Stacking the Shelves: August 2016

August 27th, 2016 10:00 am by Kelly Garbato

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It’s been a rather shitty month (literally and figuratively, hardee har har!; no but really, the new fosters introduced a worm into the pack, and everyone’s had varying degrees of diarrhea, yay!), so I decided to treat myself to a few comic books from my wishlist. Also: A Helena Pop, because 1) it was on sale and 2) Helena is easily the best character in one of the best shows on television, so.

2016-08-19 - Kaylee Pop - 0001 [flickr]

2016-08-19 - Jayne Pop - 0002 [flickr]

…aaaand of course, once you buy one Funko Pop, you can’t stop. My next two purchases were Kaylee and Jayne, in honor of my little ladies, may they rest in peace. Kaylee looks scrappy as heck – wtf is up with that hairline!? – but there’s no way I can return her. Besides, my Kaylee was pretty funny-looking too, so I guess it evens out.

2016-08-19 - Kaylee & Jayne Pops - 0010 [flickr]

Pictured here with our 2011 FSMas card, which featured some pretty hardcore cosplay. (We leave a laminated version on the fridge year-round, because how could we not?)

2016-08-19 - Kaylee & Jayne Pops - 0002 [flickr]

But this is their permanent home, in the built-in shelves in the living room, standing sentry next to photos of their canine namesakes.

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I only had one pre-order in August, but it was a good one: Pretty Deadly, Vol. 2: The Bear by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Emma RĂ­os. I’ve been looking forward to the second volume ever since I read The Shrike a year and a half ago. (Draw faster guys, faster! Every day I go without a new issue is literal torture!)

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2016-08-18 - Finn's 2nd Time at the Twin - 0042 [flickr]

The fall issue of Bitch magazine arrived! They’ve got a new column called “The REAL Bitches of Bitch Media” which profiles – you guessed it! – the staff’s female dog kids. It just so happens that I flipped open to it while we were en route to the drive-in, so naturally I had to get my own girls’ reaction to it. Mags was predictably unimpressed, while Rennie was too distracted by the popcorn stashed on the front to pay it much mind.

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I very rarely luck out and win the giveaways on Goodreads anymore, so I was psyched to get a notification that I’d won Alexander Weinstein’s Children of the New World and the actual book, all in the same week. You work fast, Picador!

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I’m also super-stoked about this for-funsies ARC of Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow. I wanted to request a copy on NetGalley (or was it Edelweiss?), but didn’t because I feared I’d already spread myself too thin. So this works out nicely. Thanks, Random House Kids!

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From Library Thing’s July batch: Cruel Beautiful World by Caroline Leavitt, which I have been Jonesing on for months now. Thanks @librarything and @AlgonquinBooks!

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Also from Algonquin: Maria Padian’s Wrecked, which I am equal parts curious and nervous to read. (It’s about the victim and perpetrator’s friend’s conflicting reactions to a rape accusation, so it could be really great or really stabby-making. Maybe even both.)

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For review from Blogging for Books: Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World by Rachel Ignotofsky. Photographed with a game piece modeled after my favorite fictional woman scientist: Lyra Silvertongue (from His Dark Materials, natch).

2016-08-16 - Ghosts from our Past - 0002 [flickr]

A second title from Blogging for Books, which makes it a good month on that front: Erin and Abby’s lost book, Ghosts from Our Past: Both Literally and Figuratively: The Study of the Paranormal. Now ruining your childhood in print format.

2016-07-30 - The Telling - 0001 [flickr]

I won a copy of Alexandra Sirowy’s The Telling from Dizneeee’s World of Books and @SimonTeen. Lisa assures me that it’s creeptastic, and I can hardly wait to wrap up these ARCs so I can see for myself!

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Surprise book mail from Crown Books: Lucy & Andy Neanderthal by Jeffrey Brown. And my comic book pile continues to grow…

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

  • The Departed by Kristy Cooper (FREE on Amazon!)
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    For review on NetGalley:

  • The Family Plot by Cherie Priest
  • Slipping: Stories, Essays, & Other Writing by Lauren Beukes
  • To Stay Alive: Mary Ann Graves and the Tragic Journey of the Donner Party by Skila Brown
  • The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon
  • Little Nothing by Marisa Silver
  • The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe by Kij Johnson
  • Cold-Forged Flame by Marie Brennan
  • When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore
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