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Saturday, February 6, 2016

Stacking The Shelves #17

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly feature hosted by Tynga's Reviews.  Go there to find the complete list of all the participating blogs.  


Happy Saturday everyone!  I love this feature because I can get a real sense of what bloggers are excited about reading soon.  Last week, I was able to get to look at, and post comments on, about 50 blogs!  This week, I will really amp it up and try and comment on EVERY blog that participates.  Will I succeed?  Well, I am sure to have my work cut out for me as last week over 100 blogs registered on the linky link!  Also, I would love some new followers, so if you like what you see, please follow me and let me know in the comments so I can follow you back.  

Read This Week:



Both books were wonderful, but my favorite read of the week was The Nightingale.  My friends all are reading The Nightingale and after reading it I can see why!  It is such an epic saga of French survival during WWII.  The characters are beautiful and the situations are heartbreaking.  I will post a full review of this amazing book next week on my blog.  But I can tell you now, this will be one of my favorite books of the year.

Acquired from NetGalley:


 I finally got a "Wish Granted" from NetGalley!  I think this is as rare as a unicorn sighting, so I feel really lucky right now!

Won From the YA Contemporary Scavenger Hunt:


 
 I won this wonderful ARC copy book, about a dancer who is dealing with body-image issues, from the 2016 YA Contemporary Scavenger Hunt, run by The Book Belles.  Thank you Author Kathryn Holmes for putting up this prize, signing it, and then getting it to me so quickly!  Immediately upon opening the package the book was snatched up by my teen daughter, so it may be a few days until I actually get to read it.

Book Store Finds:



I found these used books at a fantastic bookstore last Saturday night.  My husband & I had a fun date night that included (yes) a long browse at a cool bookstore!  I already read Mr. Penumbra's 24-hour bookstore, but I want my husband to read it.  And someday, when I have a whole week (or two) to devote to it, I will read all 775 pages of Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell.  It will be a personal reading challenge...

What books did you get this week?  Which ones are you most excited to read?  For me, I am very ready to read How It Feels To Fly.  It looks like a very special YA book.

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  1. OOh nice! Those are some new to me reads! Hope you enjoy them all!

    My STS will be up tomorrow, so be sure to stop by then if you can!

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

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    1. Thank you Jessica! I really likes The Love That Split The World. It was trippy

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  2. I found Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell a very long, very dry book - it could have been great at half the length.

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    1. Yes, we shall see how it reads... Thanks for stopping by.

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    1. Thank you, AJ. I wanted to start How It Feels To Fly but Somebody (my daughter) snagged it just as I opened to envelope! I do have a lot of books to read, so I will have to wait on that one. Have a great week.

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  4. I got Love That Split The World as well. I hope you enjoy your new books.

    Grace @ Books of Love

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    1. I liked The Love That Split The World, but I found it confusing, too. I need to re-read it now that I THINK I understand what went down. I think it is a very unusual book.

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  5. I didn't know that NetGalley actually granted approval wishes! So cool. Enjoy your new books!!

    Stacking the Shelves

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    1. I know, Right? I like Historical Fiction so much, so I think I will really dig this book.

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  6. Good luck on commenting on every blog!! I usually get to 30 before I have to move on to "life" things. Thank you for commenting on mine :).

    I have heard such good things about Nightingale. Great haul, I hope you love your books!

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    1. AS I write this (on a Saturday night), I have gotten to 36 blogs. That is about half of the blogs on the Master list on Tygna's page. I want to read now, so I will try and comment on the other half tomorrow. I loved The Nightingale so much. I hope you read it and love it too.

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  7. Oh I'm looking forward to getting to The Love That Split the World! It's been on my TBR since I heard about it last year!

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    1. The Love That Split The World is a wonderful, strange book. It is kind of timey-wimey and I found it hard to understand at times. But I liked it enough that I will re-read it to try and see if I can fathom it better.

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  8. Great haul this week! I've heard great things about a couple of them :) I hope you love all your new books!! Happy reading :)
    Danielle @ Life With Two Boys

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    1. Thank you, Danielle, I feel lucky to have found this cool bookstore called Pegasus Books that had a fun mix of used and new titles. That was my idea of a romantic date night with the husband!

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  9. I like the look of the Poursuit of Pearls, happy reading!

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    1. Thank you, Melliane. I love Historical Fiction and the 1920's had such great fashion. I think I will like it.

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  10. I still need to read The Nightingale. I did enjoy The Love That Split the World. I have only had a couple of wishes granted on NetGalley but it is a wonderful feeling. I have had a copy of Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell for years but haven't read it yet.

    I just followed you! Have a great week!

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    1. Thank you for the follow Carole. The Nightingale is such a powerful book. I can't imagine what it would be like to like through a war, but by reading books like The Nightingale, I can get a small glimpse of the hardships people endured.

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  11. Wow...a "Wish Granted!" I've never experienced that! Of course, my new blog hasn't really been around long enough to get a reputation at NetGalley, which I assume is necessary to some extent - you know, a nice 95% of hundreds of granted books or something like that. Or maybe just so many followers that your scrolling finger is too bogged down to get past the followers list. But you give me hope. :)

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    1. You would think I would be a blogging powerhouse, right? But, sadly I am far from it. I think I just won a random drawing or something. I have had about 50% of my requests granted on NetGalley. So just start requesting books and see what happens! I have had very poor results with Edelweiss, but NetGalley seems to like me a bit. Thanks for stopping by.

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  12. Looks like a good haul! I love Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, but it's definitely a bit of an epic, haha. I hope you enjoy it.

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    1. Thank you, Nikki. I think I might read Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrel a bit at a time. So it could well take a season to read the darn thing. But I will make a valiant effort.

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  13. I'd love to find time to visit everyone who does STS but I wouldn't have the time-good luck with that challenge! Thanks for taking the time to come and say hello and I hope to see you again!

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    1. Thank you. I visited your blog for the first time last weekend and I think you have a fun blog! I visited 96 blogs over the course of two days! I cannot possibly do that all the time, but it was a fun personal challenge.

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  14. Now I really want to read The Nightingale! I was interested before, but it just sounds so wonderful! Happy reading!

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    1. The Nightingale is a book you will stay up late reading. I couldn't stop thinking about the characters when I had to put the book down to do things, like work at my job. So I got a little obsessed with it.

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  15. Great Haul! You got so many amazing books. Happy reading :)

    Sofia @ SofiaLovesReading

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    1. Thank you Sofia. I enjoyed visiting your blog! Have a great week.

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  16. I also loved The Nightingale...and I have Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore on my Kindle...must read soon!

    Love the cover on The Pursuit of Pearls. Enjoy! Thanks for visiting my blog, and enjoy visiting 100 blogs!

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    1. Thank you Laurel. Mr. Penumbra's 24-hour bookstore is such a fun book, particularly if you want an insider's look at Google! I hope you can read it soon. Have a great week.

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  17. well... hello my new BFF Ardis! I don't know if you visited the other 49 blogs but you did visit mine and you did notice my design and gave me a big compliment. HOW NICE of you!!!
    I kknow I sound like a nut lol But...
    If you visit me again you'll realize why this means so much to me. :)
    I'm obsessed with my blog design, I change it often and crash my blog many times while doing it LOL
    I know I'll visit you often because I see many books I love. I can tell we have similar tastes is books and you definitely have good taste [omg I'm a brat!]
    Now seriously talking, back to the books...
    Funny you feel the same way I do about NetGalley :) Enjoy your granted wish :)
    Looking forward to your review of The Nightingale. I used to be a dancer and didn't meet any dancer that didn't have body image issues so I'll love to give How it feels to Fly a try. Now off to send you a GR friend request :)

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    1. Thank you, Daniela. One of the reasons I do like blog hopping is to see everyone's blog designs. I think it is exciting to see how people express themselves through their blogs. I loved how some of your elements stayed in place on the screen even as I scrolled down the page. Very Cool. I will review The Nightingale next week. Thank you for stopping by.

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  18. I really want to read The Nightingale. I've heard great things about it. I hope you enjoy all your new books! Thanks for visiting my STS! Happy reading!

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    1. Thank you, Kim. The Nightingale is a really special book. I have my work friends to thank for loaning me this book. EVERYONE I work with is reading it! It has been so much fun to read and talk about books with my co-workers! Have a fun week.

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  19. I've seen a lot of reviews for The Love That Split the World! It's not for me, but I am sure it is as good as they say. :D I hope you enjoy all of your new books!

    Thanks for visiting my blog! Have a wonderful week. :)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

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    1. I did like The Love That Split The World, but I must say it was really confusing and made me feel stupid (at times) for not understanding it right away. I enjoy a trippy book, now and then. So I will write a review of it soon. Thanks for stopping by.

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  20. Ooo, good ones. Jonathan Strange is one I struggled part way through. I started watching the tv version and liked it enough to try reading it again.

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    1. I have intentionally stayed away from the TV show so I can read the book first. The sheer size, alone, is very intimidating! But I like a good challenge, so I will dive in. I probably will read it on and off over the course of two months. Have a wonderful week.

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  21. Awesome on the granted wish! I've had two so far! Thanks for stopping by The Cover Contessa

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    1. Wow, TWO Wishes granted? I just thought that the Wish Granted thing was a gimmick! But I loved the cover of The Pursuit of Pearls, so I asked for it. I love Historical Fiction. Have a lovely week of reading.

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  22. I've always loved Kristin Hannah's books. I haven't read any in awhile but I do have The Nightingale waiting. It looks great.

    Hope you have a great week!

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    1. Thank you, Yvonne. You should read The Nightingale sooner, rather than later. It is such a wonderful book. I need to go on GoodReads to see her other works and read more of her novels. Have a fun week.

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  23. Nice haul! The Nightingale sounds great. Happy reading.

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    1. Thank you. I will continue to sing the praises of The Nightingale. It is such a great book about the "shadow war", the war the women who stayed home had to fight to survive. A powerful book. Have a fun reading week.

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  24. Heard great things about The Nightingale.

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    1. Before my co-worker thrust the book in my hands, I had never heard of The Nightingale (shame on me). But it is really a powerful book and makes me sad that, right now, many people are living through wars in other parts of the world.

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  25. Hurray for commenting on a bazillion blogs!! :D I've been interested in The Nightingale, so I'm curious to see what you thought!

    Here's my Weekly Recap!

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    1. High Tracy. I will be writing a review of this book soon. But the short answer is that I LOVED IT!!! The Nightingale is a very powerful book.

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  26. The Nightingale sounds really good, Ardis, I hope you'll enjoy it as much as your friends did!
    You got some other really good-looking books, to, and I hope they'll all be winners.
    Have a wonderful week and happy reading.
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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    1. Thank you Lexxie (What a cool name BTW). I devoured The Nightingale. It was so rich with amazing characters, the dangers of WW II, romance. Everything was superb. Thank you for stopping by.

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  27. Oh wow! Books I haven't seen before! Books I'll have to check out!

    Thanks for stopping by!

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    1. I love blog hopping because I can see so many different points of view. Thank you for coming to my blog.

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  28. I don't read historical fiction very often, but I do recognize a few of these books. Nice haul! I hope you enjoy!

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    1. I love historical Fiction, but I also enjoy Fantasy, Paranormal, Contemporary, Basically any and all books! Have a great week.

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  29. Books I have yet to be introduced too! I'll have to check these out. Great haul!
    Happy Readings!
    -Amanda @ She's Quite Bookish

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    1. Thank you Amanda. I always keep a GoodReads window open on my computer so I can quickly add books to my TBR list that I see on other sights. Have a great week.

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  30. The Nightingale was very good! Hope you enjoy them all. Thanks for visiting!

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    1. Yes, Annette. I loved The Nightingale. It was everything a good Historical Fiction should be. A tragic epic of WWII.

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  31. Such pretty books this week! :D I hope you enjoy them all! I'll have to click over a see your thoughts on Love that Split the World. Thanks for stopping by my blog! :)

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  32. I've seen that Mr. P's Bookstore book everywhere. I really should look into getting a copy.

    Enjoy your new pretties! And thanks for visiting Shell's Stories! XD

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