Wednesday, July 6, 2011

In My Suitcase + BLOOD SONG ARC Giveaway!

 I'm home! In one piece...more or less. I had so much fun in Greece that I've given myself a possible rotator cuff injury. Some sort of shoulder thing. I'll know more when I've had an ultrasound this afternoon. Doing what, you ask? Oh, something very sensible and writerly...

 That's me on the right with some girls from the hotel in Agios Nikolaos, Crete. One of the most beautiful places I've ever been. And yep, that's the arm in question.

 The action shot. We didn't fall out, even though the guy driving (driving? is that the word?) the speed boat was trying his best. (He certainly wasn't sailing the speedboat, that's for sure.)

But onto more important things! I did a *lot* of book buying in New York. Most of them I left at my friend's place in Brooklyn until the end of my holiday. I actually ran out of books my third week in the Greek Islands, which led to nearly panic-buy ferry tickets back to Athens. But then I found this bookshop! 

The international bookshop holy grail! Mixed in with all the Cathy Kellys and John Grishams (*shudder*) were some Kathy Reichs and even some decent YAs. I picked up The Body Finder by Kimberley Derting--not just Twilight books! I haven't read any Reichs in years and I love them.

So here are the books I bought in New York, London, Greece, were given to me by my agent, bought in airport bookshops and from Book Depository just before I went away.

Across the Universe, Beth Revis
The Body Finder, Kimberley Derting
Yarn, Jon Armstrong
Warm Bodies, Isaac Marion *
Graceling, Kristen Cashore **
Ship Breaker, Paolo Bacigalupi
Jamaica Inn, Daphne du Maurier
Fade, Lisa McCann
The Summoning, Kelley Armstrong
The Demon King, Cinda Williams Chima
A Brief History of Montmaray, Michelle Cooper
Sandman Slim, Richard Kadrey
Mortal Remains, Kathy Reichs *
Cross Bones, Kathy Reichs *
Fatal Voyage, Kathy Reichs *
The Curse of the Wendigo, Rick Yancey
Raised by Wolves, Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Burn Bright, Marianne de Pierres *
We, John Dickenson
Fairy Bad Day, Amanda Ashby
City of Ember, Jeanne DuPrau
Brave New World, Aldous Huxley **
Z, Michael Thomas Ford
Ultraviolet, R. J. Anderson
Libyrinth, Pearl North
Shade, Jeri Smith-Ready *

* = Read, review coming soon
** = Already read and reviewed, just wanted to own a copy :)

And CONGRATULATIONS Jeri Smith-Ready for winning a Prism Award for Shade this week! I read Shade on my holiday and I just loved it. 

Now the giveaway! I have one signed ARC of Blood Song that I'll be giving away on the blog. I'll post further details later this week, so stay tuned. (Ha, that's cheeky of me isn't it? Promise it won't be long!)


  1. I'm sorry to hear that you possibly injured yourself on vacation but wow, GREECE? London? New York? (Were you around for BEA or the teen author carnival??) Aside from the injury (which I hope turns out to be non-existant), your vacation sounds amazing xD

    And all those books... I reaaaally want Burn Bright. I've heard it's awesome :) And arc giveaways are always fun--I can't wait to read more details about yours ;)

  2. I love, love, love photos of books. So yummy!

    What a trip you had, my word! So international! I notice that Canada was lacking. I'll try not to fault you for that this time...

    Hmm, should I read Shade? I didn't know if the story would interest me, but if it's winning awards and you liked it... maybe?

  3. oh i love that action shot :) and all those books (!) where do you even begin? O.o

    (i am really curious about warm bodies ...)

  4. @Sandy Yes it was teh awesome. And Burn Bright rocks!!

    @Cat Shade. Definitely read it. I really need to get my hands on the sequel.

    @Nomes WARM BODIES. OMG. That is all until my review!

  5. So many lovely books!! I am like an addict craving a fix now so will be heading to amazon :-)

    And wanted to say: the cover for Blood Song is gorgeous!!

  6. Willa--I totally do the same thing, go on a spree when I see other people doing it!

  7. Wow, so many awesome books! I have Burn Bright sitting on my to-read pile and I can't wait to purchase a copy of Ship Breaker. Happy reading!