Creepy Goodies! Book Haul (29)


October 21, 2012 by Heidi

Book Haul (29)

Okay, so Scarlet is more exciting than creepy, but we’ll let that go, kay?  The next two weeks I’m planning to feature some creepy books here at Bunbury in the Stacks in preparation for Halloween!  Look at me getting into the season, which, if you read my post Thursday, you’ll know is not my favorite.  I’m such a wimp!  Hence, some of what you’ll see will be more dark than scary, but we all find our own way to enjoy the season.  Here’s what I have to show for this haul:

Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool book coverAnd All the Stars by Andrea K Host book coverDaddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster book coverScarlet by Marissa Meyer [Amazon|Goodreads] (From Feiwel and Friends)
I’ve already read and loved one book named Scarlet this year, but being as I adored Cinder, here’s hoping the title will go 2 for 2!
Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick [Amazon|Goodreads] (From Roaring Brook Press)
Thea and Ana did a joint review of this one last year on The Booksmugglers for their Halloween week, where they both said lovely things and rated highly, so when I saw it in Macmillan’s fall catalog this year I pounced.
Furious by Jill Wolfson [Amazon|Goodreads] (From Henry Hold & Co. BYR)
This one was a total surprise, but not a bad one! I love that it’s a stand alone, the Furies seem popular just now, let’s see if Wolfson can do them as awesome as Miles.
Steampunk Poe by Edgar Allen Poe [Amazon|Goodreads] (From the library)
This one combines Poe’s original short stories and poems together with the awesome illustrations of Zdenko Basic and Manuel Sumberac.  I love me some Poe, so I’ll certainly be featuring a couple of stories and illustrations in some Salute Your Shorts posts over the next two weeks.
Wait Till Helen Comes by Mary Downing Hahn [Amazon|Goodreads] (From the library)
This book scared the crap out of me when I was in 4th or 5th grade.  It was what made me stop reading horror for well over a decade.  Well, time to put on my big girl panties and see if it can still terrify me into a stupor (I’m banking on no).
And All the Stars by Andrea K. Höst [Amazon|Goodreads] (From NetGalley)
I’ve heard such lovely things about this author from a number of bookish friends.  After seeing the word ‘auto-buy’ associated with her one too many times I decided to take a chance on a self pub with a beautiful cover.
Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool [Amazon|Goodreads] (From NetGalley)
I picked this one up because even though I haven’t read Vanderpool’s previous work, Moon Over Manifest, it did win the Newberry.  Let’s hope it’s not as big of a disappointment as the last time I made this gamble.
Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster [Amazon|Goodreads] (Purchased)
Flannery wrote a mini review of this one this past week, which made it sound amazing for those of us who love things like Anne of Green Gables, Meet Me In St. Louis, and epistolary novels.  So I went ahead and snagged myself a copy.

Where the Wild Things Are pumpkinHarry Potter pumpkin

Hope everyone’s settling into the Halloween season!  Last night we went to an awesome event, Rise of the Jack-O-Lanterns, at the local gardens which had hundreds of amazing carved pumpkins, so I thought I’d share a couple of my favorite bookish ones!  Aren’t they fantastic?


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  1. Li says:

    Excellent haul and those pumpkins are amazing!

    Yay for AND ALL THE STARS (I agree the cover is lovely and actually does suit the story), and DADDY-LONG-LEGS is a long-time favourite of mine.

  2. I have always wanted to go to a jack o lantern event! They have HUGE ones in PA at some of the farms. Perhaps we will find a cool one next week!

    I hope you LOVE Scarlet, I really, REALLY did. Also I browsed through Steampunk Poe and the illustrations were so good.


    Okay, now that I’ve finished fan-girling over Harry Potter Pumpkins, can I just say that your haul is awesomeeee? I got All the Stars a week or two ago too, but I haven’t picked it up yet, but I have a feeling it’ll be good. I’ve also seen Furious around a lot, so I’m curious to see what you think of it. More than anything though, I’m DYING to know what you think of Scarlet. I didn’t like Cinder too much, so I’m not even 100% sure if I’ll read Scarlet, but the reviews so far have claimed it’s better than Cinder and I like that the author seems to be breaking away from the standard Cinderella mold, so I hope it’s good! Happy Reading, Heidi! :)

  4. It makes me so so so happy to see library books in the weekly haul! Yay libraries!

    Also those pumpkins are bomb.

  5. I love those literary pumpkins, heck yes WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE.

    Also! Mary Downing Hahn! Yes! So awesome!

  6. elena says:

    SCARRLET! I hope you enjoy that one and I can’t wait to hear what you think of it. I’ve been meaning to read Mary Downing Hahn’s Mister Blue Eyed’s Death Girls for ages and hopefully will get around to it soon.

    Those pumpkins are totally boss, I love them!

  7. I loved Moon Over Manifest. Loved it! I usually tend to like the Newbery honor books a lot more than the Newbery winners, but I thought Moon Over Manifest was amazing. I hope you get a chance to read it.

    I have Navigating Early from Netgalley,too. I’m excited to read it, but trying to not be too excited. It sucks have expectations too high, you know?

  8. Holly says:

    Ahh, Scarlet!! I’m so jealous. Good thing Alyssa is sending her ARC to me soon. Love the pumpkins too. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Melanie says:

    I’m looking forward to your review of Steampunk Poe! I’ve never heard of it, but it definitely sounds right up my alley.

    And those pumpkins are awesome. You know, I’ve never carved a pumpkin before, but I think that’s going to change this year. It should be an interesting experience. :)

  10. These are really great, but I’m particularly interested in the Clare Vanderpool you have there. I read and LOVED Moon Over Manifest on Mother’s Day right after it came out (that was my gift that day, to be able to read an entire book un-interrupted) and I loved it, of course. Plus HELLO! Award-winning! Please let me know what you think of this one!! And that cover is so so pretty. I expect it to be great.

    • Heidi says:

      I just checked Moon Over Manifest out on audio from the library! That’s an excellent Mother’s Day gift. I’m going to have to remember that. 😛

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