Stacking the Shelves #14

Posted October 27, 2012 by Kara in Stacking the Shelves / 32 Comments

Welcome to Stacking the Shelves. Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga at Tynga’s Reviews. This is where we showcase books we have received or bought during the week.

This week I went to Books A Million and bought a ton. I generally try to avoid bookstores, because once I hold a book in my hand, it’s pretty much over. But since the husband offered to take me there, I accepted. Who wouldn’t? He probably didn’t expect it to be this bad, but I warned him it had been a while since I bought and there were a ton of new releases I wanted. The bottom seven books in the photo are all recent releases. Also, are you all aware of the cost of books these days? There is no way in HELL I am paying 17 dollars for a 200 page hardcover. I’ll get it on my Kindle, thank you very much.

Speaking of the Kindle, I bought some e-books books this week because they were on special and I am ALWAYS looking out for Kindle specials. So I have a lot to show you this week. 

I guess let’s start with what I bought from top to bottom:
Sweep: Volume 1 and Sweep: Volume 2 by Cate Tiernan

Why: Mostly because of my love for Balefire. I have had my eye on this series for awhile but I always wanted to buy them together and they were never EVER in stores together. This is still not the entire series. There are three more books. But…at least I have book one and two and I can read a big chunk out of it. I really like the way this author write about witches, so this should be good.
Bliss by Lauren Myracle

Why: Because she is one of my top 5 YA authors. I don’t love everything she writes. That whole TTYL series was terrible, but I do love Shine and Peace, Love, and Baby Ducks. So I thought I would take a chance. Plus, the blurb really makes me want to read it and I have had this one on my tbr for some time. 

Anything But Ordinary by Lara Avery

Why: See this book in person and tell me you don’t buy it. That shade of blue. The velvet embossed cover. It’s absolutely gorgeous. I know the reviews for this one are not the greatest so far, but I really wanted to read it because of the subject matter. And I DID say I would start trying to read more contemporary. And since it interests me, I picked it up since a lot of contemporary blurbs do nothing for me. 


Why: Because I gave the first book 5 stars. Which I admit now may be a bit of an overrating on my part; it’s more of like a 4. But…I still really liked it. Be very afraid, Mr. Knight. My expectations are super-duper high after the awesomeness that was Wildefire and Ashline. Oh, and another velvet embossed cover!


Why: The cover is actually really pretty but that’s not why I bought it. This one was all about the blurb and setting. I’ll admit that the reviews for this aren’t great, but nobody I trust has even reviewed it so I’m kind of throwing those reviews out the window. If I don’t know you, I don’t trust you. So I am hoping this one is as good as it sounds.


Why: I am always on the look out for interesting middle grade reads. This one sounds great and the cover and book spine are absolutely brilliantly rendered. And they are even more attractive in person. I’ll admit the blurb only kinda grabs me, but there are also some good reviews from reviewers I trust and that definitely helped hook me into buying it. 

Lucid by Adrienne Stoltz

Why: I love purple covers. It is one of my favorite colors. But that’s not why I bought this. It was all because of Blythe from Finding Bliss in Books and Giselle from Xpresso Reads. They raved about it so I grabbed it.


Why: I don’t know. I saw some of the interviews the author did and she just sounds like a creative bad-ass and I really wanted to read this book. The blurb really grabs me and once again, how could I pass up a possibly fun middle grade read?

The Other Normals by Ned Vizzini

Why: I like a lot of so-called boy books. Like The Maze Runner Series, The Enemy by Charlie Higson, Insignia by S.J. Kincaid, etc. I know there are more but I am drawing a blank. This sounded like another one I might like. I actually favor male protagonists over female protagonists in my ya. It’s just that so many female protags are whine this and whine that and the boys have more variation in their personality. So yeah. I liked the blurb too and that’s why I bought this one. 

Now onto the e-books. There are just 3 this week. 

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Mistle Child (The Undertakers #2) by Ari Berk (Thanks to the author)

Why: First of all, this is my only review book this week. I also adored the first book in the series and I think it was my favorite read of 2011. That book was just so fucking special and unique and everything I look for in my literature. I cannot WAIT to dig into this one. Soon!

Shifting by Bethany Wiggins

Why: It was the Kindle Daily Deal and it has been on my tbr for what seems like forever. That cover is awful though.

Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George

Why: Again, Kindle Daily Deal. Plus rave reviews and the fact that it sounds like a fun middle grade. I’m all in for this one.

And that is it for me this week. Phewwwww! Leave me a link and I will come visit your posts! Happy reading!

32 responses to “Stacking the Shelves #14

  1. Amy

    Wow that is an epic haul!! So many awesome books!! I just let my neighbor borrow The Sinister Sweetness of Splendid Academy. I actually haven’t read it yet. I am his own little personal library. Actually I think I have a bigger selection of MG and YA than our local library does lol! I really want to get Cavendish too it sounds awesome!!

  2. Wow, what an awesome haul! Good luck deciding which to read first, though Lucid sounds amazing! Happy reading. ^.^ If you would like to check out my Stacking the Shelves you can do so here. 🙂

    • Everyone is loving Lucid. And to be honest, I probably won’t read most of these until next year! I have over 300 books on my shelf that I own and haven’t read yet. *gulp*

  3. Great books! I’m the same — once there’s a book in my hand, it’s all downhill from there! I love bookstores and really have to stay away.

    I just saw Lucid over on Jenni’s blog! I requested it from the library because I’ve heard so many good things. 🙂

    And yes, $17 is kind of a ridiculous price!

    Enjoy all your reads!

  4. Sam

    I’ve heard brilliant things about The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls and Lucid. I need to grab copies of those myself! Can’t wait to hear your thoughts. 🙂

  5. Fantastic books, Kara! I find that I like a lot of boyish books myself so always on the lookout for a good one. (Insignia was gorgeous, for example) By the way, I’ve already recommended this one to Christina, but I think you’d like it too. Just finished another boyish book that was absolutely awesome: Planesrunner by Ian McDonald, so if you have a chance to read it, do have a go. Enjoy you fab reads!

  6. Incredible haul this week, Kara! I picked up Lucid as well, so I can’t WAIT to dive into it! I’ve been hearing so many good things about it, so I’m sure it’ll be excellent. I’m curious to see what you think of Anything But Ordinary though. I love the cover and synopsis, but haven’t read too many mind-blown reviews, so I’ll wait to see what you think before picking it up. Also, I hope you enjoy The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls! It’s been receiving some rave ratings, so I’ll need to pick it up for sure! Happy Reading! 😀

    • Thank you! I can’t wait to read Lucid either. I hope I can get to it soon. I’ve heard the same things about Anything But Ordinary, but it was one of those books I had to get and form my own opinion on. I wanted to read it so badly. And though I will probably be disappointed, I had to do it anyway. I can’t wait to read Cavendish either.

  7. Eeep. Look at all these lovelies. Where to start? Uhm I bought Cate Tiernan’s Sweep series and have yet to read them. I also have her Balefire (I might jump on that right away since you loved it) and again, unread. Anything But Ordinary was pretty ordinary 🙂 and I’m dying to read The Edge of Nowhere. I think I have that book somewhere as well.

    Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!

    xoxo

    • Cate Tiernan is the SHIT. I can’t wait to see what you think of Balefire and I can’t WAIT to read Sweet.

      I am hearing ordinary things about Ordinary. LOL!

      I laugh when you say flippantly, “Oh I think I have that book around here somewhere.” You are swimming in books, aren’t you? Hahaha!

  8. YES!! You got Lucid! I’m excited to see what you think that book is a complete mind fuck!! The first half reads more like a love story/contemp though but believe me you’ll get the crazies soon enough! 😉 Yay for a great week! I’m the same as you, if touch a book at the book store, I just can’t put it back you know! I blame it on subliminal messages. They play them silently in the speakers! *looks around nervously*

  9. Hooray for treating yourself to books! You definitely would not want to shop for books here, some paperbacks are $35… yes paperbacks! Don’t even think about buying hardbacks here ($30-50)

    Most of these are new to me and I hope you enjoy making your way through this stack!

  10. Holy book shopping Batman! I went to B&N yesterday and bought five with some gift cards. Embers & Echoes! Lucid! These are the ones I most want from your haul, though I approve of most of your picks (not that there are some I disapprove of, but I’d never really heard of Bliss.)

    Agree with you on the cover of Shifting which is horrid.

    Also, so glad you got the sequel to Night Watch, because I know how much you loved that.

    • I hope you got some good books!

      I KNOW. I am AWFUL. Bliss is like the only other Lauren Myracle book I have not read yet and she is one of my favorite contemporary authors. It’s an older book.

      Thanks! I am so glad I got Mistle Child. So excited to read it!

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