The Perks of Being a Bookseller – Part 23
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  • July 1, 2013

Hello all. It’s been a minute but I am back to bring you this week’s The Perks of Being a Bookseller. And last week’s… and two week’s ago.

Le sigh.

As many of you know I have moved blog domains and platforms. I am still getting used to WordPress elements, but slowly wins the race, right? There has been some conflicts that prevented an easy transition, but here we are and here we will stay (My singularly run site became The Royal We when I began paying money to Safe Shark Hosting for technical support). So, after exerting a Herculean effort worth of patience (something that severely limits me when it comes to technical jiggery-pokery) I am here. And I am now completely supported.

And Google cannot pull the plug on my blog.

Which I am quite happy about.

So, here we are and here we will remain for the duration… Until balls of fiery rocks rain from the sky and kill the electricity, which some conspiracy theorists believe may happen. So, short of the fabled Rapture this will be our new and improved home.

I’m still picking curtains and buying throw rugs, so the look of the blog is minimal. Think of it as I am moving into a new home and haven’t yet prettied the walls (or unpacked the four boxes that you inevitable stuff into a cupboard and forget about). The look will improve, with time. Right now, we must concentrate on books.

And speaking of books… BOOKS!



Swag from a Publisher breakfast. Guess what’s coming up as a giveaway….


(I spy with my little eye The Dream Thieves!!!)



The New adult… it crushes… it burns. I actually have a NA pile now. Thanks publishers. Thanks.



Swag bag from Macmillan.


Said contents of said swag bag.


I received a number of neat things while SSH was importing my blog. The most exciting thing was this lovely item.


(It was a purchase with Birthday money. Not a gift.)

Yay! I have my reading device finally. Unfortunately, it’s not being used for it’s originally purpose. Frankly, it’s mostly been used to play Castle Story, much to the Beekeeper’s eternal annoyance. I found that while the blog was in transition I could not request titles from Netgalley or Edelweiss. You’d think this would send me to the pile for reading material but no… I’ve just been playing Castle Story. And reading fluff. I blame Wedding brain, which has me all agog, as well as a few personal pathos and dramas I am currently undergoing. In light of said dramas my reading brain has run away and hid under a remote bridge somewhere (and, I presume, is rocking back and forth). I don’t know how much I will get done until after The Wedding.

Which looms. Ominously. Like impending doom.

(I’d so much rather elope.)

(My Wedding and the Red Wedding are like twinsies here.)

Other than that I am trying to push my wedding brain through two books. One is my book group title (which I picked) – Dreams Underfoot by Charles de Lint. It’s really uncouth to not finish the book that you have picked so I am pushing through it. Because it’s really bad form to make others read it and not finish it. Last night I read an absolutely beautiful and perfect short story in it – Timeskip. It’s fantastic, and I don’t even like time travel-ish elements in plot lines. I still loved it though. Like I said, perfect. I would recommend fans of Neil Gaiman and Holly Black to pick it up.


And  speaking of Neil Gaiman… guess who is seeing him speak and meeting him this week… this bookgeek. Who has two thumbs and a copy of The Graveyard Book and is hella excited… do I need to gesture my thumbs?

So. Bloody. Fucking. Excited.

(The fuck is there for intensification and nothing else)

(I have to stop saying “hella”. Curse you textspeak!)

So, that’s it. I’m excited about this new space and a lot of obvious NEW things coming up in life. What are you excited to read? What are you reading right now?

Oh, and by the by, Giveaway approacheth.

(Just saying)

And with that I’m off.

– BP

– Follow the Reader –



Perks 23 – June 10 – July 01, 2013

  1. The      True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp – Kathi Appelt. Advanced Readers Copy.
  2. The      Coldest Girl in Coldtown – Holly Black. Advanced Readers Copy. 2 copies.
  3. Antigoddess      – Kendare Blake. Advanced Readers Copy.
  4. The      Dark Unwinding – Sharon Cameron. Final Hardcover.
  5. A      Spark Unseen – Sharon Cameron. Advanced Readers Copy.
  6. Independent      Study – Joelle Charbonneau. Advanced Readers Copy.
  7. Goodbye,      Rebel Blue – Shelley Coriell. Advanced Readers Copy.
  8. Mrs.      Poe – Lynn Cullen. Advanced Readers Copy. 2 copies.
  9. Inhuman      – Kat Falls. Advanced Readers Copy.
  10. W is      for Wasted – Sue Grafton. Advanced Readers Copy.
  11. Charlie      Joe Jackson’s Guide to Not Reading – Tommy Greenwald. Final quality      paperback.
  12. Charming      – Elliott James. Advanced Readers Copy.
  13. Constable      and Toop – Gareth P. Jones. Advanced Readers Copy.
  14. Kinslayer      – Jay Kristoff. Advanced Readers Copy.
  15. Sick –      Tome Leveen. Advanced Readers Copy.
  16. Sylo –      D.J. MacHale. Final Hardcover copy.
  17. Crash      – Lisa McMann. Final Hardcover copy.
  18. Something      Red – Douglas Nicholas. Final quality paperback.
  19. Acid –      Emma Pass. Final quality paperback.
  20. Otis      Dooda – Ellen Poter. Final Hardcover.
  21. Torn –      K.A. Robinson. Advanced Readers Copy.
  22. Twisted      – K.A. Robinson. Advanced Readers Copy.
  23. Fangirl      – Rainbow Rowell. Advanced Readers Copy.
  24. Heartbeat      – Elizabeth Scott. Advanced Readers Copy.
  25. Accused      – Lisa Scottoline. Advanced Readers Copy.
  26. The      Rosie Project – Graeme Simsion. Advanced Readers Copy.
  27. The      Creature From the Closet – Obert Skye. Final Hardcover copy.
  28. The      Dream Thieves – Maggie Stiefvater. Advanced Readers Copy.
  29. Lockwood      & Co. – Jonathan Stroud. Advanced Readers Copy.
  30. My      Life as a Book – Janet Tashjian. Final quality paperback.
  31. All      Our Yesterdays – Cristin Terrill. Advanced Readers Copy.
  32. Sense      & Sensibility – Joanne Trollope. Advanced Readers Copy.
  33. Justin      Case – Rachel Vail. Final quality paperback.
  34. Doodlebug      – Karen Romano Young. Final quality paperback.
  35. Boy      Nobody – Allen Zadoff. Advanced Readers Copy.

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Kristen@My Friends Are Fiction

2013-07-01 15:55:36 Reply

What a haul! I can’t wait until you read Antigoddess. As you know, I am rather green over you having The Coldest Girl in Coldtown–but all good things come to those that wait right? I really love Sharon Cameron’s books. I hope you enjoy them!

Your wedding will go beautifully. It’s so hard leading up to it though…so stressful and no time to do things like read. *hugs*

Neil Gaiman! Awesome! I can’t wait to hear about it!


2013-07-01 16:38:53 Reply

Congrats! Good luck with wedding brain, I can’t even remember if I read anything in the months leading up to it. Considering I’m pretty sure I did- this is me after all- that’s just sad.
I’m currently reading Flock by Wendy Delsol. I just finished Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff and it caused my brain to explode.


    2013-07-01 20:20:50 Reply

    Explosion – I hope in a good way!