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It's almost embarrassing how many books I acquired this week. Thankfully, my relative anonymity on the Internet allows me no shame. NO SHAME! It was my birthday Monday, dammit, so I was going to spend all my birthday money on books. And I did. (PS: Book links in this post go to the respective Goodsreads page.)
I used the check my parents sent me to buy this lovely Kindle. I think after I use it I'll be able to write a great post comparing Nook to Kindle. It's a highly Googled topic, I know, especially with the holidays coming up. So far it's helped me a bit with NetGalley - I had one book formatted horribly on Nook but it reads so much better on Kindle. Look for a review of Two and Twenty Dark Tales in the somewhat near future.
Merit Press sent me The Girl in the Wall by Daphne Benedis-Grab and Louder than Words by Laurie Plissner. I'm so excited to be reviewing for this new YA imprint! The Girl in the Wall sounds absolutely amazing.
From NetGalley, I acquired Secrets and Lies by Ella Monroe. I'm reading Capital Girls right now and I'm really enjoying it. It's kind of like Gossip Girl, but if the girls were a tad less superficial, lived in Washington D.C., and one was dating the president's son.
Also from NetGalley: Sacrifice by Cayla Kluver (the last in The Legacy Trilogy) and Undeadly by Michele Vail.
I won a giveaway over the summer from another blog, but never received the books. Jody Gehrman was so gracious about the whole thing, she sent me Babe in Boyland with a great inscription inside. Thanks, Jody! I've been wanting to read that one for quite some time. I also received ARCs of Breathe by Sarah Crossan, Crewel by Gennifer Albin, and League of Strays by L.B. Schulman. The ARCs were free with any purchase at my favorite used book store. Score one for the home team!
My mother-in-law was too good to me this year. We have the same birthday, isn't that crazy? She sent me a flat rate box filled with birthday goodies (Glee Season 3, anyone?) and included were these books: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, Decked with Holly by Marni Bates, Origin by Jessica Khoury (which I also got from the library the day before, I guess that one can go back!), and Fire by Kristin Cashore. I've been wanting to read Fire ever since by YA book club read Graceling last summer. Yay!
Almost forgot this book - The Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater. I picked this one up Sunday after book club, because it's our November pick.
Dark Days by C.A. Kunz. Remember how I read The Childe earlier this month but my book buying ban prevented me from buying the sequel? Well, now I've got it. Bam! Then, after a sushi lunch on Monday, I headed to that aforementioned used book store and picked up Uglies, Pretties, and Extras by Scott Westerfeld. The keen eye will notice I didn't get Specials. That's because I was stupid and didn't realize Extras was the fourth book, not the third. Oops. I just ordered Specials off PaperBackSwap to fix that.
Speechless by Hannah Harrington Zom-B by Darren Shan were also purchased (new) at the used book store. Speechless sounds like a great contemporary and I've only read good things about it on other blogs. I haven't read much about Zom-B at all, actually, but it sounds good to me! Before my schedule got all shifted around I was going to read it on Halloween, but now I have to work. It's short, so I'll probably read it before bed on Halloween.
Finally, my husband slipped a Barnes & Noble gift card into my birthday card (as he does every year, the dear,) so I picked up these three: Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian, The Blessed by Tonya Hurley, and Across the Universe by Beth Revis. The Blessed I've been eyeing for quite some time, but it was Burn for Burn that I looked for specifically. I can't wait to read that one!
FROM THE LIBRARY:
When it rains it pours, folks, so naturally all my library holds became available this week. That's how I ended up with: The Unnaturalists by Tiffany Trent, If I Lie by Corrine Jackson, and Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne. I was supposed to be on an ARC tour for The Unnaturalists late summer, but the book went missing. Now I get my chance to read it!
The library also provided Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama, Because It Is My Blood by Gabrielle Zevin, and Wake by Amanda Hocking. Because It Is My Blood is the sequel to All These Things I've Done, which I read last year and gave five stars to. I hope the sequel is just as good!
So for those of you keeping score at home, that's twenty-nine books I acquired this week. They're still sitting on the kitchen table, which we never use anyway, because I've got nowhere else to put them. My husband wants to throttle me, but what can you do - when it' s your birthday, you want what you want! Hope you had a great book week, too. Tell me what you got this week in the comments!