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A Reader of Fictions: On My New Arrivals Shelf (33): Special Black Friday Edition

A Reader of Fictions

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Saturday, December 8, 2012

On My New Arrivals Shelf (33): Special Black Friday Edition

Guys, I went so crazy buying books on Black Friday, because Book Closeouts was having their semi-annual sale where books are incredibly cheap, and I could not get myself under control. Anyway, this happened. I decided to do a separate haul post, because I barely had time to talk about these alone. As of now, I am on a book buying ban (Goodwill excepted) until further notice (with a suspension for the book signing I'm going to in February (Lenore Appelhans, woo!).

Bloggers Mentioned:

Books Mentioned: 
The Kitchen Boy - Robert Alexander
The Sugar Queen - Sarah Addison Allen
Passion Play (River of Souls #1) - Beth Bernobich
Boy2Girl - Terence Blacker
Hate List - Jennifer Brown
A Brief History of Montmaray (The Montmaray Journals #1) - Michelle Cooper
Sisters in Sanity - Gayle Forman
The Diamond of Drury Lane (Cat Royal #1) - Julia Golding
Cat Among the Pigeons (Cat Royal #2) - Julia Golding
Where I Want to Be - Adele Griffin
 The Orphan Sister - Gwendolen Gross (my review)
Warped - Maurisa Guibord
The Secret Year - Jennifer R. Hubbard
Like Mandarin - Kirsten Hubbard
First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson #1) - Darynda Jones
Hattie Big Sky - Kirby Larson
Love Is the Higher Law - David Levithan
The Boyfriend List (Ruby Oliver #1) - E. Lockhart
The Boy Book (Ruby Oliver #2) - E. Lockhart
The Treasure Map of Boys (Ruby Oliver #3) - E. Lockhart
Real Live Boyfriends (Ruby Oliver #4) - E. Lockhart
Dramarama - E. Lockhart
So Silver Bright (Theatre Illuminata #3) - Lisa Mantchev
Bumped (Bumped #1) - Megan McCafferty (my review)
Peace, Love & Baby Ducks - Lauren Myracle
The Floating Islands - Rachel Neumeier
Bruiser - Neal Shusterman
Fall for Anything - Courtney Summers
Some Girls Are - Courtney Summers
Orchards - Holly Thompson
A Conspiracy of Kings (The Queen's Thief #4) - Megan Whalen Turner
If We Kiss (If We Kiss #1) - Rachel Vail
After the Golden Age - Carrie Vaughn (my review)
Lovestruck Summer - Melissa Walker
Violet on the Runway (Violet #1) - Melissa Walker
The President's Daughter - Ellen Emerson White
Miles from Ordinary - Carol Lynch Williams
Once Was Lost - Sara Zarr
Sweethearts - Sara Zarr



Blogger kara-karina@Nocturnal Book Reviews said...

Ahaha! How on earth dd you carry all these home, Christina? :)) Do you have shopping trolley? :) Fantastic haul, and I can't believe that they were all $1-2, I would have gone mad in that shop too!
Passion Play is on my wishlist, so I'll be waiting for your review. I also LOVED After The Golden Age! Glad you managed to buy the copy.
I always loved the cover of Warped and it looked amazing up close, so I do hope you enjoy it more than other reviewers. Have a fab week!

December 8, 2012 at 7:58 AM  
Blogger Ashleigh Paige said...

Courtney Summers books? The whole Ruby Oliver quartet? The very last Theatre Illuminata book? That sound you hear is me squealing in joy that you have them. So many loves in one post. <3 If they weren't sitting in my boxes in my dorm room right now, I'd take them out and snuggle them just because. That is a looooooooooot of big, shiny books.

December 8, 2012 at 10:19 AM  
Blogger Giselle said...

Holy shit balls!!

Ooh I want the Hate List! I heard it's awesome! I've read one book by Brown and it was awesome!

LOL @ Your phone!

Warped reminds me of the Uglies. Which rocks! And unicorns! Win!

YES!! YESSS!!!!! You got Darynda Jones! FUCK YEAH!! That book is HILARIOUS! You will freaking pee your pants! I fucking love it! Dude she names her boobs! It's epic! Read it like, NOW!!!

Bahah you sing! YES!!

I love your kitty! He should be on every vlog!

Also, I chuckle at the way you say vlog. Like Veelog. What's that about? Teehee.

December 8, 2012 at 11:28 AM  
Blogger Jenni said...

Holy fuck look at that list!

"It's a badass chick who's going to kill things." hahaha that's always awesome!

Jennifer Brown AUTOGRAPHED! Jealous!!! She is so freaking awesome.

hahaha love your ringtone!

I've never heard of Sisters in Sanity, I'll have to get that one.

My first Levithan book was Every Day... that might not be what it's called... all the floating people on the book. I wasn't a fan. Boooo

You got so many signed books! That's freaking awesome!

Love the song!!! hahaha and the kitty in the box!

Some Girls Are is SO GOOD! I loved that book. I need to read Fall For Anything too

Carol Lynch Williams! yay!

December 8, 2012 at 12:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Passion Play isn't about a kick-ass chick killing people. You might want to avoid the book or expect deep disappointment.

December 8, 2012 at 4:25 PM  
Blogger Renae @ Respiring Thoughts said...

OH boy. And I thought I went nuts on Black Friday.

Hate List was super good, so hopefully you'll like it too. Definitely interested to see what you think about the Courtney Summers books—I read Some Girls Are this week and was fairly disappointed.


Hope you enjoy all your books!

December 9, 2012 at 10:22 AM  
Blogger Katie said...

OMG! You were serious about that book buying binge. o_0 I'm impressed! lol I've been wanting to read the Melissa Walker books - they look so cute! And I really liked her when she came to the Decatur Book Fest!

December 9, 2012 at 10:29 AM  
Blogger Lilian said...

And I thought buy seven books from Powells on Black Friday was already scary.
You said David Levithan disappointed you recently...which makes me wonder what did you read?
I liked Every Day, it was thought provoking, even though I did not like the ending, nor that some of the subplots were glazed over...and I admit it can be a bit preachy at times. But in the end, I gave it points for being one of the more thought-provoking YA books I've read this year.

Oh yes, COURTNEY SUMMERS. My local library has all of her books (I think,) I just need to borrow them...someday. Watch, I will probably say the same thing a decade later. Oh wells, her book isn't coming out until 2014.

Happy reading, you crazy book-buying woman.
Lilian @ A Novel Toybox

December 9, 2012 at 4:43 PM  
Blogger Kara_Malinczak said...

Sarah Addison Allen is one of my favorite authors. The Sugar Queen is a fantastic book, though Garden Spells is my favorite by her. I hope you enjoy it!

Like Mandarin is not Asian themed, FYI. But I did dnf it because I could not connect to the characters. Most people adore it though.

I really need to read the Ruby Oliver series. They are pretty much the only E. Lockhart books I have not read. I hear they are wonderful.

Yes, I loved Peace, Love, and Baby Ducks. Same with Sweethearts.

I hope you enjoy them all, Christina. Awesome haul!

December 9, 2012 at 5:37 PM  
Blogger Steph Sinclair said...

OMG! So many books! This is why I don't go into bookstores. I get extremely carried away. T_T

December 10, 2012 at 9:22 AM  
Blogger Lynn K. said...

Great haul! So jealous of the great price. The cheapest deals I can find are usually about $5 and even so I have to multiply x4 due to currency exchange. T.T

And YES, DARYNDA JONES! I had issues with Reyes but the heroine Charley is so fun!

December 11, 2012 at 4:42 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

I didn't carry them. That's the hazard of online book shopping! You can't tell how absurd your pile is until you get the bill!

Yay! We agree. After the Golden Age was awesome!

I hope so too about Warped. I probably won't but that does happen sometimes.

December 12, 2012 at 3:07 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

YES!!! I am so excited about all of this.

December 12, 2012 at 3:08 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

I've heard such great things about Brown and Hate List is MASSIVE.

Unicorns for the win!

Hahaha, Darynda Jones! I hope she's that hilarious!

You can always tell who actually watches the videos. :-p

December 12, 2012 at 3:09 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

I have no self control. That is what's happening here.

Apparently it's not, but I'm sure it will still be awesome.

Actually, that's an alert sound.

Oh no, you didn't like Every Day? WAHHH.


December 12, 2012 at 3:10 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Ha, I just say things sometimes. I rarely read blurbs, so I never know what books will be about when I start. :-p Duly noted that it's not about fighting!

December 12, 2012 at 3:11 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Nope! I exist to make everyone else feel better.

Oh no! Too bad. You do tend to be pickier than I do, however.

December 12, 2012 at 3:23 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

I missed her at DBF. I think we were there at opposite times.

December 12, 2012 at 3:23 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Wah wah.

I read Dash & Lily's Book of Dares. It was okay, but very pretentious and hipster-tastic, so...YOU WOULD LOVE IT.

I want to love Every Day, but now I am scared. I liked the bit he read aloud.

Thank you!

December 12, 2012 at 3:24 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

I love her so much. I've read two and Garden Spells is my fave so far, as well.

Oops. I am wrong SO MUCH. Oh no!

Ruby Oliver: They're so cute and funny!

December 12, 2012 at 3:27 PM  
Blogger Christina said...


December 12, 2012 at 3:27 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

There are times it's really nice to live in the US.

December 12, 2012 at 3:28 PM  

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