Since December, I’ve accrued quite a few books.
For Christmas, I got from Barnes and Noble:
Pastel Pointers by Richard McKinley
The Art of Pastel Painting by Alan Flattmann
The Guide to Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction by Philip Athans
Keeping with writing guides, from Alibris and Amazon I got:
The Art of Language Invention by David J. Peterson
Wonder Book by Jeff VanderMeer
Crafting Novels and Short Stories from the Editors of Writer’s Digest
Creating Character Arcs by K.M. Weiland
The Fantasy Fiction Formula by Deborah Chester
Moving on to fiction, I got:
Five Classic Murder Mysteries by Agatha Christie (Including The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, The Secret Adversary, The Boomerang Clue, The Moving Finger, and Death Comes as the End)
Heroic Fantasy edited by Gerald W. Page and Hank Reinhardt
The Best of Leigh Brackett by Leigh Brackett
The Adamantine Palace by Stephen Deas
Mage’s Blood by David Hair
Finally, fiction from Amazon:
Shadow and Betrayal by Daniel Abraham (including A Shadow in Summer and A Betrayal in Winter)
Blood and Iron by Jon Sprunk
Now, I’m in need of a new bookshelf.
I’m late on this post. I intended on going to Golden’s Book Exchange the first week of March and picking up some books on sale. But circumstances prevented me from going. I’m hoping I can go in June (or earlier). We will see.
Anyway. While I did not go to Golden’s, I did accumulate quite a few books from Amazon and Alibris over the past few months.
Here they are.
From Alibris, I bought:
Brad by Ken Smith
The Black Halo by Sam Sykes
The Skybound Sea again by Sam Sykes
The Third God by Ricardo Pinto
Dragonfly Falling by Adrian Tchaikovsky
Hawkmoon by Michael Moorcock (an omnibus edition including The Jewel in the Skull, Mad God’s Amulet, The Sword of the Dawn, and The Runestaff)
The Black Unicorn by Tanith Lee
Starring Miss Marple by Agatha Christie (an omnibus edition including The Body in the Library, A Murder is Announced, and They Do It With Mirrors)
Five Complete Poirot Novels by Agatha Christie (an omnibus edition including Murder on the Orient Express, Thirteen at Dinner, The ABC Murders, Cards on the Table, and Death on the Nile)
From Amazon, I bought:
The Wall of Storms by Ken Liu
The Mirrored Empire by Kameron Hurley
Empire Ascendant by Kameron Hurley
Almost Infamous by Matt Carter
Twelve Kings of Sharakhai by Bradley P. Beaulieu
Blood on the Sand by Bradley P. Beaulieu
Kings of the Wild by Nicholas Eames
Sins of Empire by Brian McClellan
The Vagrant by Peter Newman
The Malice by Peter Newman
Amberlough by Lara Elena Donelly
The Garden of Stones by Mark T. Barnes
The Obsidian Heart by Mark T. Barnes
The Pillars of Sand by Mark T. Barnes
The House of Binding Thorns by Aliette de Bodard
The Daylight War by Peter V. Brett
The Skull Throne by Peter V. Brett
The Broken Eye by Brent Weeks
An Accident of Stars by Foz Meadows
A pretty impressive amount of books, I should think.
What will I haul next? We shall see.
The books I have bought recently have started to pile up. Therefore, I need to sort them and put them in my bookshelves. While I’m doing that, I thought it might be fun to list all the books I got recently.
From the book sale nook at West Waco Library:
Dr. No by Ian Fleming
Pursuit of the Screamer by Ansen Dibell
The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
From Golden’s Book Exchange:
The Mirror Prince by Violette Malan
The City in the Glacier and The Destiny Stone by Robert E. Vardeman and Victor Milan
Miss Marple Meets Murder by Agatha Christie (an omnibus that includes: The Mirror Crack’d, A Pocket Full of Rye, At Bertram’s Hotel, and The Moving Finger)
Finally, from Amazon, I picked up:
A Taste of Honey by Kai Ashante Wilson
Hero by Perry Moore
Signal to Noise by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
What Belongs to You by Garth Greenwell
The Root by Na’amen Gobert Tilahun
The Stars are Legion by Kameron Hurley
The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin
An impressive haul, if I do say so myself. I’m aiming for my next haul to come in April after I’ve hit Golden’s during their bimonthly half off sale.
During the first weekend of November, the Friends of the Waco- McLennan County Library holds an annual book sale. The sale is massive. Usually, over a hundred thousand books are on sale. I always go crazy, buying far more books than I should. This is no exception.
Here is my haul.
For my step niece and my nephew’s Christmas presents, I bought:
The Doll’s House by Lothar Meggendorfer (a pop up book that my nephew will love and tear up).
Senor Cat’s Romance by Lucia M. Gonzalez illustrated by Lulu Delacre
Squids will be Squids by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith
Non fiction I picked up:
A Survey of Historic Costume by Phyllis Totora and Keith Eubank
Wind in the Tower by Han Suyn
Feudal Society vol 1 by Marc Bloch
The Medieval Foundations of England by G.O. Sayles
The Celts by Jean Markale
Science Fiction and Fantasy I bought:
The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson
Conan the Valiant by Roland Green
Conan the Savage by Leonard Carpenter
Vellum by Hal Duncan
The Standing Dead by Ricardo Pinto
and by David B. Coe:
Seeds of Betrayal
Weavers of War
The Sorcerer’s Plague
An impressive haul, I think. And it only cost me $17.50!
Golden’s Book Exchange is my favorite used bookstore in Waco, Texas. Every even numbered month, Golden’s has a half off sale for the first Thursday, Friday, and Saturday of the month.
Here is my haul.
The Grey Mane of Morning by Joy Chant. I really need to break down and read her work
The Iron King by Maurice Druon. I’ve heard great things about Druon. Time to check it out.
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy by John le Carre. I’ve wanted this book for years. Finally!
Half a King by Joe Abercrombie. I really need to give him a new look.
Chronicles of the Black Company by Glen Cook. The first three Black Company books in omnibus form. I freaking love omnibuses.
City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare. I need to try some YA.
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie. I’ve forgotten how much I love the Queen of Crime. I was hopping for some Poirot or Miss Marple omnibuses, but And Then There Were None is a good second choice. (I’m still kicking myself in the ass for getting rid of my Christie books years ago.
The Aeneid by Virgil. I got rid of this book years ago and have scolded myself for it ever since.
Finally, Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White. I love this book. But it is not for me. It is for my niece.
A pretty good haul for a great price. Now I’ve got ten short story collections from the library I need to read for Try a Short Story. Expect a post on that soon.And expect another book haul November 5. The Friends of the Library Book Sale approaches. So exciting.