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#BEA2013 Book Haul Part 1

June 2, 2013

I’ve sprouted a veritable Book-Henge of books I grabbed at BEA. Several that look really intriguing, and I can’t wait to read. And then, several more that… just happened to me. I told myself on Wednesday morning that I was going to be realistic, and only grab books I really wanted, I was going to think about my paucity of reading time.


These books will keep me going well past the next BEA, in all probability. The problem of never catching up with all the good books out there is such a delightful problem to have.

I’m separating my book list in half: The following are the books I can’t wait to start reading, and some of the reasons why.

  1.  Aimless Love– Billy Collins. Obviously, this poetry collection tops my list of prized Book Expo possessions.
  2. Havisham– Ronald Frame. Envisions the early life of Miss Havisham from Dickens. This was buzzing all over the Expo.
  3. The Boleyn King– Laura Anderson. Tudor hist fic. Yes, please.
  4. Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell. A novel about teens who write fanfic in a Harry Potter-esque fandom. Hilary already read it, staying up super late the night we got it.
  5. Entangled– Amy Rose Capetta. YA that drew comparisons to Firefly. Protagonist is a girl with a guitar. Sold!
  6. The President’s Hat– Antoine Laurain. French novel about a man who swaps hats with the President. Everyone talking about this book smiled.
  7. The Kingdom of Little Wounds– Susan Cokal. A sort of Rapunzel story, set against Medieval Sweden.
  8. A Blind Goddess– James R. Benn. The latest Billy Boyle mystery, and a delight to find. I think I’m a few behind in reading this excellent WWII mystery series.
  9. Zoo Station– David Downing. Excited about this one, as it’s a book James Benn recommends highly.
  10. Charming– Elliott James. Urban fantasy with a funny, sarcastic streak. Actually reading this now.
  11. Man Alive– Mary Kay Zuravleff. Another Buzz Panel find. Businessman gets struck by lightning, suddenly all he wants to do is grill.
  12. The Serpent and the Pearl– Kate Quinn. Borgias in 1492 Rome.
  13. Under the Wide and Starry Sky– Nancy Horan.  Historical romance involving Robert  Lewis Stevenson. Intriguing
  14. Dollface– Renée Rosen. Roaring 20’s YA.
  15. Make Good Art– Neil Gaiman’s commencement speech. Autographed!
  16. Fortunately, the Milk– Neil Gaiman. A whimsical story about a dad. Autographed!
  17. If You Could Be Mine– Sara Farizan. YA set in Iran, where homosexuality is a sin, but gender reassignment is not.
  18. Edenbrooke– Julianne Donaldson. Historical romance
  19. Charley– Donna Marie Seim. Met, and was charmed by, the author of this turn-of-the-century YA.
  20. The Center of the World– Thomas Van Essen. Historical fiction about the painter J.M.W. Turner, and the modern discovery of a painting believed to be lost. Attention: Dad
  21. Visitation Street– Ivy Pochoda. Mystery
  22. Turn Around Bright Eyes– Rob Sheffield. Am a sucker for rock essays.
  23. Malcolm Gladwell audiobook box set. No idea how I wound up with this, except timing in wandering by a vendor closing up.

Now before you think, “Gosh, a modest haul, Elizabeth was discerning and restrained”…. there are two more lists.


2 Comments leave one →
  1. June 2, 2013 11:57 am

    The Kingdom of Little Wounds! I’m all about fairy tales. How did I miss that (or did I -confession time: I haven’t organized yesterday’s haul yet)? We may have to orchestrate a trade of some sort.

  2. June 2, 2013 5:57 pm

    Holy moly, you did well. I didn’t get nearly as many. Happy reading! 😀

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