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June 2012: A Month in Review

June was an exciting month for me, as it marked my attendance of Book Expo America for the first time.  My posts about BEA can be found here:

Book Expo was an amazing experience, and was great for networking with both authors and publishers.  I learned more about blogging and the book industry during those three days than during the entire year that I had been writing my blog.

I am a bit behind on reviewing, as it’s been a much busier month than I’d anticipated.  I did, however, manage to get reviews posted of six books:

I also participated in a readalong of Brandon Sanderson’s “Warbreaker” (review forthcoming) and am in the process of a blog-tour style readalong of “The Well of Ascension.”

I’m hoping to get caught up on writing reviews during the first half of July.

Remember when I said that I wasn’t going to buy any more books after BEA for a very long time?  Well, I lied.  In my defense, a storm knocked out power (and the air conditioner and fridge, which still aren’t up and running yet) this weekend, and Barnes & Noble was air conditioned.  I came across a copy of Catherynne Valente’s “Deathless” and am already quite enamored of it.  I mean, what kind of book would suit me more than a beautifully written fairy tale set in Soviet Russia?  I started reading it in the store and decided that it must come home with me.

I also ended up picking up a couple Kindle books over the past few weeks.  I decided to purchase Deborah Harkness’ “A Discovery of Witches,” as I have the sequel among my BEA books and wanted to read them in order.  I bought Catherynne Valente’s “The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making,” because yeah.  Cat Valente is my new hero.  I also picked up L. S. Engler‘s first book, a collection of short stories entitled “Bowlful of Bunnies,” which is delightful thus far!

So… um… yeah.  Maybe this month I’ll be more successful in stopping myself from buying new books, but somehow I doubt it.

What are your reading plans for July?  Found any good books lately?

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So I don’t need to buy books for a very long time…

As you can see, I might have gone a bit overboard at Book Expo America.  These are the books that I brought home with me and now constitute most of my enormous TBR pile.  I am trying to resist the urge to catalog them all.  Sorry that the titles are a bit blurry.

For anyone who missed my Book Expo posts, they can be found here:

Attending Book Expo America was a tremendous opportunity for me.  I got to meet a lot of new bloggers and authors, and I learned more about the publishing industry in the three days of the conference than I did during an entire year of book blogging.

Based on the selection of books that I’ve acquired, SF/F will remain the biggest genre that I read and blog about.  However, I’m going to include more YA novels and more historical fiction than I have been as of late.  I’m also going to read more short stories.

Get excited for my upcoming reviews!  I’ve got books by Lilith Saintcrow, Walter Mosley, Libba Bray, Lauren Oliver, and more!  My goal is to review all of these book within the next year.

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BEA Excursion, Day 3 (and special treasures)

Today was the third and final day of BEA, although I’ll still be in New York until tomorrow afternoon.  It was a lot calmer than the previous two days of exhibits, largely because it closed at 3.  I picked up some more books, although not quite as many this time.

I didn’t realize just how many books I’d end up coming home with.  I ended up making one trip to the post office to mail myself books, and I’m planning on making one more tomorrow morning.  Rather than bore everybody with details about my day (OMG!  I met Kristin Cashore!  But Terri Windling wasn’t there even though she was supposed to be.  Oh, and I tried to give my business card to TOR.  I hope it gets there), I’m going to talk about a few of my treasures.  These are the books that I carry back to DC, because I’m not taking any chances on them getting lost in the mail, and also because I’ve already started some of them.

“Redshirts,” by John Scalzi – So yeah.  I blogged about this yesterday, but I am going to say it again because of the epic level of awesomeness.  I waited in the extremely long line to get a signed ARC of Redshirts because John Scalzi is awesome and I want to read his next book.  When it was my turn to have my copy signed, I told John Scalzi that I was going to bring him bacon but couldn’t find any that morning.  Scalzi thanked me profusely for not bringing him any bacon because bacon is rather difficult to travel with.  Redshirts is a novel in three codas, which intrigues me because I love books that play with non-traditional formats.

“The Killing Moon,” by N. K. Jemisin – Last night I went to an event at the New York Public Library.  Four different authors read from their books, and N. K. Jemisin was one of them.  She read an excerpt from the sequel to this book, which is fantasy set in a world that vaguely resembles ancient Egypt.  One of the neat things about this series is that Jemisin managed to get the first two books published in consecutive months, which means that I won’t have to wait long to read the sequel!  I got to meet Jemisin at a book-signing yesterday, and she told me that she liked my henna tattoo, which made me unreasonably happy.

“Bitterblue,” by Kristin Cashore – Kristin Cashore was one of the other authors at the New York Public Library event last night.  She read the prologue of Bitterblue, and I braved an extremely long line to get a signed copy of it because I absolutely MUST see what happens next.  The story is set in a magical world where some people are endowed with magical gifts called graces.  Bitterblue’s father has one such power and is able to tell lies that everyone will believe, and he used his powers to oppress his kingdom.  This book comes after two of Cashore’s other books, “Graceling” and “Fire,” but  I am going to jump right in with this one because it seems like I can.

“The Mirrored World,” by Debra Dean – I got to meet Debra Dean yesterday, and she’s super nice.  Her novel is a historical fiction set in St. Petersburg about the life of St. Xenia.  This sounds right up my alley, because I studied in St. Petersburg and am a sucker for anything Russian.  I read the first two chapters and love it thus far!  I have an ARC of this on my Kindle as well, but I couldn’t pass up the chance to get a signed copy and to meet the author.  One of the neatest things about BEA is getting to interact with different authors on a face-to-face basis.  It’s easy to forget that authors are people too when all you see of them is a tiny blurb in the back of the book, and meeting them gives a better idea of what’s going on behind-the-scenes.

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Shameless Self-Promotion

Just a quick post today… I entered the Independent Book Blogger Awards contest on Goodreads.  Voting opens today, and the winner gets a free trip to Book Expo America, which sounds like a lot of fun.  If you have a few moments to spare, you can vote for me here, and it would be much appreciated!  Thank you very much!

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