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Saturday, April 8, 2017

Stacking The Shelves #76 & Sunday Post #39

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:

Personal Stuff:
This has been my Spring Break from working at a school.  While I haven't done anything except drive my kids around, I have been able to read several books!!!  So it's my kind of vacation, after all.
New Books:

Public Library:




Yes, I went a little crazy at the library!  But this is my vacation week & I didn't get to physically go anywhere, so I went on several bookish journeys.


Thank you, Kelsey of MacMillan publishing!  I won this from the blog tour promoting this book!  It looks like so much fun.
Kindle First Program:





That's it for this week.  Have you read any of these books?  Did you enjoy them?  Let me know in the comments.

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  1. Oh wow! Very nice! Yay for the win!! Hope you enjoy all the new reads!

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

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

    1. Thank you, Jessica. I love that you visit me each week. I will check out your blog on Sunday. Have a great weekend.

  2. Awesome books you got! I hope you have a great spring break!

    Here’s my Stacking the Shelves!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

    1. Thank you, Ronyell. It was a "staycation", but I got to read many books, so I enjoyed myself. Have a great week.

  3. I want to read Queens of Geek so bad too, I hadn't even heard of it this week, so cool that you won it! I also want to read Firstlife the book just looks so pretty. I got Girl with the Red Balloon too, it sounds so good and can't wait to read it, hope you like it too!

    1. I just finished Firstlife and will review it in the coming week. I think I will have to wrestle Queens Of Geek away from my teen daughter in order to read it. She snatched it up the moment it came out of the envelope! Have a wonderful week.

  4. I hope you love Queens of Geek! I really did! It was probably my favorite book I read this year so far.

    Have a great weekend!

    1. Oh, now I need to grab it from my daughter. She is reading it right now. We are going to a ComicCon in two weeks, so getting it now was quite timely. Have a great week.

  5. Ooo, Queens of Geek. That cover just pops. Happy reading.

    1. Thank you. We are going to the Silicon Valley ComicCon in two weeks, so I think I should read it first. We had a blast last year, and I think it will be even bigger this year. Have a wonderful week.

  6. Looks like you have some goodies. I need to read Grave Mercy but I did love Firstlife so I hope you enjoy it!

    1. I just finished Firstlife. I liked it, but I had some small issues with it (how many times can one actually die and come back...). It was an audio book, and really enjoyable. Have a wonderful week.

  7. Enjoy your books! They all look so good...and I am especially intrigued by Mrs. Sinclair's Suitcase.

    Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog. I loved that you had watched soaps and admired Agnes Nixon's legacy.

    1. I finished Mrs. Sinclair's suitcase in one day. It was such a wonderful piece of historical fiction. I loved it! I need to get that book about Agnes Nixon. She was so influential in television, and probably one of the first super powerful women in entertainment. There was a character in the movie Tootsie, who I think was based on her, as well. A true pioneer.

  8. I loved Grave Mercy when I read that book. The second book was even better in my opinion. I still need to read the last one in the trilogy. I spent my week of which was during my daughter's spring break with my nose in a book or working on the house. I love weeks like that. Have a great week!

    1. Me too! All I did was read and stay up late. I have to wake up so early normally, that it is such a treat to stay up past 10:30pm! Now I need to get back to a regular schedule or I will have a migraine on the first day back. I love my job, but it is all-consuming when I am in it. Have a great week.

  9. It's always dangerous when I go to the library. I had two reserves come on after I already went this week so I sent my husband. You've got some good looking books this week. I'm curious about Women in the Castle. Have fun reading all your haul.

    1. Thank you, Barb. I need to use my library even more because I just can't afford to buy all the books I read. But here's my problem: I will put books on reserve, and then a bunch of them will come to me all at once! I will be scrambling to get everything read in a timely manner. Oh well, at least I have that resource, right? Have a great week.

  10. It sounds like my kind of vacation too. :-) It was my daughter's spring break as well--alas, not mine. She didn't get nearly as much reading done as she does during the school week, I'm afraid.

    I have been wanting to read Bookishly Ever After for awhile now. It sounds like something I might like. And Grave Mercy for that matter. Mrs. Sinclair's suitcase caught my attention too.

    Both of your NetGalley books sound really good as well. I hope you enjoy all of your new books, Ardis.

    Enjoy your week this week!

    1. W are going to a ComicCon in a few weeks, so we couldn't spend any money this week. So it was books and television (or video games for the kids) that kept us busy. I did get a lot read but wish it could have been more... Have a great week.

  11. A week with more time for reading is my kind of spring-break, too, Ardis :) And you do have some nice books to keep you busy, too.
    I need to check your review for Firstlife :)
    Have a wonderful week ahead and happy reading.
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

    1. I will post my review for Firstlife next week (I need to get to writing it today). I enjoyed it, but had some issues with it, as well. Have a wonderful week.

  12. I haven't read any of these books but I like the sound of them all! :)

    1. Thank you, Stephanie. I liked your blog, such a pretty design! Have a great week.

  13. Awesome haul! Every single book you got looks interesting! I really want to try Grave Mercy sometime, I've been hearing so much about that series over the years, and now I'm really curious about it. Have a great week and happy reading!

    1. I really liked Grave Mercy. After I wrote the review, the author contacted me to clarify something that I was apparently confused about. She did it in such a kind way that I actually appreciated that she reached out to me. Robin LaFevers was incredibly nice! I am waiting for the other two books to arrive at my library and will read them soon. Have a great week.

  14. I keep meaning to read Grave Mercy but haven't got around to it yet. I hope you love your new additions! :-)

  15. I loved Grave Mercy and read it several times since. I need to check, but I'm thinking I never wrote a review! So many of your books look like ones I'd enjoy. Thanks for the introductions!

    My Sunday Post

  16. YAY for spring break! Mine was almost a month ago and honestly I'm still recovering from the week off. I feel like I need a week off from my week off!

    I adored Grave Mercy! That series is one of my favorites. I hope you enjoy all of your new books!

    Have a fantastic week, Ardis. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

  17. Spring break and books are a good combo! And I loved grave Mercy- so much fun!

  18. Spring break is the best! I haven't done much of anything and it has been glorious. I've been meaning to read Grave Mercy for ages, but haven't gotten to it. Happy reading!


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