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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Stacking The Shelves #86 & Sunday Post #49

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:
I got so much done this week!  I was able to review several books.  I loved The Practice House, a depression - era historical fiction.  But I was very disappointed in Toward A Secret Sky.  I hate giving poor reviews, because I know how hard it is to get a book to publication.  However, besides being trite and predictable, there was a joke that I found very offensive.  Yes, it was just one joke, but these kinds of things reinforce negative perceptions of students in Special Education.  As I read it, I groaned in disbelief.
In "Real Life":
I started working in summer school this week, and did some tutoring, too!  I love working at a school, but the trade-off is not getting a paycheck for the summer months.  So I am doing babysitting, tutoring, and any other jobs to make up the difference.  So I am keeping busy!

The weather has been super hot this week, so ice cream has been a consistent food group in my house.  But, I am enjoying getting up a bit later than normal, and seeing my husband in the evenings.  Summer is here!

New Books:
Public Library:


Sunday Street Team:



What books did you get this week?  Anything you are super excited about?  Let me know in the comments.
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  1. Nice haul! I just got the Percy Jackson series last week; I can't believe I waited so long to pick them up! Have a great week and happy reading!

    1. I really like all of Rick Riordan's books. Three are now several different series, but all having to do with mythology: Greek, Roman, Egyptian, and his latest Norse. They are so full of wonderfully diverse characters and are meant for middle grade readers. I love them.

  2. Ooh nice! I was just starting to see The Disappearances around a bit. Mostly on Goodreads! Lol! Sounds like a mysterious one! Definitely keeping an eye on it! Hope you enjoy the new reads!

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

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

    1. I'm about 25% done with The Disappearance, and it is really good, so far. It does read as a creepy mystery, with strange happenings around the little town, gossipy neighbors throwing around accusations, and a girl trying to figure it all out.

  3. Enjoy your new books! I’m glad you’re liking work, and that you got some reviews written. I’m way behind on writing mine.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

    1. yes, I feel lucky to be working with kids. They are challenging at times, but also so much fun. It's been hot lately here and I have never seen kids enjoy popsicles as much as they did!

  4. Oh, you got the Rushdie book! Totally awesome. I've been wondering if I should request it too. I haven't read anything else by him yet.
    Also, yeah, I know what you mean about giving negative reviews. But I just try to make them as funny as they can be, so at least the readers enjoy. And if a book is offensive, well, you've got nothing to worry about. It's best to let people know.

    1. I have read a few of his books and they are really beautiful. I must say that this is a case where I think the author, himself, is kind of a jerk. But he is a fabulous writer.
      As to that poor review I did, I hope that more people will be willing to point out that jokes about "Special Ed" are inappropriate. Thanks for stopping by.

  5. Great haul! Enjoy your reading, and I'm curious about The People We Hate at the Wedding.

    Thanks for sharing, and here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

    1. I liked The People We Hate At The Wedding, but it was extremely crude, and some of the main characters were very unlikable. So, I gave it three stars.

  6. Wow! You sure are reading a lot of ARCs! I need to catch up on my ARCs too!

    Here’s my Sunday Post!

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

    1. Yes, I got myself into a pickle, requesting so many books! So now I need to read them all (and review them). I wish I was a faster reader!

  7. Haha Ice cream! Love it and enjoy :) I love Rick Riordan's books but I haven't read the Trials of Apollo yet. Have a great week and happy reading :)
    Inspiration Pie

    1. I enjoy the Rick Riordan books, but this one was a bit formulaic. But his books do inform the reader about mythology, so I think they are fun.

  8. You cannot go wrong with ice cream. It sounds like you are quite busy! Enjoy your new books.

    1. I LOVE ice cream! But I am trying to limit myself to eating it only on super hot days! I have been busy trying to supplement my income with babysitting. But I've only really done it once, so far. It was fun though, so I hope I can do it again.

  9. I was put off the Percy Jackson books because of the way the characters got so childish when hormones kicked in. Wonder if this series does it better as I did like the action and humour.

    1. I agree with your assessment, but I think the series gets better when he introduces the Roman gods. Maybe I am partial because part of the action happens near where I live in the San Francisco Bay Area!


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