The Perks of Being a Bookseller: Part 53
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  • March 25, 2014

It wasn’t until I went to bed last night that I recalled hat I had not written my usual Monday perks post. I had a few emails from people asking if and when I was going to do it. Somehow, in the midst of finishing up a book, it just slipped my mind.

I’m sorry.

It’s good to know that people look forward to the post every Monday though. I feel like I’m making the day just a little better. So, I have Bringing Up Baby in another window (mmmm, nerdy scientific Cary Grant) and books to show off. So, here they are.


Lots of books. As usual.

The audio books are from an event at the store for Kim Harrison. They were giving away bags of them and encouraging us to take heavily. So, I helped myself. I’ve read them all before, but it will help when I am walking this spring. I guess it is technically spring, right? It’s snowing right now, so that is throwing me off. I don’t ever think it is actually Spring until mid-April. It always snows on my brother’s birthday. That’s why.

They are a nice addition though. I will enjoy them. The rest are acquisitions that came in piecemeal throughout the week.

I am currently reading Grim, an anthology edited by Christine Johnson. I started it two (three?) weeks ago, read two stories, and laid it aside. I picked it up yesterday and read five or six of them. My favourite so far is Thinner Than Water by Saundra Mitchell. Wow, can she write. That’s the second piece I have read by her this year and it makes me want to read all of her. I really am impressed. Between her and Rainbow Rowell I have two new solid author crushes this year. Yep.

By the way, Katherine Hepburn is sort of despicable in Bringing Up Baby. I kinda hate her. Yep. But the leopard is cute. And so is Cary grant.

I’ve been trying to catch up on all of my e-arcs. I’m almost through April, and am debating whether I should burn through May or not. I want to reread Daughter of Smoke and Bone and read Days of Blood and Starlight before Dreams of Gods and Monsters releases in two weeks. That’s my priority. To do that I wanted to get ahead of my “MUST REVIEW!” books, which I have. Mostly. Now the secondary “should review” books are due. I have nine or ten that I have to read in April. And then that many in May.

Sigh. I’m trying. But… this.


 (first world problems)

When I was going through my books the other week I discovered that my tastes have changed quite a bit. Actually, change is not the right word… widened, perhaps, is more apt. I never would have imagined keeping as many ARCs of contemporary stories or romance a few years ago. I don’t know if that means I’m devolving, or just becoming increasingly interested in character paced novels. Eh? *shrugs* Tomato, tomahto.

For instance, a few years ago comparisons to The Hunger Games would have been enough to make me keep a novel… or Game of Thrones or Narnia or the like. But I would have left all of the straight fiction behind without a thought. Now whenever I read “For fans of Anna and the French Kiss” it becomes a must read. I don’t know when that happened, but it has.

Of course, Gormenghast comparisons always slay me. Nothing ever gets comped that way, so I usual read those. Immediately. Without flinching. But now…

I guess I have evolved. Widened, what have you. It’s a thing now, it is.

I think that’s it. What’s everyone reading this week? What are you looking forward to read? I’m out.


– BP

– Follow the Reader –






Library Thing




Perks 53: March 17 – 25, 2014

  1. Sea of Shadows – Kelley Armstrong. Advanced reader copy. Duplicate.
  2. The Ring and the Crown – Melissa de la Cruz. Advanced reader copy.
  3. Dark Metropolis – Jaclyn Dolamore. Advanced reader copy.
  4. Salvage – Alexandra Duncan. Final hardcover.
  5. Dead Witch Walking #1 – Kim Harrison. Audiobook.
  6. The Good, the Bad, and the Undead #2 – Kim Harrison. Audiobook.
  7. A Fistful of Charms #4 – Kim Harrison. Audiobook.
  8. White Witch, Black Curse #7 – Kim Harrison. Audiobook.
  9. The Secret Hum of a Daisy – Tracy Holczer. Advanced reader copy. Duplicate.
  10. Nantucket Red – Leila Howland. Advanced reader copy.
  11. Since You’ve Been Gone – Morgan Matson. Advanced reader copy.
  12. Say What You Will – Cammie McGovern. Advanced reader copy. Duplicate.
  13. V is for Villain – Peter Moore. Advanced reader copy.
  14. Boy, Snow, Bird – Helen Oyeyemi. Final hardcover.
  15. (Don’t You) Forget About Me – Kate Karyus Quinn. Advanced reader copy. Duplicate.
  16. Fan Art – Sarah Tregay. Advanced reader copy. Duplicate.
  17. The One Safe Place – Tania Unsworth. Advanced reader copy.
  18. California Bones – Greg Van Eekhout. Advanced reader copy.
  19. Prototype – M.D. Waters. Advanced reader copy. Duplicate.

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2014-03-26 02:24:03 Reply

I’m looking forward to The Ring and the Crown! 😀

Haha, first world problems. I wish I had that problem too. Nice haul this week!