Stacking the Shelves and Other Weekly Shenanigans (43)


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. Of course, the epic Book Outlet Boxing Day haul came this week! Plus a giveaway win, and two books I am so very excited to read that I purchased, and a book I am excited to review!

Book Outlet Boxing Day Haul


 Other Physical Books:


Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios Won via Eli @ RealityLapse, with thanks to HarperCollins

Loop by Karen Akins

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven


For Review:

Via Edelweiss, thanks to Harper Teen22999153

Weekly Shenanigans (and poll results, AND a challenge!)

I have been lagging behind so, so badly this week! I don’t know why, but I just cannot get it together. I did read, but not a ton sadly. I finished 18584569 and byOf Scars and Stardust was different, while Inherit Midnight was not the best.

On the Blog: 

Poll Results: The results of the poll are in, and by a landslide Insta-love is the most hated bookish sin! (I voted for that one too, so I agree with you guys!) The love triangle was second most hated, and then everything else kind of fell in behind those two. Apparently, no one gets too worked up about Parent-in-YA Syndrome, because it was the only “sin” without any votes! Thanks for playing, everyone, it was fun! The poll is still open, so if you disagree with us, let me know, and I can update again next week!

Don’t forget to link up your discussions and enter the Rafflecopter here!

Up Next:

Challenge Alert!

I am sure a lot of you have heard of this awesome challenge hosted by Nori @ ReadWriteLove28. It’s called the 105 challenge, and it is kind of perfect, because I want to read 115 books, and this one will even give me some wiggle room. I wasn’t going to do any challenges other than Goodreads and the Discussion Challenge, but this one is too perfect for me, so I have to! Here is how I shall be doing mine:

14: EW/NG Review Books

13: Books that I just plain feel like reading “in the moment”

12: 2015 books

11: Physical Books I Already Own (as of January 9)

10: Kindle Books I Already Own

9: Pre Orders

8: Debuts

7: Books Everyone Recommends

6: New To Me Authors

5: Next-in-Series

4: BEA books

3: Rereads

2: Books Chosen by YOU! (I’ll do some kind of poll next week!)

1: Physical ARC (hey, a girl can dream!)

So that’s my challenge! Next week, I actually have ideas in my head, so the whole week is almost planned. Guys, I have even scheduled a post. This is kind of huge.

How was your week? Did you get a Book Outlet Haul? (If so, we want to see!) And are you as woefully behind at everything as I seem to be this week?

Posted January 10, 2015 by Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight in Blog Recaps / 56 Comments


56 responses to “Stacking the Shelves and Other Weekly Shenanigans (43)

  1. Wow, that really is an epic Book Outlet haul! Mine also came in this week(5 books and 1 graphic novel!) and then I preceded to place another(smaller) order on Book Outlet because I found out they had a few more books that I’ve been wanting forever… I also got All The Bright Places and can’t wait to start it.

    I feel like I’m pretty on track this week, but, all that means, is I’m going to fall behind next week! Also, Shannon, I’m signed up for too many challenges why would you showcase another! =)

    Hope you have an awesome week!

    • Hahah thanks! Too much money, of course, but meh. Glad you got yours too! Also… I placed a second order too! Hhahaha. What did you buy? I bought Kiss of Deception and The Book Thief. Budget fail, obviously.

      Sorry! This challenge just fits my goal like, perfectly, so I kind of had to do it 😉 Hope you have a great week too!

      • Yay, I’m glad I’m not the only one! I ordered Poison Princess, Endless Knight(books 1 and 2 of the Arcana Chronicles) and Ask Again Later! Major budget fail, it’s barely the second week of January and I already cheated on my 2 books a month rule! =)

  2. Wow, that’s a lot of books from book outlet. I wish I had bought some. I read Flowers in the Attic and really liked it. I’ve been meaning to read Loop and Exquisite Captive and am so jealous. I definitely want to read All the Bright Places! I’m also doing the 105 challenge good luck.

  3. Don’t you just love BookOutlet? 🙂 The books look great! I’m getting my order next week and I’m so excited! Complicit will be on my shelf then too.

    Good luck on the challenge! I’ve joined that one too.

    Also, I spy a cool button in your sidebar . . . I need to check out this Contemporary Conversations thing. I have a feeling I wouldn’t want to miss out on that!

  4. I am FOREVER sad that Australia doesn’t have things like Book Outlet. I went on their once because I’m a begger for punishment and criiiiied at all those delicious prices. SERIOUSLY. AMAZING. XD Oooh, do I spy All The Bright Places? JFALDKFSAD YOU ARE IN FOR A ROLLER COASTER OF EMOITIONS. I literally just threw that book at my sister today. She was whining that she wasn’t in the mood for Red Rising (which I’d previously thrown) and I said, “Okay, here read this nice contemporary.”
    Mwh ah aha haa ha.
    Broken hearts are coming. XD

    • Well, it is a double edged sword, because then you buy books you will seriously never even read. It empties your wallet, Cait.

      I am 78% done with All the Bright Places and I am SCARED. In fact, yours will probably be the last comment I respond to, because I have to go finish it, for I have been sick with worry all day. What is going to happen to Finch and Violet?!?!

      Also, I had the same issue with Red Rising. I shall try again soon. I love that you inflicted pain on your sister, she thinks she is just reading some fun little book. HA!

  5. That is an amazing haul. I can’t believe how many good books you’ve got from Book Outlet. I hope you enjoy all that you’ve added! (I completely agree that Of Scars and Stardust was different!) Happy Reading! 😀

  6. Awesome haul! I’m still impatiently waiting for my Book Outlet order 🙁

    I got All the Bright Places this week too and I’m really excited to start reading it! I hope you enjoy all of your new books!

  7. Awesome haul! I love seeing all those books together, just waiting for you to find the time to read them 🙂
    I didn’t see your YA sins poll, too bad… I agree with insta-love being a huge no-no, but I also really hate it when there is a big case of absent parents syndrome…
    Have a great weekend and happy reading 🙂

  8. Nice haul!! I can’t wait to read All The Bright Places (even though I hear everyone cries). Exquisite Captive sounds really good. I’ve heard wonderful things about Code Name Verity, I haven’t read Fangirl yet either! Nice haul and good luck with the challenge 🙂

    • Yeah, I mean, my review will post on Friday, but it wasn’t great. The concept was fun, but the execution was a disaster. I hope you have better luck with it!

      And I think I may start Loop tonight, so hopefully it’s good 🙂

  9. Great haul! I got Burn for Burn during one of Book Outlet’s previous sales, but haven’t read it yet. I got Second Chance Summer during the Boxing Day Sale, and actually have planned a buddy read for it, so I’m excited!

    I’m really happy that you decided to join the 105 Challenge- yay! 🙂

    • I was thinking about getting Second Chance Summer too, I have no idea why I didn’t! I’m looking forward to your thoughts on it!

      And I am so excited for the challenge! Such a great idea 🙂 I am going to make a page with all my challenge stuff I think, and add the button there!

  10. Shannon….how do you read all these books. DO YOU EVEN FINISH THEM ALL? Like what. And also YAYAYYA ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES. I cannot wait until I get to read that one. I WANT IT SO BAD. 🙂 🙂

    I had an awesome week as well! I am currently making a cake for my party. MY MOM PAID ME TO MAKE MY OWN CAKE HAHAHAHA. I hope you’re week was just as awesome!

    • Um, I don’t. That is why my TBR is growing by the minute, and I am broke 😉

      All the Bright Places was like someone punching me in the face. Remind me to thank Holly when I see her 😉

      HAH I love that she paid you to make your cake! I would totally make my own cake if I got paid (though I’m afraid it wouldn’t be great, and would probably be boxed Funfetti). What kind did you make?

    • I liked it. I cried a lot. I am mad at it. I agree that it wasn’t as earth shattering, BUT when I got to the author’s note, I knew it had certainly done its job, and I think it was an important one (unfortunately). I did know where it was headed from like, the first minute 😉

  11. Wow, you’ve got one amazing haul today! 🙂 All the Bright Places was a book that I really loved, I hope you love that. I worry that the massive hype it has might make people’s expectations sky rocket. I hope you love it though, that book made me ugly cry.

    Book Outlet is so amazingly cheap. I CRY LOOKING AT YOUR HAUL! HAHA! I wanted to buy so much from there because I could buy 20 books for next to nothing, but the postage and packaging to the UK was just ridiculous.

    I got Loop for Christmas and I can’t wait to read that one. It looks really good.

    • Thanks! I did love All the Bright Places, but in a heartbreaking way. Ugh, I was crying so hard, I was afraid I’d wake everyone else in the house up!

      They really should have something like, for all of Europe like Book Outlet. It does so well in the US and Canada, I don’t understand why there aren’t more places like it!

      I might be starting Loop tonight, so hopefully we’ll both love it 🙂

  12. Nice haul Chick! I actually read this post yesterday and totally meant to comment, then I clicked your challenge and well, kinda forgot. I have never shopped for books at Book outlet, maybe I should? Happy Reading!

  13. OH MY GOD ME SINCE YOU THAT BOOK CHANGED MY LIFE. *uncontrolled flailing* But I also approve of Second Chance Summer and Fangirl 😉 One day I’ll get around to reading For Darkness Shows the Stars as well…

    I hope you like Exquisite Captive; I’ve heard mixed reviews but I’m still interested. And I think you’ve finished All the Bright Places by now?? WHAT DID YOU THINK? Impatiently waiting over here.

    • I have got to get some kind of handle on all these books, I want to read them all NOW!

      Yes, I have finished All the Bright Places. I am destroyed, basically. I think it is an important book, and I loved the characters. I gave it 5 stars, but I don’t know that I “liked” it, if that makes sense? GAH too many feels.

  14. So Jealous you got Burn for Burn! I have the second I just need the first book and third book. I’ve seen a lot of people pick up Loop but I havent read many reviews on it. But I’m curious about it and might just add it to my wishlist if it isnt on there already 🙂

    Also PS: What do you think of Seeker so far? I found it too long and a tad bit boring.

    • I may start reading Loop tonight! I have heard it was a fun book, and after All the Bright Places, I need fun!

      Seeker is driving me insane so far! I mean, what is even happening!? Nothing has made a bit of sense so far! Did you finish it?

  15. Congrats on your haul! We have zero BookOutlet books in common! I’m pretty sure you got a couple of mine on Black Friday though. I’m so glad Instant love got number one! Now if only authors would take notice. That challenge sounds really cool! I so have to check it out! (Also I’m jealous of your pre orders) Yay for physical arcs!

    I had a nice weekend since we had a snow day! I finally remembered to post my BO haul. (I so shouldn’t abbreviate that) Yes, I am so behind!

    • Hahah every time I try to abbreviate Book Outlet I end up feeling awkward and erase it, I feel your pain. That’s funny (though not completely surprising, since I got a lot of contemporaries this time) that we have none in common!

      And no one likes insta love! It is now proven 😉 SO we will direct everyone right here if they need “scientific” evidence.

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