First up: Books I bought myself.
Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter -- it was cheap, Kara liked it, and I like the cover. Nuff said.
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton -- I hate this cover but.... I've never read this, guys. Don't shun me. I plan to. Someday. I took the first step towards possibly reading it one day.
Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge and Cress by Marissa Meyer -- finished copies of ARCs that I loved. Both are in my Best of 2014 lists already. Plus, these covers/books are so lovely in person.
From Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours:
Dominion by C. J. Sansom -- another I don't know a lot about but alternate history with Nazis? Yes please. However, this thing is a BRICK. If you don't hear from me, it's because I took this and The Kiss of Deception out in the same purse and they fell on me and killed me.
From the awesome people at MacMillan Teen:
Something Real by Heather Demetrios - Ksenia was lovely enough and generous to send this to me right before it was pubbed because I am a doof and didn't request it. As you will see later, I loved it so much I bought a hardcover.
Hungry by H.A Swain -- I am leery of this one (Thalia Apple. In a book about hunger.) but I knew I had to read this one for myself.
The Island of Excess Love by Francesca Lia Block -- I am not too sure if this is a sequel or a companion to Love in the time of Global Warming but I am sure I can't wait to read this.
From Macmillan and from Pyr:
I have no idea why the picture is so dark? And am too lazy to take another.
The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson -- this thing is HUGE. I was surprised by its general heft. But it sounds interesting so here's hoping I love it.
Earth Girl by Janet Edwards -- I had bought a copy of this but it was so damaged on the inside I had to return it. THEN a publicist got in touch with me and sent me a copy for review (basically because Christina from Reader of Fictions is the best.)
Won on twitter from Paper Lantern Lit:
Venom and Belladonna by Fiona Paul. These had been on my radar for a while but I had never felt the urgent need to own them. But I won a twitter contest and they sent me these gorgeous Aussie editions (aka the best edition). They are seriously gorgeous.
and pretty drawings in the margins!
And here is where the "best book haul ever" part comes into play. Last Friday (aka the 7th), at work, my boyfriends sent me flowers, for no reason.
When he picked me up a few hours later, he VOLUNTARILY took me to a bookstore to buy me four books.
I had a hard time picking out my free books -- new releases! Hardcovers! Special and/or signed editions! Whatever I wanted!
My first three were easy picks, though. I knew I wanted Sharon Biggs Waller's A Mad, Wicked Folly as soon as he mentioned "bookstore".
I knew I wanted finished copies of Something Real and for Pawn. But then I got stuck, deciding on a final book. Ryan, the boyfriend, called me over to see the new Harry Potter covers displayed (even though I own them.). I, because I am a forever HP fan, ran over.
And this happened.
Ignore my beat-up hands. Look at the sparkly pretty thing.
In the middle of a bookstore. With a book for the ring's box. It was perfect and lovely and of course I snagged my fourth book once I had said yes and then could stop shaking.
At that point, I just grabbed the closest book with a cover I recognized and that was Antigoddess by Kendare Blake.
He did pretty good, though. I'm very happy, very lucky, and enjoying the fact I have a fiancé (eeep) who knows me so very well. I am pretty sure I will long remember this as the best book haul ever.
He even matched the ribbon on the flowers to the ring. I mean, c'mon, he gets points for that, too.
His best friend and my close friend (who is also our roommate) was there to take pictures.
Happy Valentine's Day!