sync titles I immediately proceeded to flail.  You can download it here through Wednesday, and trust me, you ought to–I’m 1/4 of the way through so far and it is fantastic.

In a Fix by Linda Grimes book coverCleopatra's Moon by Vicky Alvear Shecter audio book cover

This Week on Bunbury in the Stacks

I reviewed Graceling by Kristin Cashore
I recapped the Books of Wonder event with
Gayle Forman, Kristin Cashore, and Melina Marchetta

I reviewed Castle in the Air by Diana Wynne Jones

For those of you reveling in my pain as I trudge through Outlander, I see the light!  There’s only about 100 pages to go, and I’ll be posting my final thoughts on Monday.  Also don’t forget, today (Saturday) is your last chance to enter to win an ARC copy of Crewel by Gennifer Albin.  Let me know what you think about the books that I got this week, I’d love to hear what your favorites are, or what you’re looking forward to!


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  1. And here I go to download Cleopatra’s Moon! I forgot about audiosync (how, I have no idea!), so thanks for the reminder!

  2. Brittany says:

    Wow, great haul! I just picked up Fire as well. I loved Graceling!! And really awesome that you got to meet Gayle Forman! She’s one of my new favorite authors. I absolutely adored If I Stay/Where She Went!

  3. Holly says:

    Oh, I hope you like The Lost Conspiracy and A Monster Calls! I thought both were amazing. And for the record, I did not love Fire. I think I’m the only one, and I’m positive it was overly high expectations after loving Graceling. I’m sure you’ll like it more than I did, though. Everyone does.

    • Heidi says:

      Haha, thanks for the comments on Fire, I actually like hearing people who didn’t like it as much or more than Graceling to lower my expectations a bit. I’m worried I’m going to hype it up in my mind too much and be disapointed.

  4. Grace says:

    Kristin Cashore is a fantastic writer. I also enjoyed Anya’s Ghost tremendously, and that’s coming from someone who hasn’t read a lot of graphic novels… hope you enjoy your new books! :)

  5. VeganYANerds says:

    Hooray for Finnikin! And I have Fire too, I haven’t read the first book but I am so glad to hear you enjoyed it, I need to bump it up my list of books to buy and read!

  6. So many great books! (But of course I think so, haha.) Ahhh, it was such a great day. Those books went through a lot with us – I feel like they’re our fellow survivors.

    What are you going to read first? Eeee!

  7. FRANCES HARDINGE is awesome.

    Also I am super jealous of your NYC signing there. Ahhhh.

    AND FIRE. FIRE FIRE. I LOVE THAT BOOK THE MOST, well not ever but it is my favorite of the Seven Kingdoms trilogy.

    Oh and good reminder to DL Cleopatra’s Moon. I totally forgot to get last week’s books.

  8. I hope you love Fire and can’t wait to see your review on it. It was my favorite in the series. Sounds like you had a great week.

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    Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know

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