The Perks of Being a Bookseller: Part 4
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  • January 21, 2013
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Well, it only took three weeks, but I messed up an edition of The Perks of Being a Bookseller. Somehow I have two less books represented in the photo than I have in the final list that I post on the bottom of each Perks post… and I can’t be bothered to figure it out for myself. If one of you kind folks wants to do it for me, I’ll post the photo of said books AFTER THE FACT… Like, next week.
…for the record, there are actually four fewer books. But my co-worker inherited two of them before I could photo them. They were sequels to things she was desperate for. So, there’s that.
This was the haul from this week.

 Penguin came in this week. Added to the mix are general who-s’its-and-what-s’its from a few other fine pubs. I generally build up the pile until I have 6 or 7 to take the photo… or until another pub box comes in. To date in 2013 I have received Spring and Summer ARCs from Harpercollins, Simon and Schuster, Penguin, and Macmillan (but only their spring catalog, as they are usually later than the others for seasonal books). 
That means I am expecting Random House still. And whatever trickles in from Houghton Mifflin, Scholastic, and Hachette (the latter three pubs are never regular big ones from me, but I usually get the highlights).
(In a good way)
I still want to get a firm connection to get ARCs from Entangled, Flux, Harlequin, Kensington, Sourcebooks, and Strange Chemistry. Those are secondary goals this year. We’ll see if that sticks. 
(Pubs, if you are reading this and want another reader, hit me up at )
The pile is mostly HC, but there’s a few other final goodies in there. Five of these were doubles. HC has taken to sending me ARCs through 3 or 4 mailing outlets now, so I usually get everything that many times… which is why my giveaways tend to be Harper heavy. After I give them away to co-workers, store reviewers, friends, etc… well, then you guys get the rest for guff. And there is a lot of guff, trust me.
I have guff coming out of every part of my house!

(You should also enter THIS GIVEAWAY while you’re at it)

And the last hoorah for the week… my first New Adult (from HC). Which, oddly enough, I am weirdly excited about from a bookseller’s point of view (despite MY THOUGHTS on the awful genre name). It’s not often one witnesses the birth of a new genre/subsection. 
So, once again, there is that.
Also, I bought my second book for the year (which means I have to read it as per my goalwar challenge for the year). Said title was The Hallowed Ones by Laura Bickle, which completely squeaked by me in interest until this week when I saw which authors I loved were vamping it (Melissa Marr and Lauren DeStefano). To me it sounds like Carrie Ryan’s The Forest of Hands and Teeth, which I unexpectedly loved. So, we’ll see if it holds up to that expectation. I never got an ARC, because it’s Houghton Mifflin and, like I said earlier, they’re dodgier than other pubs for consistency (and why can I never spell CONSISTENCY right on the first go? Spell check always has to fix it for me, same with IMMEDIATELY). I get them, but it’s through the store and it’s random. We’ll see if I can improve that this year as well.
So far this year I have to read these books, because I spent actual money on them, which means they are more precious to me –
The Hallowed Ones by Laura Bickle
Broken by A.E. Rought
We’ll see when I get to them. Here’s what’s coming down the pipe. I have the last 100 pages of Beautiful Chaos left to read today and I will start Beautiful Redemption immediately afterwards, which is the only one of the series I have not read. Lately I am trying two things – One is to reread a series leading up to the last book (only the ones that I love) The second is I am trying to disconnect myself from ogling the interwebs all night. I tend to lurk on my favourite sites and waste time. A LOT of time. I realized this week that sitting in one spot with my i-pod cuts down the distracting influence of the computer… it’s like the bloody star of Bethlehem at times (oh, luring glow of the computer *pet pet*). However, if I sit with my headphones and shuffle my music I can clock in 200 pages a night.
Not to say I’ll always do that, but, you know… it’s nice to know that I can. 
 I’m thinking I want to read some good YA Science Fiction or Dystopian next. Here are my (narrowed down) options. What should I go for?

With that said, I’m off to read before work.
What are you looking forward to that I just acquired? What should I abandon my science-fiction bend for?
Oh, and here’s the actual list, for any who would like to figure out my mistake. 
JANUARY PERKS (Week 14 – 21)
  1. The Outlaws of Sherwood Street: Giving to the Poor –Peter Abrahams. Advanced Reading Copy.
  2. Goblin Secrets – William Alexander. Final hardcover format.
  3. The Shadow Girl – Jennifer Archer. Advanced Reading Copy. Duplicate.
  4. Demonosity – Amanda Ashby. Advanced Reading Copy.
  5. 45 pounds (more or less) – K.A. Barson. Advanced Reading Copy.
  6. The Hallowed Ones – Laura Bickle. Final quality paperback format. Bought.
  7. Texting the Underworld – Ellen Booraem. Advanced Reading Copy.
  8. Taken – Erin Bowman. Advanced Reading Copy. Duplicate.
  9. Summerset Abbey – T.J. Brown. Final quality paperback format.
  10. Al Capone Does my Homework – Gennifer Choldenko. Advanced Reading Copy.
  11. All I Need – Susane Colasanti. Advanced Reading Copy.
  12. Pretty Girls-13 – Liz Coley. Advanced Reading Copy. Duplicate.
  13. House of Secrets – Chris Columbus and Ned Vizzinni. Advanced Reading Copy. Duplicate.
  14. Invisibility – Andrea Cremer and David Levithan. Advanced Reading Copy.
  15. Dead Silence – Kimberly Derting. Advanced Reading Copy. Duplicate.
  16. The Mon and More – Sarah Dessen. Advanced Reading Copy.
  17. Emma Emmets: Playground Matchmaker – Julia DeVillers. Advanced Reading Copy.
  18. Moxie and the are of Rule Breaking – Erin Dionne. Advanced Reading Copy.
  19. The Waffler – Gail Donovan. Advanced Reading Copy.
  20. The Saturday Boy – David Fleming. Advanced Reading Copy.
  21. Our Song – Jordana Fraiberg. Advanced Reading Copy.
  22. Firecracker – David Iserson. Advanced Reading Copy.
  23. The Uninvited Guests – Sadie Jones. Fine quality paperback format.
  24. Wasteland – Susan Kim & Laurence Klavan. Advanced Reading Copy. Duplicate.
  25. The Feros – Wesley King. Advanced Reading Copy.
  26. Magic Bone: Be Careful what you Sniff For – Nancy Krulick. Advanced Reading Copy.
  27. Rogue – Lyn Miller-Lachmann. Advanced Reading Copy.
  28. Five Summers – Una LaMarche. Advanced Reading Copy.
  29. Ashes on the Waves – Mary Lindsey. Advanced Reading Copy.
  30. Proxy – Alex London. Advanced Reading Copy.
  31. Tarnish  – Katherine Longshore. Advanced Reading Copy.
  32. No Easy Way Out – Dayna Lorentz. Advanced Reading Copy.
  33. The Theory of Everything – Kari Luna. Advanced Reading Copy.
  34. Sylo – D.J. MacHale. Advanced Reading Copy.
  35. Clueless McGee: And the Inflatable Pants – Jeff Mack. Advanced Reading Copy.
  36. Arclight – Josin McQuien. Advanced Reading Copy. Duplicate.
  37. Asunder – Jodi Meadows. Advanced Reading Copy. Duplicate.
  38. The Apprentices – Maile Meloy and Ian Schoenherr. Advanced Reading Copy. Not pictured – Gave it to my co-worker.
  39. The Life of Ty: Penguin Problems – Lauren Myracle. Advanced Reading Copy.
  40. The Corner of Bitter and Sweet – Robin Palmer. Advanced Reading Copy.
  41. Belladonna – Fiona Paul. Advanced Reading Copy.
  42. Monster Juice: Fear the Barfitron – M.D. Payne. Advanced Reading Copy.
  43. The Mouse with the Question Mark Tail. Advanced Reading Copy.
  44. Jealousy – Lili Peloquin. Advanced Reading Copy.
  45. The Hidden Summer – Gin Phillips. Advanced Reading Copy.
  46. Earthbound – Aprilynne Pike. Advanced Reading Copy.
  47. New Lands – Geoff Rodkey. Advanced Reading Copy. Not pictured – Gave it to my co-worker.
  48. The Wells Bequest – Polly Shulman. Advanced Reading Copy.
  49. On Little Wings – Regina Sirois. Advanced Reading Copy.
  50. Star Cursed – Jessica Spotswood. Advanced Reading Copy.
  51. Golden Boy – Tara Sullivan. Advanced Reading Copy.
  52. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea – April Genevieve Tucholke. Advanced Reading Copy.
  53. How (not) to Find a Boyfriend – Allyson Valentine. Advanced Reading Copy.
  54. Ellray Jakes: The Dragon Slayer – Sally Warner and Brian Briggs. Advanced Reading Copy.
  55. Fragments – Dan Wells. Advanced Reading Copy. Duplicate.
  56. A Certain Slant of Light – Laura Whitcomb. Advanced Reading Copy.
  57. Under the Light – Laura Whitcomb. Advanced Reading Copy.
  58. Crash – Nicole Williams. Fine quality paperback format.
  59. Clash – Nicole Williams. Fine quality paperback format.
  60. Imposter – Susanne Winnacker. Advanced Reading Copy.
  61. Literally Disturbed – Ben H. Winters. Advanced Reading Copy.

– BP 


Lisa Mandina

2013-01-21 15:51:48 Reply

Wow. We get some ARCs at the Barnes and Noble where I work part time, but never that many! And it seems we get less and less these days. 🙁


2013-01-21 16:17:40 Reply

The Penguin one came through the store. It was all kids, which defaults to me (I run the children’s section). I also get a lot through my home thanks to this blog.