The Perks of Being a Bookseller: Part 86
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  • May 24, 2016

I feel as if I’ve fallen off the face of the planet.

I assure you that I haven’t. I’m just in a pregnancy-induced haze these days. Everything is a little different and weird now. I’m not reading nearly at the strength and speed I once did. I’m trying, but the focus is off, hormones and such. Life is getting in the way in the most literal sense.

But things are good, and books are coming in and out. I have decided that today is going to be a book day, because books. Behold!

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Final quarter books for the year looms. It’s weird seeing these, because my child is due in late October. In some sense, I know how fast these books come in and then become obsolete. These last few months are going to fly. 

I have a small project I want to do as well. I have a pile of books that I want to read in the third trimester. I am treating myself to beloved fantasy rereads in the hopes of finding confidence in the names I am sourcing for my child (if the critter turns out to be a girl) (we are not finding out the sex until birth). The boy’s name has confidently been chosen, but not will not be revealed yet. The girl’s name is less firm and has more wiggle-room. We seem to be going partly traditional with his name versus hers…why is that?

But, that’s a thing and here is the bedrest stack. I look forward to plowing through as much of this as possible, and in some cases finally finishing the series (!!!!).

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For the record, no part of Harry Potter namedom is making it into the mix. I just want to reread it and finally have a good excuse. 🙂

I have been trying to bring a lot of things to pass at work and in life in general. I wish I was in the mood to edit a writing draft. I don’t feel like I have enough concentration right now. Terrible, I know, because once the child is here it really won’t be any easier. At least I will have caffeine then, though. I gave it up and am slowly trying to reintroduce it, but I am finding that since I can’t drink more than 12 oz., and I am primarily a tea-drinker, it’s not a lot of a boost. You take a look at a 12 oz. cup the next time you are in a gas station…it’s not a lot, in fact they probably don’t even have one that size there. I have to drink smaller than the smallest smalls. All day long. And it’s killing me.

Sleep is also a frustrating thing, as I am not sleeping comfortably now. But, this blog will not turn into the pregnancy journals. I refuse to take it there.

Books, Krys. Books. Always books.

So, what am I excited for? Well, this pile is certainly the most intriguing things ever. Or, at least those currently sitting in my apartment.

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I have two freelance reviews that I am picking my way through, but I really just want to pick up Replica. Vassa in the Night came two days ago (and then a second copy yesterday) and I positively cannot wait for it. Gemina came before that, but I’ll likely read them in alternating books. I find it’s easier for me to read several like books portioned out as opposed to back-to-back-to-back. They start running together after a while. I try to keep the “most excited for” books at the top, but they sometimes fall through the cracks. For example, Furthermore, which I have had an ARC of for two months is still sitting here, and I was really excited for it. Hell, I just read and finished Heartless, finally, which came to me around Valentine’s day originally (and then a second one came three weeks ago). I put that one off, partially, because of my pneumonia and general illness from the first trimester. Who really wants to read when text makes you nauseous? And why would you pick something you are really geeked for just then only to get car-sickness the whole way through?

Heartless was grand and I have a review up for it, and likely an imminent giveaway. One copy went back into the quorum at work but the second one…that’s going to be up for grabs and you should watch for it.

I’ve had a few highs and lows with books recently. Heartless was great, Roses and Rot was good but not what I was expecting it to be. Ivory and Bone, which was one of my big interests this year, while good was a little disappointing, more so every day that passes. I am curious to see what the author does next, though. I am currently reading The Flame Never Dies by Rachel Vincent for freelance and will also start Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine. Last year I read both their first books for freelance and enjoyed both of them. Let’s hope these are just as good.

It just occurred to me that last month marked my six year anniversary, and I totally missed it because I was dying from pneumonia. Huh.

Happy six year anniversary, everyone! * throws confetti *

See everyone again soon!

– BP

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