It’s another book haul. Are you sick of it yet? Because I’m not.
This is another two-for-one post. I have enough for both memes. They can overlap every time I get books in the mail. I enjoy both and am happy to do both. This falls right in the middle of the two because I did get 11 books in the mail and bought one more at last weekend’s WonderCon. Man, the post for that at my other blog… that’s gonna take a while. And I also have bookish news that will have its own post. At WonderCon, I met V.E. Schwab and it was one of the best author events and interactions ever. So watch out for that.
- I’m currently reading…
- Up next I think I’ll read…
- I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
- I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
- I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
- I can’t wait to get a copy of…
- I wish I could read ___, but…
- I blogged about ____ this past week…
I’ve decided to go on a mini Graceling marathon and read Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore. I recently finished Fire before my WonderCon adventure. I started a bit of A Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh but I wasn’t in the mood yet. I was too excited on my train rides to the convention center to care for anything else. And I was pumped for the V.E. Schwab panel. When I got home yesterday, I saw Bitterblue and had the urge to finish the series. So I’ll be reading that.
Speaking of V.E. Schwab… she’s awesome. Her panel was so much fun. And her book, A Darker Shade of Magic is amazing. I inhaled that book. OMG, it was just so good. I was so happy to know that she’s also a leftie. And a Slytherin! The sequel to ADSOM, A Gathering of Shadows, is part of my book mail haul and it came signed. At WonderCon, I bought Vicious and brought ADSOM with me so I could get them signed. Therefore, all my V.E. Schwab books are signed! 😉
At her panel, she shared that ADSOM was sold as a TV series instead of a movie. And she’s done writing the pilot! She also said that the network gave her creative control; sort of like what Starz did with Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. I like that there’s a possibility of it being a TV series vs a movie because that way, the world can be explored more and stuff can be explained clearly. Condensing a whole intricate universe into two hours doesn’t work for everything.
For this week’s random question: Make a plea for your favorite book.
It’s Jane Eyre. Just read it.
There’s a retelling just released called Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye. She has a signing at Vromans Pasadena today. I want to go but I’m too tired from WonderCon weekend. Do I really need another book? But… but… it’s a signing! Y’all know how much I love a signed book. I have to be strong. Sigh. I guess sleep and rest wins over a book signing. And besides, I have more books at home waiting to be read.
As for the namesake of this blog post…
MAILBOX MONDAY #5 | Somebody stop me!
I’m a sucker for free shipping. If I order something online, I want free shipping. Yes, online used book shopping gives me awesome deals but my aversion to paid shipping is counteractive to that. Spend more just so I won’t have to pay $4 to $9 for shipping. Yep. My brain, folks.
Two Fridays ago, I was stuck at work, bored and stressed out. I sought relief from the best place I knew… shopping. My makeup no-buy is effectively lessening my need to buy new colorful things and that urge shifted to books. Hey, a $7 lipstick can by 3-7 pieces of book, yakno.
I stumbled across this zombie series called Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry. I ended up buying the first three books. This was what brought on this book buying binge. I bought from three places. I even had a table cross-referencing prices and shipping costs. Yes, I’m a nerd like that. Book Outlet had great deals but no free shipping so I decided to make most out of the $3.99 shipping for two books. I also looked at my trusty Thrift Books. Spend $10 and get free shipping. Last but not the lease, Better World Books where everything is free shipping. And they had a promo, save 40% on 4+ used books. I got one book from each website… among others.
A Gathering of Shadows, I got on Barnes and Noble already signed. Hey, I had a 15% off coupon and the signed edition was just $17 something. I bought a couple of bookmarks to get to $25 and free shipping. I’ve become so creative. And yes, it takes me HOURS to complete a bookish shopping list. I’m cheap. Let’s face that fact lol.
It took a whole week to get to me. The bookmarks… B&N, you’re insane. All four of them came separately. In boxes. Boxes the same size as a hardcover book. Whut? Why? You can just send it to me in a manila envelope. Or a regular white. What a waste. And oh, none of the used books came in a box. They were all in those padded packets and the orange Thrift Books packaging. I was looking forward to that infamous Book Outlet brown paper but alas, on a bigger order maybe?
Here’s what I got… as if you can’t already read from the photo.
BARNES AND NOBLE:
* A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab – signed first edition
* Vicious by V.E. Schwab – signed by author at event
BETTER WORLD BOOKS:
* Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry
* The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd – I read and reviewed this already. I enjoyed it a lot and decided to get a copy together with the rest of the trilogy. I got the UK edition for $3.99.
* Her Dark Curiosity by Megan Shepherd
* A Cold Legacy by Megan Shepherd
* Dust & Decay by Jonathan Maberry
* I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga – what a concept! I’m excited to check this out.
* Flesh & Bone by Jonathan Maberry
* The Last American Vampire by Seth Grahame-Smith – sequel to Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter. I read this already and loved it more than the first one. No review because I have trouble reviewing favorites.
* The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – another absolute favorite.
* Lexicon by Max Barry – again, a favorite. I must re-read this!
Still with me? Thank you!
I have a book-buying problem. But I think my purchases/expenses from WonderCon 2016 put a slight halt to that. 😉