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Saturday, April 1, 2017

Stacking The Shelves #75 & Sunday Post #38




I am combining two great blog hops:  Stacking The Shelves (a Saturday feature by Team Tynga's Reviews), and Sunday Post (a Sunday feature by the Caffeinated Book Reviewer).  Both of these features give people a chance to post about what books they received and also an opportunity to catch a glimpse of what others are excited about.  I really enjoy see everyone's version of these features! If you enjoy my blog, please consider following me via Bloglovin, Networked Blogs, GFC, or by email subscription.  If you leave a comment and tell me you are a new follower, I will follow you back! As always, all book cover images are linked to GoodReads so if you see a book you want to learn more about, just click away...


On The Blog Last Week:

I continued to get a bunch of hits for my review of The Last Days of Magic.  I'm unsure why...  But I'll take the views.  

I also got to go to a fun author event at a wonderful independent bookstore in Oakland.  Although I've read a lot this week, I continue to struggle with writing my reviews.  I will be getting more posts up after this weekend!


via GIPHY

 
New Books:
Bought:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28449207-strange-the-dreamer?ac=1&from_search=truehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23341894-every-last-word?ac=1&from_search=true
I was so happy to go to an author event at A Great Good Place For Books, in Oakland, California.  We got to meet Laini Taylor and Tamara Ireland Stone.  


Laini was so nice to my daughter, Jenny, who had just finished the Daughter Of Smoke & Bone series hours earlier!  I loved how she talked about how each writer has their own journey.  I feel better with my own writing knowing that Laini takes her a long time to get her manuscripts finished.

Public Library:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25164304-of-fire-and-stars?from_search=true

From The Author:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31495130-we-are-okay
My daughter is the one who actually received this audio book.  She has already read (and loved this book), and is excited for us to listen to this together on our drives to school.  But, she "warned" me: "Mom, there are some F-bombs and make out scenes!"  I assured her I will be okay with it.

What books did you get this week?  Have you read any of these books?  Give me some opinions of them in the comments section, please.
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  1. Oh nice! It's been almost 2 months since my last signing...I don't like that feeling! Lol!! Glad you had a nice time! Nice new reads too! Hope you enjoy them all!

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

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

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  2. Thank you, Jessica. I love going to that particular bookstore because it is super tiny. You really get up close to the authors for a more personal experience. Have a fun week of reading.

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  3. You always go to such fun events. I really need to read a Laini Taylor book. I read part of one for a lecture I attended, and I liked it a lot. Have a great week!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. I haven't started it yet, but Laini is such a vivid storyteller that I am sure to like it. I try to go to these events because I know I can't afford to go to the really awesome book conventions that many bloggers go to. Have a wonderful week.

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  4. Both of the books you bought this week are ones I have heard so much hype about. I hope they turn out good because I want to end up reading them too.

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    1. Yes, I agree. I try not to spend too much on books, so when I buy one, I really want to be happy about the experience. Have a great week.

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  5. Don't feel bad - reviews are hard! It takes me forever to write mine. -_- I loved Strange the Dreamer and Every Last Word! What a great author pairing, for an event. I hope you enjoy all of your new books!

    Have a fabulous weekend, Ardis. =)

    Check out my STS post!

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    1. Thank you for the encouragement, Alyssa. This weekend needs to be all about writing (um, and cleaning, cooking, grocery shopping, yard work, and driving kids everywhere, too). Finding time to be creative can be a challenge. Have a wonderful week.

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  6. I understand about struggling to get reviews written. I had a book read by Sunday, but didn't write the review until Friday. By the time I got home from work each day, I was too tired and didn't feel like writing a review.

    Have a great week of reading (and writing reviews)!

    My STS

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    1. That's my struggle, as well. I need to get better at this because if I don't write the review soon after reading, I forget what I wanted to say about it! But sometimes, I just want to keep reading... Have a great week.

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  7. Aahhh, I want Strange the Dreamer, and Of Fire and Stars! Hope you enjoy!

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    1. I've just started Of Fire and Stars, and I think it will be wonderful. I have to read it quickly due to the fact that it's a library book. Have a great week of reading.

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  8. It's so cool that you can share something like that with you daughter. What a great week you've had. I'm off to follow your blog right now!

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    1. Thank you, Barb. It's become sort of a fun tradition now to go to these events with my daughter. It's funny that these are mostly YA events, but the audience is mostly adults! There are very few actual teens in attendance. But, the authors often hone in on those teens and are very kind to them. Have a great week.

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  9. I've been really struggling with writing my reviews lately too. It's frustrating! I know how I felt about the book but I've been having such a hard time putting it into works. I hope you love all of your new books, especially Strange the Dreamer. I haven't gotten to read it yet, but I've heard so many great things about it. Have a great week!

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    1. yes, I feel really insecure about my review writing. I guess that practice makes perfect though, right? I am very excited to read Strange The Dreamer. Have a wonderful week.

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  10. Glad that you had a great time at the book event. I'm curious about "Strange The Dreamer". I've read lots of good reviews so far. I want to read what you think about it.
    What were your favorites in March?
    Anyway, I'm following you on twitter.
    I hope you have a great week. :)

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    1. My favorite book for March was Caraval. It was so imaginative and beautifully written. I got to go to an event for Stephanie Garber and she was delightful, talking about how long her journey towards publication was. Thank you for following me, and I hope we can talk more in the months ahead!

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  11. What a great author event! I love that you are your daughter are reading the same books. I have a teenager and she loves all the books I get and we have fun with it together. It makes it even more fun. Enjoy all of your new books!

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    1. I started reading YA because of my daughter. I really wanted to know what she was reading. Then she went through a non-reading phase due to school keeping her so busy. But now, (possible due to my nagging) she is back to reading lots of books!!! I'm happy for you that you can share all this with your daughter, too! Have a great week.

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  12. I so rarely go to author events, but I enjoy them when I do. I am glad you were able to go to such a fun one! I know what you mean about review writing. I have been having a hard time as of late too. I haven't had a chance to read Laini Taylor yet, but I hope to this year. Tamara Ireland Stone's book sounds good too. I'm not at all familiar with her, I'm afraid. I hope you have a great week, Ardis!

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    1. If you like fantasy books, you must drop everything and read Laini Taylor's Daughter Of Smoke and Bone series. It is amazing! I have also only heard about Tamara Ireland Stone, but now I really want to read her book. It turns out that she and I have kids that are going to the same schools! She is a local mom, and I want to support local writers. Have a wonderful week, and thank you for checking out my blog.

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  13. The signings sound like a lot of fun. I haven't been to one in a while. :-(
    sherry @ fundinmental Sunday Memes

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    1. I'm really fortunate to live in the SF Bay where there are so many events. But, the flip side of it is that there are no big book conventions anywhere near here. The closest one is in L.A. and I estimated it would cost around $1000 to go to a two day event. I just don't have that kind of cash. So these events will have to be enough. There is on event, The Bay Area Book Festival in June, so I will try to attend that one. But I wish I could go to ones like YallWest or BookitCon. Have a great week.

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  14. Laini Taylor is a fun author. She's really unique. Happy reading! I'm a blog follower and you can find my post for StS here if you'd like to stop by.

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    1. Yes, I love Laini's writing. I will start her book this week. Thank you so much for following my blog. I will be checking out your post today. Have a fun week.

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  15. Aw, that's so cute that she warned you about the swearing and making out! LOL I didn't realize you were a Bay Area blogger---I sadly don't make it to too many events anymore, but maybe we'll run into each other some day!

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    1. I don't go to too many book events, but it's the only way for me to see authors. I would love to go to events like YallWest (in L.A.), but I can't afford to take the time off of work. I look forward to The Bay Area Book Festival in June in Berkeley, though. Have a great week.

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  16. I love meeting authors. The pink hair is so lovely!

    http://readerbuzz.blogspot.com/2017/04/poem-in-your-pocket-day-deweys.html

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    1. Laini said that she has had pink hair for 10 years now! That's dedication. I wish I could attend more events, but I do as many as I can. Thanks for stopping by.

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  17. Sounds like you had a fun time. Have a great week!

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    1. Thank you Yvonne. I try to get to these events a few times a month, if possible. They are fun, but also informative. I learn so much and it inspires me to read and write even more. Have a wonderful week.

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  18. Nice post....nice blog!!

    Have a good upcoming week.

    Elizabeth
    Silver's Reviews
    My Blog

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    1. Thank you, Elizabeth. I will be sure to check out your blog, too! Have a great week.

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  19. How cool that you got to meet Laini! I'm excited to read Strange the Dreamer, but also have a feeling I won't get to it until this summer. I love that your daughter warned you about language--that's cute. Happy reading!

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    1. Yes, she was worried. But I am fine with stuff like that in a book (as long as the sexy stuff isn't too graphic). I love that we have similar tastes in books and can enjoy them and talk about them. Have a great week.

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  20. Wow! You got to meet Laini Taylor! That's so awesome!


    Here’s my Sunday Post!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog and join in this week’s Book Photo Sundays!

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  21. I've heard Laini Taylor is amazing! How fun to get to meet her! Isn't it funny when a random post gets all kinds of hits? I had a review for an older Julia Quinn that's gotten a ridiculous number of hits and I have no idea why. Still like you said - I'll take the views! Have a great week!

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  22. Lovely haul! :-) So many different books to explore!

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