Yesterday, I found out a nearby library was having a Friends of the Library book sale. If you went bright and early, you could load up a big paper bag for only five dollars. Or, you waited and went at noon or after, you could fill that bag for only one dollar. Guess when I went? Yeah, I got there exactly at twelve noon so I could get the best deal! I ended up walking out of that sale with 14 books - 12 hardbacks and 2 paperbacks. It was so heavy I could barely carry it back outside to my car - it was very close to ripping out! Let's check out my spoils:
Of Metal and Wishes by Sarah Fine - This is supposed to be a Phantom of the Opera retelling - I've seen all sorts of reviews on this from glowingly positive to absolutely terrible, but I still want to give it a shot.
The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds - I remember seeing this all over the place early last year when it was released, but I haven't seen much in the way of reviews for it lately. Either way, it sounds like this might just feature a favorite new YA male protagonist.
Battle Lines (Department 19 #3) by Will Hill - I know it's book three, but I loved the first book so much that I needed to pick this up while I had the chance! Now, I just need to get myself a copy of book two... Thanks again for introducing me to this series, Emily @ Ink, Inc.!
The Winner's Kiss (The Winner's Trilogy #3) by Marie Rutkoski - Like the book listed above, I've only read the first book in this trilogy, but I enjoyed it enough to go ahead and pick up the last book. I was surprised to see two other copies also being sold - they probably had purchased several copies, but since it's been nearly six months since it's release they must have decided to clear out some of the extras.
Pastworld by Ian Beck - I had never heard of this 2009 release before I picked it up, but it sounds like it could be really cool. It sounds something like Westworld, but no robots and Victorian London instead of the Old West.
Ancestor by Scott Sigler - I enjoyed Sigler's Infected, and as I soon as I noticed this I decided to give this 2010 release a shot, too.
The Singer's Gun by Emily St. John Mandel - After Station Eleven, of course I want to try other books by Mandel.
Bringing Up the Bodies (Thomas Cromwell #2) by Hilary Mantel - Wolf Hall was stunning and I can't wait to see how everything plays out in Mantel's sequel.
Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman - Gaiman is one of my all time favorite authors, so I needed to get my hands on this book of short stories. It even includes "The Monarch of the Glen", which is American Gods #1.5!
The Art of Medieval Manuscripts by Krystyna Weinstein - This is just absolutely beautiful!
Promise of Blood (Powder Mage #1) by Brian McClellan - I've been considering starting up this epic fantasy series for awhile now, so I was pleasantly surprised to find a copy this afternoon.
On Stranger Tides by Tim Powers - I still haven't seen the newest Pirates of the Caribbean movie yet, but I heard it was based on this book. I really like both pirates and Tim Powers, so I'm hoping that this is going to be great.
The Age of Dreaming by Nina Revoyr - This sounds like it could be a wonderful piece of historical fiction mystery set both in the silent film era and the 1960s. It will be very interesting to see how the main character's Japanese (and American) cultural identities will be woven into the story.
Have you read any of these books? If so, what would you recommend I read first (not counting Battle Lines and The Winner's Kiss, at least until I've read book two in both series)? What books have you bought lately? Thanks for visiting my blog, and I hope everyone has a great weekend!