Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 83

I realized that this is my second book haul posting in a week. You’re probably thinking, what the heck? Does she not do anything else but shop for books? I just…I went to the bookstore to pick up All Our Yesterdays, thinking that it’s out already but when I got there, it wasn’t. So of course, I didn’t want to come out of there empty-handed. I saw a couple of new releases and the rest…well.

Anyway, I got one book for review this week, and it’s from a publishing house that’s new to me. It was sent by House of Anansi Press. Upon investigation, I found out that they’re affiliated with HarperCollins. It’s always a nice surprise when I get a book in the mail that I didn’t request. This book is especially wonderful because it’s written by a Canadian author. I’m a few pages in and infinitely taken with it.

Kolia by Perrine LeBlanc

It’s not a very long book (only 161 pages). It’s basically a story about a boy who grew up in the harsh conditions of Gulag prison. He didn’t commit any crime other than the fact that he was born there. I’ve got to be honest. After reading The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult, I’m not really looking forward to reading another book about oppression. But I’m reserving my judgment until I read the entire thing. The good news is, the author seems to be telling Kolia’s story in a manner that softens the harshness of the Siberian prison. If you can believe it, it’s light-hearted almost. Anyway, thank you, House of Anansi for this wonderful surprise!

The rest of my haul consists of books that I’ve picked up from the bookshop. There’s one that might raise some brows.

Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews is one of those classic novels that you’re either going to love or hate. It’s the story of a brother and sister who falls in love with each other. Some say, Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma was a copycat of this novel. And that may be true. But again, I’m reserving judgement till I read it. I’m morbidly curious, that’s for sure.

The Returned by Jason Mott pinged my radar when it was reviewed by Scott Reads It. Ever since then, I was taken. It also helps that it’s about to become a tv series and the trailer, I kid you not, gave me goosebumps. Anyway, I’m looking forward to reading this.

Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan is another one of those I must, must, must have and read asap. Sadly, I’ve never read any of David’s work but this one has me intrigued. I’m into a couple of pages and I must say, his writing is out of this world. He’s so prolific. His work is the type that will have you spending some time clearing up the cobwebs in your noggins because it’s the only way you’re ever going to fully enjoy what it is you’re reading.

I’ve picked up three adult fiction this week: Save Yourself by Kelly Braffet, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloane and Me, Who Dove into the Heart of the World by Sabina Berman.

And of course, my weekly haul will not be complete if I didn’t pick up some YA: Just Like Fate by Suzanne Young and Cat Patrick, The Fall of Five by Pittacus Lore, and Gated by Amy Christine Parker. 

Two teen boys kissing
and a girl that speaks dolphin
aliens and siblings
trapped in the attic
a boy born in prison
colder than the Arctic
so many good reads
I’m all giddy and frantic