This Just In: New Books

Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer

Like many book bloggers, I have a small book buying/acquiring addiction. Luckily, I work in book publishing, so I do manage to get some books for free, but, inevitably, I always end up buying more than I acquire. I’ve tried to be better recently about reading what I buy, but sometimes I get distracted by another book. Does this happen to anyone else?

In any case, I’ve decided to start cataloging new books I’ve purchased and received to show them off a little bit. Last night, while on the cusp of finishing The Queen of the Tearling, I made a “quick” stop at Strand Books again. Those of you who have read my past posts, or who have been there, know that the Strand is a magical place with “18 miles” worth of new and used books, spread out over multiple floors. I have never gone in there and spent less than two hours or bought less than two books. My most recent trip was no different.

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

The first book I picked up in Strand was a lightly used copy of Jeff VanderMeer’s Annihilation, the first of his Southern Reach Trilogy. I’ve been itching to buy this book for months, but had been holding off for various reasons. The copy I bought only cost about half the retail price so I couldn’t resist – the book hardly looks like it was read at all!

The second book I picked up in Strand yesterday was a used hardcover edition of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore: A Novel by Robin Sloan. Mr. Penumbra hadn’t been on my list of must-reads, but I couldn’t pass up buying a hardcover for only $6.95 (cheaper than all of the used paperbacks too!).

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

And finally, my third recently acquired book is All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven. I received this book from the Young to Publishing group’s Little Big Mouth mailing, along with some neat sticky notes and a marker. I’ve heard some really great things about this book recently (like in this review from Rather Be Reading, who is also giving away a finished copy) and am excited to give it a shot!

Those are the three most recently acquired books in my collection—I think I’ll start Annihilation today, as it’s snowing and freezing out right now. What’s books have you all been buying recently?


11 thoughts on “This Just In: New Books

  1. Well since i dont have the spare change right now to actually buy books, i have to resort to freebies, but with the help of some sites, i find that relativley easy. The last book i remember buying was rot and ruin

      1. Digital copies of hardcovers/paperbacks. I tried reading Pride & Prejudice once, got about halfway through and had to switch to the paperback version of it to finish.

  2. I’m trying to cut back on my book buying because I have dozens of books I still need to read. But i can’t help myself when has a sale. I’m going to start sharing my book hauls on my blog soon.

    Next time I visit we have to go to that store!

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