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!) 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):
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!
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.
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:
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!