Book Haul: May 2014

I was at Porter Square Books in Cambridge, MA over the weekend and I bought a few books, because that is what you do in a bookstore.  Porter Square Books is small but has a cafe and a really friendly staff so I feel like it is worth the trek over there.

They also always gives you these red bookmarks when you buy a book there.

 Heartless and Timeless are the fourth and fifth books in Gail Carriger's Parasol Protectorate Series.  The series revolves around Alexia Tarabotti, an eccentric, not-so-young woman living in Victorian England who has no soul and who's weapon of choice is an umbrella.  The Parasol Protectorate universe is full of werewolves, vampires and scientists.  The first three books (Soulless, Changeless and Blameless) in the steampunk urban fantasy series were full of the strange and often funny adventures that Alexia often finds herself in.  The only reason I left such a big gap between finishing the third book and getting the fourth book is that I tend to read about six books at once and that can get a little overwhelming.  I decided to buy both books so that I'm not screaming for the last one at the end of the fourth.

This might seem like a strange purchase for a childless adult to buy but I'm a former teacher and old habits die slowly.  I found A is for Activist, by Innosanto Nagara, while digging through the cheap damaged book shelf.  Since it's a board book for little kids it will eventually get destroyed anyway so I think it was worth it.  I love it because it promotes being an active citizen and it is an alphabet book, which is my favorite.

I read A is for Activist over supper the other night because it is a short children's book.  I am itching to start Heartless but that might have to wait a couple more weeks because I just finished the second book in Stephen King's Dark Tower series and because we are borrowing the books from friends and I'm currently only one book ahead of Steve I feel like I need to widen the gap a little just to be on the safe side before I move on to something else.  But I think I'll binge on both Parasol Protectorate books when I do get to them and then it's on to the Manga versions, which I also already have sitting on my bookshelf.

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