Los Angeles Times Festival of Books Haul- Part 1/2

I went to the LA Times Festival of Books (LATFOB) this Sunday and spent too much money on books! Some of these were list price, but I did buy a fair number of them from bargain stands for $4-5, so it wasn’t too bad.
 
 


As always, please let me know which ones you’ve read and which ones you want me to review. Also, sorry for the sideways orientation of the pictures, I’m not sure how to fix that.
 
 – Happy reading!
 Mariel

Impulse Book Buying!

I generally do not buy books on impulse, but I saw that the Barnes and Noble on campus had a bunch of bargain books in the window. Here is what I got:

   

Have any of you read these? I would love to know your thoughts on them. Also, what are your thoughts on impulse buying? 

The Under-appreciated Parts of Books (#1)

I thought I’d do a small series of posts on different parts of books that nobody really pays attention to. I don’t know how many of these I will do or if they are even interesting to you, but I think they’re pretty cool. I’m going to start with the colophon, which is that page of technical and legal stuff about the book found near the beginning.

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This one is from the Barnes and Nobles collectors’ edition of The Arabian Nights. This one doesn’t have a ton of information on it, but I thought I’d show it anyway to prove that even super fancy nice books have colophons too.

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This is from a Cassandra Clare book. This one is more interesting, as I noticed that her name is spelled differently on the colophon than on the front cover and on the internet. Also, it has a summary of the book on it, perfectly concise and accurate. Also, it has a list of the genres it belongs to on the bottom, which I also thought was cool.

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This actually came from my AP World History textbook. It contains a dedication, which I thought was kind of weird, as that’s usually a separate page. I included this to show that almost every type of book contains one.

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This is from the Song of Ice and Fire series by George RR Martin. I have the mass-market paperback editions, and I thought it was cool how much info they fit onto one tiny page. Also, the legal warnings on here are pretty interesting to read. The colophon even references itself, citing its designer.

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Here is the colophon of a non-fiction book about the periodic table of elements. It’s concise and contains most of the same info as the others.

Those were just a few examples of colophons from a range of books. I really hope that my interest in them isn’t offputting. I really feel like they say a lot about a book, even if I don’t understand a lot of the legal jargon on them. Tell me what you think of them, and make sure to let me know of your favorite (and unappreciated) aspects of books.

Versatile Blogger Award

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Thank you to Gwen & Kate’s Library for nominating me!

The Rules:

1.) Thank the person who nominated you and link to their blog

2.) Write seven facts about yourself (Since I’ve already shared most of the interesting things about me, these will be random updates)

3.) Link to 15 (or as many as you can) other blogs and let them know you nominated them!

Facts:

1. I have one of the cutest dogs in the world. Here is a picture of her on my bookshelf:

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2. I’m way too addicted to Netflix. I’ve been watching Friends, as I’m super behind on pop culture since I wasn’t allowed to watch TV until I was basically in middle school.

3. I think it’s really annoying how the internet gores crazy around Valentine’s Day. Some people are obsessed with romance, and others love to call it Single Awareness Day. I personally don’t see what the big deal is.

4. I am currently reading I am Malala , and there are so many emotions!!

5. I’m currently in the process of trying to lengthen my attention span and improve my study habits. I used to be super efficient, but I had almost no schoolwork and super bad teachers last year, and I’m not handling the greater amount of work well. That’s also why I haven’t been posting too often.

6. I am an INFJ on the Myers-Briggs scale thing. This is the rarest personality type (because I’m so special)

7. I’m really thankful for all the support everyone who has read my blog and commented and interacted with me.

I Nominate:

Literate Girl in an Illiterate World

Brooke @ Brooke’s Bibliophilic Babblings

Confessions of a Bookaholic

Holiday Book Haul

Hi! So before the holiday season is completely over, I would like to share the books I got from my friends and family! I am very thankful to everyone who got me anything, and I will definitely try to read them soon.

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I just really admire Malala’s courage as she fights for the right to attend school. I really want to know more about her beliefs and her as a person, so I am very excited to have received this book. It’s also good for my resolution to read more widely from different genres.

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I apologize for the weird formatting/orientation of some of these images. Anyway, Afterworlds!! I have been wanting to read this since before it came out! I am so happy that I was able to get a signed copy with deleted chapters! I am reading this right now and enjoying it immensely.

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This is a really cool story anthology in which many of the most famous YA and middle-grade authors are accused of killing a malicious editor. Each of them has a short story in the form of an alibi. I read it as soon as I unwrapped it. It was a really funny and quick read. It’s also the kind of book you don’t have to read in order; it’s possible to skip around and still have a lot of fun reading it.

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I was quite excited to get this! I don’t think I will read it until I collect the entire trilogy, though. I believe it is a historical fiction with weird supernatural elements, but I am not entirely sure. I have had many people strongly recommend it to me, and I have heard nothing but good things about it.

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Finally! I have wanted this book for the longest time! It is another nonfiction, so yay me. As you can see from the cover, it has won many awards, so it has to be good. After I finish reading this, I will definitely watch John Green’s videos about it that he made sometime in the early summer. I haven’t watched them yet in case of spoilers.

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I have heard so much about it, but I don’t know what it’s about. I know that everyone loves it so much, and that’s about it. I am eager to see what all the hype is about. Please tell me if you’ve read this and what you think. I would love to read any non-spoiler reviews.

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I am a violinist. I also really enjoy science and history, especially when they are combined. I have had my eye on this for a while, and I’m really excited to find out more about it. I find genetics so interesting, and this just really seems like my kind of book.

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This trilogy sounds so cool! I love high fantasy, and this sounds like a very well-written one. I have heard many good things about this, especially Graceling. I have read that the other two are mediocre, but I need the whole trilogy anyway, and I want to see for myself. I have started Graceling, and while I like the style, I am so confused. It starts off with Katsa saying that nobody knows of her powers, but in the next chapter, she says that everyone is afraid of her. Someone please explain, maybe I missed something…

Those were the books I got for the holidays!! I would love to hear any opinions if you’ve read any of these books. Also, tell me what you got for the holidays! Sorry if you’re getting bored of all my hauls, but I have just one more coming up soon. I bought a bunch of books for school that I will show you. And then no more book buying for a while. Except the newest Lunar Chronicles book. I need that.

Thank you for reading! See you soon.

Black Friday Book Haul!!

Hi, people!! As promised, I have a large book haul today. My order from BookOutlet finally arrived, and it was totally worth the wait. I have a huge collection of books, and I am not ashamed.

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First of all, I did not buy this first book. This is an ARC, and I have just started reading it. It’s a middle grade book, and other than that I don’t know that much about it. It’s part historical fiction, but I think there is some that takes place in the present. Also, magical realism.

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I remember trying to read this a few years ago, and I couldn’t get into it. When I saw them on BookOutlet, I just randomly decided to give them a try again. I’m happy about this purchase, but I got them in regular hardcover and library binding, so only one of them has a dust jacket. Oh well, they were like $3.

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I’ve heard really good things about this book, and Brandon Sanderson in general. I would have got the Mistborn series, but the American covers are so ugly, so I’m waiting to find the really pretty version. Anyway, this book is either YA or middle grade, and it has a steampunkish vibe from what I can see. I haven’t really read the synopsis on any of these books because I want to go into them blind, so sorry about that.

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I got the second two books in this series, but I don’t have the first one yet. I will read them as soon as I do, because I am so excited to read these books! I don’t remember ever reading a series about time travel. Seriously. I would love any other recommendations.
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I’ve also never read a book about kidnapping, so this will be interesting. I’ve heard that this boo is quite controversial, and I’m interested in seeing what  I think of it. Have any of you read this? I would really like to know your thoughts.
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I’ve already read this book, but I didn’t have a copy of my own, and I really really needed one. The second book is coming out soon, and also, it’s just really pretty.
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I have absolutely no idea what this is about, but I remember someone recommending it to me. Yeah, most of the books I got were impulse purchases, but they make my bookshelf look really pretty!
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I’ve heard some vague but good things about Kelly Armstrong, and I liked the cover of this. I really wish that the red vortex thing on the cover was embossed, though, I was expecting it to be a little nicer. I can’t really complain, though.
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This book, a brand new hardcover with good reviews, was less than a dollar. Why wouldn’t I buy it?? I think this is science fiction, but I’m not entirely sure.
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I absolutely love this cover! I have had my eye on this book for some time now, and the sale was a great excuse to buy it! I will read it soon, hopefully.
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I really liked Confessions of  a Teenage Amnesiac, which is Gabrielle Zevin’s other book. I read it this summer. Anyway, I just thought I’d give one of her other books a try, and it was pretty cheap.
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I got the first book in this series at the beginning of this summer, so I decided to buy the second one. I have no idea how many books there are in this series, so I have no future plans to obtain any more of this series. Their covers match, which is always great, but they don’t appeal to me that much. The comic sans-esque font is kind of worrying.
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This is an unopened trilogy that I got for under $5, so I have little to no regret. Once again, I really don’t know what this is about, but I want more completed series on my shelf.
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I have wanted this book for such a long time! I have heard only great things, and I am so excited to finally have it!!
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I have wanted to read Kiersten White’s books for some time, and a short duology seemed like the perfect place to start!
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This book looks like it’s really suspenseful and/or dark. I really like creepy and dark books, so I hope this book meets my expectations.
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I was really happy to find out that this is actually an autographed copy!! I paid the price for a discount paperback and ended up with this, which was really nice. This also looks like a steampunk type of book as well.

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I ordered the second and third books  in the Luxe series (I already own the first one), and they accidentally sent me two copies of Envy!! I gave the second copy to one of my friends as part of her holiday present, and we are going to try to read the series.
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I have always liked Shannon Hale’s writing, and also this cover is cool! And its blurb is written by Scott Westerfeld, so that’s also really promising!
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I don’t know. I have always really wanted to read this series! I’m disappointed that BookOutlet didn’t have the hardcover of the second book, so I think I will probably try to buy the hardcover if I see it anywhere for a decent price.

That concludes my long haul!! Thanks for having the patience to read this rather long post. If you have any recommendations, requests for reviews, general comments, or you want to tell me what you thought of any of these books, please comment! I really appreciate it. See you soon, hopefully! Today was my last day of finals and I have two weeks off of school. Happy holidays!!

BookBlogWriMo Day 3: Where you Read

Hello, and welcome to day 3 of BookBlogWriMo! I will be discussing where I read today.

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I generally read in my bed, on my sofa, or on my bean bag chair. I can never find the right position, despite my many options and potential setups. I have a convertible beanbag thing. It’s a huge rectangle that can be propped up in several different was or can act as a huge floor cushion thing, but it never has enough stuffing to be really comfortable.

When I’m reading in bed, I prefer lying on my side, which is quite difficult to do while reading a book. This I another factor that discourages me from reading, even though it’s a stupid reason.

That’s about it! Thank you for supporting my blog!