July 21, 2012 by Heidi
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.
This Week on Bunbury in the Stacks
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!