The Perks of Being a Bookseller – Part 36
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  • October 28, 2013

Hello hello.




New titles from Simon and Schuster came in this week. As well as an assortment of other upcoming goodies. There’s all sorts of good things to read around here. I think I need to start a library. Or, at the very least, a book commune complete with many interns. Just imagine, a house full of bay windows and blanket forts. Sounds great, huh?

In my book world here is the latest – First, I finished Allegiant by Veronica Roth. I am not going to write a review of it because I need to wrap my brain about the book privately for a while. Ultimately though I thought it was a little slow, but the ending tied everything together beautifully. And the ending made the book for me. It was a brave choice on Roth’s part and I applaud her courage for ending the series the way she did. It absolutely makes sense now… and, of course, now I have to reread the whole book. So don’t expect that review for a good, long while because it’s not forthcoming. I’m keeping my thoughts close to my heart on that book.

What else? I’m (finally) almost done with Alienated by Melissa Landers, which is adorable and fun… but my world was eaten by Roth the last two weeks. So, I am trying to catch up this month (as in November) and then I am going into December writing mode (like a boss). To that end, here are the absolute-must-read books for November.

After Eden by Helen Douglas (book group read)’

Of Metal and Wishes by Sarah Fine (e-arc expires early Dec.)

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Champion by Marie Lu

The Quick by Lauren Owen

I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith (book group read)

Sekret by Lindsay Smith

The Hollow by Jessica Verday (still in the mood for it)

I’m sure there’s more, but the brain boggles just with this. I have no idea how I got so behind this year. And then I think of ALL that has happened and it makes perfect sense. This year everything was chaos and all over the place. I should be happy with what happened around that.

And I am, because every step of the way was hard, and I need to remember that.

Next year will be better. Next year all of this *gestures around self* will be resolved. Next year all of the externalities will be beyond me. I’ll have my 100 books for the year (always the goal) and I’ll have a new draft in hand. Then I can start clean.

And then I will read ALL OF THE BOOKS. As opposed to having ALL OF THE DRAMA.

(so ready for no drama)

I have a number of books on my iPad that expire in the early part of the year. I panic downloaded them during hospice week, and now I’m kicking myself for freaking out so much. It’s a healthy reminder to NOT DO THAT AGAIN, but at least the books have been good. There’s a lot of them that may have sat around here forever if I didn’t have to read them just then. So there’s that. It’s always about discovery, after all.

Well, I’m rambling. So I’m out. What are you all reading right now? What are you most looking forward to read soon? My number one – Champion.

Can’t. Wait.

– BP

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Skye @ Skye's Scribblings

2013-10-28 17:07:14 Reply

Put me down as an intern hopeful for the book commune – it sounds like my idea of heaven!

I just finished Red (Alison Cherry), which was a bit of a torture so I’m glad it’s done. I’m expecting Steelheart in the mail soon, so I’m sort of waiting for it to arrive (I’m dying to read it!) and catching up on some library manga in the meantime.

Good luck with your November reading!


    2013-10-28 20:31:41 Reply

    Red was okay. Disappointing though. It felt like a lot of the book was a giant missed opportunity.


2013-10-29 03:04:09 Reply

Being a bookseller must be a lot of fun! I would love to be a mouse in your library. I finished Alienated a while ago, and I agree that it was really cute 🙂

Scott Pilgrim

2013-11-04 01:03:18 Reply

I read Red Hill recently and it was okay! Hope you enjoy all of your books!
-Scott Reads It!