Stacking the Shelves and Other Weekly Shenanigans (32)


Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. It gives us a chance to share with readers what we bought, borrowed, swapped, won or got for review each week. Since all the books seemed to arrive last week, this week felt a bit lean, though in truth it was perfectly fine.

The Books


Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer  (Purchased)

My Last Kiss by Bethany Neal Thanks to author Bethany Neal and Kaitlin @ Reading Is My Treasure for the giveaway win!

Balance Broken by Hilary Thompson Thanks to author Hilary Thompson, won via Goodreads.

For review from author Autumn Kalquist:




Weekly Shenanigans

It’s been quite a week. My son was in the hospital from Monday-Wednesday for some kind of breathing problem (no one really knows what it was, some kind of virus I guess), but he’s doing much better now. Basically, I have been trying to keep up, and have been (though barely!) for the most part, but I apologize if a comment or two slipped through the cracks!

I didn’t have a ton of time for reading, but since I was almost done with them anyway, I finished 17950614 and 20578610. Of course, I loved UnDivided, and I also really ended up enjoying The Unhappening of Genesis Lee too! And, (this is BIG) I actually DNFed a book. Yes, you should all be proud, I finally had the guts to DNF my first official book.  I tried, but alas, I couldn’t finish 15562682. I did leave a short Goodreads review, just because I felt bad that I’d received it from Netgalley.

On the Blog:

Also, I still have THREE giveaways happening! The October New Release has seven days left (ends 11:59 pm EDT on Halloween!) and the Blogoversary Part 1 and Part 2 go until the beginning of November!

Up Next: 

I have a bunch of reviews that are definitely coming up, including The Unhappening of Genesis Lee, The 52nd, and Creed (just in time for Halloween, of course!).

Anything new and exciting happen to you this week? Any good books? Any books we should stay away from? Let me know, and hope you all have wonderful weekends! 

Posted October 25, 2014 by Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight in Blog Recaps / 41 Comments


41 responses to “Stacking the Shelves and Other Weekly Shenanigans (32)

    • Thanks so much! He is doing much better, thank goodness! This little guy is always giving us a scare 😉

      Belzhar seems to be quite polarizing (which, in truth was why I needed it! That, and I got it for 83 cents!)

  1. Nice haul. Hey don’t feel bad about DNF’g a book. We have all had to DNF a book at some point. I’m trying to be better about requesting, but can’t help myself.


    • Thanks! I am really awful about DNFing, I feel so guilty! And I have kind of DNFed two books recently, though I didn’t “officially” DNF the other 😉 I honestly thought I would like the one, and the other.. I shouldn’t have agreed to review in the first place. But I did it awhile ago, and I have been MUCH better about what I agree to review! (I am with you too- sometimes, we just can’t help ourselves 😉 )

  2. Belzhar looks really interesting! I picked up a copy at BEA, but haven’t had time to read it yet. Soon, hopefully. I really enjoyed My Last Kiss and hope you do as well. I’m so glad you enjoyed How We Fall. I haven’t written my review yet, but it was such a great book!

    Happy reading!

    My StS!

  3. I loved Belzhar, it was a gorgeous dream of a book. I’ve only ever DNF’d three books, two of them were recent. I felt bad, but I figured that maybe those books were just not for me. I really want to read The Unhappening of Genesis Lee, it sounds really good. Happy reading!

    Michelle @ Michelle’s Minions

    My StS

    • Yay, I am so glad that you loved Belzhar! I am the same- I have only DNFed maybe 3 or 4 books EVER, and like, 2 of them were this month. (I am finally admitting that I am never finishing that other review book!) But I agree, some books just aren’t for everyone! Also, I really enjoyed The Unhappening of Genesis Lee, more than I thought I would, so I hope you enjoy it too 🙂

  4. I finally read Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas. It’s really mind-blowing. That ending killed, not only Elise, but me. Looking forward to Dangerous Boys. I’d never miss another great book by this author.
    And I hope for the best for your son. 🙂

    • I did indeed switch to WP! It is a LOT easier to get posts together (which is huge, since time is always an issue) and I like all the options it has that Blogger just doesn’t. And I hated the Blogger commenting system, but when I’d tried IntenseDebate, it ate all my comments pretty regularly. It just seemed like a good time for a switch. Knock on wood, so far so good! And I am excited for Belzhar too 🙂

  5. I’m excited to hear what you think of Belzhar – I really want to read that one! I enjoyed My Last Kiss (and I’ve already gushed to you about Neal Shusterman in other posts!).

    Hope your son is back to normal soon. Over the summer there was a virus going around that was causing a lot of kids to end up in the hospital with breathing problems. I hadn’t heard anything about it recently, but I guess it’s still making its rounds. Poor kiddo!

    • Thanks so much! He is doing much better, so hopefully he will be over it soon. It is scary stuff- I have heard about that virus too (which was one of the main reasons I took him immediately to the doctor!) but luckily that didn’t seem to be the cause!

      And I am glad you enjoyed My Last Kiss! Hopefully Belzhar will be good too. Hope you have a great week 🙂

  6. Wow sounds like you had an interesting week, and not in a good way. I really hope everything’s good with your son!

    Can’t wait to hear what you think of Belzhar as I can’t decide if I want to read it or not! I hope you have better week ahead! =)

    • Thanks so much, he is doing much better now! I will definitely let you know what I think of Belzhar, I plan on reading it soon (my honest reason: it is skinny!). Hope you have a great week too 🙂

  7. Great haul! Sounds like you had a busy week and congrats on DNFing your first book! I know it’s sad but I was actually excited when I DNFed my first book too lol

    • Thanks! And yes- I am excited, how sick is that!? I think it’s more that I actually had the guts to tell myself “this is not working, you are NOT continuing a book you flat out do not like”. It’s somehow kind of liberating 🙂

  8. Oh gosh, I hope your son is okay! That’s really scary. 😐 You shouldn’t apologise for not being around! COME NOW. You had more important things to be doing. *nods* Good luck with Belzhar. *eye twitches* Um….it’s interesting. Sucks about Melt though. 🙁 I nearly DNF’d The Spook’s Apprentice, it was sooo boring in the middle. But then the ending was quite good and gah! Now I don’t know what to rate it. #bookbloggerproblems for sure. 😉

    • Thanks so much, he is doing much better now, so hopefully he stays that way 🙂

      And I am scared about Belzhar. On one hand, I am super excited to read it. But then… half of the people love it, and half hate it!

      I hate trying to decide how to rate books! SO complicated, and it feels important because I know I look at the rating, you know? It’s so weird.

  9. Hope your son is doing a lot better — respiratory infections and the like suck. Me and my sister are really prone to them, and they really knock you flat even if you’re normally pretty strong.

    Anyway, hope you enjoy the new books! Less busy weeks are the Librarian In The Sky’s way of giving you a chance to catch up… (Totally being flippant there.)

    • Thanks so much! He is doing better 🙂 And I know what you mean, I have asthma and even the most mundane cold can lead to a huge infection, and fast. I was hoping he wouldn’t end up having anything like that, but alas he seems to!

      Hahah I love the Librarian in the Sky thing! And it’s true- I am so, so behind, I think I needed a “slow” week!

  10. Belzhar is Amazing! I loved this to pieces and honestly I wasn’t going to read this because I’m not a fan of the cover but now I definitely do. I really have to learn not to judge a book by its cover!

    So what did you think of The Unhappening of Gensis Lee? I’m really looking forward to review and rating on this one 🙂

    Mimi @M&EM Read YA

    • Yay, I am so glad you loved it! I am nervous but excited to read it 🙂

      I really liked The Unhappening of Genesis Lee! I was pleasantly surprised. I think I will be posting my review on November 1 😉

  11. I’m excited to see what you think of Belzhar, I have seen many different thoughts here and there! Also, I haven’t been able to update that much because of so much work and life in general. But I will try to finish some books soon!

  12. N’aw, hope he’s feel better now! Sucks they couldn’t actually tell you what it was though. 🙁 I’ve been wanting to read Belzhar and My Last Kiss for a while but I’ve read both good and negative on both, so I still haven’t made up my mind, haha. AND YOUR FIRST OFFICIAL DNF, I AM SO PROUD. 😉 I read Trust Me, I’m Lying this week, that started off so good and then about halfway nope, started annoying me. It was still good read and everything but for me the plot was a run around. Hope you have a good week! 🙂

  13. I’m really excited to read Belzhar and My Last Kiss some time. Aw, I’m so sorry about your son. 🙁 I’ve been having some breathing problems as well so I can relate. It’s too bad they weren’t sure what it was.

    I know what you mean about having should already read series, I have several series I should have already read by now. I finally started Throne of Glass today. Have a great week.

  14. I’m glad to hear your son’s doing better. That must have been scary. I’m glad you enjoyed Genesis Lee. (And UnDivided of course, but I have a feeling you knew you’d like that one) Congrats on not finishing a book! I had a fairly average week with one great book! (Griever’s Mark) I’m starting a novella next. (Fallen souls, because the book Soulbound is coming out soon and it looks good. I thought this would be a good way to see if I like the author’s style.) I hope you have a good weekend and your kid keeps feeling better.

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