Book Haul (IMM 24)


August 11, 2012 by Heidi

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Hi friends! I’m starting to emerge from my tunnel of Olympic watching and summer enjoying and am at least thinking about getting back into the swing of things.  I went through major trauma last weekend when I was camping and my Kindle froze (turns out it was fine, just froze from updating), so I was book free for days.  That’s been totally made up for by the new joy of an Audible account and some of the best birthday presents ever!  Most of what I picked up in the past two weeks was free audio downloads from Sync, but I’m quite excited for everything else (though far too lazy to put in pics of all the audio covers–sorry!):

On the Edge by Ilona Andrews [Amazon|Goodreads] (Library)
Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire [Amazon|Goodreads] (Library)
Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake [Amazon|Goodreads] (From Jasmine)
Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson [Amazon|Goodreads] (Sync)
Pinned by Alfred C. Martino [Amazon|Goodreads] (Sync)
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickons [Amazon|Goodreads] (Sync)
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor [Amazon|Goodreads] (Sync)
Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy [Amazon|Goodreads] (Sync)
Dead Men Kill by L. Ron Hubbard [Amazon|Goodreads] (Sync)
Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson [Amazon|Goodreads] (Audible)
The Native Star by M.K. Hobson [Amazon|Goodreads] (Audible)

Birfday presents from Alyssa–the best ever!  She got me this tote bag that resulted in no small amount of squeeing (yes, that is the Dewey Decimal number for KNITTING) and the greatest librarian mug ever:

IMM 24Here’s what the mug says:

Librarian MugAwesome, no?

The latest at Bunbury in the Stacks:

As always, let me know what you’ve been up to recently and if you’ve fallen in love with any great reads!  I’m currently torn between three amazing books I’m consuming–The Lost Conspiracy/Gullstruck Island by Francis Hardinge, Persuasion by Jane Austen and Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson.



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  1. Happy birthday, Heidi! Your gifts from Alyssa are awesome:) I am so sad about your Kindle camping problem but happy that you are getting more audiobooks finished. I’m super curious how Alif will be as an audiobook. Catie loved the book but I’d like to listen to it if it is good in that format. You’ll have to let me know. I’m going to see Kendare Blake on Monday, I think. I haven’t read her books or any by the other authors (Amanda Hocking, Lisa Desrochers, and one other person who is slipping my mind) but I like going to those things and just seeing what people are like in real life. I think I’ve gotten On The Edge out from the library about 4 times but never started it:-/ I’m lame.

    • Heidi says:

      Hahaha, well done. I had to get On the Edge because I was all caught up on Kate Daniels, but they didn’t have Gunmetal Magic in yet! So it’s my surrogate for the time being.

      I like seeing how authors are in real life as well! Kendare Blake seems pretty freaking awesome judging from the interviews with her I’ve seen on blogs. I’m excited to read a recap! Pro tip though: DON’T listen to Anna Dressed in Blood on audio. It’s terrible (the story was good enough I kept listening, but really, just read it instead).

      So far, Alif is really good on audio! The narrator is great. I’d certainly recommend it in that format.

  2. Yay, another August Baby! Happy Birthday Heidi! 😀 I’m sorry to hear about your Kindle but I’m glad it was okay! I’m planning to pick up a Kindle for my birthday which is coming up at the end of the month, so I’m excited about that!(:

    On to your books – what a great haul! I have yet to read any of Kendare Blake’s books, but I’ve heard amazing things about them so I hope you enjoy the sequel to Anna Dressed in Blood! I haven’t heard of too many of the books you received, but I loved Daughter of Smoke and Bone, A Tale of Two Cities is my favorite Dickens novel ever and I’ve read nothing but incredible reviews of both Alif the Unseen and The Native Star, both of which are on my TBR-List. I’ve only read the first Kate Daniels book by Ilona Andrews, but I’m glad to see you’re still reading more of her since it gives me hope that I’ll enjoy the rest of the series far more than the first novel! I also loveee that mug – it’s so true and utterly perfect!

    I hope you have a fabulous week Heidi and enjoy your books! 😀

    • Heidi says:

      Thanks, Keertana! And a happy early birthday to you!! Hope you enjoy getting a Kindle, I’ve had one now for 5 years and don’t know what I’d do without it.

      Yes, most of the audio I picked up were free from Sync, so we’ll see how many I actually listen to at some point. I love DoSaB, and have heard great things about the audio, so I’ll probably be listening for a reread.

      Honestly, I know everyone says that the Kate Daniels series gets good at book 3–but no really, it does. I hope that you do keep going, I love that series, but of course UF isn’t for everyone.

  3. Happy birthday! What fun gifts. I always love a good book bag and coffee mug :)

    I can totally sympathize on the Kindle freezing freak out. Mine has done that before too…very frustrating.

    The audio version of Daughter of Smoke and Bone is good. I can’t ever do audio books for a first read, but enjoy them for a second round of books I loved.

    I just picked up Alif the Unseen too… I hope it’s good!

  4. I love that mug! And happy belated birthday 😀

    As for your book haul, I haven’t read any of them but there are several I’ve been meaning to pick up. I particularly want to get around to reading something by Seanan McGuire. Happy reading!

  5. Grace says:

    Happy birthday, and I love the mug! :)

  6. Kristen says:

    Happy birthday, Heidi! Those are some great presents!

    I’m looking forward to hearing what you think of Rosemary and Rue, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, and The Native Star. Toby Daye has become one of my favorite series, and I loved both the other books.

  7. VeganYANerds says:

    Hooray for early birthday presents! And yay fellow Leo 😉

    I keep seeing Kendare Blake’s books around, I’m keen to hear what you think and I love the tote bag and mug, what a great gift!

  8. Happy birthday, Heidi! I am excited about Girl of Nightmares, I just hope I’ll find the time for it soon. I kind of like that it’s the last book.
    Ohh, and I liked On the Edge! It wasn’t anywhere near Kate, of course, but fun nonetheless.
    Off to read your Magic Slays review. :)

  9. Holly says:

    Happy Birthday!

    You’re reading both The Lost Conspiracy and Persuasion?! *head explodes from awesomeness*

    I hope you like the Edge series. I love that world, and there are some fun characters in each book.

  10. Happy Birthday, Heidi! I love your librarian mug, although the ability to “hide your dissertation behind a Field and Stream” quite frankly scares the crap out of me. Remind me to never cross a librarian;)

    So I await your thoughts on Rosemary and Rue and The Native Star, two books that I’ve had on my tbr list for quite a while!

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