Book Con 2019: Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2

Saturday, June 1

My sister and I got to the Javits shortly before the Exhibit Hall opened at 10 am. The first thing we went to, because we saw it right there, was Christmas Land – which was this whole display for the promotion of NOS4A2 on AMC.

They had this promotion where if you go to the Facebook app and take a picture of your face it will turn it into one of the creepy kids. Speaking of which, the actors there dressed up as Charlie Manx and the kids were so good. Like, I couldn’t look at them. Too creepy.

Anyway, I didn’t want to get the Facebook app and do it so we just took a photo with Charlie and we got a gift from The Wraith. It was a gingerbread cookie! It was so good too.

I thought it would be a Christmas ornament. Some people did get that. I am glad we got the cookie.

 

So, then we went to the Penguin Random House booth to get a pin my sister saw being promoted on Tumblr for The Starless Sea. We got the pin but we also found out that there was a signing with Erin Morgenstern. She was signing ARCs of The Starless Sea. The tickets were already gone and we were just really annoyed that that signing wasn’t promoted better. We would have gone there first had we known.

I think next time we are making a bee line for that booth first.

On a happier note, my sister’s memory made it onto this board for the promotion of Recursion by Blake Crouch. Hers is the gondola ride in Venice.

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Top Ten Tuesday March 19: Books On My Spring 2019 TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.
Updates are now at That Artsy Reader Girl.

March 19: Books On My Spring 2019 TBR

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I feel like I am just repeating myself because these same books have been on other TTT seasonal TBR lists. But I need to be serious this time. I am going to Book Con in June and simply MUST read these books I picked up from the previous Book Cons. I have more than ten, but I am only listing the ones I want to read first.

1) Book Con 2014: Interview With the Vampire, by Anne Rice (20th Anniversary Edition).
2) Book Con 2015: Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld.
3) Book Con 2015: Illuminae: The Illuminae Files – 01, by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (which is an ARC by the way. The whole trilogy is out now. So I am WAY behind.)
4) Book Con 2015: H2O, by Virgina Bergin.
5) Book Con 2017: Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova.
6) Book Con 2017: The Immortals by Jordanna Max Brodsky.
7) Book Con 2017: The Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst.
8) Book Con 2017: Nyxia by Scott Reintgen. Also an ARC.

I also want to squeeze in two audiobooks:
9) Queen’s Shadow by E.K. Johnston
10) Star Wars: Master and Apprentice by Claudia Gray

 

Top Ten Tuesday – November 28: Top Ten Books On My Winter TBR

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1) Iron Gold by Pierce Brown, expected publication: January 16th 2018. This is my most anticipated book. I am going to reread the trilogy beforehand and go to the book signing in NYC!

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2) Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View. I think I will read the hardcover and listen to the audiobook.

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3) The Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst. Picked this one up at Book Con 2017. It’s one of many on that Book Con pile.

4) The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. I plan to listen to the audiobook. I already have it downloaded. 52 hours though…

I have been on a roll with the books I got from NYCC 2016. Almost done with that pile. I want to keep the momentum going with these 2017’s NYCC books:
5) Age of Myth The Legends of the First Empire No.1 by Michael J. Sullivan
6) Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel
7) Within These Walls by Ania Ahlborn
8) Daughters of the Storm by Kim Wilkins
9) Year Zero by Rob Reid
10) After On by Rob Reid

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Good luck to me!

My Imaginary Book Con Itinerary.

This Saturday is Book Con, but it is in Chicago. I wish they would rotate cities throughout the year. May can be New York City’s month. I hope it’s back in NYC next year.

Also, as my luck would have it, the year I can’t attend is the same year a few of my favorite authors will be there. That just made me make a mock schedule of my imaginary day at Book Con:

8:00 AM -10:00 AM – Queue up for wristbands in the Autographing Area.
Definitely get wristbands for Pierce Brown and Nicola Yoon. After I have those try for Scott Sigler and David Levithan.

11:15 AM – 12:15 PM – Unwritten: Stories You Haven’t Read (Yet)

Authors write more stories than they ever get published… and even more remain in their heads, unwritten. How do Authors choose one idea from the many? What makes a story worth telling, and what deserves to be cut? Learn this and more from bestselling Authors Pierce Brown (The Red Rising Trilogy), Justin Cronin (The Passage Trilogy), Naomi Novik (Temeraire series, Uprooted) and Scott Sigler (The Generations Trilogy). Moderated by editor at Del Rey Books, Michael Braff.

Speakers:
Justin Cronin, Scott Sigler, Pierce Brown, Naomi Novik, Michael Braff.

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The Aeronaut’s Windlass (The Cinder Spires #1) by Jim Butcher

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Jim Butcher, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Dresden Files and the Codex Alera novels, conjures up a new series set in a fantastic world of noble families, steam-powered technology, and magic-wielding warriors…

Since time immemorial, the Spires have sheltered humanity, towering for miles over the mist-shrouded surface of the world. Within their halls, aristocratic houses have ruled for generations, developing scientific marvels, fostering trade alliances, and building fleets of airships to keep the peace.

Captain Grimm commands the merchant ship, Predator. Fiercely loyal to Spire Albion, he has taken their side in the cold war with Spire Aurora, disrupting the enemy’s shipping lines by attacking their cargo vessels. But when the Predator is severely damaged in combat, leaving captain and crew grounded, Grimm is offered a proposition from the Spirearch of Albion—to join a team of agents on a vital mission in exchange for fully restoring Predator to its fighting glory.

And even as Grimm undertakes this dangerous task, he will learn that the conflict between the Spires is merely a premonition of things to come. Humanity’s ancient enemy, silent for more than ten thousand years, has begun to stir once more. And death will follow in its wake…

I read the Advanced Reader’s Copy that I picked up from Book Con. The final edition was released September 29, 2015.

My plan was to finish the ARC before that date, but things happened.
This novel also took me more time to read than I would have liked (October 18 to December 04, 2015), but ugh… responsibilities taking away my free time. It was also killing my back to commute with such a large book (630 pages) so after a while I left it home to read a single chapter before bed about twice a week.

Moving onward. I enjoyed the story. There is a lot of action both on the ground and in the sky. There is also world building, although, I did have some difficulty understanding what the setting looked like. Specifically the construction and layout of the spires. However, it’s a good start and I would like to know more history of their world and the backstories of the characters.

I was very happy that the story was told from several of the characters’ perspectives. I liked their interactions as well as the development of the old and new relationships. I’m going to pick my two favorite characters: the well mannered Captain Grimm and the sassy Cat, Rowl. (The Cats’ behaviors and attitudes were so on point.) I loved Rowl’s name for Bridget, “Little Mouse” because that was my sister’s childhood nickname.

The enemy exhibited ruthless behavior but I wish we had more insight into their motives. I suppose that is something to discover as the series goes on.

I don’t think I will be running out to get the next book, but I would like to read it at some point, either from the library or an ARC.

3.5 out 5 Airships.

 

The Drafter (The Peri Reed Chronicles, #1) by Kim Harrison

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Detroit 2030. Double-crossed by the person she loved and betrayed by the covert government organization that trained her to use her body as a weapon, Peri Reed is a renegade on the run.

Don’t forgive and never forget has always been Peri’s creed. But her day job makes it difficult: she is a drafter, possessed of a rare, invaluable skill for altering time, yet destined to forget both the history she changed and the history she rewrote.

When Peri discovers her name on a list of corrupt operatives, she realizes that her own life has been manipulated by the agency. She joins forces with a mysterious rogue soldier in a deadly race to piece together the truth about her final task, unable to trust even herself.

This is one of the ARC’s I picked up at Book Con.

I started this book on August 27th. As of today, October 18, I give up. I only got halfway through and am so unmotivated to finish.

I feel bad saying this because the story sounds like it should be awesome. I was thinking it would be like a female protaganist Jason Bourne thriller.

Unfortunately I was bored. Everything moves so slow and not much of the plot develops. It is very repetitive and the action is not very enticing.

Even though I have been very busy lately (a vacation, work, NYCC, getting over a cold) a thriller like this should have me stay up at night turning the page and saying, “just one more chapter.” Instead whenever I had some downtime to read I would grunt in agony that I was still not finished.

1 out of 5 TL;DR

Book Review: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

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This innovative, heartfelt debut novel tells the story of a girl who’s literally allergic to the outside world. When a new family moves in next door, she begins a complicated romance that challenges everything she’s ever known. The narrative unfolds via vignettes, diary entries, texts, charts, lists, illustrations, and more.

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

This was an ARC I picked up during Book Con at the Random House First In Line booth.

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I really loved the way it was written, like a diary with lists, illustrations, and Maddy’s little definitions and book reviews. It gave the story a real personal feel. Maddy is a girl I would have been friends with in high school. I’d be friends with her now.

Maddy and Olly came alive. They were so cute. Their interactions made me laugh but it was not just cutesy teenage stuff. There was some darkness and growing pains.

The life lessons and philosophies brought up are nothing new, but were presented in a way that makes you stop reading and think about your own life. Particularly Chaos Theory. If you could change one moment would you get the results you want? Not according to Chaos Theory. Which leads me to another favorite moment about “you’re not living if you’re not regretting.”

I want to say this without it being too much of a spoiler. My one critique was that the end, which I predicted, it’s resolution seemed too simple. Given the nature of the – condition – I thought there would be more resistance and bigger consequences for that particular illness.

Besides that, it was a fast, enjoyable and memorable story.

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Everything, Everything hits shelves September 1, 2015.

Nicola’s husband, David Yoon did the illustrations for the novel. I like them. They are very happy.

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I put post-it notes in my books too. 🙂

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LOL. I loved that part.

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