Book Haul & The Olympics! (IMM 23)

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July 28, 2012 by Heidi

Swimmer doing butterfly stroke

Hi friends! Consider this your fair warning that I will be largely absent from the internets for the duration of the Olympics.  I love the Olympics!  It’s the one time I get truly patriotic, I love all of the stories, and so many sports—I’m sure to spend the next couple of weeks glued to the TV.  I’ll try to keep up online, but chances are I’ll be pretty terrible at it.  I hope that you all enjoyed the opening ceremonies last night!  I didn’t love everything, and wished the announcers hadn’t felt the need to talk so much, but I particularly enjoyed the portion where they forged the Olympic rings.

Do you plan to watch the Olympics?  What events are your favorite?  My #1 is swimming.  I love swimming.  All of my siblings and I grew up swimmers, so it’s a big event in my family.  We also love gymnastics (both my sisters were gymnasts…me?  Not so graceful), and I love rowing (I was on the crew team at my university).  But really I’ll put on anything, I’ve been watching basketball, soccer, swimming and tennis so far today!

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This week’s Book Haul is brought to you by my blogging buddy Jasmine from A Room With Books.  She held an awesome giveaway for her blogoversary, which I was lucky enough to win!  Here’s what I got:

Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe by Shelley Corriel ARC [Amazon|Goodreads]
Horten’s Miraculous Mechanisms by Lissa Evans ARC [Amazon|Goodreads]
Traitor’s Son by Hilari Bell ARC [Amazon|Goodreads]
The Mapmaker and the Ghost by Sarvenaz Tash ARC [Amazon|Goodreads]
Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan [Amazon|Goodreads]
Teenage Waistland by Lynn Biederman and Lisa Pazer [Amazon|Goodreads]
Amplified by Tara Kelly [Amazon|Goodreads]
Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway [Amazon|Goodreads]
Super Zombie Juice by M.J.A. Ware [Amazon|Goodreads]
That Summer by Sarah Dessen [Amazon|Goodreads]
Marked by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast [Amazon|Goodreads]
Pretties by Scott Westerfeld [Amazon|Goodreads]
Underdogs by Marcus Zusak [Amazon|Goodreads]

Sarah Watts printPLUS I got some super cute bookmarks (cupcakes and kittehs!)  and the item I was MOST excited about, this print by Sara Watts, the artist who is illustrating Claire Legrand’s upcoming The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls.

Isn’t it fantastic?  I love it!  I cannot wait for this book either, which will be releasing in August.

Thanks so much to Jasmine!  She knew how excited I’d be to get my hands on this print, and was so happy for me.  What a sweetheart.  Books wise, I’m most excited for Pretties.  Scott Westerfeld’s Leviathan series is one of my favorites, and I also dug his Peeps vampire books, but I’ve never read his Uglies series!  I’ve also heard great things about Amplified, and of course I’m excited for The Mapmaker and the Ghost–yay MG!

This Week at Bunbury in the Stacks

I posted my final thoughts on Outlander by Diana Gabaldon–spoilers: still hate it.
I reviewed Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral in pictures, music, and video.
I reviewed the highly anticipated Throne of Glasss by Sarah J. Maas.
I fawned over Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier in a Retro Friday Review.

That’s it for me!  Let me know what you got this week and if you’re enjoying the Olympics in London!

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