New Acquisitions: Book Expo 2014


My original (and overly ambitious) goal was to do a post (or five) with descriptions of each of these books, but after spending two hours on a draft and making very little progress, I realized that it’s just not happening.  Not yet, at any rate.  Instead, here’s a photo of all of the books that I acquired at Book Expo America.

When I went to BEA in 2012, I wasn’t nearly so focused as this year, and I ended up bringing home a lot of books because people handed them to me rather than because they were things I was genuinely excited about reading.  Mind you, I ended up with a lot of wonderful books, but I also ended up with things that just didn’t excite me as much as I thought they would.  This year, I was much more selective.  As you can see, the vast majority of the titles are sci-fi or fantasy, with just a handful of other genres like historical fiction or erotica, which is pretty much the composition of my blog.  As you can see, I also picked up several titles that are already published.  I spent a lot of time hanging out at the SFWA booth, and they were promoting all of their members’ work, not just new releases.  Some of these, like Hounded, The Warded Man, and Assassin’s Apprentice, are books that I’d been meaning to pick up eventually.  Others were completely new to me and seem awesome.  I mean, there’s a book about space elevators.  How cool is that?

So, first on the agenda is to finish reading Clariel.  I received the following text from my boyfriend while at Book Expo:

Mike:  Help M—– and J– have kidnapped me and are demanding Clariel for my return

I have not yet succumbed to their demands, but I think that I should eventually begin the ransom negotiations.  😉

Next on the list is the Holly Black, because my sister is a huge fan and would like to read it the moment that I’m finished.

So, my question to all of you… which books should I read first?  Have you read any, and if so, how are they?

11 thoughts on “New Acquisitions: Book Expo 2014

  1. Holy crap!!!! You scored big time! This would be a no brainer for me though – The Book of Life would have to be read first, without delay, because it’s one of my favourite series of all time, and I can’t wait to get my hands on book 3 :). You’re so lucky you got it early!!

    1. I’m very excited to read that one. 🙂

      They even gave us postcards saying not to post stuff about it till after the release date. I’m surprised they were giving out advance copies at all.

  2. Thanks for sharing the great heap!
    “Assassin’s Apprentice” by R. Hobb & “The Warded Man” – P. Brett are really excellent, top-notch fantasy novels. However, after those, you might not want to read fantasy for awhile (exhaust mode).
    “The Darwin Elevator” is one I am in the middle of. Seems to polarize readers. I think it’s a decent start to a small series.
    I love the cover to Scalzi’s “Lock In.”
    I would really want “The Miniaturist” to be awesomely excellent. High hopes.

    1. Thanks for the suggestions! I’m looking forward to “The Darwin Elevator.” I was reading the back and was like OMG SPACE ELEVATORS, MUST READ.

  3. I second Nawfal’s suggestion of Assassin’s Apprentice. that whole trilogy is SO, SO, good! The top of the left side column, is that the Alethea Kontis series? If yes, that’s supposed to be really good.

    I’ve heard good things about The Girl With All The Gifts, Lock In looks fun, and so does Kabu Kabu.

    1. It is the Aletha Kontis series! She’s super nice and dresses like a fairy princess. 🙂

      I’ve heard a lot of good things about Assassin’s Apprentice.

      Kabu Kabu seems like an interesting and diverse collection.

      I swear I spent half of Book Expo at the SFWA booth. The people there were so nice, and the books look amazing!

  4. Totally would be reading Clariel… hands down and would have to read it before boyfriend-hostange negotiations could even begin.

    Then The Book of Life…

    Then The Darkest Part of the Forest…

    Then Lost… and yeah… I’d be content to read the others at random intervals. 🙂

    Awesome stash of reads you collected!

    1. Clariel is awesome. I read it immediately and now am trying to digest it and come up with a fitting review. 🙂

    1. I’m very excited about The Lost. The Jewel seems intriguing as well, but it looks like the kind of book that I’ll either love or hate with no in between.

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