Stacking the Shelves: October in Books

October 31st, 2015 11:00 am by Kelly Garbato

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Lucinda Riley was nice enough to give away a copy of her latest novel, The Seven Sisters, on her Facebook page, and I won! This book traveled all the way from the UK to be with me, you guys.

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Check out this awesome Banned Book day prize pack I won from @Simon Teen – a whole set of Ellen Hopkins’s YA titles. Enough to keep me busy for at least a month.

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Shelf Awareness sent me a copy of You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost), signed by Felicia Day herself!

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The latest in Library Thing spoils: an audio version of Devoted, courtesy of Recorded Books. I really enjoyed Jennifer Mathieu’s first book, The Truth About Alice, and have been looking forward to this one as well!

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Copies of Salvage and Sound (along with some shiny swag), courtesy of Kate at kt literary!

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Check out this stack of dog-themed books from @ecwpress. I won them in a twitter giveaway in honor of National Dog Day!

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Last but not least, October pre-orders! First there’s Illuminae, which I’ve been looking forward to all summer. I received a digital ARC on NetGalley, but gave up after a few dozen pages; the “scanned” documents were just too hard on my eyes. What I did read had me hooked, though.

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Sadly, Amazon kept on with its foolishness and shipped the pre-order with two other, unrelated orders. This wouldn’t be a problem if they took some care when packaging items, but not so much. Everything was just tossed in an oversized box with a tiny (two-compartment) pillow that did nothing to fill the extra space. Unsurprisingly, the book fell open during shipping; I guess I should be relieved that only one page was bent? The dust jacket would’ve been shredded for sure if it wasn’t for the rad see-through plastic design.

If they’re going to ship multiple orders together, the least they could do is put the book(s) in a padded envelope to protect it from damage. Remember when Amazon wrapped books in plastic with a cardboard backing? Those were the days.

Even though they sent a replacement after I complained, I cancelled all my remaining pre-orders. It’s just not worth the headache.

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On that note, I also received my pre-order of Bitch Planet. Undamaged and even a week early! Mags approves.

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Okay, so Mad Max arrived last month, BUT MAGS. Mad Mags: Furry Road, anyone?

I also snagged a few great deals on ebooks this month:

  • The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers ($1.99)
  • Summer Confessions by Lynn Vroman ($.99)
  • The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall by Katie Alender ($2.99)
  • The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters ($4.99)
  • Wastelands 2 – More Stories of the Apocalypse (Wastelands #2) by John Joseph Adams ($1.99)
  • The A.I. Chronicles (The Future Chronicles) edited by Ellen Campbell ($.99)
    For review on NetGalley:

  • Samurai Rising: The Epic Life of Minamoto Yoshitsune by Pamela S. Turner
  • City of Blades (The Divine Cities #2) by Robert Jackson Bennett
  • Sleeping Giants (Themis Files #1) by Sylvain Neuvel
    For review on Edelweiss:

  • Join by Steve Toutonghi
  • Version Control: A Novel by Dexter Palmer

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