Book Haul #54: HUGE Haul from ALA Conference

Back in June, I got to attend the American Library Association Conference in Washington, D.C., with a bunch of other locally based bookstagrammers. It was a wonderful event and a book lover’s paradise because in addition to various sessions for the librarians, there were loads of publishers in attendance showing off upcoming books and giving away ARCs of them. We were all excited.

I was stunned and a little overwhelmed on the first day, so although I attended on the Saturday and Sunday and got bags so full of books that I felt as if I was lifting weights all weekend, I didn’t get as much as other attendees, some whom carried along small suitcases for their books. It was a great event, and I’m so glad that I attended.

Well, anyway, here’s what I got:

(I totally just screenshot my own photos off IG. Does anyone know how to download your pics from IG when they are bunched together in one post?)


From Hachette (Orbit Books)

The Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter (pub. July 16, 2019)

Queen of the Conquered by Kacen Callender (pub. November 12, 2019)

I’m excited about this one because the author is from the Caribbean. I actually reached out to Orbit to request a copy, but no one responded, so I was glad I got a copy at the conference. Well, I almost didn’t get a copy because I missed the allotted time when the author was there, but I got lucky. The person at the booth was very nice and gave me one of the final copies there.

The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep by H.G. Parry (pub. July 23, 2019)

From Seven Stories Press

All City by Alex DiFrancesco

Like a Thief in Broad Daylight: Power in the Era pf Post-Human Capitalism by Slavoj Žižek (pub. September 17, 2019)

From Soho Press

Sarah Jane by James Sallis (pub. October 1, 2019)

From Penguin Random House

How to Be an Antiracist By Ibram X. Kendi (pub. August 13, 2019)

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead (pub. July 16, 2019)

I was standing in line to get this signed hoping to afterward jump in the line for the new Erin Morgenstern book, Starless Sea. But by the time I got to the Morgenstern line, it was capped 😦 so I missed out on getting an ARC copy signed. I was so disappointed. It was bittersweet because I was glad to get Whitehead’s book and to chat with him a bit as he signed my copy.

A Tear in the Ocean by H.M. Bouwman, illus. by Yuko Shimizu

I love the cover, so I had to get it, and the author was there so she signed it too! I think I got a little polar bear figure from her as well. It was so cute. I placed it on my bookshelf. I was pleasantly surprised that the illustrations in the book are by Yuko Shimizu. I love her work. She illustrated the covers for J.Y. Yang’s Tensorate series, a silkpunk fantasy novella series.

Birdie and Me by J.M.M. Nuanez (pub. February 18, 2020)

More from Penguin Random House

A Cosmology of Monsters by Shaun Hamill (pub. September 17, 2019)

The True Bastards by Jonathan French (pub. October 8, 2019)

I actually DNF’d the first book, but I picked up a copy of the second book because I intend to give the first another try before I give up on it.

From Bloomsbury:

The Beast by Ally Condie & Brendan Reichs (pub. October 1, 2019)

The Promise of Change: One Girl’s Story in the Fight for School Equality by Jo Ann Allen Boyce & Debbie Levy

From Cinco Puntos Press:

House of Purple Cedar by Tim Tingle

From Bellevue Literary Press:

The Bear by Andrew Krivak (pub. February 11, 2020)

I’m looking forward to trying this one because it’s blurbed by both Marlon James (one of my fav authors) and Jessmyn Ward, whose work I’ve read. I met the author, who was really cool to talk to, and got it signed. I believe the story is dystopian.

From Simon & Schuster:

The Story That Cannot be Told by J. Kasper Kramer (pub. October 2019)

Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield

The Good Thieves by Katherine Rundell (pub. August 27, 2019)

From Tor:

Sisters of Shadow and Light by Sara B. Larson (pub. November 5, 2019)

Fate of the Fallen by Kel Kade (pub. November 5, 2019)

The Future of Another Timeline by Annalee Newitz (pub. September 24, 2019)

The Good Luck Girls by Charlotte Nicole Davis  (pub. October 1, 2019)

From Akashic Books

A Tall History of Sugar by Curdella Forbes (pub. October 1, 2019)

Comics & graphic novels

From Image Comics

Image is one of my favorite publishers for comic books, so after getting over my shock on the first day of how many publishers were at the conference, I made it my mission to visit their booth on the second day to get samples and see if they have anything I’ve never heard of but would like to read. I picked up:

Street Angel: After School Kung Fu Special by Jim Rugg (illus.) & Brian Maruca

Little Bird, Chapter 1: The Fight for Elder’s Hope by Darcy Van Poelgeest, illus. by Ian Bertram

It was recommended to me by someone at the booth.

Redneck, #1 by Donny Cates, illus. by Lisandro Estherren

Southern Bastards, #1 by Jason Aaron, illus. by Jason Latour

Image Comics 2019 catalog

I picked it up because Maika from Monstress is on the cover and I love Sana Takeda’s illustrations.

Dead Reckoning is a graphic novel imprint of the Naval Institute Press that focuses on military history, military biography and memoir, general history, and tales of the high seas. I didn’t know about them before, so I picked up a catalog. I’m not big on stories about war and such, but the cover art got me curious.

Activist: A Story of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Shooting by Lauren Hogg, illus. by Doonald Hudson

“This is the fifth in a series of graphic novels written by young adults for their peers.” Hogg seeks here to help raise awareness about gun violence.

Green Lantern Legacy by Minh Lê, illus. by Andie Tong

We Are Here Forever by Michelle Gish (illus.) (pub. July 30, 2019)

From Lion Forge

Watersnakes by Tony Sandoval (illus.), transl. by Lucas Marangon

Haphaven by Norm Harper, illus. by Louie Joyce

The Castoffs, #8 by M.K. Reed & Brian “Smitty” Smith, illus. by Wyeth Yates

Witchy by Ariel Slamet Ries (pub. in September 2019)

I picked up these two to sample them. I do like the artwork in Witchy, so I might check my library for the full version

From Oni Press

I watch a lot of booktube (haven’t been keeping up with it much lately), so I did a double-take when I saw Margot Wood (often posting on IG and YouTube for Epic Reads) there. She was very nice and we chatted some about blogging, booktube, and writing and such. She also gave me these:

Oni Press Spring 2019 catalog

Okay, she didn’t give me that one; I picked it up. But since it’s in the photo, I’ll mention it here.

The Black Mage (pub. October 29, 2019)

I received an ARC copy. Apparently, it’s Own Voices and explores racism in a fantasy setting. I’ll have to read it soon. I’m so intrigued.

Spectacle, #1 by Megan Rose Gedris (illus.)

Kim Reaper, #1: Vampire Island by Sarah Graley (illus.)

The Tea Dragon Festival by Katie O’Neill (illus.) (pub. September 17, 2019)

A Quick & Easy Guide to Queer & Trans Identities by Mady G. & J.R. Zuckerberg (illus.)oooooo

Emiline: Knight in Training by Kimberli Johnson (illus.)

And there again is another publisher’s catalog. This one is the Soho Press Fall 2019 catalog. I picked it up because I love the cover and really thought it was a comic book until I read the words and realize it’s a catalog. I’m keeping it anyway because I love the colors. The cover is for the novel Orpheus Girl by Brynne Rebele-Henry which will be pubbed October 8, 2019. It’s about a girl who’s caught in an intimate moment with her best friend, Sarah, and is sent to re-education camp to be made heterosexual.


Rivers of London, Vol. 1: Body Work by Ben Aaronovitch, illus. by Lee Sullivan

Who Did It First: 50 Scientists, Artists, and Mathematicians Who Revolutionized the World by Julie Leung, illus. by Caitlin Kuhwald (pub. October 15, 2019)

This is just a sample of an illustrated picture featuring 50 pioneers in various fields. I like the illustrations, so I got the sample to remind myself to check it out when it’s published.

That’s a lot for this #bookhaul.

Let me know if you’ve read any of these books.


Top 5 Tuesday #10: K – L – M – N – O

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Shanah, the Bionic Book Worm.

This week’s topic:

K – L – M – N – O

(books with titles that start with the featured letters)

K if for…

Kintu by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi

This was one of the best books I read last year and one of my favorites of last year as well. It’s a historical fiction novel with a strong sense of magical realism that’s set in Uganda and is about the cursed bloodline of the Kintu clan. The story focuses on how the curse has affected generations of Kintu Kidda’s descendants. It’s an amazing read. The story and the prose are great, and I HIGHLY recommend you give this one a try. The structure of the story and the names that are repeated every generation made Kintu remind me of One Hundred Years of Solitude, another wonderful story.

L is for…

Linden Hills by Gloria Naylor

This is one of my favorite books. Written in the mid-1980s, Linden Hills was a contemporary novel of its time about African Americans chasing the American dream and what it might cost to attain it. The story is set in a wealthy Black community that’s modeled after Dante’s Inferno. It’s this element, as well as the writing, that hooked me to the story. It’s been a while since I’ve read it and I have forgotten some details, but I’m sure if I should reread it, I’d still consider it a favorite.

M is for…

Mother of the Sea by Zetta Elliott

I read this one last year and really liked it. It’s a fantasy short story about a girl who’s abducted from her village and sold into slavery. Much of the story takes place aboard the slave ship as it sails the Middle Passage. The girl endures the brutal journey with the help of a mischievous child, who may be connected to a goddess. This was an interesting read. I enjoyed it, but I wish it was longer.

N is for…

No Time to Spare by Ursula K. Le Guin

A book of essays the majority of which appeared as posts on Le Guin’s blog between 2010 and 2012. It was a good read while I was reading it, but after completing it, I forgot everything. I think I read it too quickly.

O is for…

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

One of my favorite classics. The prose is beautiful and the story is captivating. But what is it about? It’s hard for me to say in just one sentence. It is magical realism and is about generations of the Buendia family. Beyond that, I don’t know what else to say to describe the plot. It is an interesting read and can be confusing for some, but it’s totally worth trying.

That’s it for me.
Let me know if you’ve read any of these.

Book Haul #53: The Prelude

I haven’t done a book haul since May, so I have a ton of stuff to share with you. It’s not because I bought loads of books — I did purchase a few — but because I attended the American Library Association Conference that was held in Washington, D.C., and was able to fill several bags with books while there. It was a great event. 🙂

But before I show those books, let’s take a look at the ones that aren’t from the conference.



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Top 5 Tuesday #9: F – G – H – I – J

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Shanah, the Bionic Book Worm.

This week’s topic:

F – G – H – I – J

(books with titles that start with the featured letters)

F is for…

Forty Rooms by Olga Grushin

I own this book. I bought it because I love the cover, but I haven’t yet read it, and I’ve since forgotten what it’s about. I seriously need to do a year of reading books I own. I’ve “tried” to do so before, but it didn’t work out.

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Half Year Book Tag: 2019

I know I just did the Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag, but I still want to do this one as well because the questions are a little different, and I just love doing book tags.

The Half Year Book Tag was created by BexnBookx.

Favorite standalone book hauled and read so far in 2019:

To Night Owl from Dogfish by Holly Goldberg Sloan & Meg Wolitzer

This was included in a library haul. It’s a middle-grade contemporary novel that’s reminiscent of the Parent Trap movies. It’s about two girls whose dads are dating. The dads want their daughters to meet and get along, so they send the girls to summer camp. But the girls have no intention of being friends or allowing their dads to date each other. The story was quick and fun and sweet. I enjoyed it and couldn’t put it down once I started reading.

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Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag: 2019

It’s that time of year again when I do the Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag, which was created by ReadLikeWildFire (a booktuber) and Ely Jayne (a blogger).

Best book I’ve read so far:

Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America by Beth Macy
Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend

It’s impossible for me to select just one, so I grabbed my two best. Dopesick is a nonfiction book about how the opiod epidemic began in America. I listened to the audio book, which is narrated by the author, and thought it was great. It’s well written and very informative. I highly recommend it.

Wundersmith is the second novel in a middle-grade fantasy series about a girl who everyone believes is cursed. I’m so glad I read this and the first book, Nevermoor. They both carry the charm of the Harry Potter books, but I love Wundersmith more because we learn more about the amazing world in this installment.

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Top 5 Tuesday #8: A – B – C – D – E

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Shanah, the Bionic Book Worm.

This week’s topic:

A – B – C – D – E

(books with titles that start with the featured letters)

A is for…

Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit

I haven’t thought about this book in a while, but it’s one I love. It’s a YA historical fiction novel with a touch of magical realism about a girl growing up during World War II. Anna was separated from her father and adopted by a mysterious man who can communicate with birds. The man teaches her how to survive and cares for her until he’s unable to continue doing so. It’s a wonderful story but a heartbreaking one too, and is very well written.

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