The Perks of Being a Bookseller: Part 56
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  • April 21, 2014

Hello all.

It’s that time of the week again. I have a cup of hot tea and the latest episode of Call the Midwife on. So I am ready. Are you?

Here’s what I acquired this week.



– That’s the second manuscript I acquired in a week. Sigh, I have to catch up. –


– My co-worker was absolutely gutted that I got this, especially since I haven’t read book one yet. (Gasp!) Hopefully, this will prompt me to do it SOON.

*Also not pictured is another ARC of Melissa Marr’s Made For You, which came the other day but I didn’t get a picture. It’s supposed to be her first contemporary novel and I am very curious to see what she does when she turns her head towards that genre instead of urban fantasy themes. Still, I don’t need two copies.*

I have been all over the map lately. I figured out that my poor focus problems might be a combination of a few things; new loud neighbours for one… Grief for another. This month marked the fourtieth anniversary of my brother Louie’s birth, and he died last August. So, I think I’m feeling a bit more raw than I should be. And, of course, it has affected my focus.Speaking of Louie, you might have noticed that I have been sucking at the Lou book tribute. The answer to this is very simple – the tribute, while seemingly a great idea, has made some of my grief issues surrounding his death a little more fresh. So, simply put, I have put off doing the tribute until I am in a better state of mind about him. I had started Dune, read a bit of it, but then had a grief melt-down and I haven’t gotten back to it since. It’s the first year of his death following a lengthy battle with brain cancer. I guess it’s expected. However, I don’t intend for that tribute to go dormant. I will revitalize it at some point. I promise.

To that end, I am thinking of starting a semi-regular interactive challenge for myself that you readers can participate. Remember when I did the Blood Magic Challenge a few years back? To catch every one up, the idea was that I would read whatever books were voted for based on a list of titles that I still need to read in general. I would like to revive this. When I did the challenge I primarily only read Science Fiction and Fantasy. The challenge list had Young Adult titles on it but they were all over the map – Sci-fi, fantasy, fiction, lit fiction, poetry, drama, romance, mystery, contemporary… Suffice it to say some of the books that you voted for during the challenge were a total surprise to me, and I would kind of like to be surprised again. I was astonished by the number of contemporary that I liked. If I start this on a (totally unscheduled) regular basis would everyone participate in it? I loved the interactivity of it. It was good to see what people voted for and suggested.

Please note that when I do revive this idea, a new list of books will be drawn from, either by reader suggestion OR my own to start with. I need to update the list to reflect what I have read since then as well as new titles on the market.What else, I finished Jennifer Echols’s first book in a new series, The Superlatives, yesterday. It was fun, brief, and light-hearted (review to come). I enjoyed it. I’m still (very slowly) working through both NOS4A2 by Joe Hill (which is for book group this month) as well as The Princess Bride by William Goldman (which my husband and I are reading aloud to each other at night before bed). This morning (and last night) I started The Falconer by Elizabeth May, which I have been looking forward to since the deal announcement in the UK a few years back. I desperately hope that it does not disappoint. I have recently discovered that though I love Steampunk (in a Philip Reeve way) I am not a fan of gaslight/gaslamp romantic fantasy in the vein of Gail Carriger. Much of the supposed “steampunk” that is on the market is Jane Austen-ish romance with gears, cogs, and airships… and it’s not my cup of tea. I prefer the higher action ones that don’t drown in a romance. The jury is still out on what line The Falconer is going to straddle. It may be more paranormal than gaslight. We shall see.(I’m only one chapter in, but I started it last night and had to start it again due to fatigue. It’s better this morning. We’ll see.)

And… what else? I have a TON of titles I have to read and review. I think I need to draw a line in the priority sand again, and see which titles I am legitimately excited about and which books are dodos. That’s another day and another post though. I’m off to read.

What are you reading right now and what are you most looking forward to read?Also, the “suggesting a book challenge” idea… who’s down?

Happy monday.

– BP

Perks 56: April 14 – 21
  1. Dove Arising – Karen Bao. Advanced reader copy.
  2. Tell Me – Joan Bauer. Advanced reader copy.
  3. Stranger – Rachel Manija Brown and Sherwood Smith. Advanced reader copy.
  4. Beyond the Laughing Sky – Michelle Cuevas. Advanced reader copy.
  5. Strange and Ever After – Susan Dennard. Advanced reader copy. Duplicate.
  6. Lost – Sarah Beth Durst. Advanced reader copy.
  7. Following Flora – Natasha Farrant. Advanced reader copy.
  8. Sparkers – Eleanor Glewwe. Advanced reader copy.
  9. Ravencliffe – Carol Goodman. Advanced reader copy.
  10. The Princess and the Foal – Stacy Gregg. Advanced reader copy.
  11. The Magician’s Land – Lev Grossman. Advanced reader copy.
  12. Dory Fantasmagory – Abby Hanlon. Advanced reader copy.
  13. Life of Zarf: The Trouble with Weasels – Rob Harrell. Advanced reader copy.
  14. Renegade – Anthony John. Advanced reader copy.
  15. City of Savages – Lee Kelly. Manuscript.
  16. Everything Leads to You – Nina LaCour. Advanced reader copy. Duplicate.
  17. The 8th Continent – Matt London. Advanced reader copy.
  18. Fantasy League – Mike Lupica. Advanced reader copy.
  19. Made For You – Melissa Marr. Advanced Reader Copy. Duplicate.
  20. Wanderville: On Track for Treasure – Wendy McClure. Advanced reader copy.
  21. Mr. Pants: It’s Go Time – Scott McCormick and R.H. Lazell. Advanced reader copy.
  22. Althea & Oliver – Cristina Moracho. Advanced reader copy.
  23. I’ll give you the Sun – Jandy Nelson. Advanced reader copy.
  24. Space Rocks 2 – Tom O’Donnell. Advanced reader copy.
  25. Stories of My Life – Katherine Paterson. Advanced reader copy.
  26. Always a Catch – Peter Richmond. Advanced reader copy.
  27. Inland – Kat Rosenfield. Advanced reader copy.
  28. Zodiac – Romina Russell. Advanced reader copy.
  29. Cat in the City – Julie Salamon. Advanced reader copy.
  30. Schizo – Nic Sheff. Advanced reader copy.
  31. Gobbled by Gorks – Robert Paul Weston. Advanced reader copy.
  32. Brown Girl Dreaming – Jacqueline Woodson. Advanced reader copy.

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Skye @ Skye's Scribblings

2014-04-21 17:04:50 Reply

Wow, I think I’ve only heard of one book in your stack this week! So many reads, so little time…

I’m currently reading The Chapel Wars by Leavitt. It’s okay, but not as happy/fun as I was hoping for. After that…I’ve been reading so much contemporary romance lately I think I need a dystopian break, but I have to get Open Road Summer and Searching for Sky read before I meet the authors mid-May (First Loves Tour), so we’ll see what happens.

Oh, and I’m definitely down for the book challenge! There are always a few titles I see in your stacks that I’d really like to hear your opinion on, but with so many other choices you never get around to them. Count me in!


2014-04-21 19:42:09 Reply

I never knew publishers could/would send a reader manuscripts before. I wonder if this is a new way that publishers are sending out books. I’m use to working with physical copies or ebooks. Are they wanting you to read it over and review it or edit it? If they want you to edit it, but you don’t have the time, I can help you with it. 🙂

As for the challenge, count me in! I had fun voting on the list last year and found a few new reads of my own as a result of it.


    2014-04-21 21:22:43 Reply

    Cameron, the manuscripts are just getting reviewed for a potential blurb. I am nowhere near that stage yet.