New Books: the belatedly shipped, a new release, a magazine, and yes, ebooks

Yeah…I have more new books. In my defense, several of these were ordered over a month ago with gift cards, but Barnes and Noble marked my order as shipped even though it wasn’t and I waited until I came back from vacation to ask customer service for more help.

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First is Sticks & Stones by Abby Cooper, a new middle grade release that I preordered because it has a great concept and sounds like something I would have needed in middle school. It follows a sixth grader, Elyse, during this changing period of adolescence. She has a rare (fictional) disease that causes words that others say about her on her skin. The good words soothe, the bad ones itch. And when she thinks negative things about herself? Those itch most of all.

And here’s the books I ordered that finally shipped:

  • Beloved by Toni Morrison: Because I loved The Bluest Eye and basically want to read all of her books.
  • The Giver Quartet by Lois Lowry: I loved The Giver when I read it many years ago in middle school, but I’ve never read the rest of the companions/sequels and am interested to see the different topics they explore. I’m a sucker for gorgeous omnibuses and this seemed like the perfect way to continue the series.
  • A View from the Cheap Seats by Neil Gaiman: This is Gaiman’s new “selected nonfiction” collection. I’ve been really interested in essay collections lately, and I’ve really enjoyed Gaiman’s blog posts as well as his “Make Good Art” speech and his introduction to Fahrenheit 451 (both included in this collection). There’s also an essay on Doctor Who!

–Brief Ebook Detour–

Yes, I still have a habit of buying discounted ebooks of books I want to read, though I’m happy to report that I did hold back on a few sales! Nevertheless, here’s what I’ve added since my last update:

  • The Color Purple by Alice Walker: This one has been on my list for a while and after seeing the Broadway revival’s performance at the Tony’s, I made a mental note to buy the Kindle edition (when some of my buying had cooled down) and read it this upcoming semester at school. But then it was discounted any way, so…
  • Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta: This Printz winner has also been on my list in a while and I was planning to finally get around to it this year, so when it was discounted as an ebook, I jumped at the opportunity.
  • The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha ChristieOne of Christie’s most famous mysteries was somehow not in my parents’ paperback collection, so it’s been on my list for two years to remind myself to get around to it, as I’ve read Christie’s other big-name titles.
  • The Revolution Was Televised by Alan Sepinwall: I love TV history, TV shows that shake up genre and storytelling by doing something knew with its format, and media analysis. I was aware of this book, but it’s the kind of thing that I would need to read a little at a time (especially as I haven’t watched a lot of these shows), so having it on Kindle is perfect and I jumped at the discount.

Bonus: Magazine

It’s Star Trek‘s 50th anniversary and while I was at Sam’s Club I noticed there were at least three magazines celebrating the show, and I couldn’t resist. I picked up Entertainment Weekly‘s special because it seemed go beyond the origin story. It mostly focuses on The Original Series, the original movies, Next Generation (always my favorite), and the new movies (which honestly I haven’t really followed; I’ve only seen Into Darkness). I wish there was a  little bit more on Deep Space 9 (currently watching) and Voyager (also when are we going to get more info on the new show???), but I’m still excited to dive into it. Did I mention I love TV history?

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I have acquired more books…

No usual update this week, because I was on vacation and didn’t get much of a chance to read and write. I have, however, acquired more books since my last haul, so this seems like an opportunity to show them off. Once again, many of them are ebooks that were on my TBR list and happened to be on sale…a consequence of finally getting my own a debit card. Well, I’m not complaining.

Censors at Work: How States Shaped Literature by Robert Darnton : I went to the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C. (it was awesome), and they had a lot of books in the gift shop, both fiction and nonfiction, and I really wanted to pick up a nonfiction that interested me to read outside of my comfort zone. I almost picked up a book about spies throughout American history, but then I saw this, and I’m really glad I did because it’s right up my alley and I think I’ll learn a lot. It focuses on the effects on literature of the censorship in Bourbon France, British India, and Soviet East Germany. (Have I mentioned I really like history? I love history.)

The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett: I’ve wanted to read this for a while, and it was a monthly deal, so I couldn’t resist it. I’ve really only read one Discworld novel so far, but I love the satire, and I’m interested in how this one crosses over with kidlit/YA. (The Kindle edition is still just $5.)

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah: This was a Kindle Daily Deal, and I had to pick it up because the book was such a hit last year and it’s historical fiction about women during World War II…did I mention I love history?

The Girl with all the Gifts by M.R. Carey: I’m not very interested in zombies, but I’ve heard such great things about this that I was curious. I honestly don’t know much else, but I want to go into this one fairly blind. (Unfortunately, it seems that the Kindle deal for this one was limited and has since expired.)

Daring Greatly by Brene Brown:  As I mentioned earlier, I’m looking to expand into more nonfiction, and this was a book that was recommended on the Book Riot podcast and caught my attention because I have a lot of trouble taking risks. Book Riot also alerted me that this book was on a daily ebook sale, so I picked it up and I’m hoping to get to it soon.

Have you read any of these? What books have you acquired recently, bought or library?