The Perks of Being a Bookseller: Part 57
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  • April 28, 2014

Hello all. How is everyone today? I’m tired this week but otherwise feeling good. I have tea and toast and Call the Midwife and a bunch of books to show off to you. So, here you are… your requisite Monday morning book porn.


The publishing gods were kind to me this week. I am geeked for a lot of these, so that’s good.

And then, somewhere along the week this book came from Harpercollins.


I, like many folks, am very ambivalent about James Frey, before AND after this news came out. We had an event scheduled with him while the Million Little Pieces scandal hit the news, and he did not handle himself well. Naturally, I have decided to pass on most of his Full Fathom Five work out of protest. I say most because I fully intend to read Dorothy Must Die at some point… the Oz fan in me since my childhood demands it. I need to know what has been done to that series or my curiosity will never forgive me. However, I am hopeful that it has been handled as I expect it has… and I am still unsure about whether I want it to be good or not.

That said, I have no interest in keeping Endgame. It doesn’t interest me to read a high-paid interactive Hunger Games clone (see how nice I am being about that one). However, I know someone wants to. So, to that end, I am going to give it away. If anyone wants it please email me at with your email address. I’ll contact you right away to let you know if you can expect the book or if someone has already claimed it.

Yes, that’s right. It’s a (very brief) giveaway of James Frey’s Endgame. And it’s to whomever wants it. However, please realize that it is first come first serve as I only have one copy of the book. So, be quick about emailing me folks. I don’t expect that it will be available by the end of the day. However, it doesn’t hurt to try… I’m not sure how many people want this book.

Anyone interested?

What else is going on? I have been reading a lot this week, but I haven’t settled into anything. I started a few books and abandoned either due to lack of interest or meh books. So, I started playing a video game. Because… attention problems. Which continue to keep happening. And it’s problematic overall.

I did, however, start rereading Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo. Because, why not. It’s just as good as I remember it being and I am enjoying it. I am about ready to call it on Joe Hill’s Nos4a2, which I am still (ever so slowly) reading for my book group. I haven’t touched it for several days… so… yeah. Not doing much for me.

I have a bunch of books to read coming up, so I am only allowing myself another week of a reading break. I will get back into it. There are a couple of things I do to clear my bad focus, and I will try them all. Part of it is disinterest. Part of it requires wiping my book palette, which usually involves me reading something completely different for me. So, hopefully that will help. Because I can’t afford another month of this. Too many things going on.

There is the possibility that I need to break my reading to edit. That usually helps too. Hmmm… editing *muses*

Okay. Right, well I’m off. Any takers for Endgame? I’m serious here. Email me.

– BP

– Follow the Reader –





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Skye @ Skye's Scribblings

2014-04-28 16:42:37 Reply

Lots of awesome books this week – congrats! I’m a little curious about Endgame, but…not that curious.

Just finished reading The Winner’s Curse, which was a big disappointment for me. As practically everyone else in the world loved it though, yet again I’m the black sheep in the reviewing world. 😛 I’m now waiting on my copy of Sleep No More to arrive to read next (I see the author on Saturday for the release), so I’ve started reading stories in Grim to tide me over. Currently on Beast/Beast.

Good luck getting over your reader’s block! It took forcing myself to read Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell and nothing else for a whole month to get over mine. I was so happy to return to review books that I’ve been devouring them.