The Gift of Trouble Sight and Summer Bookish Delight

BookCon was rich in poetry. That made me happy. There were poetry panels (one with Amanda Lovelace, author of The Witch Doesn’t Burn in this One), poetry booths, poetry signings, even a blackout poetry section. Rommy and I were all smirks and wows (I would’ve been all grins and delighted cackles, but my stitched-up jaw wasn’t in the mood for overly expressive displays of mirth).

I got lots of swag (I shall show you in a bit). I am a bookish swag lover. Not just because free books are magic, but because its one of the ways in which I end up reading books I would’ve never picked up on my own. Since one can never have enough books (and my jaw hurt, so some distraction was in order), my Piano Man and I stopped by the thrift shop and… *drum roll please* I found a copy of Billy Fog, Volume 1: The Gift of Trouble Sight, for a couple of dollars.

I had never seen the series before. But it was love at first creepy murderous kid sight. Here are three pieces that made me giggle darkly:

“She was often found
in the kitchen, curled up
in a drawer, among enormous knives
with razor-sharp blades.”

 

“The little killer was very quiet and cooperative.
In the mornings, she carried out
her theory exercises diligently.”

 

“No scientist could ever hope to find
a better subject for study!
What curious composure!
What an unfathomable obsession!”

 

I added Billy Fog to the wee list I created to join Khaya Ronkainen’s Summer Reading Challenge. You can see the full list here, if you wish. And, of course, I will be adding a few more from my BookCon booty. All the poetry, for sure.

So, my Wicked Luvs, what are you reading this summer? What was the last book you just couldn’t keep your book-loving-self from acquiring? Share your bookish yum with me (yep, my royal bastard of a jaw still needs distracting).

 

The Book of Dust (and my tote bag lust)

“Go places without actually moving.” These words appear on one of the tote bags I got at BookCon. I love the quote because it’s true—books take us to all sorts of wonderful, terrifying, heart-ripping, mind-teasing, entertaining and enlightening… places, and the only thing we must do is read them…

…unless you like to read your favorite books before they are officially out…

…if that’s the case, then there might be a serious amount of moving involved…

…but if you are anything like moi—and Rommy and my Piano Man and the rest of the word lovers who attended BookCon 2017—then you won’t mind the walking one bit.

Let’s see, I got a copy of The Golden Compass, by Philip Pullman, which contains a few pages from The Book of Dust, a new volume in His Dark Materials. Inside the book, I also found a lovely print that celebrates the upcoming publication. Yes, I’m all giggles.

There were other yummy books, too… even some doubling for sharing with you later…

…plus miscellaneous goodies…

…that include audio and electronic books yum for sharing with you… now. Just tell me which one you would like, and it’ll be yours. First tell, first serve… until they are gone.

I will even face my deep greed and the wrath emanating out of my Tote Bag Lust, and share one of my delightful totes, when the sharing of the printed books comes. Unless you are wishing for my banned books or A Clock Work Orange totes. “Mine!”

Oh, and yes… I am an unremorseful ellipsisoholic.

And if you haven’t joined the Beautiful Freaks Fest, well… why not? It will be freaking fantastic and beautifully festive. Emma told me. And I believe in the wisdom of her Groovy Gothic ways. Just follow the link, and help us celebrate wonder and weirdness.