The Perks of Being a Bookseller – Part 77
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  • May 14, 2015

Hello all! How’s everyone doing the last few days/weeks? I have been pretty well, although my allergies/sinuses are acting up again. And, apparently, I am going to talk this whole conversation in backslashes. Because/reasons.

But, you are here to ogle pretties, so pretties you will have to ogle. Behold, the spoils of my own private war…


– Assorted goodies from work, purchases, and freebies from Harpercollins –

I have also succumbed to the glories of socialism as evidenced below.

Library swag 1

– Library goodies –

It’s been AGES since I have had a library card. One of the other perks of being a Bookseller, besides the hordes and hordes of pre-pubbed books, is that I can mostly request anything that I want to read. But sometimes things slip by me and, well, I don’t attain any interest in them until I have acquired the sequel. In this case, that’s exactly what happened with the two library books…sequels. 

So, communism is a new/old thing in our household. And yes, I just revived the backslash purposely for my own enjoyment. Yay for repetitive jokes.

I have already read and reviewed Midnight Crossroad, which was fun. I am reading the sequel, Day Shift, which is good, but I was distracted mid-book and I am trying to get back into it. I won’t say that I was bored, exactly, but there is a bit in the middle which did not captivate me as it probably should have. So, I started A Thousand Pieces of You and read The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly instead. And now I have returned to Day Shift, like you do. It happens, all too frequently lately it seems.

A Thousand Pieces of You really rocked my world the day I started it, but I haven’t been sucked back in. I do blame the two other books on this. Of course the fact that it’s due back on the 21st doesn’t help because, you know, now I HAVE to read it quickly. Sigh. I think reviewing for RT has made me a far better deadline reader than I once was. That was always my biggest problem with taking books out from the library – being a deadline reader. You know, that and the fact that the books were not mine…yeah, I’m a little possessive of things I like. The last few years of heavy reviewing have taught me another valuable lesson about books and that is that I simply don’t need to own everything. That was a very hard lesson learned. So, we’re doing the library route with those things that we do not necessarily want to own, and if the book surprises us well…we’ll fix that. We have special working-in-a-bookstore ways of accomplishing such things.

So, for the moment I am reading those two books and I am about to start the new short story anthology by China Mieville, Three Moments of an Explosion. I adore him but I am SO glad that this book is short stories. China is really hard to blow through. But reading a story a day (or so) until I am done…I can do that. He’s not the lightest and brightest read, and that seems to be something I am more drawn to right now, despite my reading Minnow Bly. That book screwed me up. In a good way but, yeah…*shudder*. Don’t want a repeat of that crushing experience just yet.

I have A TON of September titles to catch up on, so those might be next. I am also, at the moment, planning on attending a book event at my old stomping grounds in Lansing to see Emily St. John Mandel. So, I have to read Station Eleven before that, which will determine if I am going to the actual event or not. After that and the Mieville I will be caught up (on my iPad downloads at least) through the end of July (and then I have to read The Dinosaur Lords by Victor Milan, which is a big long epic fantasy that I will have to read while reading other things). After that…oh gods, the downloads I have to get ahead on. So many September releases!

And, of course I have a big giant pile of books that I now want to check out from the library. It never ends.

Also, I still plan on starting my Middle Grade project. I feel good about the titles that have been voted into the top, most of which I already own (and have been meaning to read). So, that’s good. This is what the project now looks like for the summer:

1. Inkheart – Cornelia Funke (2 sequels)

2. Artemis Fowl – Eoin Colfer (7 sequels)

3. The Girl who Circumnavigated Fairyland… – Catherynne M. Valente (3 sequels)

4. The Merchant of Death – D.J. MacHale (9 sequels)

5. The Glass Sentence – S.E. Grove (1 sequel)

So, if all goes well I will be reading a lot of Middle grade, possibly 22 extra books this summer, but definitely 5. I still want to read Angie Sage’s Magyk, though it was voted low in the poll. I have never been one to eschew my whims, so it may end up on the list as well. It sounds like so much fun. There are also a handful of standalones that I have piled up that I want to tackle as well like, for example, The Phantom Tollbooth, which I still have never read.

I know, I know. Hanging my head in shame. I only just read The Little Prince for the first time. I’m trying, here!

I think that’s all for this week, folks. What are you reading this week? What are you most looking forward to reading in the future? Comments? Criticisms? Bueller? Bueller?!

Happy reading!

– BP

– Follow the Reader –






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2015-05-14 14:08:45 Reply

Well, I’ve never read THE LITTLE PRINCE, for some unknown reason, and I remember passing it up multiple times in the Children’s section when I was a child. It never squeezed it’s way into the pile of 15 books I checked out at a time (and had to carry home while I walked as we had no car).

I wish you could still read THE DARK IS RISING series by Susan Cooper. Is it too old? Is that why no one voted for it? I read it in college and enjoyed it very much and have read it over several times since. One of the books, THE GREY KING, is a Newberry winner.


    2015-05-14 21:13:59 Reply

    I’ll still probably read Susan Cooper. I’m not going to stop with middle grade after the summer. I’m just trying to focus on these books first.