Stacking the Shelves and Other Weekly Shenanigans (42)


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. I cannot wait for my epic Book Outlet haul to arrive, but I did get a fun package in the mail that made up for my lack of books for the week!


Thanks to author Adam Silvera!

 20150102_214558Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers (I have been excited to read this one!!)

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (I am totally going to use this as my lending copy- now I not only will tell people to read it; I will lend it to them to be sure they do!)

Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne

The Eye of Minds by James Dashner

World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks

Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick



Purchased: 20150102_214619

Kindle Books (as always, on the cheap!)


For Review:

Via Edelweiss, thanks to Harper Teen:2246559717571215 (and thanks to Kaitlin @ Reading is My Treasure for letting me know that Vanishing Girls was still on EW!)


Weekly Shenanigans

 Happy New Year!! I know it is cliche, but seriously, how is it 2015? I feel so… ancient. Moving on. I read a lot this week! 222916401878291210944842 and 18457362I Remember You and Captive were definitely 4 star reads. I have some mixed feelings on Dove Arising and Survival Colony 9. Neither was bad, I am just… not sure.

And, I put my lovely new Christmas bookcase up! It is small, so I decided to make it into a must-read bookcase for the books I need to get to (because I really want to, not because I have to). Also, I was thinking of stealing my daughter’s bookcase, because she likes to put her books into bins instead of on the shelves, but that seems kind of mean, no? Would you steal the kid’s bookcase? Here’s the books I want to read ASAP:IMG_3796

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Up Next:

So far, I am failing at scheduling, so I don’t know. I want to catch up on comments for sure. I want to post some ARC reviews, since a few books I’ve read are releasing in less than a month. I also want to find a way to incorporate all the amazing bloggers and/or their blogs I follow into my site, but I’m not sure how I want to do that yet.

How did you spend New Year’s Eve? What is your first read of 2015? Is it going well? 

Posted January 3, 2015 by Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight in Blog Recaps / 32 Comments


32 responses to “Stacking the Shelves and Other Weekly Shenanigans (42)

  1. Ah, so many pretty books! I love Lauren Oliver so I’ll be patiently(read: impatiently) waiting for you to read and review Vanishing Girls!

    I think that’s a very good use for your new bookshelf and maybe you could just temporarily “borrow” your daughter’s bookshelf? =)

    My new years eve was spent rewatching Guardians Of The Galaxy and eating way too many leftover Christmas cookies! My first read of the new year is actually a reread….Harry Potter six…but it is my favorite Harry Potter book!

    Hope you’re having an awesome new year so far! =)

    • I am going to ask her. I’ll give her an extra bin. I’ll buy her a purple one or something, MUCH cheaper than a new bookshelf!

      I cannot wait to start Vanishing Girls, but I am trying to be patient since it doesn’t come out for a couple months. I will cave soon, no worries 😉

      Your NYE sounds fun! I wish I made more cookies 😉

  2. Pretty, pretty books. I want to read Vanishing Girls and Things We Know By Heart! I hope that you enjoy all of your new additions! My first read of 2015 is Love Hurts by Malorie Blackman- a collection of love stories. It’s going well so far!

    Happy New Year to you!

  3. AHHH! So many pretty books in this haul of yours. Out of all the books you’ve got, I’ve been really wanting to read IN THE SHADOW OF BLACKBIRDS and VANISHING GIRLS!

    (belated) Happy New Year! What a great way to start 2015.

  4. Awesome haul. I do love the cover for Splintered and Unhinged. You reminded me that I need to read those books. I hope you love all your new books.

    Grace @ Books of Love

  5. OF COURSE YOU WOULD STEAL YOUR DAUGHTER’S BOOKCASE OF COURSE YOU WOULD SHANNON SUCH A BAD PERSON. Just kidding just make sure to ask her first. (My dad replaced my bookshelf with a poopy black one and expected me not to know the different when I came home. I couldn’t say anything though because I don’t even live here anymore. Sadness)

    OK ANYWAYS. THINGS WE KNOW BY HEART. Wow. I can’t wait to read that one gah I haven’t tried anything by Jessi Kirby so that is a problem. AND OF COURSE look at you with your stack of books. I still need to read Unhinged, blah.

    • Oh, I will ask her for sure. Because if I don’t, she’d have a meltdown. No one wants that, for so many reasons. I am sorry about your replacement shelf. What did the other one look like?

      And I know, stack of books, BUT I didn’t buy these, so that’s good! I really want to read Jessi Kirby, because suddenly, I am hearing ALL the good things!

      • IT MATCHED WITH THE REST OF MY FURNITURE. And my dad was like “yeah but I wanted a bookshelf to match with my furniture” and then he proceeded to steal mine >:(

        It was nice and tall and gah. I mean this replacement one is too but it’s black and weird looking

  6. You got this! And you got some awesome books! Woohoo go you! Bahaha! You got your bookshelf from your daughter! That’s hilarious! I mean if she likes putting her books in bins then the bookshelf should be better utilized, so I would totally do the same thing lol! I hope you had a great New Years! 🙂

  7. So many great books! My first book of the new year was Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. I had never read this one and it was a fun read to start off the new year.

  8. I would steal my kids bookshelf. Actually today, my sister was saying “would you eat your kid’s [insert food item here]” and I didn’t hear the ending so I thought she said “would you eat your kid” and I immediately said “well, I don’t know. Maybe. Given the right circumstances.”
    She hit me.
    But still. I worry about my sense of humour.
    And now I have officially disturbed you, I still condone child-bookshelf-stealing, because hey, there’s got to be some perks of being an adult.
    Also: NICE BOOKS.
    I particularly approve of Splintered and Unhinged, of course.

    • Hahahahah I think it was funny. Your sister should know that you most likely won’t eat her offspring. You know, probably not.

      I asked her, and she said I could take the bookcase! As long as I bought her a BIG, purple bin, of course. So score! Bins are like, $10, and that bookcase was $100, so it is a win!

      I also basically purchased Splintered and Unhinged due to your love of them. So there’s that.

  9. Ooh, I LOVE your bookshelf! It’s so pretty! :’) I have The Eye of Minds, The Maze Runner and Grave Mercy on my TBR pile that I really must get to soon!

    Enjoy your new books! 🙂

    Kyra @ Blog of a Bookaholic
    My STS Post!

  10. I LOVED Things We Know By Heart! It was so heart breaking! I may have to go download Vanishing Girls, I’m still a little on the fence because I wasn’t too crazy about her last book, Panic. I hope you have a great week 🙂

    • I actually liked Panic, though not as much as her previous books, but definitely enough to keep me willing to buy anything she writes 😉 I am hoping that Vanishing Girls ends up being good. And I cannot WAIT to read Things We Know By Heart… ugh, I kind of want to read it NOW!

  11. I’m really curious about Splintered and Vanishing Girls, I haven’t read those yet, but they look very good and very appealing (okay, so I do judge a book by the cover A BIT). I may or may not have squeed a little bit when I saw The Hunger Games and The Maze Runner in that pile. I love both series so much.

    • I do judge a bit too- only initially, then I DO read the synopsis 😉 I LOVE The Hunger Games (in an obsessed way, no doubt) so I plan to literally lend it to ANYONE who hasn’t read the book. I’ll send it anywhere, just to get people on board with my fangirling. ANd I enjoyed The Maze Runner too! I am glad I have a physical copy, because I can lend it out too! Plus, it is an ARC of The Maze Runner, which is kind of amazing.

  12. Girl those are all amazing! Congrats on them! Don’t you just love ALL THE BOOKS! I can’t wait to hear what you think about Dove Arising since i’m really looking forward to it!
    ~ Britt @ please feed the bookworm

    • Thanks so much! Dove Arising was decent. There were parts that I REALLY liked, and then parts that really bugged me. I will be posting a full review by the end of this month though!

  13. Congrats on your contest wins! I have a duplicate lending copy of books too! Dove Arising sounded good to me, I’m sorry it didn’t thrill you. I love your new bookcase! That’s a good idea to make it a want to read. lol I’d say ask her to ‘borrow’ her bookcase if she doesn’t need it. 😉 Daughter of Smoke and Bone is so far down!!

    My first read of the new year is the third Generation V book and I’m loving it! I spent New Years Eve being kept awake by the neighbor’s fireworks.

    • Thanks! I hadn’t thought of doing it before, but um, it is a GOOD idea! I am not lending my OWN copies of books out, but I will lend you Adam Silvera’s copy 😉

      And WHAT is with the fireworks!? When did that become a thing? Nope, it is not the 4th of July, it is the middle of the damn winter, so shut up and go to sleep. End grump.

  14. EEEEEEEEE THINGS WE KNOW BY HEART. I adore that books so much <3 *tears of joy*

    Congrats on the win, and I’m excited to hear what you think of Grave Mercy! I haven’t read that series yet, but I think I will soon since I have a chance to meet the author in April 😀

    (Also waiting for my BookOutlet order, and it’s killing me!)

    • Ah, Book Outlet. I hope your lovelies have arrived by now 🙂 I really, REALLY want to read Things We Know by Heart RIGHT NOW, but I know I should not. Hopefully I will be able to read Grave Mercy soon. But likely I won’t. Too many books, not enough time.

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