Friday, April 18, 2008


45. That is the total number of free books I came home from Dallas with. Wowzers! This is my 3rd attendance at the Texas Library Association and I have *never* come home with this many books - probably not even half this many. Have I mentioned I have a problem?

Here are pictures of my stacks of books, with a list under each of what is in it. There were a few real finds!

Stack 1:
The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson
The Murder Notebook by Jonathan Santlofer
The Pirates of Turtle Rock by Richard W. Jennings
Black Pearls: A Faerie Strand by Louise Hawes (this looks great!)
Sexless in the City: A Memoir of Reluctant Chastity by Anna Broadway (this looks horrid and I don't know why I picked it up - I'll send it to the first person who requests it in the comments!)
The Calder Game by Blue Balliett (This is the 3rd in the series that began with Chasing Vermeer - great find!)
Fortune's Magic Farm by Suzanne Selfors
Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment AND School's Out Forever - (the Internet Room at the conference was hosted by Maximum Ride and they handed out these books. Laura has both of them already, so if she doesn't have anyone she wants to give them to, I may give these away here, too. Stay tuned!)
Juicy Pens Thirsty Paper by Sark (the final copy of this will be in full color but the ARC is black and white)

Stack 2:
How to Raise Your Parents: A Teen Girl's Survival Guide
by Sarah O'Leary Burningham
The Golden Bull by Marjorie Cowley
Storyteller by Edward Myers
The Wednesday Sisters by Meg Waite Clayton (this was in the most recent batch of Library Thing Early Review copies, and I had requested it but got matched with a different book instead, so I was glad to see this!)
Prey by Lurlene McDaniel (I saw on my nephew's Facebook account that he likes Lurlene McDaniel's books, so I may send him this as a belated birthday present)
The Wishing Year: A Memoir of Fulfilled Desire by Noelle Oxenhandler
Mexican High by Liza Monroy
The Disappeared by Gloria Whelan
Hurricane Song: A Novel of New Orleans by Paul Volponi
Mariah Mundi: The Midas Box by G.P. Taylor
Frozen Fire by Tim Bowler
Lamplighter (Monster Blood Tattoo Book Two)
by D.M. Cornish

Stack 3:
Life on the Refrigerator Door: Notes Between a Mother and Daughter, a novel
by Alice Kuipers
As If Being 12 3/4 Isn't Bad Enough, My Mother Is Running for President! by Donna Gephart
Water Baby by Ross Campbell (graphic novel)
Tigerheart by Peter David
100 Cupboards by N.D. Wilson (I was so excited to find this!!!)
Hard Gold: The Colorado Gold Rush of 1859: A Tale of the Old West by Avi
No Girls Allowed: Tales of Daring Women Dressed As Men for Love, Freedom and Adventure by Susan Hughes (graphic novel format)
Elf Realm: The Low Road by David Kirk
Poison Ink by Christopher Golden
My Mother Is a French Fry and Further Proof of My Fuzzed-Up Life
by Colleen Sydor
Tomato Girl by Jayne Pupek
Billy Bones: Tales from the Secrets Closet by Christopher Lincoln

Stack 4:
Masterpiece by Elise Broach
Emmy and the Home for Troubled Girls by Lynne Jonell
Larry and the Meaning of Life by Janet Tashjian
Lost Boy by Lina Newbery
Eleven by Patricia Reilly Giff
Love Me Tender by Audrey Couloumbis
Thank You Lucky Stars by Beverly Donofrio
Runemarks by Joanne Harris (this is the first children's book by the author of Chocolat)
Ringside, 1925: Views from the Scopes Trial by Jen Bryant
Burnout by Rebecca Donner and Inaki Miranda (graphic novel)
Girlwood by Claire Dean


Amanda said...

WOW - are ALL of those AREs? I know the Maximum Ride books aren't - but I got those too. I'd be interested in any non-AREs you are willing to donate to our library!

And as for Sexless in the City: A Memoir of Reluctant Chastity - hah! I'll take that! I LIVED that for almost 8 years!

I only got three other books besides the ones mentioned - one an ARE, one not (a teacher's edition of a Narnia book - Prince Caspian I believe, and one paperback Spanish picture book. I did not come to TLA Friday - forgot that I'd turned off the alarm yesterday, and was so wiped out that I overslept.

However, I have made my hotel reservations for Houston!

Somer said...

There are a couple that aren't AREs, so I'm more than happy to send them to you when I'm done with them. I'll send Sexless in the City to you when I send you The Venetian Mask (which I'm having a very hard time getting into).

I (obviously from the time of this post) didn't go to the conference today, either. I was just ready to get home and if I had stayed for the session I wanted to go to I would have gotten home during rush hour.

Carl V. Anderson said...

Wow, that is fantastic! Great for you, it looks from this like you had a wonderful time.

Debi said...

Oh my gosh, I'm so excited! I didn't realize there was a third Calder/Petra book! I LOVED Chasing Vermeer! (I enjoyed The Wright 3, too, but not quite as much.)

What an incredible haul! Can't wait to read all your reviews :)

Lezlie said...

Wow! Nice haul! That will be fun working your way through all those!


Megan said...

Wow! Whatta haul! That should keep you busy for a while!

See - it's those free books, they're just too irresistable! =)

Somer said...

Seriously! Me and free books? There should be a 12-step program! Hello, I'm Somer, and I'm a bookaholic.

alisonwonderland said...

wow! what fun!

tinylittlelibrarian said...

I'm here from Weekly Geeks and I must say, holy dinah - I'm so envious! I think the most books I've come home from a conference with! :)

Little Willow said...

Great mix of titles! Poison Ink by Christopher Golden jumps right out. Total pageturner.

Somer said...

Poison Ink does look good! There are few that I picked up that look blah. I'm planning to do give aways for a lot of these books, so stay tuned!