Of Book Hauls and Signings

I shall keep this post sweet and short, because honestly all I want to do this morning is play Final Fantasy XV and read A Conjuring of Light (but let’s face it, I’m probably doing neither because I have lesson plans to write and papers to grade *sobs*).

Last week and the week before I was lucky enough to attend two book signings at my favorite book shop! Of course, this meant a breakage in the bank, but OMG my haul is pretty lovely. And the authors were fantabulous.

From the Tor side of things…

So um. A Conjuring of Light came out late February, and obviously the first thing I was thinking was: “WHEN IS SCHWAB COMING TO TOWN AND I CANNOT WAIT TO GET MY HANDS ON THIS BOOK.” The lines for Schwab were absolutely ridiculous that I was getting paranoid about making it on time. Thankfully, I managed to dash out of work without having to inflict any physical injury on other persons on my way there, hah.

Seriously, you guys, I’m 300 pages into ACOL and LOVING IT. I mean…I totally cried at least once already. Maybe twice. And I totally squeed several times already. And yelled at characters to get a room (an advice they seemed to have heeded occasionally *COUGHSQUEECOUGH*) because my god that tension. And and and…oh god, okay, I’ll review this at some point.

Also! I had been oggling Truthwitch for ages, and borrowed a library copy to read prior to Dennard showing up at Books of Wonder. Unfortunately, the reading didn’t happen on time, but I decided I wanted a copy of at least the first book anyway, because hell, I’ve bought books in the past that I don’t plan on reading at all, and honestly, I feel like I’d actually like Truthwitch. Susan Dennard should totally be my friend. Not only is she a Dragon Age fan, but like Schwab, she’s also an Avatar: The Last Airbender fan. She’s ALSO a Zutara fan. (YES SOMEONE I KNOW IN PERSON IS A ZUTARA FAN, I MEAN, WHAT.)

Not pictured, but I also got a signed copy of Goldenhand by Garth Nix, because I mean, let’s complete that signed Abhorsen hardcover collection I have sitting prettily on my shelf. No, really, though, I do want to read this next book. Eventually.

God, I just love authors.

From the Penguin side of things…

Let’s be honest here, I was totally hoping Flame in the Mist galleys would be thrown at the audience during this tour, but hell, there was a stellar set of ladies kicking off their tours, and I’ve been meaning to get Rebel of the Sands for the longest time. Alwyn Hamilton’s sequel also came out, but I opted to get just the first book for now. Lesley Livingston’s The Valiant also caught my eye because um, hello, princess-turned-gladiator? Yaaaaaas. Livingston herself was such a dork, I loved her.

AND I AM A LITTLE JEALOUS of the girl who actually DID get an ARC of Flame in the Mist from Renee Ahdieh. But omgah, Ahdieh was awesome enough to let me take some swag and a signed poster! I cannot wait to Food and Fandomize Ahdieh’s next book…though I am still trying to figure out the best opportunity to make myself a full-blown Persian meal…

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Stacking the Shelves: No. 12

Yep. I’ve pretty much blown my book budget for the next few months. Here’s to me AVOIDING any more purchases…until July.

Because the Schwab books are obviously calling to me…real loudly.

But I won’t dwell on that right now. Nope.

Stacking the Shelves

We are all book lovers and the need to share our enthusiasm is sometimes overwhelming. Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

If you’re anything like me, you are probably hoarding books and even though you are excited about your latest book arrival, it might be a while before you get to review it and Stacking The Shelves is a good way to express your undying enthusiasm for those titles!

For more information, click here.

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Purchases

Mind, a bunch of these purchases did not entirely occur over the course of the week. They did, however, happen over the course of the month. I’m almost disgusted by my disability to say no to book event awesomeness and Book Outlet deals. #noselfcontrol

The Girl who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente

The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski (slightly bummed that I forgot to take this copy to Marie for signing)

Stars Above by Marissa Meyer (yaaaaay more Lunar Chronicles stuff!)

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch (the hardcover deal on Book Outlet tho…)

Mass Effect: Homeworlds by Mac Walters, Patrick Weekes, John Dombrow, and Sylvia Feketekuty (honestly I got this particular volume because of one turian’s story arc…)

And then I went to a book signing for Fantastic Teen Fiction at Books of Wonder. That pretty much killed my budget entirely, lol!

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It was fun, though! The ladies were a hoot and a half and delivered anecdotes that made me laugh and smile super-widely. No regrets there.

The Wrath & the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

The Rose & the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh

The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

Library Borrows

Deadman Wonderland Vol. 2 by Jinsei Kataoka

Deadman Wonderland Vol. 3 by Jinsei Kataoka

Deadman Wonderland Vol. 4 by Jinsei Kataoka

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell (because more Rowell please!)

E-Books

Secrets in the Snow by Michaela MacColl

The Looking Glass Wars: Crossfire by Frank Beddor, Curtis Clark, and Sami Makkonen

The Assassin Game by Kirsty McKay

A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet

Blood of the Earth by Faith Hunter

Because I’m totally not behind on reviews as is…

Anyway. Until July?

 

Stacking the Shelves: No. 4

NO SELF-CONTROL. That is how I managed to get myself into the mess of adding more books to my pile. That and the fact that Books of Wonder was holding another author event; after missing BEA (both Armchair BEA and the actual BEA–especially when I work SMACK DAB IN THE MIDDLE OF NYC), I needed my book-fix and I had to take it elsewhere or I would be miserable for the entire weekend. This is totally me justifying my lack of self-control, by the way.

Stacking the Shelves

We are all book lovers and the need to share our enthusiasm is sometimes overwhelming. Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

If you’re anything like me, you are probably hoarding books and even though you are excited about your latest book arrival, it might be a while before you get to review it and Stacking The Shelves is a good way to express your undying enthusiasm for those titles!

For more information, click here.

Hard Copy Acquisitions

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It may have been a string of luck, coincidence, and grievance that brought me to check in on Books of Wonder an hour before their Friday event, “Fantastic Teen Fiction.” Some of the authors already piqued my interest, though admittedly, it was Rae Carson’s name that prompted me to stay. I thought about buying just the first book to satisfy my curiosity. Then I felt weird just getting The Girl of Fire and Thorns when they were highlighting The Bitter Kingdom, and then I felt weird about getting just the third book when I didn’t have TGoFaT and The Crown of Embers. So. Naturally, I wound up getting all three.

This is less of a splurge than I did with the Garth Nix books, but still, no less awesome. I started reading the first few pages of The Girl of Fire and Thorns while I waited and already I’m appreciating how much she put into the world. I am certainly looking forward to reading all three fantasy books. And to the kissing. And hijinks.

Library Borrows

Glory in Death by J.D. Robb – Had to get my fix in for this type of book somewhere!

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss – I started the book a bit, but it’s currently taken a back-burner to Novik’s Uprooted.

e-ARCs

A Whole New World by Liz Braswell

Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty

Gotham Academy Vol. 1: Welcome to Gotham Academy by Becky Cloonan, Brendan Fletcher

Of Signings and Shelf-Stacks

Now, I’ve been to author signings before, but usually none quite so specific and cozy as an actual bookstore signing. Last Wednesday pretty much marks the first and hopefully one of several excursions to Books of Wonder for an author reading and signing of a newly-launched title.

The author in question? Fantasy and sci-fi writer Garth Nix.

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I got introduced to Nix pretty young-ish, probably in elementary school, beginning of high school. At the time, Sabriel stuck out to me because it was about a girl fresh out of non-magical finishing school who undergoes a journey to the magical world in order to find her necromancer father. I mean, hello, female protagonist? Good necromancers? A kingdom rife with Free and Charter Magics? Sold on the first read.

It took longer to get into the rest of the Old Kingdom series because I’d initially thought Sabriel was a one-off. At the time, it was. Then Lirael and Abhorsen came out almost a decade later (which I then read and devoured sometime in my college years). And Clariel was launched almost twenty years after Sabriel came out. So yeah, long waits.

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Quite unlike the original trilogy, Clariel takes place some six hundred years before the events in Sabriel, to a more prosperous Old Kingdom. While I adored Sabriel and Mogget, and fell in love with Sam and Lirael, it wasn’t the characters that drew me into the stories to begin with. The most distinct qualities of Nix’s Old Kingdom series had always been the world itself; the non-magical Ancelstierre and the creatures and magic of the Old Kingdom. I’ve always loved reading about Charter Magic, and Free Magic, and when the Clayr showed up, I was all “OOH YAY MORE PRETTY PEOPLES AND MAGIC STUFF”. So Clariel has almost none of the characters of its predecessors. Doesn’t matter. I’m going to the Old Kingdom again, yay!

It also helped that there’s a dragon-like creature on the cover. Seriously awesome.

The wait hadn’t been long, either. Well, I’d gotten to the bookstore an hour before the event, and bought myself a copy of Clariel. The waiting number wasn’t too bad, either; 139 may seem like a lot, but the queue actually started at 131, so I was at a good position signing-wise. That said, while I was pretty early, I wasn’t the only one, and waiting around for the author to show up wasn’t as long and arduous as I thought it would be.

nix3What I did love about the particular waiting experience had been the fact that I was amidst a group of Nix fans. Which, in turn, probably meant that they were fantasy book fans. I’m normally not very talkative with strangers, but put me in a room with people who have similar tastes as I, and there was bound to be an abundance of conversation! Half an hour of gushing about Tamora Pierce and Avatar: The Last Airbender/The Legend of Korra and before I knew it, the event was well under way to starting!

The whole event comprised of excerpt readings from Nix’s “first self-published story” and of course, from Clariel. Thankfully he didn’t read out anything too spoilery, since I haven’t started the book itself (truthfully, I don’t plan to until sometime next year, once I’ve re-read SabrielLirael, and Abhorsen). Then it boiled down to a Q&A session, which had been very insightful, and finally the signing and brief meet n’ greet time. Sadly, by that point, my phone ran out of battery, so asking for a picture with the author was out of the question. At least I got a shot of him doing his excerpt reading…

And to top it off, of course I ended up buying the rest of the Old Kingdom novels. I already do own a copy of Sabriel (the original cover, if that), but since I didn’t own the other books, getting a full set with similar covers was too much to pass up. Now, if I can only find the shelf-space for them.

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Oh well! Where there’s a will, there’s a way!