The Perks of Being a Bookseller – Part 35
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  • October 21, 2013

Hello all. How’s everyone’s Monday going? It’s my Wednesday, but I hear people every week blaming life deficiencies on the fact that it’s Monday… so, happy life deficiency and all-purpose screw up day… I guess?

Here’s what I received this week from publishers.


Yep, that’s it. Scholastic goodies and one Harpercollins book. I’m supposed to be getting something from Simon and Schuster this week so trust me, you’ll have more book porn. For the record, the “This is Teen” box is empty. I was just using it to get some height on the pile because I needed to. It’s been stormy here and every photo attempt I have made has been apocalyptic in tone. Because we’re fast approaching said apocalypse, I guess?

And speaking of the apocalypse… no. I got nothing. I just don’t get to say that very often, so I thought I would try it out.

I’m in the middle of several projects right now. My Veronica Roth reread was fab. It helped so much to reread Insurgent. I love that book but it is all of the map plot-wise and I so desperately needed a refresher. Even after just reading it I am a tad overwhelmed by it all, so there’s that.

I’m (failing miserably at) reading Alienated by Melissa Landers with a bunch of folk. It’s very funny and light and I’m kinda in lesbians with it, but other books have been crushing my soul. The Roth reread is quite demanding. I’m hoping to get back to Alienated soon.

Dune – stalled, but again Roth reread. I’ll be back soon enough. It’s really interesting.

I’m sort of failing on all of my personal challenges this year. That said, I think I get a pass this year. Between the proposal, wedding, hospital visits, and home hospice care a lot of things happened this year that I was not expecting. So, I am thrilled to even be where I am with everything… and frankly thrilled to be reading at all. I tend to read between 125 and 150 pages a day but my current average has been in the high 80’s. I just don’t have the attention span this year. I’ll probably just hit my hundred books for the year but only just. Now, most people will tell me that’s great and I know it is. It’s still, roughly, a book every 3 days. But it’s a big difference when I went from reading that much to moping that much. More or less.

I can always try again next year. Tomorrow is another day.

(And I still think that I have a good excuse to be falling off of my game.)

So, as for books upcoming in the roster I have Interview with the Vampire (book group read), Sekret by Lindsay Smith, Champion by Marie Lu, Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge, The Hollow by Jessica Verday, I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith (another book group read), and The Quick by Lauren Owen. Oh, and of course Dune. Oh, and Allegiant. That might be all that I finish this year. We’ll see.

Well, I think that’s all. I have tea (no lemon, no sugar, no cream), grilled cheese, and tomato soup ready so I am off. What are you reading, folks? What are you most looking forward to read?


– BP

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2013-10-21 15:41:14 Reply

I have an actual for real review copy that I’m working with- JJ Fallon’s The Undivided. I feel so grown up right now! Other then that I’m trying to read through some giveaway’s that I won.
I feel you with the attention span problem. I’m so behind on my reading stack that it’s turning into a reading mountain. Life is crazy and it’s hard to keep up with things.


    2013-10-21 22:57:30 Reply

    Congrats! Let me know how it is. I’m tempted to take a picture of all of my “reading mountain” just for perspective… Both for myself AND for you guys. I’m not kidding when I refer to it as “the pile.”

Skye @ Skye's Scribblings

2013-10-21 16:53:41 Reply

Fire & Flood! I’m really looking forward to that one. I had no idea it would be so thin, though – it’s a big premise, so hopefully that means it’ll be action-packed!

I’m currently re-reading the Fruits Basket series. I needed a serious manga fix and hadn’t read it in a few years, and I am enjoying rediscovering such an amazing series!

Happy reading! 🙂


    2013-10-21 22:54:42 Reply

    I LOVED fruits basket. I was really annoyed when they didn’t make more of the anime and read (at the time) all that was available. Some of those storylines are so good.

      Skye @ Skye's Scribblings

      2013-10-21 23:31:09 Reply

      I remembered it being depressing, but I’m laughing even more than I’m crying. Such an AMAZING series – I hope my eventual review does it justice! I saw the anime as well, and was sad they didn’t do more too – considering what a huge hit it was in Japan as well as the US, I wonder what happened.

      FYI if you didn’t read the entire series, you really must. I remember it has a STELLAR ending – definitely worth the 23-volume journey!