Book Haul & The Olympics! (IMM 23)


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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  1. It’s so funny that the Olympics are in the UK! London is absolutely gridlocked! And did you see the opening ceremony- we had The Shire and the Queen looking grumpy. Lol I think we knew we couldn’t beat China’s opening ceremony so went for something a bit….off-beat. Anyway, I am watching too and have felt some tinges of pride that we are hosting! That is one incredible prize right there- I really want to read ‘Underdogs’ after loving The Book Thief. Pretties is pretty good but didn’t dazzle me. Hope you enjoy these books! x

    • Heidi says:

      You should be SUPER proud and excited that the UK is hosting! It’s so cool. I liked that the opening ceremony went for something different, I really liked parts of it, but others were a bit too out there for me.

      I haven’t talked to anyone who’s actually read Underdogs, but everyone says they want to! I have yet to read any Zusak. I realized that Underdogs is actually an omnibus trilogy of books, so I don’t know yet if I’ll read them all at once or separately.

  2. Great haul this week Heidi! I love Pretties, Amplified, and have been meaning to read Underdogs for awhile since I lovee Markus Zusak, so I hope it’s as good as his other work is. I’ll be interested to see what you think of it! 😀

    • Heidi says:

      Yeah I’m excited as well, it might actually be my first Zusak! It was his debut, and didn’t win the awards of I Am the Messenger or Book Thief, so we’ll see.

  3. RivkaBelle says:

    I’m LOVING having the Olympics back on 😀 Like you, I’m a big fan of the swimming … also like diving, gymnastics, a smattering of track & field events, and equestrian (but they never show it on my tele) … Yesterday, I slept off a migraine to men’s beach volleyball – very effective 😉

    Great book haul too :)

    • Heidi says:

      I’m watching the equestrian jumping right now! Watched some dressage the other day. It’s a shame you don’t get to see any of it! I wish they would broadcast more of the shooting competitions myself as that’s another thing I grew up doing.

      The equestrian’s always interesting for me as I grew up competing in western style competitions like barrel racing. I’m lucky that I have six channels that show Olympic footage, so I have a lot of options!

  4. VeganYANerds says:

    I’m not really a fan of the Olympics any more, I think I’m getting more cynical as I get older and I’m just not interested but I used to love watching the swimming and can remember being a friend’s house when our Aussie team one some huge race years ago!

    Nice haul, that box of books looks so good! I can’t wait for your reviews of Welcome, Caller and Audrey, Wait! They are two books I cannot wait to read!

    • Heidi says:

      Yeah, I’m not usually a huge contemporary fan, but since so many people enjoyed Chloe in particular, I’m hoping if I hit that right mood while I read, I’ll really like them!

      It’s too bad you don’t enjoy the Olympics so much anymore. I’m incredibly cynical everywhere else in life, but when it comes to The Olympics, Christmas, and Middle Grade books I turn into a 10 year old. 😛

  5. Congrats on winning the giveaway! I’ve heard good things about Amplified too. I hope you enjoy it.

    *reads above comment* You grew up barrel racing? That’s awesome. I did some open level western pleasure/trail a few years ago, but I mostly just liked to ride for the fun.

    I posted my first mailbox post in awhile here:

    • Heidi says:

      I did! I haven’t ridden in YEARS though, it’s kind of sad. I was huge into 4H as a kid, so I did a lot of those types of things. =)

  6. Scott Westerfeld is why I read YA. I started with the Uglies series. WOOHOO. (also Darren Shan, but he isn’t in that box).

    That is awesome. Congratulations!!

    Did you see the Opening Ceremonies by Danny Boyle? I’m the biggest Boyle nerd ANYWHERE. I stood in front of my TV for the entire length of the ceremony, even though I was watching the twitter stream of live tweets for the three-four hours before hand and looking at all of the pictures. I was the biggest nerd on the opening nights, and I was a stupid ridiculous nerd last night at the gymnastics qualifiers for the girls. Anyway, this isn’t about the olympics, I just want to say I’m with ya. I’ll be so tired when this is all over with.

    • Heidi says:

      It’s okay, I love talking the Olympics! I get all stupid nerdy over them a lot. I come from one of those families that actively cheers/yells at the TV like they can hear us, so of course I’m cheering my head off during swimming.

      The gymnastics were pretty heartbreaking, I wish it were more like swimming where the top scores got into the final rather than just a set number for every team. Seems pretty unfair that a girl would likely medal isn’t allowed to compete and girls who are just happy to be there are.

  7. Jasmine Rose says:

    It’s so weird to be scrolling along and go “hey, that that came from me!” hah.
    I like the Olympics well enough, but I’m not watching this year since I don’t have cable. It’s sort of strange to see everyone talking about it and not being able to see it for myself.

    • Heidi says:

      Awe, that kind of sucks! I can relate though, I was at my sister’s during the last summer Olympics and we had to watch via antenna on a very grainy 12″ tv. Not ideal!

      Thanks again for all of the books and other goodies, Jasmine!

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