I’m trying to get my head screwed back on post-vacation. I came down with a head cold the first day and have since been fighting the bastard plague, so things are very off kilter this week. There’s a good reason why I’m four days late in posting this weeks edition of Perks.
So, here’s what I came home too after being in the wild woods of Virginia for a week.
(There were no woods. I was on the coast.)
I was very excited to see a copy of Light by Michael Grant. I can now finish the last three books of the series (which I read the last time I was in that part of Virginia, ironically). I’m currently working through Plague, which is good. However, Grant’s imagination is really dark. And harsh. And inventive… and graphic. Suffice it to say I cannot read the book before going to bed. It’s genuinely nightmare inducing. To that end, I am cutting it with Nicole Williams New Adult title Crash. I’m still not sure how to feel about New Adult, but I am trying to develop a learned opinion about it. At the point I am at in the book I like the main character, Lucy, more than her love interest. It’s first person though. That often happens with me, falling in love with the narrator vs. the intended romantic target. That said, Jude is a piece of wood at this point. I get that he’s handsome, but that holds no weight with me. I’ve seen cardboard with more diverse personality than him. I hope, if she’s to be falling for him, that there is something to fall for.
I’m officially at the point with my incoming books where I can no longer keep up. I have series that I’m receiving the second book on and I have not read the first one yet (The Eternity Cure, The Shadow Wars, New Lands… I am looking at you). As much as I read I cannot keep up with the influx of books. That copy of The Circle… Yeah. That’s the second one I got, the first being a British copy (by way of a Swedish release) that I bought a year ago that I am supposed to have read for my International Challenge this year… none of which titles I have actually started so far.
…That means that I have had a UK/Swedish book long enough for an American publisher to buy the rights…
…First world problems… first world problems… first world problems…
I wouldn’t feel so bad if I didn’t genuinely worry about getting ahead of the curb for the store I work in. And my house filling up. I have a new release end cap at the store that is currently covered by books, all of which I have ARCs for and NONE of which I read.
(First world problems).
I don’t feel like I’m getting anything done, and yet all I have read in the last month were books not out yet… so I’m just deluged. Massively. Deluged.
But I love it. Every minute, and every page.
Well, that’s it for the week. A whole lot of whinging.
(I am sick, after all).
What are you most looking forward to?
- All the Truth That’s in Me – Julie Berry. Advanced reader’s copy.
- Winterveil – Jenna Burtenshaw. Advanced reader’s copy. Duplicate.
- The Testing – Joelle Charbonneau. Advanced reader’s copy. Duplicate.
- The Circle – Sara B. Elfgren and Mats Strandberg. Advanced reader’s copy.
- Deviant – Helen Fitzgerald. Advanced reader’s copy.
- Escape Theory – Margaux Froley. Advanced reader’s copy.
- Unnatural Creatures – Neil Gaiman. Advanced reader’s copy.
- Teacher’s Pest – Charles Gilman. Advanced reader’s copy.
- Light – Michael Grant. Advanced reader’s copy.
- I’ll Be Seeing You – Suzanne Hayes and Loretta Nyhan. Advanced reader’s copy.
- The Eternity Cure – Julie Kagawa. Advanced reader’s copy.
- Garden Princess – Kristin Kladstrup. Advanced reader’s copy.
- In the After – Demetria Lunetta. Advanced reader’s copy. Duplicate.
- Another Little Piece – Kate Karyus Quinn. Advanced reader’s copy. Duplicate.
- The Sweet Dead Life – Joy Preble. Advanced reader’s copy.
- The Shadow Wars – Rod Rees. Advanced reader’s copy.
- New Lands – Geoff Rodkey. Advanced reader’s copy.
- The Rithmatist – Brandon Sanderson. Advanced reader’s copy.
- Ink – Amanda Sun. Advanced reader’s copy.
- The 5th Wave – Rick Yancey. Advanced reader’s copy. Duplicate.
- The Hostage Prince – Jane Yolen and Adam Stemple. Advanced reader’s copy.
– Follow the Reader –