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Saturday, March 5, 2016

Stacking The Shelves #20

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly feature hosted by Tynga's Reviews.  Go to their blog for a complete list of participants.  There are usually around 100 bloggers each week, which makes it one HUGE blog hop!

It's been a busy week of blogging!  I hosted my second ever giveaway to celebrate my one year Blogiversary!  

Congratulations to CassieRose W. Winner of a $50 Amazon gift card!

I've also done a lot of reading.  I am getting back to my regular reading stride of three books a week, which makes me feel like I am in control and I will start to reduce the number of books in my TBR pile!  And I've begun to listen to audiobooks again.  Listening to these is a great way to read while doing chores around the house or cooking.

Read This Week:





 I loved reading Illuminae!  It was so imaginative, suspenseful and fun to read. 

Audiobooks From The Library:




 
 I am really looking forward to listening to A Darker Shade Of Magic by V.E. Schwab!  I loved her other book, Vicious, so I have high hopes for this book.  I have already started on The Night Circus and I am enjoying it very much.  Jim Dale, who also narrated the Harry Potter series, has such a mesmerizing voice!  Anything he says comes out enchanting.

What books did you get this week?  Which ones are you looking forward to the most?  Let me know in the comments.



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  1. I'm a bit wary of audio books-they are expensive and I'm worried that I won't like the narration. The only audio books I have are the Harry Potter books by Stephen Fry!

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    1. I agree, that's why I only get audiobooks at from the library. I can download them directly onto my phone. I also own all the harry Potter audiobooks! Jim Dale narrates those. But Stephen Fry is also a great narrator (Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galexy, anyone?).

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  2. I don't listen to audiobooks (though I probably will someday) but I hope you love the ones you got this week :) Happy listening!!
    Danielle @ Life With Two Boys

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    1. Thank you, Danielle. I started listening to audiobooks because they were so easy to download from my library. I can listen while I do housework or when I drive.

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  3. Oh, I'm SO glad you liked Ilumminae! I NEED TO BUY IT! NOW!

    Have an awesome time with your new books.

    Aditi @ http://athousandwordsamillionbooks.blogspot.in/

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    1. Yes! Illuminae was such a wonderful book. So creative. You should definitely get it now.

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  4. I keep meaning to buy Illuminae! :-) I hope you enjoy your new books.

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    1. Illuminae looks intimidating due to it's size (599 pages), but it is a really fast read, only taking me two days. Buy it now!

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  5. Nice! I keep debating about Illuminae! Hear good things! Hope you enjoy it too!

    My STS will be up tomorrow so be sure to stop by then!

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

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    1. When I'm not sure about a book, I get it at the library. Honestly, I am singing the praises of Illuminae, but I really wasn't sure I would like it, so I did get it at the library.

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  6. I just finished Illuminae and loved it. I also loved A Darker Shade of Magic. I have The Night Circus sitting on my TBR shelf, but I haven’t gotten to it yet.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. It seems as though we have similar tastes! As I was writing today's post, I noticed that A Darker Side of Magic was a series, and I had a slight moment of panic. Did I get it out of order? I skipped on over to GoodReads to confirm that, yes, this was book 1.

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  7. I have The Night Circus on my TBR-shelf but have yet to find the time to read it. Hope you'll enjoy it. I've heard good things about it :)

    Sya @ Bookish Sya (http://bookishsya.wordpress.com)

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    1. I am enjoying The Night Circus a lot. It is mysterious and has great atmosphere. I hope you like it too.

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  8. Night Circus was amazing. I hope you love all of your new books. Illuminae was great.

    Grace @ Books of Love

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    1. Thank you for stopping by, Grace. I am loving The Night Circus. I am listening to it as an audiobook, being read by Jim Dale. He narrated all the Harry Potter audiobooks, and his voice has such a magical quality that I am entranced when I listen.

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  9. I have Illuminae but I haven't picked it up yet but I keep hearing love for it saying I need to!

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    1. Illuminae is a really original book. i have never read anything like it. I hope you can read it soon and see what I mean.

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  10. I've had Illuminae on my shelf since it was released, but I haven't picked it up yet... It is kind of taunting me, though, so I think I'll get to it soon :)
    Have a wonderful week ahead and happy reading.
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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    1. Thank you, Lexxie. The book is 599 pages, but it goes so quickly that you will be surprised. I hope you like it.

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  11. I have Illuminae, I need to read it happy reading!

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    1. Wow, so many people have Illuminae at home, but haven't read it yet! I it something you could probably read in two days. Fun and imaginative. I hope you love it.

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  12. I need to get round to reading Illuminae. And rereading The Night Circus -- I loooove that book. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

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    1. I just finished The Night Circus today and it was amazing! I listened to it as an audiobook. I was swept up in the story and the romance, not wanting it to end.

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  13. I'm curious to know how A Night Circus is in audio. I read it a couple years ago. Happy reading!

    My StS: http://bambi-unbridled.blogspot.com/2016/03/stackin-shelves-23.html

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    1. The Night Circus is narrated by Jim Dale (who also narrated the Harry Potter series for the US market). I thought the production values were wonderful. I haven't seen the book and now you have me curious about it.

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  14. wow three books a week! that is great! It takes me about a week and a half to finish a book :)
    Illuminae, Darker Shade of Magic... great selections :)

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    1. Well, that's what happens when you don't watch TV, or have hobbies, or sleep... I just love to read.

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  15. Hi - I'd be very curious about A Night Divided. Nice haul. Hope you enjoy them immensely. :)
    @dino0726 from 
    FictionZeal - Impartial, Straightforward Fiction Book Reviews

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    1. Hi Diane. I loved A Night Divided. Some of the students I work with read it for class and so I wanted to know about the book in case they needed help. Well, it turns out that it is such a special book on it's own. Once I started it, I couldn't put it down. Very intense.

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  16. Hi - I'd be very curious about A Night Divided. Nice haul. Hope you enjoy them immensely. :)
    @dino0726 from 
    FictionZeal - Impartial, Straightforward Fiction Book Reviews

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  17. Great audiobook choices! I'll have to add them to my list! I think I'll start with Night Circus first. I've had my eye on that one for a while. I also want to read Illuminae!

    Danica @ A Redheaded Bookworm

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! I've also followed you on Bloglovin' & GFC :) Can't wait to read more posts in the future.

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    1. Thank you, Danica (what a lovely name BTW). The Night Circus was a wonderful audiobook. I just finished it today and I loved it. Illuminae is like no book I have ever read. I hope you read it and love it, too.

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  18. I'm on my library's hold list for Illuminae, I keep hearing such good things about it! And the Night Circus is just amazing, I hope you love it as much as I did!

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    1. It will be worth the wait! I just finished The Night Circus and am in withdrawal right now! I love the turn of the century setting and mysterious circus. Fun!

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  19. Happy one year! I really want to read Illuminae. It sounds so very interesting.

    Great haul! Happy Reading!

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    1. Thank you Stacey. Get a copy and read Illuminae. You will not be sorry.

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  20. Congrats on your one-year blogoversary! Hope you are enjoying the blogging community. I like the look of Girls Like Us. Enjoy! Thanks for visiting my blog.

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    1. Thank you, Laural-Rain. Girls Like Us was very intense. It was good, but it was also disturbing. Read with caution.

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  21. I loved ADSOM - and AGOS! Great adult fiction novels. I hope you enjoy all of your new books!

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

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

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    1. Thank you, Alyssa. I have a few books to read before ADSOM, but I will get to it in a few days. I loved V.E. Schwab's Vicious, so I have high hopes for ADSOM. Have a great week.

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  22. I loved Illuminae SO MUCH! I still need to read A Darker Shade of Magic, I've heard great things so hopefully it'll be as amazing as everyone says it is :D

    Have a great week!

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    1. I am definitely in the Illuminae fan club! It was so original. ADSOM should be fun. I have great hopes for it. Thank you for visiting my blog.

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  23. Great haul!! I really enjoyed The Night Circus and Illuminae is on my TBR list. Happy reading!!

    Thanks for stopping by my STS!

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    1. Thank you, Jacque. Put Illuminae at the top of the TBR list! You won't regret it.

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  24. I don´t know any of those books - but they all look very interesting. Happy reading and have a great week!
    best wishes
    Vi@Gone With The Books

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    1. Thank you for visiting my blog! One of the reasons I like this blog Hop is that I can learn about new books. I hope you try one of these novels and enjoy them as much as I have.

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  25. I've been wanting to read The Night Circus. I've heard it's good. Hope you enjoy your books - looks like a nice haul :) Here's ours: Bibliojunkies Happy reading! ~ Bel

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    1. Hurray for the Library! I wouldn't be able to read as much if I had to but each and every book I read. I like a mix of print, digital, and audio books. It keeps me on my toes. Have a great week.

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  26. I like audiobooks too :-) You picked some good ones to listen to. Enjoy.

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    1. Thank you. I am lucky that I can download audiobooks from my library to my phone. Audiobooks are expensive, so this is the only way to listen to so many great books.

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