My Christmas book haul! I got a few new comic books as well as two crafty-type books, but my favorite gift by far is the O-Ren Ishii Funko Pop from my sister! Five of my seven rescue dogs are named after fictional characters (Ralphie refused to respond to anything other than “Ralphie,” and I rather liked Peedee’s name, so we kept it). My girl Rennie is named after Lucy Liu’s character in Kill Bill, and I already have the Kaylee and Jayne pops to represent my little fireflies. Sadly, I don’t think Funko makes Mags and Finnick pops. Mags is a pretty minor character in The Hunger Games series, so that’s kind of expected, but Finnick is a fan favorite. Not that I could just buy one half of the pair, that seems w-r-o-n-g wrong.
My parents also got me – well, Mags – a blue life jacket with a fin on it. I shit you not, Mags side-eyed me when I took it out of the box; she knew what it was straight away. I can’t wait to photograph her in it this summer. I think we’ll have to make a special trip to the beach so it looks authentic, with the sand and waves. Our little pool will just look cheesy.
There were two books in particular that I REALLY WANTED for Christmas but didn’t get: Volume 1 of Clean Room, by Gail Simone, and APB: Artists Against Police Brutality. (Which, if you’ll remember, I tried twice to buy used but ended up with unfinished ARCs each time!) As it just so happened, Amazon had a Season 9 Angel & Faith title randomly on sale, so I used that as an excuse to treat myself to all three.
Since I rarely buy print books anymore, I haven’t been browsing on Book Outlet in ages. But I happened to catch an ad for their Black Friday sale in my spam folder and decided to give them another look. And, hello, when did they beef up their comic book selection? I checked some items off my wishlist and discovered a few new series, too.
As it just so happens, by the time I filled my cart and started the checkout process, I’d missed the deadline for the sale by like an hour. So I pared my purchases down a bit and settled on these eleven titles. It all came out to around $60 in the end, though, so it was still a steal. And now that I know they carry more graphic novels, I’ll keep my eyes peeled for the next big one! (Spoiler alert: I went a little overboard on their Boxing Day sale. More on that next month!)
might be definitely is the best book I’ve ever scored through Blogging for Books (The Pizza Bible included). I’ve been salivating over Red-Blooded American Male – an oversized book of photography by Robert Trachtenberg – ever since it popped up on NetGalley, like, ages ago. Sadly my request was DENIED, but I hoped against hope that it would show up on Blogging for Books. (The publisher is Amphoto Books, which falls under the Crown umbrella.) I even sent them a joking-but-not-really tweet. After the September pub date came and went, I more or less gave up. So I did a serious spit take when it appeared on the site in mid-November. Which is all a very long and wordy way of saying that THIS IS THE BEST THING EVER. Blogging for Books, you rock.
Over on twitter, @heatherdoss, was giving away some #HolidayGiving bundles, and I was lucky enough to win the Doctor Who prize pack! It came with a copy of The Time Lord Letters, a clever boy magnet (#YouCanNeverHaveTooManyFridgeMagnets), a silver necklace, and a watch featuring all twelve doctors, all in time for x-mas. (I’ll have to replace the strap on the watch if it’s leather – I haven’t cracked open the packaging yet to give it the old smell test, so I’m not sure – but that should be easy enough.)
Adding to my collection of Octavia Butler books with this graphic novel adaptation of Kindred, out January 10th from @AbramsBooks. Kindred is one of my favorite books, by my favorite authors, and my expectations for this comic book are sky high. Also I really hope the Parables duology is next to get the graphic novel treatment; it seems more relevant today than ever. (The right wing politician – who was modeled after/inspired by Reagan – runs on the slogan “Make America Great Again.” Just saying.)
William Morrow sent me a fancy, deckled edge ARC of The Women in the Castle, which looks like to be a big one in 2017. (Promotional materials like whoah!) Excited to read a story about the survivors of the resistance in Nazi-era Germany.
I won a finished (!) copy of Loving vs. Virginia in the November ER batch on Library Thing. I already applied and was approved for an e-ARC on NetGalley, but didn’t realize until after the fact that it’s not available for the Kindle. So this was a big relief! (I hate reading books on my PC, ugh.) Anyway, this book is seriously gorgeous; well-designed, with lots of illustrations and historic photos. If you can, definitely spring for a print copy, it looks a million times better! (Photographed with the vintage setting on my camera because why not?)
Also from Berkley Books (you guys!): another coming-soon-to-a-bookstore-near-you thriller, I See You by Clare Mackintosh.
Out this month: The One Hundred Nights of Hero by Isabel Greenberg. Inspired by One Thousand and One Nights, it’s a story within a story within a story; Epic Tales of Derring-Do told by a maid named Hero to save her mistress Cherry from a wicked fate. Girls in love, girls kicking ass and taking names, girls spellbinding dudes with the fruit of their imaginations. Need I say more?
McFarland was nice enough to send me a copy of a slightly older title that I’ve had my eye on for while now: Feminist Fables for the Twenty-First Century: The F Word Project by Maureen Burdock. Feminism and comic books, what’s not to love?
Continuing the trend of photographing Rennie with book mail. As long as she keeps weaseling her way into my photo shoots, why not?
I was one of the lucky winners of BookBratz’s 3k twitter giveaway. The prize was a book of my choice from The Book Depository, so I decided to cross one book off my holiday wishlist with Gemina. Now I just need to plow through these eARCs so I can get on with it already!
I also snagged a few great deals on ebooks this month:
For review on NetGalley:
For review on Edelweiss: