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:
- BEA Excursion, the Prologue
- BEA Excursion, Arrival and The Strand
- BEA Excursion, Day 1
- BEA Excursion, Day 2
- BEA Excursion, Day 3 (and special treasures)
- So I don’t need to buy books for a very long time…
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:
- “Red Seas Under Red Skies” by Scott Lynch
- “Bitterblue” by Kristin Cashore
- “Old Man’s War” by John Scalzi
- “Neverwhere” by Neil Gaiman
- “Throne of Glass” by Sarah J. Maas
- “The Mirrored World” by Debra Dean
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?