Sunday Update!

A very exciting event happened this week. Check out the purchased section down below!

Weekly Book Haul



Giveaways & ARCs

I had a plan this week. It was a great plan. This plan involved not requesting any ARCs unless they were super awesome. I was going to play catch up with my current books. It was a great plan. The plan started to fail when I won a raffle hosted by Penguin and received Foolish Games by Tracy Solheim. Then I received two additional ARCs that I had requested at the beginning of September that I figured I was not going to get: A Study in Ashes by Emma Jane Holloway and Blossom Street Brides by Debbie Macomber. Finally, I received an ARC that I requested last week The Flight of the Silvers by Daniel Price. I did request Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie, because it was my book club's November book pick, so this book counts as extra super awesome.

As you can probably guess, I have now signed up for Berls and Michelle's Clean Out Your E-Reader challenge in November. You should sign up too, if you have gotten yourself into trouble like me.

Library

I had not planned to get any books at the library; however, a book that I requested in the beginning of September finally was available (Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8: The Long Way Home by Joss Whedon and Georges Jeanty). While I was getting the graphic novel, I decided to borrow Sybil Exposed by Debbie Nathan, because Rebecca from Love at First Book wrote a great review.

Purchased

I bought Parasite by Mira Grant this weekend!!!! So gather round and let me tell you the story. My husband and I needed to go to Wal-Mart and buy winter supplies (e.g., de-icer fluid for the windshield wipers, snow shovels, ice scrapers, and snow brushes). Barnes & Noble is right next door, so my husband asked if I wanted to pop in to the bookstore first. Of course I said yes, even though I mainly go just to look. I like seeing what the new books are for general fiction and SF&F. I was looking through the new SF&F when I noticed a certain book in the bottom, right hand corner of a shelf. It was Parasite by Mira Grant. I immediately grabbed the book and ran over to my husband and showed it to him. I whispered quietly to him that the book isn't out until Tuesday and that no one was taking this book away from me now. He nodded in agreement as he has learned to do when I have that crazy look in my eye and letting me do what I want won't be horribly detrimental to society. I then paused and said that I am getting it from the library, so I should probably put it back. He looked at the price and said that it was only $20, so I should get it. I tried to say no again, but then he repeated that I should get it, so I got it. [Back story: In situations like this, I will usually put the item away and then wish for days, weeks, months, or years that I should have purchased an item. I still talk about a painting at Dragon*Con that I wished that I had purchased. It was a painting of a dragon knitting.]

Updates

The Doomsday Book by Connie Willis: This audio book is 26 hours, and I don't have lots of time to pay attention to it, so it has been slow going. However, this book is really good. Right now, I am learning more about the undergraduate who got sent back in time to the Medieval Ages. I am very concerned that she is the cause of the plague.

Suburban Legends by Sam Stall: This book is fun. It is a collection of urban legends that occurred in suburbia. Some of the stories are a bit grisly, but overall the book is an entertaining Halloween read.

Parasite by Mira Grant: This book is awesome so far. I do have a few critiques, but I am going to withhold judgement until I finish the book. I am not going to say anything more, because I shouldn't even have a copy of this book right now and don't want to spoil things for people who have to wait until Tuesday.

Read This Week

I thought I had only read one book this week; however, I read a few!

Still Writing by Dani Shapiro
A Tale Dark & Grimm and In a Glass Grimmly by Adam Gidwitz (I discovered that these galleys only had the first story for each book)
LEGO Space by Peter Reid and Tim Goddard
Delia's Shadow by Jaime Lee Moyer

10 comments:

kimbacaffeinate said...
October 28, 2013 at 8:41 AM

*tackles and hugs you* I had no idea you were a big Mira Grant fan like me..I love your B&N story. I giggled and almost cried at your knitting dragon story..because it is me...I do the same thing. My review for Parasite posts tomorrow and all I will say is that you did the right thing and you have a wonderful hubby.

Chene Sterckx said...
October 28, 2013 at 10:39 AM

This post had me laughing as the exact same thing happened to me with the incoming book requests thing.. I was getting no feedback in the beginning and now all of a suddenly it all rolled in at once *overwhelmed TBR pile* I think I have 35 books waiting to be read.. *closes eyes & shakes head*

Happy Reading Pamela!!

Chanzie @ Mean Who You Are.

Pabkins said...
October 28, 2013 at 7:34 PM

Glad to hear you are liking Parasite - that gives me hopes that I will as well!!

Pamela D said...
October 28, 2013 at 11:29 PM

Now that I finished the book, I am really glad that I bought it. :) I can't wait to see your review!

Pamela D said...
October 28, 2013 at 11:31 PM

When I joined Edelweiss, I wasn't getting responses back as quickly as I do on Netgalley, so I started requesting books like crazy just to see if I got any well response. Well, I got a response! 35 books is a lot more than my pile though! Good luck with your reading!

Pamela D said...
October 28, 2013 at 11:33 PM

I had a few problems with the book, but overall it was fun and gave me a few scares.

Sheila @ The Deliberate Reader said...
October 30, 2013 at 10:53 PM

I almost never request books from NetGalley or any of those other sites anymore, because when I did earlier this year they invariably would all get approved right at the same time, and then I'd have this mountain of books to review. And I'd just want to read my library books instead, just because.

On a related note, I think I should sign up for that November challenge. I've still got a handful of titles waiting waiting waiting for me to finish them and write a review.

Also, I *love* The Doomsday Book. Love.

Pamela D said...
October 30, 2013 at 11:38 PM

I think I am going to stop requesting so many galleys, because I am starting to stray from what I really love to read because the idea of reading galley is so "cool." I guess the NetGalley honeymoon period is over. I am going to start being more selective and read more books off of my ever growing TBR list.

I am so excited to find someone else who loves the Doomsday Book! Everyone talks about the second book in this series (To Say Nothing of the Dog), but this book is freaking great.

Berls said...
November 5, 2013 at 12:50 AM

LOL That's how I got myself into so much trouble on Netgalley - you request things and think it's not going to happen and then all of a sudden you're approved for everything and it's like whoa! now when am I going to read them? So glad you're doing the challenge with us, it's been great fun so far! Good luck:-)

Pamela D said...
November 5, 2013 at 8:07 PM

I understand that the approval process takes time, and I am very honored that I can read books ahead of the publication date; however, I do wish that there could be a faster turn around time. It is hard to plan my reading schedule when I get approved a month later.

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