The Perks of Being a Bookseller: Part 51
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  • March 10, 2014

Hello, hello, hello.


How’s everyone doing this fine Monday morning? I am well, rested. I’m in the midst of a nine-day long work hiatus and I am enjoying every minute of it. I spent two supremely blissed out days with the Beekeeper, lazing about, reading, and cooking. I don’t have to return to work until Sunday, so I have a bunch of little projects I’mma gonna tackle before then.

And of course, I will read. As much as humanly possible.

To that end, check out these beauties.


– Penguin goodies, part un –


 – Penguin, part deux –

– Goodies –

– More Goodies –


 – Yet More Goodies –

I’m gearing up to thoroughly go through my ARCs. I have a ton of books that I have read and thought “Sure, I’ll keep that” only to look at them ages later and think “Why do I still have that?” or “Why have I not upgraded that to a hardcover?”. Also, I have a lot of entire series ARCs that I have not read that I want to get together in an attempt to force me to binge read them. And still I have a bunch of books that I just do not want. So, I will be sorting those this week. I might take a crack at them today.

In non-book news – I’m planning on seeing the new Hayao Miyazaki film tomorrow, The Wind Rises. He’s probably my favourite animator and I’m sad that he won’t be making anymore movies. I rewatched My Neighbor Totoro last night (for probably the hundredth time) and I cried like a child. I love that movie. My husband teased me that I always cry during Miyazaki movies, so I expect to not have dry eyes tomorrow. Bittersweet, it is.

I started reading Grim and I am thoroughly enjoying it. I’ve been going into each story blind on purpose so that I have to figure out what tale is being retold. So far that has led to mixed success. The first tale, The Key by Rachel Hawkins, I had to look up what the origin seed was. This lead to a spoiler for what Figment by Jeri Smith-Ready was. Pout. But still, it’s enjoyable thus far. I think I may have finally gotten over my “Anthologies, Boo!” feeling of contempt. I find that they are perfect for those nights when you have no idea what to read but want a little something-something. So far I am digging this one. But, then again, retellings and me are… you know. Sorta made for each other.

I’m trying to get ahead of my e-arcs on my I-pad, so that I can flounder for a few weeks and just binge read. So many trilogies have ended, or are near completion, and they have blown up around me without my help. These are priorities, as are the single one-off books that have passed me by. I might move in another year and I NEED to get things in order. There are things I just won’t read and I have to accept that, give up the ghost. This week I will look at things with that “Do I want to move this?” idea in mind. And the ones that I say “No!!! Must Keep!!!” are priority.

I have been trying to get white-listed from as many publishers as possible via Netgalley and Edelweiss. Thus far I have had more success with the latter. At this moment I am white-listed from Harpercollins, Simon and Schuster, and I just attained Houghton Mifflin Harcourt as well (which sort of surprised me as I have not read/reviewed many of their titles). To any reps reading this with the know-how and the power savvy to do this… Please, please white list me! I am trying to get the ARCs in some semblance of order. White listing would go a long way.

Penguin… Macmillan… Random House… Scholastic…Harlequin… I am looking at ALL of you.

Back to the subject of existing I-pad e-arcs… here is the roster for this week.

Maybe One Day by Melissa Kantor
Elusion by Claudia Gabel and Cheryl Klam
House of Ivy and Sorrow by Natalie Whipple
The Last Best Kiss by CLaire LaZebnik
Salvage by Alexandra Duncan
The Inventor’s Secret by Andrea Cremer
The Immortal Crown by Richelle Mead
Biggest Flirts by Jennifer Echols
The Falconer by Elizabeth May
Guy in Real Life by Steve Brezenoff

That takes me up through June… and that doesn’t count all of the very sexy new goodies that I got (or am getting this week) that are TRYING VERY HARD to turn my head. Oi. Gathering strength.

I think that is all folks. What are you reading this week? What are you most looking forward to read?

Happy week, all!

– BP

 – Follow the Reader –






Library Thing





Perks 51 – March 4 – March 10, 2014

  1. The Secret Sky – Atia Abawi. Advance Reader Copy.
  2. White Hot Kiss – Jennifer L. Armentrout. Final quality paperback.
  3. Odin’s Ravens – K.L. Armstrong & M.A. Marr. Advance Reader Copy.
  4. Siege and Storm – Leigh Bardugo. Final hardcover.
  5. A World Without Princes – Soman Chainani. Advance Reader Copy.
  6. The Cursed – Alyssa Day. Final mass market paperback.
  7. Blind – Rachel DeWoskin. Advance Reader Copy.
  8. The Luck Uglies – Paul Durham. Advance Reader Copy.
  9. The First Days – Rhiannon Frater. Final mass market paperback.
  10. Scan – Sarah Fine and Walter Jury. Advance Reader Copy.
  11. Never Too Far – Abbi Glines. Advance Reader Copy.
  12. Forever Too Far – Abbi Glines. Advance Reader Copy.
  13. Absolutely Almost – Lisa Graff. Advance Reader Copy.
  14. BZRK: Apocalypse – Michael Grant. Advance Reader Copy.
  15. In a Fix – Linda Grimes. Final mass market paperback.
  16. The Glass Sentence – S.E. Grove. Advance Reader Copy. Duplicate
  17. Forget Me – K.A. Harrington. Advance Reader Copy.
  18. The Castle Behind Thorns – Merrie Haskell. Advance Reader Copy.
  19. The Secret Hum of a Daisy – Tracy Holczer. Advance Reader Copy.
  20. Conversion – Katherine Howe. Advance Reader Copy.
  21. Princess of Thorns – Stacey Jay. Advance Reader Copy.
  22. Grim – Edited by Christine Johnson. Final hardcover.
  23. Night Pleasures – Sherrilyn Kenyon. Final mass market paperback.
  24. Dark Triumph – Robin LaFevers. Final Hardcover.
  25. Like No Other – Una LaMarche. Advance Reader Copy.
  26.  Thuderstruck – Erik Larson. Final quality paperback.
  27. Tabula Rasa – Kristen Lippert- Martin. Advance Reader Copy.
  28. Guardian – Alex London. Advance Reader Copy.
  29. Love and Other Foreign Words – Erin McCahan. Advance Reader Copy.
  30. Dead Iron – Devon Monk. Final mass market paperback.
  31. Requiem – Lauren Oliver. Final hardcover.
  32. Amity – Micol Ostow. Advance Reader Copy.
  33. EarthQuake – Aprilynne Pike. Advance Reader Copy.
  34. Summoned – Anne M. Pillsworth. Advance Reader Copy.
  35. Latitude Zero – Diana Renn. Advance Reader Copy.
  36. Interview with the Vampire – Anne Rice. Final mass market paperback.
  37. Wings – Elizabeth Richards. Advance Reader Copy.
  38. Summer Love – Jill Santopolo. Advance Reader Copy.
  39. End Times – Anna Schumacher. Advance Reader Copy. Duplicate.
  40. Shattered – Teri Terry. Advance Reader Copy.
  41. Quarantine: The Burnouts – Lex Thomas. Advance Reader Copy.
  42. Between the Spark and the Burn – April Genevieve Tucholke. Advance Reader Copy.
  43. A Time to Dance – Padma Venkatraman. Advance Reader Copy.
  44. Of Monsters and Madness – Jessica Verday. Advance Reader Copy.


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Skye @ Skye's Scribblings

2014-03-10 16:50:38 Reply

Amazing haul this week! I hadn’t heard of many of them, and added some awesome new titles to my TBR/Wishlist – thanks for sharing! I’m not much for anthologies either, but Grim does look really good so I’m happy to hear you’re enjoying it! I’ll have to give it a try.

I’m a HUGE Miyazaki fan as well! I’m not sure if I’ll go see The Wind Rises in the theater (I never go to the theater), but I’m really looking forward to it. Definitely sad to see Miyazaki retiring, but he has retired several times before so hopefully this time won’t stick either. 😉 My favorite of his is probably Spirited Away, although I adore Howl’s Moving Castle as well.

Sounds like you’re making good progress with your reading! Good luck with it, and good luck resisting all the new goodies. I’m struggling to get through Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell for school – I finally devoted myself fully to it this month, but it has been so hard resisting my new editions as well, like The Winner’s Curse. T-T Thankfully it’s an interesting story.