June Book Haul | Now with VLOG!


June 23, 2013 by Heidi

You guys! I decided to start mixing things up a bit ’round these parts. I’ve always been a big fan of vlogs, and felt it was high time to start my own, so this month I’m starting to do my book haul posts in vlog format.  I don’t have the best equipment (yet), the camera auto-adjusts somewhat aggressively, so I apologize, but hope you enjoy regardless.  Also I realize this is a massive haul, it was a post-BEA spending spree, but I swear they’ll be shorter/smaller in months to come as I turn down the awkward and pump up the articulate.

The Books:

Tithe by Holly Black
Keturah and Lord Death by Martine Leavitt
Yellowcake by Margo Lanagan
Wolfskin by Juliet Marillier
The Dark Mirror by Juliet Marillier
The Bards of Bone Plain by Patricia McKillip
Enna Burning by Shannon Hale
Chu’s Day by Neil Gaiman and Adam Rex
Damned by Chuck Palahniuk
Doomed by Chuck Palahniuk
House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
Fables Vol 18. | Cubs in Toyland by Bill Willingham
The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley
The Shadowy Horses by Susanna Kearsley
The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Altered by Gennifer Albin
Engines of the Broken World by Jason Vanhee
Dial H Vol 1. | Into You

The Extra Goodies:

Susanna Kearsley Event Recap
Audio Sync Free Summer Downloads

Let me know what goodies you’ve picked up recently, or what you’ve thought of any of the books in my haul!

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  1. kit says:

    A friend of mine lent me a China Mieville book ages ago (King Rat, I think it’s called) and I still need to read it! Your books look amazing, and I am very envious of the two amazing bookshops you visited – hope you enjoy them all. :)

    • Heidi says:

      Thank you! I hope so too. After finishing Dial H, I think I might give up on China Mieville, I’m just not sure we’re meant to be.

  2. Oh! How I *love* The Strand! We always spend ridiculous amounts of money when we visit! Anyway, nice haul of books! I love how you admit that you are wary of some books, probably won’t get to a book until later, why you were attracted to the books you ended up with! It was nice to finally “meet” you and I’m looking forward to more of these vlogs :-)

    • Heidi says:

      Thanks! I’m having a lot of fun doing the vlogs, and it’s a fun way to feel a little more interactive in the book world in a different way. :)

  3. Awkward, my ass. You’re already so comfortable in front of the camera, it’s like talking to you in person, which I would know ;D After watching this, I have three things at the forefront of my mind: 1) Heidi is good at vlogging and I can’t wait to watch more 2) I need to read a Gaiman book because I’m seriously feeling like a loser and 3) I hope Heidi likes Shadow and Bone. And little quick side thoughts about Shannon Hale and needing to read more and researching Susanna because I love those covers!!

    So lovely to spend time with you TWICE in ONE MONTH. :DD

    • Heidi says:

      Hahaha, well, I did have to edit out like 50 ums in that first video, but it’s getting easier every time! I’m so glad it’s like talking to me in person. :)

      You DO need to read some Neil Gaiman. And aren’t the Susanna Kearsley covers gorgeous? It’s a combo of historical fiction and contemp, and I’m really excited to finally read some. And YES, we totes got to hang out twice in one month and that pretty much rocks.

  4. Ahh this vlog was awesome, Heidi! I give you a tremendous amount of kudos for actually creating one. I look forward to watching more of them! :)
    As for the books: I approve wholeheartedly of Tithe, obviously. I loved Keturah and Lord Death. I’m one of those people who doesn’t love Marillier’s other works as much as the Sevenwaters series, so I wasn’t a huge fan of the Bridei Chronicles or Wolfskin, but I hope you enjoy them! You need to read The Goose Girl – I have a feeling you’ll love it. And honestly high fantasy is my go-to genre and I love Shadow and Bone, so I hope you do too when you finally decide to read it. Fantastic haul! I’m jealous you have access to so many great local stores & author signings!

    • Heidi says:

      Thanks, Amanda! I’ve been having a lot of fun vlogging. I’m glad you’re another yay for S&B! And I’m pretty certain I’m going to love Goose Girl (and kick myself for taking so long to read it) as well. I’m definitely going to be reading Tithe this month, but we’ll see what else pops up. I’m going to read at leas tone more Sevenwaters book before I give either of these other series a go.

  5. Holly says:

    Not awkward at all. I loved this. I didn’t quite make it through the whole thing, but what you’ve said about Fables intrigued me. I will be looking for it at the library. I always enjoy the occasional graphic novel I read. I should read more of the highly recommended ones. :)

  6. VeganYANerds says:

    Totally not awkward, Heids! I love watching vlogs so yay, one more blogger for me to watch (does that sound creepy?!) 😉

    I need to read some Holly Black already! I keep thinking I have Tithe but I have another book with a butterfly on it that is apparently not so good.

    I bought My Book of Life because of you! I promise to read it soon 😉

    I’m looking forward to trying Juliet’s work, I need to find the first book to whichever YA series she’s working on now.
    ETA: Shadowfell – thanks for naming it!

    I’m really interested to hear what you think of Shadow & Bone, even if I have to wait a year to hear your thoughts!

    I just read Crewel and I’m glad I picked up Altered at BEA!

    • Heidi says:

      Haha, it only sounds creepy when you point that out!

      I don’t love the Shadowfell series, so PLEASE still try Daughter of the Forest even if you don’t get into Shadowfell! And try some Holly Black. I’ve only read her Curse Workers series, but really want to read everything of hers. Did you get Coldest Girl in Coldtown at BEA?

      I’m glad you enjoyed Crewel enough to be excited for Altered!

  7. I’m so excited to see what you think of Wolfskin and S&B. I loved the latter when I read it but the sequel was much stronger for me. I see why it’s a miss with many readers, but something about Bardugo’s style and characters works well with me. Anyway, I’m really excited to see what you think of many of these titles. Enjoy your haul, Heidi! 😀

    • Heidi says:

      Yes, YOU were one of the people who made me reconsider reading S&B for sure. I’m excited about Wolfskin too–I’m planning to read CotP first, but I WILL get to it.

  8. Chachic says:

    Yay for your first vlog! Hope you had a lot of fun putting this together. I remember really liking Keturah and Lord Death but that was before I started reading a lot of YA so I’m not sure how it will hold up in a reread. I hope you’ll enjoy reading it too. It’s always a good thing when you have a book haul with Juliet Marillier books in it. 😛 And yes, you need to read The Goose Girl – it’s one of my favorite fairy tale retellings.

    • Heidi says:

      I did! I’m having fun vlogging, I think it works really well for certain things. Good to hear you enjoyed Keturah! We shall see how it holds up.

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