Library Booksale Haul 2012


Today started the annual book sale my library has. They have one a year and it’s practically my Christmas! Above is my haul for the year, unless I decide to stop by later this weekend because they have to put new books out as the first round gets bought 😛

These, of which there are 22, cost me $16!! You cannot beat that. And, as you can see by the ones that lack the spine label, some are donations to the library that never made it on library shelves–they’re just second-hand quality, which is pretty good.

Only one book have I read already: Forgotten Fire by Adam Bagdasarian (towards the top), which I read in high school. I loved it because it was about the Armenian genocide, which I hadn’t ever heard of until I read this book. (I looked in my then-current history textbook and didn’t find anything about that particular genocide, which made me very mad.)

Timeless by Gail Carriger

Title: Timeless
Author: Gail Carriger
Length: 386 pages
ISBN: 9780316127189
Published in: 2012
Genre: fiction (alternate history, vampires/werewolves)
Rating: 5/5
Challenges/Resolutions: Copyright 2012 Resolution

Summary (from Goodreads):

Alexia Tarabotti, Lady Maccon, has settled into domestic bliss. Of course, being Alexia, such bliss involves integrating werewolves into London High society, living in a vampire’s second best closet, and coping with a precocious toddler who is prone to turning supernatural willy-nilly. Even Ivy Tunstell’s acting troupe’s latest play, disastrous to say the least, cannot put a damper on Alexia’s enjoyment of her new London lifestyle.

Until, that is, she receives a summons from Alexandria that cannot be ignored. With husband, child, and Tunstells in tow, Alexia boards a steamer to cross the Mediterranean. But Egypt may hold more mysteries than even the indomitable Lady Maccon can handle. What does the vampire Queen of the Alexandria Hive really want from her? Why is the God-Breaker Plague suddenly expanding? And how has Ivy Tunstell suddenly become the most popular actress in all the British Empire?

My Thoughts: Going into this book, I admit I was a little sad. It’s the final installment of the Parasol Protectorate quintet I’ve been enjoying the last few years. This was by no means a level of sadness such as those brought on by Deathly Hallows or Mockingjay, but it’s always a little sad when a book series, however short, ends.

Timeless takes place a couple of years after the previous book, Heartless. Alexia and Conall’s daughter, Prudence, is now a tot and worries worldwide supernaturals. She is what Carriger calls a “metanatural”, meaning she can steal supernatural powers from a person, turning them mortal and herself supernatural through contact. (This is unlike Alexia, who can simply neutralize a supernatural, but only while she maintains contact, and she herself doesn’t become supernatural at all.) Prudence is summoned to Egypt of all places. I quite enjoyed the trek to Victorian-era Alexandria and Luxor. If nothing else, it was a nice change of pace from London. There was definitely an exotic feel to the story, like with the hot-air balloons.

I will say that I was a little unimpressed by some of Carriger’s choice of words in this book. One sentence in particular I found very…crass.

There was something about connubial relations that appealed, sticky as they might be. (p80)

I found that uncalled for and a bit disgusting. However true some statements might be, some are just better left unsaid.

But that won’t keep me from trying out Carriger’s spin-off series, Parasol Protectorate Abroad, featuring Prudence (presumably a bit mire grown-up haha) that is due out fall 2013. I hope it just doesn’t turn out to be one of those types of sequels that goes on when it should’ve just ended on a high note.

December 2010 in my reading world

Books Read in December 2010

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  • Miss Julie by August Strindberg
  • Jar of Fools by Eric A Kimmel
  • When Mindy Saved Christmas by Eric A Kimmel
  • K is for Kwanzaa by Juwanda G Ford
  • The Gifts of Kwanzaa by Synthia Saint James
  • Santa’s Kwanzaa by Garen Eileen Thomas
  • How Santa Got His Job by Stephen Krensky
  • Santa Duck by David Milgrim
  • Santa’s Favorite Story by Hisako Aoki
  • Hershel and the Hanukka Goblins by Eric A Kimmel
  • Where Did They Hide My Presents? by Alan Katz
  • Hanna’s Christmas by Melissa Peterson
  • Little Women and Werewolves by Louisa May Alcott and Porter Grand
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling
  • The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
  • Festivus: The Holiday for the Rest of Us by Allen Salkin

Books Purchased/Received in December 2010






Books Purchased


  • History: The Definitive Visual Guide
  • Audrey Hepburn in the Movies by Timothy Knight (a Christmas gift from my sister)
  • The Hakawati by Rabih Alameddine
  • March by Geraldine Brooks
  • The Heretic’s Daughter by Kathleen Kent
  • The Street of a Thousand Blossoms by Gail Tsukiyama
  • Invictus: Nelson Mandela and the Game that Made a Nation by John Carlin
  • Potiki by Patricia Grace
  • Common Sense, Rights of Man, and Other Essential Writings of Thomas Paine
  • The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • the Kirsten American Girl series (boxed set of 6 books)
  • Audrey Hepburn: A in Pictures
  • MY KINDLE!! I have about 75 free books on it already 🙂

More Books Purchased

*This one has its own picture because I got them after I’d already put the rest away. Plus, the book with the Breakfast at Tiffany’s photo on the cover is actually a journal. I am going to try to write in a book journal more often while I read, which should help me write better reviews on here.  So I thought buying a nice one would entice me to write in it more. (Can you tell I love Audrey Hepburn?! 😀 )

Books Added to my TBR List

  • The Last Ember by Daniel Levin (Coffee and a Book Chick’s post)
  • Naughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman (reading currently!)
  • Medea and Her Children by Ludmila Ulitskaya
  • Powder Necklace by Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond
  • Ancestor Stones by Aminatta Forna
  • Kokoro by Natsume Soseki
  • Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko
  • Kingdom of This World by Alejo Carpentier (all previous from Eva’s Library Loot post)
  • The Mitford Sisters by Mary S Lowell (Willa loves the Mitfords and I asked her which biography of them to read and she recommended this one)
  • The Bad Girl by Maria Vargas Llosa (Willa’s post)
  • The Maid by Yasutaka Tsutsui (Shannon’s post)
  • Remember Me by Sophie Kinsella (Shannon’s post)
  • When the Emperor Was Devine by Julie Otsuka
  • Forget Sorrow by Belle Yang
  • The Seige by Ismail Kadare (this and previous two from Eva’s library loot post)
  • Frederica by Georgette Heyer (Willa’s post)

November 2010 in Books

Books Read in November (not very many grown up books 😦 )

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  • The Mischief of the Mistletoe by Lauren Willig
  • Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
  • The Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming by Lemony Snicket
  • Too Many Tamales by Gary Soto
  • Seven Spools of Thread by Angela Shelf Medearis
  • Festival of Lights by Maida Silverman
  • The Miracle of the First Poinsettia by Joanne Oppenheim
  • Moishe’s Miracle by Laura Krauss Melmed

Books Acquired in November

none 😥

Books Added to by TBR List in November (LOTS 🙂 )

  • Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen by Syrie James (Isa)
  • In the Footsteps of Gavrilo Princip by Tony Fabijancic (Amy Reads’ review)
  • The Forever Queen by Helen Hollick (Jennifer at Mrs. Q: Book Addict’s review)
  • The Explosionist (and Invisible Things) by Jenny Davidson (Charlotte’s Library’s review)
  • Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Septeys (Coffee and a Book Chick’s review) (PS- This comes out in March 2011)
  • By Fire, By Water by Mitchell James Kaplan (Coffee and a Book Chick’s review)
  • Obasan by Joy Kagawa (Shannon at Giraffe Days’ review)
  • Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson (Jamie at The Perpetual Page Turner’s review)
  • Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman
  • Purge by Sofi Oksanen
  • Mistress of Nothing by Kate Pullinger (Sandra at Fresh Ink Book’s review) (PS- This comes out January 4, 2011)
  • The Setting Sun by Osamu Dazai (’s page)
  • Daphne Du Maurier’s Classics of Macabre (Coffee and a Book Chick’s review)

October 2010 in Books

Books Read in October

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  • The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
  • Mini Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
  • The Complete Poetry of Edgar Allan Poe

Books Acquired in October

  • The Mischief of the Mistletoe by Lauren Willig
  • Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne
  • Tess of d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Books Added to TBR List

  • Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (Jinny’s review at SkyInk)

September 2010 Wrap-Up

Books Read in September

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  • The View from Castle Rock by Alice Munro
  • The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood
  • Soulless by Gail Carriger
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
  • James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
  • Changeless by Gail Carriger
  • Blameless by Gail Carriger

Books Acquired in September

  • Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie
  • The Concubine’s Children by Denise Chong
  • Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis De Bernieres
  • Lost in Translations by Nicole Mones
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Waverly by Sir Walter Scott
  • The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Pygmalion and (adapted) My Fair Lady by Bernard Shaw
  • Blackbeard’s Ghost by Ben Stahl (already read, but would love to have on hand for a rainy day)
  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (again, already read, but LOVE IT)
  • Girl in Hyacinth Blue by Susan Vreeland
  • Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry
  • The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula Le Guin
  • The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
  • Blameless by Gail Carriger

Books Added to TBR List in September

  • Case Histories by Kate Atkinson (Bina’s review at If You Can Read This)
  • Jane Slayre by Charlotte Bronte and Sherri Browning Erwin (summary)
  • Romancing Miss Bronte by Juliet Gael (summary)
  • After the Armistice Ball by Catriona McPherson (Bina’s review)
  • Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood (I really want to read this, after having read The Year of the Flood)
  • Russian Winter by Daphne Kalotay (Alayne’s review at The Crowded Leaf)
  • Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro (review at Bookishly Fabulous)
  • Captive Queen by Alison Weir
  • King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table by Roger Lancelyn Green

library booksale = very happy Kristie

Every so often–about twice a year, actually–my old library (the one I used to work at) has a book sale. It’s not exactly the library, but an organization from the library called Friends of the Library, that sets up and runs the book sale. But the books are from the library 🙂

Anyways, I had major success today. 13 books for $10 = a very happy Kristie 😀 😀 😀

Here’s a list of what I got (also seen in the photo above):

  • Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie
  • The Concubine’s Children by Denise Chong
  • Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis De Bernieres
  • Lost in Translations by Nicole Mones
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Waverly by Sir Walter Scott
  • The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Pygmalion and (adapted) My Fair Lady by Bernard Shaw
  • Blackbeard’s Ghost by Ben Stahl (already read, but would love to have on hand for a rainy day)
  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (again, already read, but LOVE IT)
  • Girl in Hyacinth Blue by Susan Vreeland
  • Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry
  • The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula Le Guin

Hopefully I can find some room on my bookshelves for these 😕 Most of them have been on my TBR list for a long time. The Ursula Le Guin was totally impetuous–I just know she’s highly liked in the sci-fi community, and I wanted to try some more sci-fi…so I just went with it haha

August 2010 in books

Books Read in August 2010

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks

Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys


Book-ish Things Acquired in August 2010

  • four different sets of book plates! (bought with a B&N giftcard I got for by birthday 🙂 )
  • Soulless by Gail Carriger
  • Changeless by Gail Carriger

variety of bookplates


Books Added to TBR List in August 2010

happy birthday to me!

I was browsing around my bookish blogs today and found two amazing reviews of the same book that I just had to have it. So, naturally I went to my library’s website to request it through the interlibrary loan system, if my branch didn’t already have it. I requested it, but alas! I then found out that it was a downloadable book, not a hard copy. As I detest reading on the computer more than necessary and have no digital reader to download it on, I decided to see how much the book would cost to purchase. I don’t buy books that often.

HOWEVER, the book and it’s sequel (the first two in a continuing series) were each only $7.99 on 😀 So, I said, “What the heck!” and just bought them. I figured, my birthday is in 10 days, so I’ll treat myself! (Plus, Nick and I will be babysitting a little this weekend and I’ll make the money spent on the books and their shipping back before I get them! 😉 )

“What books did you buy?” you might be wondering.

I bought Soulless by Gail Carriger and also Changeless, also by Gail Carriger. The third installment, Blameless, comes out in only a couple of weeks, too! I figure, if I don’t enjoy these as much as I think, I’ll give them to my younger sister to see if she likes them (we have similar taste, but she can go a bit weird on me sometimes) and, if that doesn’t work, I’ll donate them to the library. (So some other schmuck doesn’t have to get a “downloadable book”.)

I anxiously await their arrival.

Thanks very much to Dom, who’s glowing review of Soulless caught my eye on her bookish blog, Coffee Stained Pages, and for directing me further to another wonderful review by Shannon at Giraffe Days. I mean, if you know me at all, you know I can’t turn away a book described like this (by Dom):

Take the structured societal rules and preoccupation with manners of Jane Austen, a sexed up version of the love/hate relationship between Elizabeth Bennett and Fitzwilliam Darcy in Pride and Prejudice, some dandy vampires and lusty werewolves who have integrated into society a la The Sookie Stackhouse Mysteries, a guest spot from Queen Victoria and add a few steampunk touches and you pretty much have Soulless by Gail Carriger.

July 2010 in Books

As I know I will not complete Life of Pi, my current read, in two days, I have decided to go ahead and sum up July in my reading life. Now, I have really skimped on my monthly summaries of what I have read. So I’m going to try to keep up with it from now on. I think I will also add the books I’ve added to by TBR list this month.


  • Island Beneath the Sea by Isabel Allende
  • Jennifer Government by Max Barry
  • The Secret River by Kate Grenville
  • Blackbeard’s Ghost by Ben Stahl
  • BSC: The Summer Before by Ann M. Martin

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  • Mansfield Park and Mummies by Vera Nazarian (another JA spoof)
  • Stepford Wives by Ira Levin
  • Keeping Corner by Kashmira Sheth
  • The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood (for my Canadian Author Challenge)
  • Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys (has to do with Jane Eyre)
  • The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict by Trenton Lee Stewart (not due out for a couple of years, but a much-anticipated prequel to a beloved series 🙂 )