My BookCon Book Haul!

 

This past weekend, I got to fly to NYC and spend the entire time gallivanting around BookCon with one of my friends! We had such an amazing time chatting with other book lovers, discovering new releases, and just completely engrossing ourselves within the book community. This was our second time attending, the first being the year it was held in Chicago, and I highly recommend going at least once in your life if you have the chance. I personally felt that the event was better organized when it was held in Chicago, but I still really enjoyed NY as well.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to snag any tickets for autographs with the bigger authors. But I was still able to get a few that didn’t require tickets, such as Naomi Novik, Grady Hendrix, and Natasha Ngan! I tried to wait in line for Victoria Schwab’s signing but we were 161st in line and it didn’t even start for almost two hours, so we figured we could do more in those two hours and ended up getting out of the line. Smart choice too, because then we were able snag PenguinTeen’s mystery 2019 ARC! Eeeeeeeeekkkkkk!

Anyways… now on to the haul! (Which is really the only reason you’re reading this post, let’s be real. Haha!)


Hardcovers

  • Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl
  • The Sandcastle Empire by Kayla Olson
  • Love and Luck by Jenna Evans Welch
  • The Smoke Thieves (The Smoke Thieves, #1) by Sally Green
  • The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
  • Devils Unto Dust by Emma Berquist
  • Reign the Earth (The Elementae, #1) by A.C. Gaughen

I will admit that I bought a couple of these, but the rest I won in giveaways/games during the convention. I’m probably most excited about Neverworld Wake, Devils Unto Dust, and Love and Luck. I have been anxiously awaiting for the release of The Smoke Thieves but have tempered my hopes a bit after reading some very mixed reviews.

ARCs

  • Lies, Love, and Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Julie Wright
  • Escaping from Houdini (Stalking Jack the Ripper, #3) by Kerri Maniscalco
  • Rabbit & Robot by Andrew Smith

Sooooooo… I guess this means I need to read the first two books in Stalking Jack the Ripper series, huh? Yup, that’s exactly what it means. Also, I hadn’t heard of Rabbit & Robot before I won this book, but now I’m really excited to pick it up. It sounds all kinds of wacky fun set in space. Sign me up!

  • That’s Not What Happened by Kody Keplinger
  • We Sold Our Souls by Grady Hendrix – signed
  • Kill the Farm Boy (The Tales of Pell, #1) by Delilah S. Dawson & Kevin Hearne

All three of these books were new to me when I picked them up, but each sounds amazing. I’m super excited to dive into a little horror, some comedic fantasy, and even heavy contemporary (which we all know is not something I typically go for). I think Kill the Farm Boy could be a potential new favorite for me.

  • Trail of Lightning (The Sixth World, #1) by Rebecca Roanhorse
  • Pride by Ibi Zoboi
  • Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik – signed

I wish I had a video of the madness that occurred while trying to line up for the Naomi Novik signing. It was literally a freaking mosh pit, as people tried snatching the tickets they were handing out to get a book. IT WAS INSANE! I mean, security literally had to come up and push everyone back. But luckily I got a ticket and was able to get a personalized ARC and meet Novik… Fangirl moment!

  • Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri
  • Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan – signed
  • Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte – PenguinTeen mystery 2019 ARC
  • The Brilliant Death by Amy Rose Capetta

All of these books sound completely amazing, but I’m probably most excited about Empire of Sand and Four Dead Queens. The Brilliant Death has one of the most intriguing plots that I’ve heard of in a long time. I’ll be very interested in picking it up soon! I’ve also been hearing good things about Girls of Paper and Fire, which makes me excited!

Overall, I’m extremely thrilled with my BookCon book haul! I have been introduced to some amazing new books that I haven’t heard of before and that’s the best thing about it. I can’t wait to pick up all of these books!!!


Did you attend BookCon? If so, what books did you get there? Have you read any of the books on my list? If so, what did you think of them? Are any of these books new to you?

5 Different Ways We Buy Books

If you’re like me, then when you find yourself out and about buying books, it becomes an adventure. There may be tears of joy, frustration, prolonged periods of intense staring as you have inner debates, and maybe even shouts of excitement because you finally found that really obscure book/edition that you’ve been searching for forever! Onlookers probably feel like they’re on safari watching us in our natural habitat. In short, when we bookworms buy books, it turns into one epic quest to Mordor to find the one book to rule them all.

And in honor of that journey, I decided to list just a few of the ways that we choose our books.


1. The Casual Multiple Hours Long Browsing Selection

This is probably my most common form of book buying when I’m not ordering online. I will literally spend hours just slowly making my way through all of the aisles, just taking my time and picking up anything that catches my eye. Also, the way that ends up with my wallet slapping me across the face and yelling at me about how I should be saving my money.

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2. The I-Only-Have-Enough-Money-For-One-Book Debate Selection

Don’t you just hate when you can only afford to get one book but you somehow have about 5 in your hands, and you can’t decide which one is the one you most want so you spend about 30 minutes in the aisle just staring at them all? Yeah, me too.

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3. The I’m-Only-Here-For-A-Specific-Book-So-Don’t-Look-At-Anything-Else Selection

We all know about those times when you are on a mission to get that one specific book, so you know that you can’t stop to look at anything else or you’ll end up going home with about 20 different books and not the one you originally came for. When I do this, I practically run down the aisles to where that book is going to be located. I must not be tempted!!!

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4. The Finding-Books-That-Were-Recommended-By-Booktube/Bookstagram/Blogger Selection

Because of this great big wonderful book community, we are constantly getting recommended different books to read and buy. For me, these trips don’t always turn out so well…. I find the book and then I’m all like, what the hell am I doing because this book doesn’t really interest me at all?! This happens far more often than I wish it did.

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5. The I’ve-Got-Unlimited-Funds-So-Give-Me-Everything! Selection

This is really just a dream scenario but it’s nice to have dreams though, right?

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What are some ways that you buy your books? Do any of selection choices fit your usual book buying tendencies?

 

Review: Lamb – The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore

Let me start this off with a word straight from the author, Christopher Moore…

If you have come to these pages for laughter, may you find it.
If you are here to be offended, may your ire rise and your blood boil.
If you seek an adventure, may this song sing you away to blissful escape.
If you need to test or confirm your beliefs, may you reach comfortable conclusions.
All books reveal perfection, by what they are or what they are not.
May you find that which you seek, in these pages or outside them.
May you find perfection, and know it by name.

Yeah, that’s basically the most wonderful introduction to both the book, Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal and this review. This story is a hilarious fictitious telling of the story that The Bible leaves out – the childhood of Jesus. It’s a coming-of-age story told by the sassiest and most smartassest of characters, Biff.

The birth of Jesus has been well chronicled, as have his glorious teachings, acts, and divine sacrifice after his thirtieth birthday. But no one knows about the early life of the Son of God, the missing years — except Biff, the Messiah’s best bud, who has been resurrected to tell the story in the divinely hilarious yet heartfelt work “reminiscent of Vonnegut and Douglas Adams” (Philadelphia Inquirer).

Verily, the story Biff has to tell is a miraculous one, filled with remarkable journeys, magic, healings, kung fu, corpse reanimations, demons, and hot babes. Even the considerable wiles and devotion of the Savior’s pal may not be enough to divert Joshua from his tragic destiny. But there’s no one who loves Josh more – except maybe “Maggie,” Mary of Magdala – and Biff isn’t about to let his extraordinary pal suffer and ascend without a fight.

This book was AMAZING. I don’t think I found myself going more than just a couple of pages without laughing out loud. The cast of characters are so well fleshed out that you feel as if you’re sitting right there amongst them. Biff is perfection. Seriously, you never know what is going to come out of his mouth next and it is always so darn witty. He would make the perfect cast member on SNL, I swear. Even though he tends to say some pretty awful things sometimes (awful as in hilariously bad), the best part about him is the love he has for his best friend, Joshua (Jesus). The loyalty between those two is astounding and is friendship goals, for sure! I also loved that Moore was able to give some very human qualities to Jesus, allowing him to be someone you can truly relate to. He gets frustrated and moody and enjoys playing jokes on people, just like any normal person. He made him into someone that is more than just the Son of God.

The plot line was pretty steady throughout, just a few parts that seemed to drag a bit with nothing to show other than some witty comments from Biff. Their time at the monastery was probably my least favorite as it was a lull in the action. I also get why Moore had to spend so much time on Jesus’s life before he began his ministry. However, I would have preferred for the book to have been just a bit longer so he could put some more detail into the last few years of his life as that part seemed very rushed.

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I appreciate that while this book is a satire, it never treads too far over the line. Moore is able to recreate the life of Jesus with just the right amount of humor. However, I can see how some people may not appreciate certain jokes or the rather human side to Christ. You will find Jesus cursing a bit (as well as learning about sex from Biff) and while I like to think that He had that normal teenage side to Him, I understand that others may not. So just keep that in mind if you were considering recommending this book to Grandma Betty because she loves Christian fiction. DON’T DO IT.

All in all, I don’t really have anything bad to say about this book. It’s such a great read. If you’re looking for something full of satire and comedic genius, then pick Lamb. You will not be disappointed!

Final Verdict: 5/5 Stars