Happy Labour Day! What’s in your backpack?

It’s Labour Day and here in most of Canada that means all the kids go back to school tomorrow. (Kicking and screaming optional.)

If I was going back to school, here’s what I might be sneaking into my backpack alongside those brand-new notebooks and shiny new pens.

Books from my To Be Read pile:

anthology – Naked City: Tales of Urban Fantasy
Kelley Armstrong – The Calling
Cassandra Clare – The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones; City of Ashes; City of Glass
John Green – The Fault in Our Stars
Kim Harrison – The Hollows Insider: New fiction, facts, maps, murders, and more in the world of Rachel Morgan
Suzanne McLeod – The Sweet Scent of Blood
Jeanne C. Stein – The Watcher
Amanda Stevens – The Prophet

What’s on the Kobo?

J.C. Daniels – Blade Song (Colbana Files)
Sable Grace – Ascension: A Dark Breed Novel
Suzanne McLeod – The Shifting Price of Prey
Alexandra Sokoloff – Huntress Moon (The Huntress/FBI Thrillers)
Michael P. Spradlin – Blood Riders

By the way, you can get your own Yoda backpack at Think Geek:

Briefs 2008.11.21

* Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier square-off inside an anthology in Zombies vs Unicorns. Larbalestier hates unicorns. Black defends. The result: half the stories will be about zombies, and the other half about unicorns. Coming to a bookshelf near you in 2010 from Simon & Schuster.

* Laurell K Hamilton’s Swallowing Darkness is #3 on the NYT Bestsellers List, but the author is disappointed.

* Jocelynn Drake inked a deal with EOS/HarperCollins for 3 more books in the Dark Days series.

* Speaking of EOS, the giving is still going.

* This vampire staking kit sold at auction for $14,850.

“made around 1800 and complete with stakes, mirrors, a gun with silver bullets, crosses, a Bible, holy water, candles and even garlic, all housed in a American walnut case with a carved cross on top”

Over at Smart Bitches, Sarah wondered how the garlic stayed so fresh.

It is interesting to note the date this box was made precedes both The Vampyre by John Polidori (1819) and Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1897), the two books said to popularize vampires. It is most likely this kit was put together not by a fan of bloodsuckers, but by someone who actually intended to fight or defend against humans purported to be vampires.

A Grab Bag of Stuff – The Memorial Day Edition

Happy Memorial Day!

BOOK REVIEWS

Jes Battis reviews Tithe by Holly Black.

Scooper reviews The Devil You Know by Jenna Black.

Sidhevicious reviews Feast of Fools and spotlights The Morganville Vampire series by Rachel Caine.

Gladiloii and Wendy review From Dead to Worse by Charlaine Harris.

Lurv la Mode reviews Magic Bites and Magic Burns by Ilona Andrews.

CONTESTS/GIVEAWAYS

Jackie Kessler is giving away an ARC of Hotter than Hell here.

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Animal Stories

Earlier this week, Bookslut looked at several books centered around animals, including Charles de Lint’s Dingo, and the anthology Coyote Road: Trickster Tales, edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling, with contributions from authors including Holly Black, Charles de Lint, Kelly Link and Ellen Klages.

Saturday Review Round-Up

Benjamin reviews Jim Butcher’s Small Favor.

The Book Muncher reviews Tithe by Holly Black.

Reviews for Melissa Marr: Wicked Lovely from Book Lady,  and Yvette.

riley_merrick reviews Midnight Alley by Rachel Caine.

Jaye Patrick reviews Vicki Pettersson’s The Taste of Night.

Harriet Klausner reviews Jes Battis’s Night Child.

Jill reviews Patricia Briggs’s Moon Called.

KimP reviews Keri Arthur’s Tempting Evil at the eHarlequin book review blogs. (Now up to  7883 in the 100,000 Book Challenge. Can those numbers be right?)

Maureen reviews House of Cards by C.E. Murphy.

Charles reviews Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison.

Stephanie reviews Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman.

Bestsellers from USA Today

From USA Today‘s 150 bestsellers:

3. Small Favor by Jim Butcher

8. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

18. New Moon by Stephenie Meyer

22. Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer

36. Creation in Death by J.D. Robb

67. Embrace the Night by Karen Chance

106. Midnight Rising by Lara Adrian

139. The Spiderwick Chronicles: The Field Guide by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black

148. Personal Demon by Kelley Armstrong