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Spring 2016 Book Haul

It seems that I buy books in fits and bounds. After several months of not buying much of anything, I’ll add half a dozen new titles to my shelves over the course of two months. And that’s exactly what happened. So I figured I’d use it as an excuse to do a big book haul. Most of these books came from Barnes & Noble, though I did get a signed hardcover from the Poisoned Pen based out of Arizona.

Wicked as They Come by Delilah S. Dawson
Vampires plus steampunk plus carnival. That’s what I’ve gathered Wicked as They Come is about from the summary and chatter online. Plus there’s a pretty cool inter-dimensional travel component to it, too. It’s been on my to-buy list for a while, and I’ve been looking for an excuse to order it. Pushing an online B&N order over the $25 threshold for free shipping proved to be the perfect opportunity.

The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins
Author Kameron Hurley highly recommended The Library at Mount Char, and the summary gave me the impression that it’s right up my alley. Murder and secret societies–what’s not to like? The paperback also recently came out, so it was on sale. Unfortunately I’m thinking it’s too high-fantasy for me after reading twenty-ish pages. I’ll try it one more time before donating it to the library.

City of Jasmine by Deanna Raybourn
After reading Raybourn’s A Spear of Summer Grass, I decided it made sense to get City of Jasmine. The summary had intrigued me before I got into any Raybourn book (aviatrix finds out that her dead husband isn’t really dead). Being on sale helped make my decision a whole lot easier when it came down to actually ordering.

Dreaming Spies and The Murder of Mary Russell by Laurie R. King
Email marketing freaking works. I got an email from the Poisoned Pen about signed copies of The Murder of Mary Russell (I ordered a signed copy of Garment of Shadows from them years ago), and I impulse-bought it at 2AM. Then I found out that there’s another book in the series between GoS and MMRDreaming Spies. I drove over to my local B&N where it happened to be in stock.

Mockingbird and The Cormorant by Chuck Wendig
My local B&N doesn’t have a great track record of stocking the books I’m looking for unless they’re by Stephen King or another bestseller. But it makes sense to browse the shelves anyway if I’m already there. Both Mockingbird and The  Cormorant were on the shelf by some bookstore miracle. And not just any versions, but the new versions that match the first Miriam Black book already at home. I simply couldn’t help myself.

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