Over-Booked [39] – A Book Haul Post

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Welcome to Over-Booked, my twice-monthly book haul post, where I share my recent book acquisitions. I’m linking up with Stacking the Shelves at Tynga’s Reviews and The Sunday Post at The Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

I am trying to curb my buying/requesting urges, really I am! But things seem to have spiraled out of control lately. I made a Barnes & Nobel impulse purchase (and my rule for buying books online is that I REFUSE to pay shipping, so I often need to buy two or three things to get free shipping. Darn!) And dammit, Edelweiss in particular has put up some review books that are already on my list and I just HAD to request. It wasn’t my fault, I swear. I had no control;-) Oh, and I wished really hard for a couple of ARCs and I got them! (See, wishes do come true!)Β Add in a contest win and the generosity of an awesome blogger and my book stack is out of control…Here’s my haul this week (click on the titles to go to Goodreads):

Physical books:

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The Last Weekend by Nick Mamatas. Big thanks to Night Shade Books for this surprise ARC. This sounds right up my ally! Zombie satire! This book comes out in January, so it will be on my reading list for sure.

Solar Express by L.E. Modesitt, Jr. With thanks to Tor for this finished copy. I don’t normally read hard science fiction, but this one sounds really good. I may try to sneak this in this month for Sci-Fi Month.

Thorn Jack by Katherine Harbour. Big thanks to the author for sending me a paperback of the first book in her much-loved trilogy! I have been seeing this book around various blogs, so I didn’t have to think twice when Katherine contacted me about reading her book. My plan is to catch up with the first two books before book three comes out next April

The Brotherhood of the Wheel by R.S. Belcher. I nearly fainted when this book arrived! Belcher’s Nightwise is one of my favorite books of 2015, and his next book takes one of the characters in Nightwise and gives him his own story. Huge thanks to Tor!

Spells of Blood and Kin by Claire Humphrey. I had featured this book as a Waiting on Wednesday pick a couple of months ago, and so I was delighted when a publicist from Thomas Dunne Books contacted me recently and mentioned that she had seen my WoW post, and would I like a review copy? I may have broken a keyboard key or two typing a positive response back to her, LOL! So excited for this book:-D Thank you Thomas Dunne!

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Slavemakers and Invasive Species by Joseph Wallace. Many thanks to fellow blogger Steff for sending me her double copies of the first two books in Wallace’s environmental, post apocalyptic thriller. I do love a good horror story about nature taking over.

Shadows of Self by Brandon Sanderson. I won this from James at mightythorjrs, thanks so much, James!Β I am really looking forward to finding time to dive into this:-)

You Have Never Been Here by Mary Rickert. Purchased, published by Small Beer Press. I am always on the lookout for new authors who really know how to write fantastical short stories, and I’m excited to try Rickert’s new collection. Plus, Small Beer Press is a publisher I’ve loved for a long time.

The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin. Purchased. I finally remembered that I really need to try to read this book by the end of the year! With so many glowing reviews here, here and here, it’s about time I jumped on board.

Digital review books:

The Vanishing Throne by Elizabeth May. Yay! I just adored the first book in this series, The Falconer, and I can’t wait to see what happens next. Big thanks to Chronicle Books:-D

Drake by Peter McLean. With thanks to Angry Robot! OK, I’ll admit it was the cover that drew me like a bee to a flower, but the story sounds amazing too.

Daughters of Ruin by K.D. Castner. This sounds intriguing: a story about four girls who are competing for the throne. Game of Thrones meets Graceling, says the cover copy. Thank you Margaret K. McElderry Books!

The Steep & Thorny Way by Cat Winters. Now that I have a new way of reading non-Kindle review books (BlueFire, for those of you wondering), I was ready to request Cat Winters’ next YA paranormal book. I love Cat’s writing, and her books are always so atmospheric. Thank you Amulet Books!

The Hellsblood Bride by Chuck Wendig. Purchased. Oh yeah baby! The follow-up to the amazing The Blue Blazes! Chuck is self-publishing this book (I’m not sure what the details are, but he pulled out of his contract with Angry Robot for some reason), and I couldn’t be happier. Not being a review book, it’s going to be tough to slot it into the schedule, but I’ll probably do so next month.

Six-Gun Snow White by Catherynne M. Valente. Purchased. In case you missed my review, I adored this short and compact Snow White re-telling. If you’re in the mood for a top-notch novella, this is THE BOOK to read next. Trust me.

And it wouldn’t be right to leave out THIS:


That’s right, folks. After a couple of very tense hours, staring at my computer screen and waiting to get out of the Epic Waiting Room and into the official ticket buying screen, I had success! I’ll be attending San Diego Comic Con for the fourth year in a row, with my favorite SDCC companion, my daughter:-D

That’s it for me! Let me know if you plan on reading any of these books!

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Posted November 21, 2015 by Tammy in Over-Booked / 20 Comments


20 responses to “Over-Booked [39] – A Book Haul Post

  1. Very glad to hear the books arrived safely! Gotta spread the love πŸ™‚ And I really enjoyed Invasive Species, which I finished last night – actually had to fight the temptation to start the next book right away, because of how it ended!

    And happy you’re going to SDCC again, I know how much fun you and your daughter have at the event. I also picked up the Vanishing Throne, but it’s the UK release from Book Depository. I have the Gollancz version of book 1 which I won from one of their giveaway and I just couldn’t stand the idea of having a different edition of the sequel πŸ˜›

    And Spells of Blood and Kin! I have a story about that too, in which your blog actually played a part! I’d actually discussed this book earlier in the year with the publicist, back before it had a full description or cover, and the pitch intrigued me so I was put on the reviewer list. I knew very little about it then, but skip forward a couple months, I remember seeing this cover on your WoW and thinking how awesome the book sounded! At the time, I couldn’t remember the name of the book from when the publicist told me about it though, so I actually did not make the connection that it’s the same book. Gotta be a great book, right, if it had been put on my radar twice? πŸ˜‰ Needless to say, I was bouncing up and down with excitement too when the “mystery” ARC showed up and it turned out to be Spells lol.
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    • Tammy

      I love that story! It just sounds so good, right? I love when publishers see my WoW posts and contact me. In fact the same day I got the offer for Spells I was asked to read Railhead which was another WoW pick. OMG so many amazing 2016 books already!!

      And now I’m super excited to start Invasive Species:-)

  2. Great haul!! Darn that Netgalley for putting out such pretty books! I am also with you I hate paying shipping so seem to buy more than I really needed to get the free shipping cause I figure, better a book than a waste of good money for shipping. πŸ™‚ I got The Vanishing Throne this week too! My haul goes up tomorrow with my Sunday Post. πŸ™‚
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    • Tammy

      Thanks for stopping by! Oh wow, is The Vanishing Throne really a June release?? I usually don’t read ARCs super early but I may have to make an exception.

  3. Yay for ComicCon! That’s awesome that you get to go back there next year. πŸ˜€

    Ooooh, The Fifth Season! And The Vanishing Throne! I’m looking forward to that one as well, so I hope you enjoy it. Hopefully it doesn’t have a cut-off ending like The Falconer did!
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