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. Because I love books, and you love books, so let’s see the books!
The Rule of Mirrors by Caragh M. O’Brien Thanks so much to Macmillan! I am so excited for this series to continue!
From the Scholastic Warehouse Sale! Thanks to Jocelyn @ Novels and Necklaces for the heads up!
(Too tired to link these to Goodreads. Sorry 🙁 )
Marked by Laura Williams McCaffrey via Netgalley, thanks to HMH!
I only read two books this week. But, I did a lot of other stuff, so I am fine. PLUS, I liked them both. And one gave me a book hangover.
While Underwater was good, The Love that Split the World was freaking amazing. Book hangover-inducing, really.
- The December Discussion Challenge link up and giveaway is happening!
- I have decided to give away something bookish for your holiday enjoyment!
- Enter to win a copy of Passenger by Alexandra Bracken!! (U.S. Only)
Posts this Week:
(Yeah, I brought it back. I felt bad for not considering my mobile-using friends.)
- You can sign up for the December New Release Hop here!
- I told you about the 627 debuts of 2016 I cannot wait for!
- I reviewed Hardwired by Trisha Leaver & Lindsay Currie
- Cait @ Paper Fury has spent a whole year being… furious? And she is hosting a giveaway!
- Nicole @ Nicole’s Novel Reads shares the ultimate bookish gift guide (read: Shannon goes bankrupt)
- Gillian @ Writer of Wrongs introduces the Shippy Awards! (I can’t decide who to vote for, HELP!)
- Cee @ The Novel Hermit posted the FINAL ROUND of The Cover Awards! Vote wisely 😉
- Mishma @ Chasing Faerytales wants to know if authors have control of their characters after they’re released into the wild.
- Vlora @ Reviews and Cake wonders if we might be targeting the wrong audience.
- Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction wants to know if you read novellas.
- Alexandria @ The Book’s Buzz breaks down the pros and cons of several bookish careers
- Christy @ Novel Ink plans on finally watching Harry Potter (which will probably leave me as the only person on Earth who hasn’t, right?)
- Jillian @ Chasing Faerytales discusses why she isn’t into blog tours anymore.
- Jeann @ Happy Indulgence reminds us all to remember why we blog. (SO important!)
- Danielle @ Love at First Page & Jess @ Gone With the Words are hosting the 2016 Contemporary Romance Challenge!
- Sara @ Deadly Darlings shared books to match your mood
- Andrea @ The Overstuffed Bookcase, Amber @ Books of Amber, Angie @Lady Knight Reads are hosting a re-watching of The 100! Because it starts again soon, guys! This sounds like so much fun!
- Jamie @ The Perpetual Page Turner posted the 2015 Year End Survey! You can do it whenever- I will probably wait a couple weeks 🙂
- Val @ The Innocent Smiley wonders if it matters how professional you are as a reviewer (in a post that I inspired, YAY!)
So, this happened.
I wrote 10K words in about 36 hours to finish this jazz. I was so excited when the words had been verified that I cried a little. Also, Shay @ The Story Goes… is my hero. She helped me when I was being a newbie, she cheered me on, and she cheered me up, every single day. I am not at all done with the story, but it was a goal I never thought I’d meet.
Because of that, and feeling under the weather, I basically lost again at catching up on blog stuff. It’s killing me. I need just a few solid hours (maybe days, if I am being honest hah) to catch up, but what can you do? I will keep trying! Eventually I will get there. Probably in time to get behind again during BEA?
Also, first time this has happened to me: I had ideas but couldn’t write them down! Usually, I have no ideas, but want to write all the posts. This week, I have four drafts with ideas, all with maybe three sentences. This is strange!
Things we need to talk about this week:
- The book trailer for Passenger is live here!
- This article about 23 Life Lessons from The Hunger Games is so on point.
- If you celebrate a winter holiday, have you finished shopping? I have, yay!
- Do you usually have a harder time coming up with ideas or actually writing out the idea?
- Would you be interested in a giveaway where I let you pick from some books I have that need new homes? I am considering this.
Awesome stack of books this week. The Love That Split The World is getting a ton of buzz. I’m glad to hear that you loved it. So many good books. Christmas shopping is one of my hardest things since I try to keep things on a budget.
Grace @ Books of Love
Thanks so much! I really did love it 😀 And I am TERRIBLE at a budget. We should shop together- you can keep me in line, and I’ll make you splurge every so often 😉
Yes to the last one! Although I admire your courage in letting go of books. I couldn’t. Maybe I’ll do it soon, I have a few in mind now.
Hahahh I feel you! I used to be the same way. But a lot of them are duplicates, and some are books that I just KNOW I will never read. I still hoard LOTS of them 😉
I’M SO SO IMMENSELY PROUD OF YOU FOR FINISHING NANO!! WOOOOT!! REASON #30839 THAT YOU ARE ENTIRELY AWESOME. *sprinkles you with extra celebratory cake*
And omg, thank you for linking to my fury post. I have been cranky all year. Fond memories. Sweet moments. Omg. :’)
And now I’m intensely curious about the Split the World in Two book. So it’s one I utterly definitely need then?! SQUEE. I do love that cover. XD And my TBR is, of course, needing more books on it because I just read a book tonight and if I read one book it means I can go on goodreads and add 29482 more. #bookwormlogic
Aw THANK YOU!!! <3 <3 <3
And I LOVED TLTSTW! It was so good, and I really wasn't sure how things were going to go down, it was like a contemporary setting with some fantasy elements and it was good! And yes, reading one book absolutely allows you to go on an adding spree! How else would our Goodreads TBRs stay in the quadruple digits? 😉
Underwater is coming up on my review list, so I hope to enjoy it. Lots of great books this week. Happy Saturday!
Thanks so much! Hope you had a great weekend too, and I hope you enjoy Underwater 😀
Congrats on NaNoWriMo – I managed to reach 50k too and I am sooooooo happy and kind of impressed with myself as well 😀
Aw congratulations!!! That is fabulous and you should be SO happy and proud!! 😀 And thank you!!
Wow, nice haul! 😀 Hope you’ll enjoy all of them. ♥
Thanks so much!
Ahhhh, I’m so happy you enjoyed The Love That Split the World. It’s probably my most anticipated book for 2016, and I trust your judgement 100%. I mean, no pressure. Oh, and BIG congratulations on your writing adventure! I just watched the trailer for Passenger, and ooooooh, YES! I’m excited for that one, too! Now I must go click through all your links because I am beyond far behind reading blog posts. XD
Aw thanks!! Now I will be scared that you will hate it 😉 No, I don’t think you even COULD hate it. Val loved it too, if that helps 😉 And thank you SO MUCH 😀 I am excited for Passenger too, I need to carve out some time to read it!
And I feel you, I am SO behind myself. I am actually NOT a week behind this time, but only because I literally started over. Oops?
I haven’t read any of these but I hope you enjoy them! Happy reading!
Thanks so much, you too!
So many books! hey all look lovely 🙂 SO happy to hear that you love TLTSTW. I need it to come out. Now. WOOT WOOT on NaNo and what not. Very cool on reaching your goal. I am also done shopping. Best feeling ever. Love that idea for a giveaway!!! Have a great week!
Aww thanks so much! And YES, I think you will like TLTSTW- at least, I hope so 😀 And yay for being done with shopping! Now the worst part- wrapping! 🙁
All of my Christmas shopping is DONE and only a few things left to wrap. And some to bake but I’m assuming that’ll be fine and done easily.
Can we talk about the cover for Marked? It might be that I’m tired but I stared at that picture for a LONG time thinking you were showing off some new tattoo!
WOW you have even wrapped?! Yeah, all my stuff is in boxes on the floor. It is BAD. I am impressed by your time management 😀
And Marked DOES have an odd cover. True story though- I DO want a tattoo, a Mockingjay obviously, in that EXACT SPOT. So maybe it’s like, a push from fate that you thought that! A sign! An omen!
The Start of Me and You is a book that Lisa or Becca (or both?) had featured on their blog and the way they raved about it, I had to get it. Plus the cover is a beauty!
Congrats on NaNoWriMo!!! That’s amazing! Now you can start relaxing 🙂
I’m glad you enjoyed The Love that Split the World. I haven’t read it and wasn’t planning on it but now, maybe I should. I’ll have to check it out again!
I hope you have a better week 🙂
Here’s my STS
The cover is SO pretty! And I have definitely heard good things about it. Plus, it was there, so I had to buy it like a good book hoarder 😉
And thank you SO much! I am hoping to get caught up a little at least- I wish relaxing was in my future! Catching up would be good though, I’d take that! And TLTSTW was so, so good. Val loved it, and peer pressured me into starting it next, and it was absolutely fabulous! I hope you do enjoy it if you decide to read it!
Eeek!! Congrats on your writing accomplishment!!! That’s incredible!!!
Such a great haul this week!! I totally love TSOMAY. I’m dying to read TLTSTW… so happy to see you loved it!!! Enjoy your weekend!! 🙂
Aw thank you SO much! I am glad you loved TSOMAY, I have heard good things so hopefully I will be able to read it some day 😉 And I ADORED TLTSTW! So, so good!
Ok wait, do you mean to tell me you have NOT watched the Harry Potter movies? Because I have not either! And it should console you to know you will never be the last person on earth not to because I don’t ever plan to lol. (I don’t watch movie adaptations of books I like. I’m weird, I know.)
Anyway, congrats on NaNo! I have major respect for anyone who can write that much in one month.
Nope! I have not! I really don’t plan on it either, if I am being honest 😉 I mean, I WILL watch adaptations (I am obsessed with The Hunger Games, after all) but I am just not interested at all!
And thank you SO much!! I appreciate that so much 😀
The 23 Life Lessons from The Hunger Games is absolutely amazing! Congrats on NaNoWriMo, I failed so so bad!
Aw thank you so much! And it is okay if you didn’t do 50K- last year I did 400. So… yeah. You did not fail at all, you at least started, you know? It’s progress! 🙂
Wait, you haven’t watched Harry Potter? You totally should! Also, congrats on NaNoWriMo! It’s a great accomplishment! <33 So glad you love TLTSTW, it seems so awesome. Anyway, hope you have a great week!
I confess, I have not. Or read the books, except the first one. This always shocks people, naturally 😉
And thank you so, so much! I hope you have a great week too!
I love how you post things on other blogs, that is sooo nice to see!! And I am visiting for the 2nd week, and am really enjoying your posts, thank you.
Awww thank you so much!! I am really glad you’re enjoying them, that makes me so, so happy! 😀
The Scholastic Warehouse sale is the BEST THING EVER! I think the last one I came home with 60+ books for the kids (and a few for me). And I spent SO little – it was ridiculous!
It’s funny that you say about writing down post ideas and not writing the actual posts. I did that with three posts myself this week!! And I NEVER do that. I did eventually finish the one about novellas. (Thanks for linking up to it!)
SIXTY!?!??! 60!?! HOLY. CRAP. I am impressed! I got a couple books for both kids, and then like, 6 for myself I think? 7? Maybe 7. I could look at the picture but… meh?
And SAME! I NEVER do it either! Maybe we have caught some kind of blogging virus 😉 This week hasn’t started out much better- I am scared! And YAY for finishing the novella! I still have not 😀
Ah yes – let’s pretend that’s impressive and not insane – I’ll go with that. 🙂
Yay for reading two good books this past week. I am ALMOST finished getting Christmas gifts…I have a difficult time stopping sometimes though. So many cute ideas!
Thanks for all the fun discussion/post links from other blogs. 🙂
Thanks so much! I feel you, I used to shop super early, but then I would buy WAY too much because I could never stop! Plus, now that the kids are older, I have to keep EVERY purchase in my room so… it’s overloaded for sure! Plus wrappinf is evil 😉
I have been really busy trying to buy all my Christmas presents lately! And I just came back from a basketball tournament and I’m not kidding – EVERYTHING HURTS. But CONGRATS on conquering Nanowrimo! I didn’t know you were writing along until your previous post where you mentioned it. What is your novel about?
Aw I am sorry that you are in pain! I remember those multi-day swim meets when I never wanted to see water again 😉 Hope the tournament went well!
And thank you SO much! It’s a contemporary (which is pretty weird for me, actually!) and it deals with some mental health stuff, and some family stuff, and it’s just basically this girl trying to get herself together, somehow. It is not finished AT all. So that’s a little daunting. But I need a little break from her at the moment- she’s exhausting 😀
It sounds like you’re on a bit of a creative mood Shannon! That’s awesome to hear, at least the ideas are in draft mode. The cover for the Rule of Mirrors looks awesome and it looks like you scored at that SCholastic warehouse sale!
Thanks so much! I AM, which is weird, but all the writing for NaNo may have cursed me, bloggishly speaking 😉 And I LOVED the Scholastic sale, it is so fun! I can’t wait to go to another one, because BOOKS!
Awesome books this week! I am going to check out the 627 books for 2016 LOL
Bwhahha good call! Your TBR can double in size! 😀
So excited to see that you loved The Love That Split the World. I’m hoping to read it this week most likely and I can’t wait. And that warehouse sale sounds like it was amazing! I would have bought some of those books as well.
Have a lovely week, Shannon!
Ohh I really hope you love it! It was SO good for me. And yes, it was so fun, I can’t wait to go to another one 🙂 Thanks so much, you too!!
Marked looks SO GOOD! I just requested it and I am waiting on my request to either be approved or denied. Fingers crossed! The Love That Split the World is one of my most anticipated books for next year, so I am thrilled to hear that you loved it. I have no doubt that I will too because, you know, we are book twinsies and all. 🙂 Congrats on winning NaNo! That is AMAZING!!!! I am so proud that you did 10,000 words in 36 hours. You are my hero. I didn’t finish my story, but like you, I am SO AMAZED that I was able to do 50,000 words. That is a goal that I was afraid I would never reach. I still have between 10,000 and 15,000 words before I finish my novel, but my characters have exhausted me right now. I am taking a much needed break from my story (while obsessing about plot details in my head, of course) and I will probably try to finish it in January. Then comes the REALLY hard part . . . editing! Yikes!
OOOH my fingers are crossed for you!! The purgatory is kind of the worst, no? And TLTSTW is so, so good- I mean, you SHOULD love it of course, because I did haha, but also, Val loved it, so I know of at least two people who think it’s amazing.
And thank you SO much! I am really proud of you as well! I saw that you’d finished and I was like MUST. CATCH. UP. Every time I checked, you were like, a thousand words ahead of me haha and I just wanted to catch up the whole time 😉 And WOW only 10-15K left is REALLY close! I probably have more. Like, 30. At least. And then I am probably going to have to cut stuff, which I NEVER thought I’d have to do, but yeah, I probably will. I am taking a break from them for SURE. And then I don’t know if I will want to continue with this one, or maybe at least START the one I really want to start… ugh. I just need more hours in the day, basically 😀
Congrats of course on your completion for Nano thingy!! WOOHOO! I’m glad you won! It makes my heart happy to hear that you loved TLTSTW since I will hopefully be reading it soon. Im pretty interested to hear what you think about Prisoner Of night & A Night Divided. I always like World war 2 kind of books. Noit b/c of the war but b/c they always seem to be rought with emotions. I hope you are having a great month so far love!
❤️Britt @ Please Feed The Bookworm
Aw thank you so much!! And yes, I LOVED IT. I really hope you do too, because I enjoyed it so, so much. I totally agree about the WWII books. Val is doing a WWII challenge, so I will probably save it for then, but I will definitely let you know!
Chits as shopping is done and all the presents are wrapped.
I need sleep and catch up time. It’s coming soon for me. I have the last two weeks of December off!
NICE! I am impressed! The shopping is done, but the wrapping… is another story 😉 Aw, I am SO JEALOUS of sleep and catch up time! I would do just about anything for some of that. I mean, even a DAY would be perfect. I really hope you get nice and refreshed though!!
First, everybody would like to give books new homes. Hand ’em over, sista! I also think we all feel the same way about needing solid blocks of time to work on our blogs. I am right with you in all honesty that I need days. You can get all of your normal housekeeping done that never gets done and piles up, you can write new reviews, format new posts, get some ideas for other types of posts, chat with others – all that good stuff! Yes, we need days! However, you’ve been NanoWramo-ing, so it’s to be expected. CONGRATULATIONS! You can do it! I think I will be participating next year with my new writing project. 🙂
Hahah yay! I think I will. Some kind of Christmas think, perhaps? I kind of wanted to just GIVE them away on Twitter or something, but people get so… venomous over free books. So a giveaway is really almost the only organized way to do it.
And thank you SO much! It’s true, we all DO need those days. I wish I HAD those days. Do they exist? How can I get some? 😉 And I am excited that you’ll be participating next time, it’s so fun to share in the anxiety with others 😀
What a weird cover Marked is! I thought that was just a picture at first of a new tattoo haha.
I hope you love Prisoner of Night and Fog… it’s one of my faaaaves. 😀
It IS weird, isn’t it? And you are not the only person who thought I got myself some new ink 😉 (I DO actually want a tattoo around there, of a mockingjay of course). But it doesn’t even really look like a cover. Strange. And I am excited to read Prisoner of Night and Fog, it sounds incredible, I am glad to hear that you loved it!
Aw… *blushes furiously* I’m so happy you won! And you give me too much credit but I’m vain so I’ll take it! =)
Book hangover inducing? I must get my hands on The Love That Split The World…though I honestly don’t know what it’s about… I’m so BEHIND on new/upcoming releases!
I have the hardest time writing ideas most the time, though of course I go through stints where I have none. No joke, I have 50+ posts drafted that I’ve never finished, most have a few sentences though, so that’s SOMETHING. Oh, and yes, I celebrate Christmas and have finished ALL MY SHOPPING, it’s sad, I didn’t even have to go to the mall this year (which is sad only because I LOVE all the decorations they put up there). Also, yes to the giveaway, I’m interested in anything that means the chance of free books. 😉
Glad you had a pretty good week, Shannon! Most mine was spent dying my hair actually, but I did finally read some too! =)
You have no idea, seriously. You were just so, so helpful. Logging into that damn site sometimes made me cringe, but then seeing your fun messages totally cheered me up every time! So please, take the credit 😀
And YES I was so bummed having to pick up a new book because I just wanted to read TLTSTW again! It’s fun- it’s like, contemporary-ish but then there are these elements of supernatural, and I loved the characters and the plot and all of the things!
I didn’t have to go to the mall either! I did all the online shopping and it made me happy. I did go to the mall for something random, and it was hellish, and I ran out of there laughing at the people who had to stay 😉
OHHH WHAT COLOR!!? I need to know! I still want to dye mine someday. Soonish. Maybe.
Congrats on finishing nano! Nano envy right here… but I didn’t sign up for this.. maybe next year.
I actually have a hard time coming up with ideas. But I have learned that everytime an idea pops up, I should write it down. I have a small legal pad that i carry with me everywhere so i can just jot things down. The bad thing about is that I think about ideas while driving, so sometimes, I forget them by the time I get to my destination. Can’t be writing while driving, yeah? Haha
Aww thank you so much! Definitely give it a shot next year if you can!
I do the same- I HAVE to write it down, because I am the worst with ideas. I do the same thing while driving too! I try to just keep repeating it in my head over and over, just hoping to remember! The struggle of blogging, I suppose 😉
It must be super exciting.
Also, The Love that Split the World does look really good, glad you loved it.
Aw thanks so much! And thank you, I really did, it was SO good!
So jealous of Rule of Mirrors ARC! I may have to write to the publisher and ask for one myself. We’ve got the Scholastic Warehouse sale going on this week and next I think. But I have to wait till next week after I get paid. 🙁 Love those sales! You can see my post in the link below!
Ah, you should! I enjoyed The Vault of Dreamers so much, I am excited to start The Rule of Mirrors! And ugh, I hate the waiting to get paid part, that is kind of the worst- but YAY for warehouse sales!!
CONGRATS AGAIN on reaching 50k!!! That’s so awesome, you can be really proud of yourself! I wrote 20k during the first two weeks and then stopped. Oops? I’m looking forward to reading Passenger, but I wasn’t thaaaat blown away by the book trailer. And I haven’t finished shopping, but I have three or four presents ready, which is better than when I bought everything on the 23rd, so.
Congrats on NaNoWriMo, I am so in awe of your 10k, I wish I could do it, maybe next year!!!
Have a good week!