The Perks of Being a Bookseller: Part 20
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  • May 28, 2013
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Hello all.
It’s storming here and I am unable to go out to walk. So, I’m here a day late to bring you this week’s Perks.


I hope that all of my American friends had a good Memorial day holiday. I spent it with the Beekeeper and we saw Star Trek Into Darkness, which was solidly entertaining. Despite both of us not being avid Star Trek fans.

(Yes, we went because Benedict Cumberbatch was in it. And yes, we are Sherlock fans.)
But, that is not why you are here. You are here to see what I got this week from various pubs and book channels. And, without further adieu, here it is.
– Please excuse the wretchedly bad photo. This is what I get for shooting at night during storms  –

– Behold, a box from Harpercollins! –
– Said contents of said Harpercollins box –
– Finals! –
– A manuscript that Penguin Dutton sent me to provide an ARC blurb for… yes folks, an ARC blurb! Squee!!! *doeshappydance*
– My favourite cover that I received this week. I still have not read the first one, but on the covers alone I probably should  –
 (Here’s the first one’s cover, which I used to have an ARC of but no longer do. My bad!)
So, those are the acquisitions from this week. I am super excited about Archetype by M.D. Waters. I have only had time to read 30 pages or so due to the fact that I am currently reading another Dutton ARC, this one through Netgalley, Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead.


It’s not bad, but I am doing a read-a-long with a couple of people and I am matching my reading pace to theirs. And I have to read it on my computer because I don’t as of yet own an e-reader. —


(enter lengthy, open bracket tangent about my non-owning of a e-reading device)


(I’m gunning for an i-pad though. Someone should send me one.)




(No really, my birthday is next week after all. That would make an ever so wonderful, unexpectedly joyful present 😉


(…Is not above asking for expensive i-pads that I can’t afford when I cannot even purchase a new mattress for myself. Which takes priority with any extra funds, unless I receive one of those as a present. Anyone want to send me a mattress? Preferably a NEW mattress? Not a used mattress.)


(Not above asking for mattresses either apparently. Buggers are also bloody expensive. Which is why I can’t have nice things like i-pads, because things break down. Like cars. And kitchen things. And cats. And mattresses. And despite the nicety of having free books I can’t eat them. And they can’t pay rent. And neither can the cats, who occasionally break down. So, we save our money for practical things like mattresses in lieu of i-pad gadgets… which we can’t afford either because MATTRESSES ARE EXPENSIVE YET EVER SO NECESSARY ITEMS!!! And we’d rather have an i-pad than a new mattress but we also understand that having an i-pad in lieu of a mattress is the worst first world problem we have ever heard of. And to our annoyance we have devolved into talking in third person about both i-pads and mattresses and ourselves… because we are inherently Gollum and obsessed with precious, impractical, shiny, gateway-to-all-that-is-evil things.)


(However, birthday girl. *points at self* Next week even. That’s enough time to send me something cool. And precious. Like preciouses. And i-pads.)




(Tangent complete. Back to whinging about my non-e-reader.)


(closed bracket)


— There’s only so much comfort that reading on the computer can provide. It’s not curling up on the couch with the Beekeeper and a cup of tea… and a kitty… or two… and blankets and pillows… and no stitch in my neck or computer eye strain.

Damn you Netgalley, sweet sweet cursed siren’s song of free book accessibility!

(I actually love it, but I hate the non-e-reader thing. But we deal.)


Gameboard is still doing it for me. It’s sucked me in, and seems to be doing the same for the other two in the readalong. I figured it would happen, but it’s always good to have affirmation on suspicion.


By the by, my friends included in the readalong are:


My Friends are Fiction


Scott Reads It


(Go say hi from me.)

I am also reading the eleventh Sookie Stackhouse book by Charlaine Harris, Dead Reckoning. It’s my “brain needs to shut off” book, since I am reading two very high concept Science Fiction books, both with shades of Biopunk to them. It’s good to have candy books once in a while, and I do love this series. Only two books after this and I will be very done with the series. And I feel good about that at this point in time.
Please do not spoil the ending of Dead Ever After for me.

I know people are pissed about it, which makes me very suspicious of the ending. I have a really good theory about why and I would rather have it unveiled naturally reading the book.


I need to fault back into my YA arcs, which I am hoping to once I get the last couple of Sookie books done, and these two adult titles… oh, strike that… I have another adult title waiting for me on Netgalley that I need to read (A Study in Silks by Emma Jane Holloway). I can have several books going at once, I have finally trained myself to do that and trust me it’s a feat of skill (lots of discipline, I tell you. Lots!). But the books have to be vastly different from one another in order to keep my interest. I think this is why I read the first 30 pages of Archetype and put it down until I am done with Gameboard. They’re not similar at all, but they are both Science Fiction. I do okay if I am reading something Historically set, a sci-fi, a fantasy, and maybe a horror, but not all the same genre. Too hard to keep up then.

And with that I must be off to the books. Gameboard calls, and I hope to finish it up in the next day or so. I’d love to finish it tonight. We’ll see.

What are you reading? What are you looking forward to read from this week’s perks?
– BP
Perks Week 20: May 20 – 27, 2013
  1. Marie Antoinette Serial Killer – Katie Alender. Advance Reader Copy.
  2. Sorrow’s Knot – Erin Bow. Advance Reader Copy.
  3. A Spark Unseen – Sharon Cameron. Advance Reader Copy.
  4. The Elite – Kiera Cass. Final Hardcover. Duplicate.
  5. Dualed – Elsie Chapman. Advance Reader Copy. Duplicate.
  6. Sweet Legacy – Tera Lynn Childs. Advance Reader Copy. Duplicate.
  7. Frozen – Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston. Advance Reader Copy. Duplicate.
  8. After Eden – Helen Douglas. Advance Reader Copy.
  9. The Rules for Disappearing – Ashley Elston. Advance Reader Copy. Duplicate.
  10. Don’t Look Now – Michelle Gagnon. Advance Reader Copy. Duplicate.
  11. Pictures of Hollis Woods – Patricia Reilly Giff. Final hardcover copy.
  12. Fifth Grave Past the Light – Darynda Jones. Advance Reader Copy.
  13. Kira-Kira – Cynthia Kadohata. Final hardcover copy.
  14. The Lost Kingdom – Matthew Kirby. Advance Reader Copy.
  15. God Save the Queen – Kate Locke. Final hardcover copy.
  16. Unfed – Kristy McKay. Advance Reader Copy.
  17. Arclight – Josin L. McQuien. Final Hardcover. Duplicate.
  18. Parallel – Lauren Miller. Final Hardcover. Duplicate.
  19. Thornhill – Kathleen Peacock. Advance Reader Copy. Duplicate.
  20. Life After Theft – Aprilynne Pike. Final Hardcover.
  21. Deception – CJ Redwine. Advance Reader Copy. Duplicate.
  22. Goblins – Philip Reeve. Advance Reader Copy.
  23. The Boyfriend App – Katie Sise. Final Hardcover.
  24. How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True – Sarah Strohmeyer. Final quality paperback. Duplicate.
  25. Reboot – Amy Tintera. Final Hardcover.
  26. Archetype – M.D. Waters. Manuscript.
  27. Starry Nights – Daisy Whitney. Advance Reader Copy.
And speaking of cats… well, you weren’t, but I am always speaking of cats… here are outtakes of the little brats in all of their nuzzly glory.

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