May has been a pretty busy month for book pick ups, from thrift store finds to the school book fair, plus my grandparents let us raid their basement for books. I also seem to be getting more ARCs than ever. It use to be one every two months or so and now I am getting one or two a month! This month I got my first eARC and I signed up for the First to Read program from Penguin, which means more eARCs on the horizon.
Dream Casters: Light
Why I got it: A .99 cent book from BookBub. I admit that I have a soft spot for books involving people traveling between our world and a dream world.
Open Minds (Mindjack Saga Book 1)
Why I got it: Free BookBub book, and this first sentence of the description was pretty much enough to sell me on the book, “When everyone reads minds, a secret is a dangerous thing to keep”
Enemy (On the Bones of Gods Book 1)
Why I got it: My Kindle First selection for May. There were several books that looked good by the description, but once I started reading the reviews, none of the books looked good. I am not planning on reading this anytime in the future, but I feel compelled to choose at least one. The big downer was that so many reviewers complaint about the writing style taking them out of the story, choppy sentences and fantasy characters who constantly used the word “yeah.”
From The Library:
The Strangler Vine
Why I got it: I read an excerpt for the second book on the Penguin First to Read site, and was immediately interested in reading these books.
The Quest for Merlin
Why I got it: A LibraryThing giveaway, the publisher gave me a copy of the book to review. This is my first eARC (electronic advance reader copy.) It seems to be a YA coming of age fantasy tale.
The Gammage Cup
Why I got it: It looked like a fun fantasy story, and I’m a total sucker for cheep books at the Teen Challenge Thrift store.
Mutiny on H.M.S. Bounty (First Illustrated Classics)
Why I got it: I am working on collecting all these mini-books of illustrated classics. (Partly because I have a book shelf just their size.)
Make Way for Ducklings
Why I got it: A classic children’s story, that we’ve checked out from the library many times before, now we own our own copy.
Tempestuous (Wondrous Strange Trilogy)
Why I got it: It was marked as an ARC, but for sale at a thrift store, and since it’s also a fantasy story I thought, “Why not?”
It’s a Magical World
Why I got it: Calvin and Hobbs for .99 cents at a thrift store, is a yes every time.
Bad Kitty: Puppy’s Big Day
Why she got it: Much to my night time reading chagrin she loves, loves, LOVES the Bad Kitty beginner chapter books. I swear I have read Bad Kitty Gets a Bath 4,000 times. At least now that we have a new one the Bad Kitty Gets A Bath book gets a break.
Palace Pets: Adventure Tales
Why she got it: Her newest thing is Palace pets, which combines two things she already loves Disney Princesses and Pets! This book is super cute as it has mini-books within the book, each telling the tale of a different set of pets.
My grandparents have decided to down size the amount of books they own, so we brought home a large box full of their books. There are too many to list here, but you can see them in the pictures on this page. A couple of highlights:
The Happy Little Handsaw:
Why I got it: This is one of the books I remember my Grandmother reading to me when I was a little kid. No I will have a chance to read it to little bug.
Little Black Samba:
Why I got it: This is one of those books that you just can’t get any more. I wanted to see what all the fuss was about.
Why I got it: I could not believe my grandparent’s owned this book, one which goes against everything they worked their whole lives for, but I guess you have to know your enemy. The harm this book did to the natural resource industry is hard to put into words.