February 2018 Acquisitions
I track the books coming in each month (not just what I read). On the acquisitions tab on my spreadsheet, the stats for February 2018 are:
Purchases & Freebies
Book Club Picks and BIG W spends
For my 'in real life' book club, we read 3 YA books a month. For February, these were Scythe, the Belles and the Hazel Wood. As Scythe is a couple of years old now, I was able to obtain an ebook through my library BorroxBox app (which I read and technically borrowed in March so you will see it in my March post), however my library had no copies for The Belles in either physical or ebook form and no copies of the Hazel Wood.
Both The Hazel Wood and The Belles I found cheap at my local Big W store (I still really love the US cover more than our version for the Hazel Wood, but what are you going to do?). While at Big W when I was looking for the Belles, I also found a copy of the Last Hours by Minette Walters. This is a book that I have had my eye on and have borrowed a couple of times from BorrowBox but keep having to return it unread. It is a big Historical Fiction book so I know I am going to love it but I just need to find a time when I am in the right mood for a big tome of a novel to get swept away in. It's about the black plague in England so it will be super interesting.
I am a sucker for a good free shipping offer on Booktopia. It is an Australian online bookstore and offers a flat rate of shipping but every so often you get sent those magical discount codes. I also had an eye on preordering Obsidio and Booktopia had signed copies for a discounted price. I had my other two books in the series signed by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman so I really wanted all my copies to match.
Smiler's Fair however was a pure impulse buy. It was already in my cart from a previous online shopping session AND it was discounted to 7.99. How could I resist? It was basically what I would have paid for shipping on Obsidio if I didn't have the code. This is how I reason to myself. Smiler's Fair is different to my other purchases as I have ALREADY read it. I got it from the library a couple of years ago and fell in love with the messed up fantasy world it contains.
Penguin Teen Showcase Event
I attend a Penguin Teen Showcase Event in Brisbane on the last day in February and received a freebie, the Penguin Teen Super Proof 2018 with excerpts from a lot of books coming out this year. There were also books for sale and while I wanted to buy all of them, I resisted...
Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner
As I may have mentioned in previous blog posts, I am apart of the Book Riot Insiders. I pay a small monthly fee and I get a bunch of cool perks. The perks include access to the new book release index and exclusive newsletters and podcasts, as well as some exclusive discount codes to use on book-related products int their store. I am an Epic member so I also get access to the BRI slack channel which is an awesome, supportive community of book lovers chatting about books among other things.
One other perk? As an Epic member, I automatically get entered into a monthly draw to win a stack of books... And I WON! I live in Australia so a LOT of bookish giveaways are available for me to enter. I was so excited when I saw the package arrived and even more excited when I saw the books I got!
So in the stack of books I won, two books were Advanced Reading Copies (ARCs). I was super happy to see Let Me Lie, Clare Mackintosh's latest book as I read her second book, I See You and really enjoyed it for a thriller (and I am fussy about my thrillers!).
I was also really excited to see Betty Before X. I hadn't heard of it before but it is written by Ilyasah Shabazz, the daughter of Betty Shabazz and Malcolm X and by Renee Watson, a YA author that wrote Piecing Me Together, a YA book that I own and haven't got to yet. This Middle-Grade (MG) novel is inspired by Betty's life growing up and becoming the American Civil Rights icon. I believe Ilyasah Shabazz has also co-written something similar following her father's story, with a picture book and a YA novel. Last year I started reading more diverse MG books and I really enjoyed what I read so I want to get this one really soon.
I thought all the copies I was going to receive would be ARCs, but no, I received some finished copies as well. The two paperbacks I won were A Word for Love by Emily Robbins and All for Nothing by Walter Kempowski. I had never heard of these two titles before but they sound amazing.
A Word for Love is about a young scholar who is studying Arabic, in particular, she wants to view an ancient Arabic love story. She goes to Syria and learns more about love from her host family than she could from the pages of the ancient text. It sounds so much like a book I would really enjoy and the author has had fellowships where she has actually lived in Syria and Jordan so she is able to write from actual experiences from being an outsider encountering the host country's culture.
All for Nothing is a book in translation which I don't read enough of (or any, I think I only read ONE last year, THE SHAME!). This novel follows a family after WWII has just ended but the Red Army is on its way. I have read a lot of WWII novels but not many focusing on the countries that still encountered tragedy after the events of WWII ended so I am eager to read this one and learn more.
Hardbacks are super rare and super expensive here in Australia so I was shocked to find THREE! hardbacks in my parcel. Also they all sound incredible and books I would have picked up on my own.
Down and Across is a YA coming of age, which I love to read Carnegie's Maid is Historical Fiction (my jam if you didn't get that from my excitement about a book about the Black Plague above) and The Afterlives sounds like a quirky novel about a married couple trying to discover what happens after death by looking into everything. I live for quirky books and characters.
Library Haul Time
The Physical copies:
Larkswood by Valerie Mendes | 5 stars
A Swiftly Tilting Planet by Madeleine L'Engle | Time Quintet #1 | 5 stars
The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin| 4 stars
The Break by Katherena Vermette | 5 stars
Sister Heart by Sally Morgan | 5 stars
I have read 7/17 books I acquired this month in the month I got them, though I have previously read Smiler's Fair, which brings the tally up to 8/17 if you are counting read in total.
Do you keep track of all the books you acquire or just the purchased copies? My tracking has a saving option so I can keep track all the money I save going to the library rather than buying the books. Have you read any of the books I acquired this month? Please let me know in the comments below.