Friday, October 16, 2009

A Visit From The Book Fairy

I had a visit from my very own personal book fairy two days ago. By no fault of hers, we hadn't seen each other in about a year. That whole "renovation-addition-living in a one bedroom apartment with my family of five-thing" threw me for a loop and I didn't spend so much time visiting with friends over the last year. I did exchange a ton of email, text, IM, and good old fashioned phone calls during that time, though. But finally my book fairy and I got together this week for lunch and cupcakes. I seriously have got to stay far away from that shop downtown. I'm letting three visits in one month slide because it's my birthday month and all, but no more. Cupcakes will not help me beat those hills.

So in exchange for a cupcake and a trip to my local Trader Joe's <--live near one of these and friends will find all kinds of excuses to come visit you, my book fairy gave me a very generous stack of some really awesome books. Check out this stack of books!

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The books in RED are books that I'm so excited to read, but I'm truthfully interested in reading every single one of these!

On the left, from left to right:
Liar* by Justine Larbalestier
Girl In The Arena by Lise Haines
Dreaming Anastasia by Joy Preble
Indiscreet by Carolyn Jewel
With Seduction In Mind by Laura Lee Guhrke
When Seducing A Duke by Kathryn Smith

The stack in the middle, from bottom to top:
Renegade Hunter by Lynsay Sands
Finding The Lost by Shannon K. Butcher
Winter Kiss by Deborah Cooke
Dark Curse by Christine Feehan
Lucan by Susan Kearney
Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire
Seduced by Shadows by Jessa Slade
Demon Forged by Meljean Brook
Skin Game by Ava Gray

On the right, from left to right:
Dark Slayer by Christine Feehan
The Black Dagger Brotherhood: An Insider's Guide** by J.R. Ward

*My book fairy's copy of Liar is an ARC version with the original cover art (shown left) before the publisher changed it to a more accurate portrayal of the main character who is a young black girl (shown right), a decision I understand made as a result of readers or other book people upset. Of course, it would have been ideal for Bloomsbury to use cover art of a young black girl from the start, but I still think it's great that Bloomsbury followed through with a correction and changed the art. Considering the controversy over the cover art and its resultant change, the ARC with the original cover art is somewhat of a collector's item, so this one is a loaner and will be returned to my book fairy after I've finished reading it.

**The Black Dagger Brotherhood: An Insider's Guide by J.R. Ward is a book that I asked my book fairy to buy for me at the NJ RWA Literacy Signing last year, and she had even got it signed for me by the author.

There are a handful of others she gave me, but I didn't include them in the photo. One was a Sherrilyn Kenyon hardcover of a paperback I already own, and the others were middle grade books that I'll pass on to my 10 year old.

Isn't my book fairy the greatest? Thank you, book fairy!!! *muah!*


  1. Wasn't the book fairy nice to you! That's a pretty great haul there, my friend. Enjoy them!

  2. Very nice. :) I am looking forward to The Girl in the Arena - I can't wait for your review. :)

    Have a wonderful weekend.


  3. I think that I'd like a book fairy now...:)

  4. Gotta love that book fairy Christine!

    You enjoy...


  5. Duuuuuude! Where can I get a book fairy like that??? *mwuah* Enjoy them all...BDB Insider's Guide was a hoot! :)

  6. You're book fairy is a book goddess! That loot is like jaw dropping.

    How was she able to get so many ARCs?

  7. Sweet! I love it and totally want a book fairy too!

  8. Wow, you're book fairy must be awesome!! :D Lots of new books there :D

  9. Um, so where do you sign up for a book fairy?

    Very nice stash of books you have there. Enjoy!

  10. Thank you, everyone, for checking out my fairy loot!

    I am very lucky indeed to have such a wonderful book fairy. I don't take it for granted in the least. : )

    Michelle: I will let you know when I get to The Girl in the Arena. My reading pace slows down dramatically from September to the end of the year, so I don't know when I'll get to it, though.

    Terri!!! It's so good to see your comment! How are you? We should meet for coffee. I'm swearing off cupcakes, though... ; )

    I <3 Book Gossip: My book fairy is a book goddess! I believe she gets a lot of ARCs because she reviews for quite a few romance review sites and has been doing so for several years now.

  11. Your book fairy is a doll! Those must be some cupcakes, Christine... we want the recipe, lolol!

    Hmmm.. I'm looking forward to Skin Game by Gray, can't wait to read that one. That's just lovely, so glad for you. :)

  12. What a nice book fairy you have! Great haul, Christine. Have fun reading them. :)

  13. So many pretties. Enjoy Christine!

    I'm looking forward to reading Girl in the Arena and Rosemary & Rue :)

  14. Hilcia ~ Oh, the cupcakes were store bought at a cupcake shop. Did you see the pictures? Scroll down a few posts and click on the bakery display for the big picture. Mmmm!

    I'm looking forward to SKIN GAME, too.

    Taja ~ My book fairy is very good to me, indeed! :)

    orannia ~ GIRL IN THE ARENA sounds fascinating, doesn't it? I hope to read it soon. ROSEMARY AND RUE, as well. Heck, I want to read all of them asap!

  15. Wow, you have some great books there. I just read Katie's review of Indiscreet and it sounds really good. Also, I can't wait to hear your thoughts on Skin Game!

  16. Jill ~ I think I definitely have to put Skin Game at the top of my TBR as so many readers are interested in it. It should be my duty to report on it since I do have it early, after all. ;)


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