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Saturday, August 5, 2017

Stacking The shelves #92 & Sunday Post #55

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:
New Books:
Public Library:

I'm very excited to get these books!  One of my friends has recommended The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley, by Hannah Tinti, and I can't wait to listen to the audio book of The Princess Diarist, by Carrie Fisher.  I got The Nightingale so my husband could read it.  It was one of my favorite books of last year.  I'm trying out the Reawakened series by Colleen Houck, because I got the third book, Reunited, from Penguin Random House for review. 
Penguin Random House:
This is a copy from the publisher to give to a friend.  I already have a person in mind to give it to.  This is a fabulous book!  It's kind of like Game of Thrones, without all the rape-y bits!  Strong female characters, and wonderful world building.
I'm feeling a little overwhelmed with reading right now.  Even after two years of blogging, I still need to balance the number of books I accept to review.  It is really difficult to resist all these wonderful new titles, but I also have plenty of books that I already own that I want to read.  I think after I clear out most of the ARCs in the queue, I will focus on just reading the books I have!
In Real Life:
Summer School is in full swing, and we just wrapped up the first week.  There's only two more weeks of summer left!  Then school will begin and it will be back to going to bed at 10pm and waking up at Stupid O'clock!  
Take the time to enjoy the last few weeks!  Take a walk, go to the beach, have a BBQ!  Read some great books!  What will you do to relish the last of summer?
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  1. Ooh nice! I really enjoyed Recreated! Colleen's books are always so fun! And surprisingly, educational! Lol! Which yeah, I learn a bit with nearly every book I read, but I always feel like hers are so rich with different mythologies and whatnot! 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. Thanks, Jessica. I haven't started the series, so I put the two first books on hold (I have the other from the publisher). And, of course, the library gives me the second book first! I am hoping that by Tuesday, the first book will be in and I can start this series. Have a wonderful week.

  2. The Nightingale = so, many, tears! I ugly cried. It was beautiful. I am actually looking forward to seeing the film, though I am a little scared too.

    1. Yes! I loved this book, and checked it out again so my husband could read it. I think I will sneak in a re-read of it as well. I ripped though it last time, it was so amazing. I agree that I hope they do the book justice with the movie version. Thanks for stopping by.

  3. I really want to read Age of Myths, it sounds amazing! I've wanted to read some of Colleen Houk's books for a while now, but I never found them near me so I never did. Happy reading!

    Here's my STS!

    1. Thanks for stopping by Rekha. If I am going to try out a new author, I get the book from the library first. Then if I love it, I will buy it. I really enjoyed the world-building in Age Of Myth. I hope you can find a copy and read it soon.

  4. I loved The Princess Diarist and The Nightingale...and just downloaded The Address. I enjoyed The Dollhouse, so I knew I had to grab this one.

    Thanks for sharing, and here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

    1. I loved The Address. I have read several books lately with the device of past and present alternating chapters. Sometimes it doesn't work because one story isn't as interesting as the other. In The Address, both stories could have been their own book. I hope you enjoy it.

  5. I can't believe it's almost school time. Thanks heavens I don't have to prepare. Looks like you got some great books. I LOVE using the library but they are remodeling ours so it will be closed a few weeks. Good thing I've got quite a bit checked out already so I won't go through withdrawal.

    1. My library is redoing their parking lot, so their is no place to park! I have to go to a different branch in another city if I have to pick up a physical copy. That's why this Summer I have read mostly E-Books. Hopefully, the construction will be completed soon (it's been almost a year!).

  6. I have The Nightingale on my list to purchase, I heard it was wonderful, and it's great to see it was one of your favorites :) I also need to start reading the books I already have, I have so many great ones to get to. Enjoy your day and all your new reads :)

    1. I know the struggle between reading what you already have and getting a book you really, really want! That's why I am starting to ask for less ARCs on NetGalley. I am going to limit myself to four requests per month. That way, I will have time to actually read the books I have! I wish there were more time in the day for reading so I could tear through my list (sigh).

  7. Very nice haul of books this week. Hope you enjoy all of your new books.

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Grace. Have a wonderful week!

  8. Oooo, you got a lot of cool books! I'm intrigued by Age of Myths - I'm glad you liked it. I hope you enjoy all of your new books!

    Have a wonderful weekend, Ardis. =)

    Check out my STS post!

    1. Thank you, Alyssa. Read Age Of Myth. It is one of my favorite books series. The author has committed to releasing more books in the series faster so we don't have to wait years between books (Game Of Thrones...Ahem). Have a lovely week.

  9. Enjoy these last two weeks. And I hope you enjoy all of these new books as well. Yay, The Nightingale!!! I've heard great things about it. The reviews have been awesome. I hope you enjoy it.

    Have a wonderful week and happy reading. ❤️

    1. Even though I just urged someone to read Age Of Myth, I must say to run, don't walk, to get a copy of The Nightingale. It is amazing. I think there will be a movie version of it soon, but I know the book will be better! Have a great week.

  10. I have heard great things about The Nightingale. Have a great week.

    1. If you love historical fiction, or WWWII stories, you will love The Nightingale. It is truly incredible. Thank you for stopping by. Have a fun week.

  11. Age of Myth sounds really good Ardis! I hope your friend will appreciate you thinking of him/her!

    We start school on the 28th, so we still have some more time. And there's no summer school in Switzerland... which is both good and bad, I guess. If students fail a class or two, instead of being able to take summer class, they have to redo the whole year. So for them it would definitely be helpful. I'm quite happy to know no one can ever try to talk me into teaching summer school, though, because I would probably end up saying 'yes'...
    Have a wonderful week ahead and happy reading.
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

    1. Thank you for stopping by! I'm glad you have a few more weeks of summer. I am already finishing my last week of summer school. then we have a week off and the regular school year begins!!! I'm excited to find out who I will be working with, and wonder what the kids will be like now that they are a year older. I love Elementary school because everything is new to the students. Enjoy your summer!

  12. Age of Myth sounds fantastic! I'll check it out. The Nightingale has been on my radar for a while now. I should get to it!

    1. Yes, both books are wonderful. I think The Nightingale will be a movie, so you should try to read it beforehand. Thank you for stopping by, and have a wonderful week of reading.

  13. You picked up some pretty great book this week. Happy reading.

    Jenea's Book Obsession's Sunday Post

    1. Thank you, Jenea. I hope you get to enjoy some good reading time this week!

  14. I think that is the best description of a book ever: "its like game of thrones without all the rape-y bits!" I love that!
    Hope you have a good start to the school year. That transition into getting up early is SO TOUGH!

  15. Oooh! You got some good books this week! The Nightingale looks pretty interesting!

    Here’s my Sunday Post !

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

  16. Thank you for the recommendation on Age of Myth; I've been debating whether to read that one. And The Princess Diarist sounds fun, especially if it is read by Carrie Fisher. (Checking, I see it's read by her and her daughter, Billie Lourd.)

    I'm so familiar with that "blogger's dilemma." Every year, I debate whether to stop requesting ARCs altogether and just read what I already own, or at least what's on my TBR list. And every year, I can't bring myself to do it, because there are so many new books that I also want to read.

    Have a great week!

  17. This is awesome! :)

    Check out my Sunday Post at El’s Book Reviews! I truly appreciate it!

    Hope you have a great day!

    - El @ El's Book Reviews

  18. Two more weeks, nooo, don't break my bubble! It's like the summer weather only started here NOW. And it's already almost over, noooo!
    Also, you've grabbed some great books! Enjoy :)


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