May Rewind and Book Haul

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June 2, 2013 by Heidi

Hi bookish friends! Did you miss me whilst I was off being bookish in real life and completely neglecting all of you on the interwebs?  Well never fear, I’m BACK and ready for action.  Or at least some enthusiastic fangirling.  Okay, per usual my book haul is ridiculous for the month, and I’ll include very quick opinions for you on those books I’ve already finished but may not have had the chance to review.  The books I picked up at BEA this year are not included, but will be seen in my BEA recap post instead. Enjoy!

Borrowed

May Library Book Haul

 

Audio Goodness:

Call the Midwife: A True Story of the East End in the 1950s by Jennifer Worth–The book one of my favorite shows was based off of!  Was nominated for (but did not win) an Audie in Solo Female Narration.
The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey–Starting the third of four series I swore I’d complete this year!
The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly–This next month’s YAckers pick!
If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch–May’s YAckers pick…we were unanimously disappointed in the lack of rolls for Richard Armitage. Read my thoughts here.
The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold–Bujold was an oft recommended name during Kristen’s Women in SciFi and Fantasy month, so of course I jumped on that bandwagon.  The audio produciton for this book was excellent!  Highly recommended for those who enjoy political and dark high fantasy where the gods meddle in everyone’s personal lives.
His Majesty’s Dragon and Throne of Jade by Naomi Novik–I listened to these first two books in the Temeraire series.  Really liked the first, but didn’t really get into the second so I’m not sure I’m going to continue.  Still–DRAGONS IN THE NAPOLEONIC WARS…if that doesn’t pique your interest, nothing I can say will.

Library Goodies:

On the Prowl by Patricia Briggs–Picked up to read the Alpha and Omega novella.
Hex Appeal by Ilona Andrews–Picked up to read the latest Kate short!
The Odyssey Graphic Novels by Tim Mucci and Gareth Hinds–I’ve read the Mucci one thus far–liked the art style a lot, but the story felt quite rushed.
The Crown of Embers by Rae Carson!!! This and The Bitter Kingdom are largely responsible for my veritable disappearance from the interwebs for about a week there…such a fantastic series to binge read (and that makes 2/4 of my sworn series reads complete!).
Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers–Loved this one just as much as Grave Mercy, but what I think I love most is how completely different the two ended up being.  I really recommend this series to anyone who enjoys badass chicks and historicals with a touch of fantasy.

Bought/Gifted

May Book Haul

 

I’m a Weener!

I had a crazy lucky month with giveaways!  I was lucky enough to win two of the Women in SciFi and Fantasy Month Giveaways and received Grail of the Summer Stars by Freda WarringtonRange of Ghosts by Elizabeth Bear, and Beggars in Spain by Nancy Kress, all of which I’m super geeked to read (not to mention the cover work on all of these is awesome).  I also won a copy of The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker and got to choose Prospero Lost by L. Jagi Lamplighter when I won Alyssa’s Shakespeare giveaway.

I purchased a copy of Game by Barry Lyga when he was at my Barnes and Noble (alas, no event recap for this one), though I may put it off till the next one’s out due to his informing me there is not cliffhanger, there are four cliffhangers.  I bought the e-book of Wicked in Your Arms by Sophie Jordan because I’ve been into historical romance lately and she came recommended.  I also bought the new serial project, Indexing by Seanan McGuire.  The first section is released, and I loved it.  We’re talking a fairy tale government bureau here folks!  Leave your poisoned apples at the door and sign up for a new section every two weeks.

Flannery gave me a copy of Queen & Commander by Janine A. Southard, an author who’s a friend of hers, and I’m quite intrigued!  Finally, Kristina was kind enough to pass along Loki’s Wolves by K.L Armstrong and M.A. Marr because she knew I was keen to read it!

For Review

May ARC Book Haul

 

From FSG: This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila SalesI saw Leila at the Teen Author Carnival and BEA and she is lovely (her spirit book is Curly Girl!).  Asher devoured this one yesterday and is in love, clearly I’m pumped.  Also Tumble & Fall by Alexandra Coutts.

From First Second: Graphic novels, yay!! Templar by Jordan Mechnar, LeUyen Pham, and Alex Puvilland, Genius by Steven T. Seagle, and Teddy Kristiansen, Fairy Tale Comics: Classic Tales Told by Extraordinary Cartoonists ed by Chris Duffy. 

From Walden Pond Press: The Real Boy by Anne Ursu.  Guys, I loved Ursu’s previous book, Breadcrumbs, a fantastic modern-day retelling of one of my all time favorite fairy tales–The Snow Queen.  I cannot wait to see what she has in store for us with her next book. 

May Top 5 Reads

May Top 5 Reads

  1. The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson
  2. Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers
  3. The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold
  4. The Crown of Embers by Rae Carson
  5. School Spirits by Rachel Hawkins

May Top 5 Posts

May Top 5 Posts

  1. If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch Audio Review
  2. Ranty Pants on 3 Star Books and Mini Review of Boundless by Cynthia Hand
  3. Happy Mother’s Day! Top 5 Literary Moms
  4. Criminal by Terra Elan McVoy
  5. Quintana of Charyn by Melina Marchetta
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10 comments »

  1. Woah, this is NOT your BEA re-cap post? I can’t wait! (Did you snag TDT? I think that was the only book I was absolutely DYING for!) Anyway, I’m so glad you see you enjoyed Crown of Embers and Dark Triumph – they were both fantastic reads – and I plan to read Yancey’s Monstrumologist Series this summer too. Hopefully. I had no idea there was a new Kate novella, so thanks for that heads-up – I’ll have to check it out soon – and we’ll have to compare historical romance titles since I’ve been reading quite a few of those recently as well. Also, I am so excited to see what you think of This Song Will Save Your Life, not to mention The Game which I am studiously avoiding because of the cliffhangers. Great haul, Heidi, and I’m so glad you’re back! :)

    • Heidi says:

      Well, fair warning, the Kate story is a short story and it’s not about Kate, so don’t be too stressed about tracking it down (although it is good). Whose historical romance have you been reading? I was interested in picking up the Sarah MacLean book at BEA, but didn’t. I’ve been loving Lauren Willig, and just picked up a ton of books by Susanna Kearsley who I saw last night (though hers are more literary than romance). Dude, I really think I’m going to put off reading Game, though I’m happy to own it, but I’ve heard nothing but wonderful things about This Song Will Save Your Life thus far!

  2. Li says:

    What – you were being bookish in real life??? How very dare you… 😉

    I’m very jealous about the Seanan McGuire serial – it’s US-only (at the moment possibly?).

    Seriously – great haul, and I’m looking forward to your BEA recap.

    • Heidi says:

      Hehe, I know, right?

      Is the serial US only? Boo. I DO know that they’ll release it in its entirety to be more widely available once the book is complete towards the end of the year, so hopefully you’re able to pick it up then.

  3. Okay, I know we’ve gotten to talk about the fact that you loved the last two books in Rae’s series and Dark Triump IN PERSON, which is still such a cool thing to say, but I’m just so geeked at how much you loved them. I treasure those books, especially Rae’s and I’m so happy to know they effected you just as strongly!

    AND THIS SONG WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE. Bro. I think you have an inkling on how I feel about it, but let me just say it’s definitely an all-time favorite for me. And I don’t have many contemporaries on that list when you consider I read tons in a year.

    I can’t wait for your recap post, which is bound to be awesome!

    • Heidi says:

      YES! We have gotten to talk about the goodness in person! You’ve made me so much more excited to read This Song Will Save Your Life than I was already, seriously. I don’t read many contemps either, but that’s one of the few that seems like a must read to me.

  4. Looks like you had a good month! GAME is such a huge set of cliffhangers!! I died. I was expecting an ending like I HUNT KILLERS that kinda wrapped it up with leaving it open for another book, but NO IT JUST ENDS WITHOUT RESOLUTION. So if I were you, I’d wait too!

    • Heidi says:

      Yes, thanks, Molly! I really think I’m going to have to wait on Game in order to keep myself from being VERY angry. 😛

  5. Oh yes indeed–there actually are four cliffies in GAME, come to think of it! I’m getting progressively grumpier thinking about it, hah.

    I’m really looking forward to reading your bookish BEA post, Heidi! Yay for booklove.

    • Heidi says:

      Haha, yeah, I really think I need to hold off on reading Game for my own sanity and health. Still haven’t written my BEA post–soon, hopefully?

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