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In my Mailbox #4

12 Jun

Over the past three weeks I’ve received some really awesome books. Things have been slower book wise, compared to the insanity of BEA. But I am actually thankful for that! My TBR pile has taken over our dining room table, and is not dwindling anywhere near quickly enough. I’ve gotten some great books recently, including some highly anticipated sequels (a few that have cut to the front of the line in my TBR pile!).

FOR REVIEW:

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Supernaturally by Kiersten White (!!) and Hereafter by Tara Hudson. Via Harper Teen.

I’ve been waiting forever for Supernaturally. Reading it now, and of course, loving it. I’ve heard really good things about the ghost story in Hereafter as well!

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Forgotten by Cat Patrick, and Spoiled by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan. Via Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.

Two more books I’ve heard some great buzz about. Forgotten is a mystery, and Spoiled is by the hilarious Fug Girls.

PURCHASED:
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Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma. Found @ Strand– over a week early!

Can’t wait to read this. And seriously, that cover is one of the most beautiful book covers I’ve ever seen.

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Starcrossed by Jospephine Angelini.

After reading an E-Galley, I really wanted a signed copy of this book. Sadly, the Dark Days of Supernatural tour isn’t coming anywhere near NYC. I’m not sure why big book tours keep neglecting the entire East Coast, but it’s pretty annoying! Luckily, Josie (who is amazingly nice) offered to sign a copy for me if I had it sent to her. Her signature is so cute:

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Not pictured: Hexed by Kevin Hearne

GIFTED/OTHER:

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National Geographic Complete Photography.

My Dad bought this for my 29th birthday last month. Since it was a special order, it just arrived this week! I can’t wait to read it.

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The Dud Avocado by Elaine Dundy. Via Paperback Swap.

I have been wanting to read this forever. It finally popped up on Paperback Swap this week—along practically with every other book I’ve ever requested (Of course they show up when I run out of credits). Summer seems to be popular with book swappers.

I’m really starting to feel like I need a clone, so I can read and review everything much faster! 😉

Thank you to Harper Teen, Little, Brown and Josephine Angelini for making my 4th edition of IMM AWESOME!

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Authors That Deserve More Recognition

29 Mar

I’ve been thinking long and hard about this week’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by The Broke and the Bookish). Which authors do I love, but don’t see people discussing? Who deserves more recognition?

Some of you might disagree with a few of my choices, but I’ve tried to pick authors who the average reader might be unfamiliar with, that I happen to love.

1. Sarra Manning:
Sarra Manning is like a British version of Sara Dessen, mixed with a dash of Stephanie Perkins. Her Diary of a Crush trilogy in particular is a must-read if you like contemporary YA romance, and hot English boys! I can’t believe more people don’t know who she is!
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2. L.J. Smith:
Yes, we all know she wrote the Vampire Diaries series. But she also has quite a few other amazing trilogies under her belt. Her works (along with Christopher Pike) pretty much defined my pre-teen reading years back in the early 90’s. Two of my favorite all time series, written by her are The Forbidden Game, and The Secret Circle (which The CW has optioned as a pilot!).

3. Kelly Creagh:
Nevermore (Kelly’s debut!) is one of my absolute favorite books of all time. It’s long, descriptive, and dark. And features one of the most realistic portrayals of an unexpected high school romance I’ve ever read. It might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I think it’s amazing, and one of the most well-written YA books out there.
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4. N. K. Jemisin:
Single handedly responsible for me reading adult fantasy novels once again. NK managed to create a unique world, with strong female protagonists in a genre that at times, feels like it’s survived on tropes and has been done to death. See The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms to find out what I mean.
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5. Kim Gruenenfelder:
Author of hands down the most laugh out loud “chick lit” books I have ever read. A Total Waste of Makeup is another of my absolute favorites. Years after first reading it, I’m still cracking up over an especially eccentric character naming their pet elephant “Cinderellephant”.

6. Franny Billingsley:
My Chime review is still to come. But it’s safe to say based on that book alone, Franny is a new favorite. The fact that the book took her over a decade to perfect is evident on every single beautifully written page. Chime is my favorite 2011 read so far, which leaves me shocked that I haven’t heard more people talking about it.

7. Jandy Nelson:
Author of The Sky is Everywhere–a book that most bloggers seem to either love or hate. I’m waiting for the day when Sky breaks through the internet barrier and becomes a worldwide bestseller. I’m also anxiously awaiting the release of her second novel, The History of Luck.

8. Chloe Neill:
Not very widely known outside of die-hard urban fantasy circles, Chloe Neill has the potential to be the next Kim Harrison, and earn a place on the NY Times bestseller list. In the Chicagoland Vampires series, Neill manages to make tired subjects (vampires! werewolves! witches!) and settings (the big city) new again. She also writes one of the best ass-kicking heroines of any series I’ve ever read.

9. Richelle Mead:
Some of you might be wondering what the author of the Vampire Academy series is doing here. Most of my friends who read YA have heard of Richelle. But not all of them have read her adult works. They are in my opinion, even better than the VA series. Only Richelle could make a soul stealing succubus sympathetic. Check out her Georgina Kincaid and Dark Swan series, and prepare to be blown away.
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10. Honestly, I can’t pick a #10!

Who are your favorite, underrated authors?

In my Mailbox #3

27 Mar

Most of the new releases I’ve pre-ordered come out next week, so I didn’t end up with very many new books for my third edition of IMM (hosted by The Story Siren). No video this time! Just a bit of text, and one very exciting photo:

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I’m getting an early glimpse at Wolfsbane (with the original, much prettier cover!) thanks to a fellow blogger’s ARC tour. I’ve only read a few pages so far, but I’m already anxious to find out what happens in book two with Calla, Shay, and Ren!

I also received Bumped by Megan McCafferty, via NetGalley.
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I’ve been a Megan McCafferty fan since way back when the first Jessica Darling book was released, so I’ve been looking forward to reading Bumped for quite some time. I’ve heard some mixed things, but good reviews are highly outnumbering the bad.

This week’s IMM might be short and sweet, but I’m glad to be able to read two very highly anticipated books from my TBR list!

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Bookish Resolutions

11 Jan

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1. Review books right after finishing them. #1 book/blog resolution. Hands down. I have a notebook of handwritten commentary about ten books that I’ve read in the last month, and still haven’t reviewed! This need to change asap.
2. Use Paperback Swap more/Keep my PBS lists updated. I go through phases where I get 10 books a month, and then the next month, 1. I’d like to take advantage of this “cheap” and easy resource more!
3. Shop more at Indie bookstores. This is much easier to do in NYC than anywhere else I’ve ever lived! I regularly shop in Strand and Books of Wonder. Sadly, where my parents live there is one indie bookstore in a 6 town radius. And it’s really a toy store that sells a few childrens books. In my midwestern home town? I can’t think of ONE.
4. Read 100 books in 2011. I *think* I can do it! I’m already on my 5th!
5. Read at least 10 books that I already own, and purchased pre-2010. I have sooooo many older books just languishing on my bookshelves.
6. Read more “physical” books. After buying my kindle, I went a little nuts with the e-books. In NYC it’s impossible to lug a 400+ page book around with you all day, so I use my kindle constantly. The (pre-kindle) purchase weeks when I was busier with my photography (carrying tons of equipment, while traveling on foot), I read next to nothing. I’d like to use the kindle for travel, and read more book books while at home.
7. Read on the subway more. This goes along with #6. I’d like to get back into reading more (books or e-books!) during my commute, and listening to my iPod less.
8. Read more classics. Pretty sure the last classic I read was in high school. Which was ten years ago.
9. Buy less books. I tend to go overboard and buy ten books at a time. And then only read half of them. Planning my book purchases in advance seems to help a lot.
10. Go to BEA. I never know what my schedule will be like in advance, since I mostly do freelance work. But I’d really like to make time to go to BEA this year. Especially since it’s in my hometown! : )