Stacking the Shelves: June 2016

June 25th, 2016 10:00 am by Kelly Garbato

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2016-06-14 - the lightspeed back library

This month the first of the rewards from Lightspeed’s People of Colo(u)r Destroy SF Kickstarter campaign came in: namely, the special issue of Lightspeed (with Nightmare and Fantasy to follow in October and December). At my level, I also got access to all the back issues of Lightspeed, which is just bonkers. I already owned a few, thanks to past campaigns, but I think it came out to 64 new issues total. Like I said, BONKERS. I spent most of one afternoon downloading and cataloguing them!

2016-06-14 - You'll Grow Out Of It - 0002 [flickr]

There are so many awesomely hilarious memoirs coming out this summer, I’m having trouble keeping track! This one’s from comedian Jessi Klein and Grand Central Publishing (thanks guys!). The is ARC is tragically lacking in cringeworthy childhood photos (the best part of any memoir!), but I’m holding out hope for the finished copy.

2016-06-09 - JoCo Sizzling Summer Book Sale - 0005 [flickr]

The second week in June, Johnson County held its annual Sizzlin’ Summer Book Sale! I’ve gone a little overboard in years past, but seeing as I’ve been transitioning to ebooks in the past year or two, I almost skipped the sale altogether. But I really wanted to check out their selection of comic books, *and* we had a recycling run to make anyway, so we stopped by. I only spent like $8.50, but I had a few good scores.

Sadly I didn’t realize that I already owned copies of Sovay and Tunes for Bears to Dance To; those went straight into my donations box!

2016-06-01 - Book Mail - 0001 [flickr]

2016-06-01 - Book Mail - 0004 [flickr]

I won an ARC of Everland and some pretty fun swag from @IReadYA! You just know I’m going to try those wings out on one or more of the dogs. (Poor dears.)

2016-05-30 - Recorded Book Mail - 0001 [flickr]

For review from Recorded Books/Library Thing: Samatha Mabry’s A Fierce and Subtle Poison. This actually arrived last month – I’ve long since read and reviewed it – but I forgot to snap a pic before misplacing it in a pile of mail. Oops!

2016-05-27 - The Passage ARCs - 0001 [flickr]

I was over-the-moon thrilled to win @LillianJClark’s twitter giveaway for a complete set of The Passage ARCs. Normally I’m not a huge collector – ARCs, paperbacks, e-books, I don’t much care about format as long as I’ve a chance to read it – but I love this trilogy (or at least the first two books in it!) and a collection of ARCs really struck my fancy. They look so nice and shiny, sitting on the high living room shelf next to their hardcover cousins.

2016-05-27 - Surprise Book Mail - 0003 [flickr]

Surprise book mail is the best! This copy of Lydia Millet’s Sweet Lamb of Heaven showed up in my mailbox unexpectedly; I guess I must have won a giveaway from @wwnorton and no one told me? Either way, not complaining!

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

  • Heiresses of Russ 2011: The Year’s Best Lesbian Speculative Fiction edited by JoSelle Vanderhooft ($4.00)
  • Wilde Stories 2009: The Year’s Best Gay Speculative Fiction edited by Steve Berman ($1.50)
  • Wilde Stories 2010: The Year’s Best Gay Speculative Fiction edited by Steve Berman ($3.00)
  • Wilde Stories 2011: The Year’s Best Gay Speculative Fiction edited by Steve Berman ($3.99)
  • Wilde Stories 2013: The Year’s Best Gay Speculative Fiction edited by Steve Berman ($4.00)
  • The Black Tongue by Marko Hautala ($1.99)
  • The Girl in the Time Machine by Debra Chapoton ($.99)
  • Secrets Under the Olive Tree by Nevien Shaabneh ($.99)
  • Beastly Manor by Alex Hall (free on Amazon!)
  • You Were Here by Cori McCarthy ($1.99)
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    For review on NetGalley:

  • The Girl Before by Rena Olsen
  • The Conjoined: A Novel by Jen Sookfong Lee
  • The Secret Horses of Briar Hill by Megan Shepherd
  • Summerlong by Peter S. Beagle
  • Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig
  • Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton
  • The Sunlight Pilgrims: A Novel by Jenni Fagan
  • All Is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker
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    For review on Edelweiss:

  • Unsportsmanlike Conduct: College Football and the Politics of Rape by Jessica Luther
  • The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis
  • Spare and Found Parts by Sarah Maria Griffin
  • Orphans of the Carnival: A Novel by Carol Birch
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