Helloooo, everyone! Remember me? (That other person who writes for YA Asylum sometimes?) Alas, I’ve been pretty silent here over the past couple of weeks – for which I apologise. Seriously, you wouldn’t believe how hard it is to get Wifi for less than 30 bucks a night in Los Angeles! But the good news is, I’m back in action, having arrived back home a couple of days ago… and on top of that, I figured out how to fit all the books I bought in New York/Washington D.C./California in a suitcase and they arrived safe and unharmed! That, my friends, is what I call a victory.
I managed to dig the majority out of their various nooks and crannies in my suitcase (I believe there’s two missing, but I’ll find those soon… hopefully!):
THEY’RE SO BEAUTIFUL. *strokes book spines in a totally not-creepy way* Final count: 11, not including the two that are missing. Those shown in the picture include…
Professor Moriarty: The Hound of the D’Urbervilles, by Kim Newman. Being a slightly obsessive Sherlock Holmes fan, I tend to devour any and all variations of the canon. I’ve never read one from Moriarty’s perspective, though – I can’t wait to see how this book turns out.
Argon Desaki’s Report from Earth, by Alan Walworth. Coolest story ever: I was in Stanford University for a summer camp – an amazing experience, but alas, the Stanford campus is ridiculously huge… a curse for somebody like me, who has zero sense of direction. So there I was, wandering around on the fourth day of camp, getting lost on the EXACT SAME ROAD for the third time that day, asking everyone who passed if they knew the way back to my dorm. One man stopped and said he had a map, then offered to walk me back. Turns out he too was slightly directionally challenged, so by the time we had actually turned the map the right way up and found our way back, there was plenty of time to make small talk and find out that – surprise, surprise! – his first book is being published this year! He gave me this copy of one of the later drafts, so that was quite lovely.
A Monster Calls, by Patrick Ness. I will never, ever be over the poignancy and precision of Ness’ writing. I could read a grocery list by him and still give it a five-star review. ;) The Chaos Walking trilogy was amazing, but More than This was the book of his that just blew me away – of course I couldn’t miss this one.
Paper Valentine, by Brenna Yovanoff. I saw a couple of reviews for this (including Kim’s!) and was intrigued by the concept – I mean, ghosts and serial killers! How could I resist? – but I couldn’t find it in any of the stores at home. One of New York’s hole in the wall indie bookstores came to the rescue and now I can’t wait to start reading it. :D
Why We Broke Up, by Daniel Handler. This was one of those hey-this-book-looks-pretty-on-the-shelf-why-don’t-I-pick-it-up kind of discoveries. It was actually meant to be an airplane book (who else thinks airport bookstores rule?!) but I ended up sleeping through the flight, so that didn’t exactly work out. :P Fun fact: Daniel Handler is Lemony Snicket’s real name, something I didn’t know until I casually mentioned the author’s name to my sister and she – a hardcore Series of Unfortunate Events fan – totally geeked out on me. So this should be an interesting read. ;)
The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgeson Burnett. I’m a sucker for classics with beautiful covers, and The Secret Garden is one of my favourite books ever. (Basically, anything by Frances Hodgeson Burnett. She’s a genius.) ‘Nuff said.
We Were Liars, by E. Lockhart. The world seems to be raving about this book – my friends keep insisting that I read it, five-star reviews are popping up everywhere, and the Tumblr page is… intriguing, to say the least. I’ve kind of been salivating over this book since I heard of it (but of course, it hasn’t come out here yet. Grrrrr.), so I snapped it up in the first bookstore I came across and it’s next on my TBR!
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, by Jenny Han. The premise of this book is so interesting – I’d read a bunch of reviews and promised myself I’d try and find it once I came to the US, and I did! :D I haven’t really read a great contemporary romance in awhile, so hopefully this won’t disappoint.
Fangirl, by Rainbow Rowell. There are no words to describe how much I love this book. (I did a review on it - and I genuinely tried to be coherent, I swear! - but it didn’t really work. I just kind of melted into a puddle of fangirliness.) Obviously, I had to have it.
Eleanor & Park, by Rainbow Rowell. I’m determined to just hoard all of Rainbow Rowell’s books, as you can see. I was so incredibly excited when I found out that this is actually the exclusive collector’s edition – see the light blue rather than tan book cover? It has fanart and an author Q&A inside too. :D Haven’t gotten around to reading this one yet – I’m saving it for a rainy evening and a mug of hot chocolate!
The Finisher, by David Baldacci. I was in New York for the awards ceremony of a writing competition (Carnegie Hall! Whoo!), and when I checked in the day before they handed me a bag filled with the usual things: my medal, certificate, some info on a dance that was happening, an anthology of the winners’ works, and… a random book? Alright, then. Totally not like I’m objecting to free books. ;)
What books are you excited to read? Let me know in the comments!