Sunday, February 22, 2009

My New Crayons (4)

Check out our latest feature, My New Crayons. Every Sunday, I'll share what books I acquired for the week. When I was little, I loved getting new crayons. Loved all the different colors. I was obsessed with the different shades of colors. Today, my obsession is books, and I love books full of color. I read primarily books by women, women of color, multicultural literature and books that explore issues of diversity. I get a lot of books from trading sites like paperbackswap and frugal reader, the library, contests and even a few for review. Since I can't review every book I receive or already have on my bookshelf, I'm going to share my new crayons with you here.

Feel free to comment. If you'd like to share your what received for the week, create a post on your blog on Sunday or close to it, and leave us a link in the comment section. Check here to see what others have added to their box of crayolas.

This week I didn't get anything in the mail but I did receive a gift card for my birthday and a 40% off coupon from Borders. I was one happy sister when I walked into the bookstore. I picked up:

Battle of Jericho by Sharon Draper
We're currently giving away a copy of November Blues by Ms. Draper for readers who linked to our contest or became followers here. Battle is the prequel. Adding this to our Prize Bucket.

The Warriors of Distinction has been the school's most exclusive club for 50 years, so when 16-year-old Jericho is asked to pledge, he's excited--and intimidated. He is also disappointed after he realizes that he'll have to give up a music competition because he can't miss a night of the initiation week. When the ceremony turns cruel--with the one girl pledge being singled out for abuse--Jericho begins to have second thoughts. Then the affair turns deadly.

Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
I picked up this 2009 Printz winner because of Doret's review at The Happy Nappy Bookseller. Haven't decided if this will go in our Prize Bucket or on our library shelf.
Treat yourself to a mini Melina Marchetta marathon. Then you'll understand why I love her writing so much. Marchetta's first two novels have a Laurie Hale Anderson/Sarah Dessen feel to them.

Red River by Lalita Tademy
We received a review for our Black History Month Writers' Contest. Adding this to our Prize Bucket.
In 1873 in the small southern town of Colfax, Louisiana, history tells us there was a riot. The Tademy family knows different. "1873. Wasn't no riot like they say. It was a massacre..." The blacks are newly free, just beginning life under Reconstruction, with all its promises of equity, the right to vote, to own property and, most importantly, to decide their own future as individuals. Federal Government troops are supposed to arrive to protect the rights of the colored people--but they are not yet on the scene.

Kushiel’s Scion by Jacqueline Carey
This is going in our Prize Bucket . A friend of mine read the first book in this series and spoke very highly of it. It's adult fantasy. Some content.
The magnificent fourth book in Carey's Kushiel's Legacy series marks the start of a new trilogy set in Terre d'Ange, the author's reimagined Renaissance world… Traitorous parents, the curse of Kushiel's blood in his veins, and the unspeakable crimes he endured while a child slave severely damaged Imriel. Feeling tainted and incapable of goodness, he fears he will misuse Kushiel's gift.


Anonymous said...

You mentioned a couple of the book swap sites here. I've not done them -yet- and I'm wondering if you can mention some distinctions they have, or particular features you've come to like on the ones you use? I'm pretty certain I'm going to join one and probably only one as it sounds like this could get time consuming. Thanks!

Color Online said...

Hi campbele, how much time you spend trading doesn't have to be time-consuming. However, if you are addicted to books like I am , you may be in trouble. The actual time it takes to ship books is a matter of minutes. You receive notices in your email when you have a request or you can check your account. Frugal is a the smaller of the two. The pluses of this site is that members can provide detail about the condition of the book they are offering for swap and credits differ based on type: 1 credit of paperback and 2 credits for hardcover. Frugal hosts author chats. There are forums where you can join a particular genre group to get priority on new listings and there is a Wheels/Deals forum where members offer specials like 2/1 on orders.

Paperback is more established. Has a couple thousand members so the selection and diversity of books is greater here. All books trade at 1 credit. Search option works really well here. There is a Bazaar forum for deals. You can't find details about the book condition on this site.

You earn 1 credit for each book you send out. You pay 1 credit for each book you request. That's the basics.

Some members only trade. Others participate in discussion forums on the site.

I spent quite a bit of time on both sites when joining. One, I'm a social animal. Two, my experience is that it helps to get to know members and they know you. I learn who you might likely have what you want and if people know who you are, they are more inclined to contact you with books you're interested in.

I belong to multiple communities and I do not find either of these sites to be time consuming. I suggest whichever one you join, spend extra time in the beginning on the site to get acclimated. The more time you spend upfront the sooner you'll learn how to navigate the site and identify those who can help you get the books you want.

If you have any more questions, feel free to send me an email

Steph Su said...

Melina Marchetta is an incredible author. I haven't read Jellicoe Road yet but I hope you enjoy it!

Doret said...

You will be confused at the beginning of Jellicoe Road, but stick with it, trust me its worth it.

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