Lootz: Mogsy’s Book Haul

This first book haul post of the new year is also going to be a short one given how we’ve all been in holiday mode for the last couple weeks, but nonetheless some fantastic looking new arrivals have showed up in the mail recently and I’m excited to feature them:

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Foxglove Summer – I dropped everything to read this book the moment it arrived. You may have already seen the five-star review I posted of it yesterday, but in case you missed it, YEAH I LOVED IT. My thanks to Penguin for sending me a review copy.

Originator – I own several of the books in the Cassandra Kresnov series and have reviewed one in the past, and I was recently informed that Originator is going to be the final installment! Big thanks to Pyr Books for sending this one to me and making sure that I will not be missing the grand finale!

A Crown for Cold Silver – Not two days after I jumped on the  digital ARC Orbit sent me for this book, to my great surprise I found an actual physical copy waiting on my doorstep as well. Not that I mind, since I do enjoy the feel of a paper book in my hands and I get a kick out of the tagline on that cover. Seriously, Orbit Books, you guys spoil me silly and I love you for it.

Prudence – And speaking of Orbit spoiling me silly, they also surprised me completely with this ARC showing up in the mail a couple days before Christmas. I’ve only read one book by Gail Carriger and that would be Soulless, the first book of her Parasol Protectorate, but I’m more than happy and willing to start a new chapter in this world with Alexia Tarabotti’s daughter, all grown up and ready to star in her own series.

Back to the Backlist

I don’t have too many bookish resolutions for the new year, but there is one big one I intend to work on: to take more time to catch up with previously published books, especially in my personal reading pile. This works well with my other resolution: to be more prudent when it comes to making and accepting review copy requests. For most of 2014 I found myself struggling to catch up with the review pile — and as you know, I make the effort to read every review copy that comes my way and I don’t DNF. Anyway, I’m hoping not to overwhelm myself again in 2015.

So I think going back to the backlist will be a good thing. I’ll still be reading a lot, and hopefully with less pressure. There are a lot of older releases I’m interested in that I couldn’t find the time to check out, not to mention a lot of series to catch up on. I can’t promise everything I read in this new feature will get reviewed, since it really depends on the blog schedule, the time I have available, and whether or not I even have anything to say about the book. But if nothing else, I figure this will be the perfect chance to feature some titles that didn’t make it into my past Book Haul posts, either because I borrowed them from the library, or because I picked them up randomly and simply forgot.

Okay, enough of my babbling. On tap this week from the backlist bar is:

Two Serpents Rise Cursed Moon

Two Serpents Rise and Cursed Moon – Admittedly, I have ulterior motives for reading these, since I have the third installments for-review when it comes to both these series. Like I said, I make an effort to read every review book that comes my way, even the unsolicited titles (also knowing full well it could be a Sisyphean task…but I can still try). Obviously I can’t get to Full Fathom Five (Craft Sequence #3) or Deadly Spells (Prospero’s War #3)  if I don’t catch up first! And let’s face it, there’s so much good stuff being said about both these series, I should be catching up regardless of any circumstances.

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31 Comments on “Lootz: Mogsy’s Book Haul

  1. Ah gladstone and Wells, I liked them. I’m so jealous about Prudence, I want to know how it is! So curious and like that I can know if I have to buy it. Happy reading!

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    • I should read more of Gail Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate series, but I enjoyed what I’ve seen. Looking forward to Prudence and hoping it’ll offer the same entertainment but also be different 🙂

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  2. Ok if “Back to the Backlist” is your title for the Backlist books you’ll be reading, it’s fantastic! I myself am trying to come up with a catchy title since I’m planning on doing something similar this year. I’m very jealous of A Crown for Cold Silver. Hope it turns out to be as good as everyone’s saying:-D

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    • I’ll probably use that name just for this section of my Book Lootz posts – I’m planning on lining up backlist titles for every week. But for the reviews, I’ll use Backlist Burndown which is the one Lisa at Tenacious Reader has invited us to use (and I like that one!)

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    • Most likely the geographical restrictions, yeah. Wendy, who is in Canada, also encounters those problems with publishers every once in a while.

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  3. All the wants. I need to carry on with the Aaronovitch novels – I’ve only read the first which I really enjoyed but then seemed to put to one side!
    A great lot of books.
    Lynn 😀

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    • They get better! Or at least I thought book two was just as good as book one. I’m really enjoying it as the story and characters get developed more.

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    • I know what you mean. I enjoyed Soulless, but it was a bit too heavy on the romance for my tastes. I have book two in my TBR but I haven’t been in a rush to get to it. Hoping Prudence will be different enough from that series, but still bring the good stuff 🙂

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    • I’m probably not going to reach the goal of reading everything, but I haven’t given up! Even as it keeps growing, every book I read off the to-be-reviewed pile helps 🙂

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  4. You got some gorgeous books here, lots of new ones for me that I will surely be checking out on GR as soon as I finish commenting XD I WILL be reading some Gail Carriger in 2015, mark my words!

    ARCs took the backburner for me in 2014 too, and since I’m such a mood reader, forcing myself on a schedule leads to book slumps for this lady. So I like your plan of reading more personal pile in the new year! Happy new year!! Here’s to lots of good books for 2015 😀 xx

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    • Yep, looks like a lot of folks are trying to hit their backlist more this year, and why not! There are a ton of books I “missed” in 2014, not to mention before that too!

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  5. OMG PRUDENCE. You must read it and love it! I don’t have an ARC copy but I do have it pre-ordered. 😉 Hopefully it’s amazing but if nothing else I know it’s gonna be a laugh b/c Gail Carriger is hilarious. I still need to read Two Serpents Rise, I’ve heard nothing but good things.

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    • I hadn’t even really heard about Prudence until I saw it around the blogs (like yours, I think I saw it on a WoW one time) and so I was absolutely floored when it showed up! I’m quite excited for it now, thanks to all of you 🙂

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