Stacking the Shelves #1

Posted May 11, 2012 by Kara in Stacking the Shelves / 26 Comments

Stacking the Shelves is a new meme hosted by Tynga at Tynga’s Reviews. This blog is no longer participating in IMM, and I’m sure everyone can figure out why. I thought I would do a vlog this week because I have sooo many books to show, so I apologize in advance for the scariness of my face. And I am so not fishing for compliments here. HA. Almost all of these books are purchases (don’t tell my husband), but I will specify when they aren’t. Actually, I just checked and there are more books for review than I thought there were. Turns out I haven’t done a haul video since the end of March. Links to every book in the video are down underneath the video. 

For Review: 

The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker (currently reading)
The Loners (Quarantine #1) by Lex Thomas (NetGalley)
Ashen Winter (Ashfall #2) by Mike Mullin (NetGalley)
Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama (NetGalley)
Dark Companion by Marta Acosta (NetGalley)
Silver by Talia Vance (NetGalley)
Glitch (Glitch #1) by Heather Anastasiu (NetGalley)
Beyond: A Ghost Story by Graham McNamee (NetGalley)
Unspoken (The Lynburn Legacy #1) by Sarah Rees Brennan (NetGalley)


Earthseed (Seed #1) by Pamela Sargent
Demonglass (Hex Hall #2) by Rachel Hawkins
Belles (Belles #1) by Jen Calonita
The Last Princess by Galaxy Craze
Trafficked by Kim Purcell
The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth
Unravelling by Elizabeth Norris
Carpathia by Matt Forbeck
Storm (Elementals #1) by Brigid Kemmerer
Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross
Storybound by Marissa Burt
The Summer of No Regrets by Katherine Grace Bond
Silence (The Queen of the Dead #1) by Michelle Sagara West
Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson
Insurgent (Divergent #2) by Veronica Roth
In Honor by Jessi Kirby
What She Left Behind by Tracy Bilen
Hemlock (Hemlock #1) by Kathleen Peacock

WOW. I know that is a lot of books. It’s a month’s worth of books, but even so, that’s still a lot. But I promised myself that I would reduce the amount of review books I took on. I’m tired of the stress, pressure, and yet I am still constantly hearing that bloggers don’t sell books. And this is frustrating to me. So if that’s how publishers and authors feel, I’ve just decided for the most part, from here on out, to read what I want. That way I don’t owe anyone any marketing or book sales. I don’t think they realize how much we spend on books a month. Look above for a CLUE. Also, I pay for out-of-pocket giveaways almost every month on this blog. I have one running right now. So please. SHOW BLOGGERS SOME FREAKING RESPECT. There are bad apples in every bunch, just like there are shitty authors and shitty publishers. Don’t paint us all with the same brush. If I seem a little angry, it’s because I hear it constantly from different sources. And I am so utterly tired of hearing this bullsh*t. I’m tired of being underappreciated for the work I do. My solution is to read my own books. No mess, no stress.

26 responses to “Stacking the Shelves #1

  1. Awww, at first I was all happy: look at all the books. Then I was all sad.

    I haven’t personally heard the bloggers don’t sell books thing, but I’ve seen it bandied about on internet forums and the like. I see why people might think we’re just taking free things and keeping them, which, honestly, sometimes happens. BUT we also review them, which is why if you go to Goodreads or Shelfari or LibraryThing or Amazon or Google, you’ll find tons of different reviews of a book if you’re deciding whether you want to read it. Before I started blogging, I rarely read book blogs regularly, but I often googled and read reviews to make a decision.

    Also, I definitely think I buy more new books now than I did before I began blogging. I’ve always been a Goodwill/used book store book buyer. Now, I try to buy one or two new ones a month, sadly (for my desire for pretties) those go to my readers not to me.

    You can also still get books from conferences, since those tend to be pretty string-free, or have been in my experience.

    • Thank you. I agree with you. I see how others may perceive us, but the fact of the matter is that MOST book bloggers are respectful and awesome. Most of us aren’t just in it for the free books. THIS is my life. For the most part. And hearing negative things upsets the shit out of me. I spend A LOT of money on books. I just sold a few books to other bloggers THIS week. So don’t tell me I don’t sell books. Because that is BULLSHIT.

    • I totally just bought a book BECAUSE OF YOU today. 🙂 To be fair, I wouldn’t have if it had been at my library (or likely to be there any time soon), but doesn’t change the fact that you made me want it enough that I got it on my Kindle.

  2. I Hunt Killers and Sweet Evil are awesome!! I won In Honor & Kill Me Softly recently and I can’t wait for them to show up because they looks soooo good! I really enjoyed the Immortal Beloved but more so enjoyed the second books Darkness falls, so I can’t wait to see what you think of that one.

    I thought I went crazy that one day on Kobo, but I’ve got nothing on you. And I agree with you, the amound of money I spend on books is utterly frightening. And all the giveaways I have ever had on my blog (which is only 3 but still) have been giveaway that I hosted completely out of pocket because I loved the books.

    I think that what you are doing this year with your 5 Star Giveaways is amazing and you should be recognized for that.

    Great vlog, my post will go up tomorrow morning 🙂

    • Thank you, Jenni! I thought I had already commented on this, but it’s not showing up. So thank you. And I hope you win one of the 5 star giveaways. I hope you all do. I have another starting on the 15th for Shadows on the Moon by Zoe Marriott. I’m trying to do 2 of them a month, but it all depends on if I think they are worthy of 5 stars or not. I’ll be around later or tomorrow to check out your mailboxes. Love you both.

  3. “Ohmysweetgoodness” what a fantastic month..this is why i do my Sunday Post weekly..otherwise I’d have to see on one page how many books i buy a month..hehehe. I also realized ..i bought all but five of the books you did and a few you didn’t…Royal Street is a great urban fantasy by the way..hope you enjoy it. My Sunday Post was comes out on Sundays, but here is the link to my last The Sunday Post

    • I’m glad you liked Royal Street! There is so much UF I always want to read but I never get around to it. I’m wondering if they have a UF reading challenge I can do for 2013. That would be IDEAL for me.I will be by to check out your mailbox this evening, probably!

  4. Amy

    Awesome haul!! Well said chick!! I don’t think that a lot of people realize how much time and effort really goes into reading and reviewing a book and keeping up with our blogs. I really need to start taking more time to read all the books I keep buying and not getting time to read. I take on too much and it has gotten a bit overwhelming lately. I am actually going to put myself on a book buying ban for a little while until I can just catch up with review books, and get to some of my huge pile of books I have been dying to read since I bought them. Of course there will be exceptions 😉

    • Good on you, Amy. I’ve done the opposite. I am actually putting myself on a review books bad. Maybe not a ban, but I am severely limiting what I take in and request for NetGalley. That way I can get that number down and finally read some of my own books. We all invest so much money and time and it would just be nice to be recognized for it once in awhile instead of hearing all the negative things I have been hearing.

  5. Your dog is so cute, Kara!

    I appreciate everything you do as a reviewer. You know that, but I wanted to say it publicly again. I think you *should* limit the books you review to those you *want* to read. There’s nothing wrong with that, and you’ll have a much better chance of actually enjoying the books that way. Rock on, my friend!

    PS – I’m reading Royal Street (yes, I’m actually reading a book!) right now. Can’t wait to hear what you think about it. 🙂

    • I know you do, Kendall! Thanks for being so awesome! Oooh, and please let me know what you think about Royal Street. I can’t wait to get this review pile down so I can read ANYTHING I want.

  6. I love that you showed us your dog, she makes the same woowoo bark that our dog used to make <3

    And wowsers, you got a great bunch of books this month, Kara! I love seeing all the hardbacks, they look so nice compared to paperbacks!

  7. Holy shit Kara you RAIDED the stores! 😀 I don’t blame you for reading your own books. Don’t EVER feed bad for reading what you want to read. But I completely disagree bloggers DO sell books. In fact, I heard as much from Rhiannon Frater she got an email saying so from her publicist! I don’t know about authors, but I think most publishers do recognize and appreciate how much influence bloggers have. Anyways. Wonderful haul! I’m super excited fro Ashen Winter, Ashfall was one of my fav reads last year and one of my most memorable still. I rarely remember books as vividly as I do that one!!

    Love your face, Kara!

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