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Saturday, May 04, 2013

Stacking The Shelves [54]


Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!
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  • Create your own Stacking The Shelves post. You can use my official graphic or your own, but please link back to Tynga’s Reviews so more people can join the fun!
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  • I am posting Stacking The Shelves on Saturdays, but feel free to post yours any day that fits you.
  • Visit Tynga’s Reviews on Saturday and add your link so others can visit you!
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Hey, everyone! It's been a while since I've done a stacking the shelves post. The first minute of the vlog below is basically me explaining where I am going to college (yay!) and the reasoning behind the recruitment notice that Tynga has posted in regards to me last week. I hope you watch to understand, then keep watching to see the awesome goodies I've gathered in the last month.

Bought
The Fault In Our Stars by John Green (Review)
Gifted
Easy by Tammara Webber (Review)
The Collector by Victoria Scott (Thank you, Gillian!)
Won
Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza
For Review
The Pirate's Wish by Cassandra Rose Clarke (Thanks Netgalley and Strange Chemistry)
Some Quiet Place by Kelsey Sutton (Thanks Netgalley and Flux)
Wednesday's in the Tower by Jessica Day George (Thanks Netgalley and Bloomsbury)
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If anyone is interested, I have some pictures from my recent trip to Italy. If not, scroll all the way down and add your STS post to the linky below! My parents sent me here with my school as a graduation gift. I qualified for the trip because I can read, speak, and write fluent Italian, I'm President of my school's Italian Club, and I am a proud member of the Italian National Honor Society.
So, we took a connecting flight from the US to Switzerland, than Switzerland to Venice, Italy. We saw the Swiss Alps while we were in the air. Is it not gorgeous?
We landed in Venice and immediately went to the mask factory where we got to help with making some. They bring out my eyes... haha
We went to Florence the next day, where we stopped at a bridge to overlook the city. It was sort of freezing that morning.
And some of us (me included) also illegally test drove Ferrari's.
We continued on to a walking tour of Florence, where we got to see some amazing sites. As an insane literature buff, I freaked out when we arrived at Dante's Church, despite the fact that he is buried in Ravenna due to his political exile.
With some extra time on our hands, my friends and I decided to climb the Duomo. See that? Yeah, we did that sprinting in, like, 15 minutes. Nuts.
But it was all worth it when we got to see all of Florence in the end. Look at this view! It's something I'll remember for the rest of my life.
The next day we headed to Sorento, but we stopped at Orvietto on the way. Orvietto is a small, medieval town in the mountains. It shows us the Italian countryside rich with history instead of the big cities and tourist attractions.
And this was the view from my hotel room in Sorento. Seriously. No words.
While we were in Sorento, we spent a day in Capri. The inhabitants of this island are the luckiest people in the world. We took a boat tour of the entire island, so this is a view of the island while I was at its highest point and while I was touring it on a boat.
While in Sorento, we also went to Pompeii. It was my second time there and it only gets better and better. Ciao, ciao Mt. Vesuvio!
Then, of course, we ended this beautiful trip in Roma....where we stayed in a pink hotel that matched my best friends pants.
The Colosseum is always beautiful to me. Just think of all the history it holds.
While in Rome we also visited the Vatican. It was my second time there as well, so I decided not to bring my camera because of security and the fact that I nabbed all my pictures the first time around. The Vatican can't change much, you know? But it'll always take your breath away. With that being said, I still had to whip out my cell to take a picture of the Spanish guards. Their uniforms <3
 
La nostra ultima cena consisteva di illimitata pasta, vino, e fragole tiramisù.
(Our last dinner consisted of unlimited pasta, wine, and strabwerry tiramisu. It is perhaps the best desert I have ever had).
And before we left my best friend, Nikki, and myself grabbed a picture of us on the Spanish Steps with a wedding in the background (though the tourists behind us accidentally blocked it out. Oh well) And my little tour of Italy for everyone here e' finito!
So what did everyone else add to their shelves this week?

I'm a 18 year old from a small town in New Jersey that's a newcomer to the book blogging world. Because I am an incoming senior in high school the closest thing that I have to a job is being a volunteer at the town library, so I spend most of my time reading and persuading my parents to let me buy more books!

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  1. I got The Collector this week as well! Can't wait to devour it.
    And you'll love TFIOS if you haven't read it yet <3
    Thanks for sharing!

    My STS

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    1. I LOVED IT! <3 So much more than I thought I would.

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  2. Wow. Those pictures are amazing! That sounds like an amazing trip! I always wished I learned a second language when I was younger.

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    1. You can always learn now! Take online courses or buy a "Teach yourself" book.

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  3. Awww Lili :( We're going to miss you :( Awesome pics btw!:D

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  4. Italy looks so pretty. You got some great books. Hope you love them all. They all sound great. College can be stressful.

    Grace

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    1. Ugh, I'm already feeling the stress Grace haha

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  5. That is an awesome haul and those are some fab pictures of Italy! Take care in uni, best of luck, and kick ass out there! ;)

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  6. I loved Easy and The Collector. Really want to read Mila 2.0. Congrats on the win. Ooohhh I would love to go to Italy!!!!!! I am still kicking myself in the butt for not going on my high schools trip to France. I took French. Can't speak much more than what my name is and that I would like pizza. LOL
    My Stack

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    1. Haha I wanted to take French, but my high schools French teacher is known for being very strict and I thought I'd have more fun with Italian since I love the culture <3

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  7. Ooh, thanks for sharing the pictures! Pompeii is someplace I really want to visit, as is Rome. That dessert is so yummy looking!

    I also picked up Some Quiet Place from NetGalley a few weeks ago. I hope we both enjoy it!

    Happy reading! :)

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    1. I hope we both enjoy it! That dessert was so delicious, Merin. I've been craving it haha

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  8. I added The Boyfriend App and It Happened at the Fair. You got some good books as well!

    Tressa @ Tressa's Wishful Endings

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    1. I have The Boyfriend App too! I hope you love it! I haven't started it yet.

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  9. What an awesome trip! The sights are amazing and how I wish I could taste that dessert! And girl, I had no idea you are fluent in Italian! Keeping secrets arent we? :P

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    1. Haha! <3 I never thought to mention it! It's after 4 years of schooling at an Honors level (: My Italian teacher is pretty much like a second mother despite the fact that I'm taller than her since she barely breaks 5 feet.

      The desert was so delicious, I've been craving it since I got home!

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  10. Love your photos! That looks like an amazing trip :)
    I got The Assassin's Curse a few week's ago and hope to start it soon, so many wonderful books so little time!

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    1. It is so amazing! I adored it! Read it now! haha

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  11. The Fault in Our Stars - amazing book.

    Sarah

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  12. Wow, that trip was so cool! I have to see the Colosseum someday.

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  13. Lovely pictures. I've been to Rome once. Can't wait to go back. I want to see some more of the country. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. This was my second time in Rome. I was dying to go back and now that I'm home I want to go back a third time!

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  14. Awesome trip, I really want to go to Italy and Rome one day!
    I'm so looking forward to 'The Pirate's Wish', and I saw it on Netgalley, but I'm being good and waiting until it comes out so I can read it for the first time in pretty book-form. :)

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    1. Haha yes, I want a book of it too!

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  15. Holy moly, best graduation present ever! It looks like you had a great time and the pictures are so beautiful! It's very cool you can speak Italian.
    I've heard great things about Easy and the Collector, but haven't read either. Happy reading!

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    1. I know, right! I had an amazing time. I reviewed Easy already and gave it 5 stars. The Collector I think is going to get 4 from me. Review goes up at the end of the month!

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  16. What a great looking trip. I'm 10 kinds of jealous right now :-)

    Paranormal Haven

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    1. Haha I hope you can do something like it one day!

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  17. Wow. You're trip looks so great. I'd love to see the Swiss Alps from the air. It's looks beautiful!

    ~Stephanie @ Bookfever

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    1. They were beautiful! But they were totally unexpected!

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  18. I love seeing all of the Italy pictures. I've gone once before, but it was in the middle of July and was hot and almost unbearably humid. I bet April was a great time of year to go!

    I really need to read Easy because I've heard so many good things about it. I'm sorry to hear that someone stole your copy of it after you let her borrow it, but I'm glad you got a replacement.

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    1. The first time I went I went in June. The only trouble I had was the Vatican then because of the knees and shoulders needing to be covered, I almost fainted from heatstroke but I was fine when I could wear my shorts and tank tops and such. It was really nice this time of year besides that one morning in Florence. It rained that day so we were in sweatshirts.

      And I would highly recommend reading EASY! Yeah, it makes me mad. No more lending out books unless I 100% trust the people now.

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  19. The photos of your trip are wonderful! It looks like you had the best time :)

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  20. Got the Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead, super excited to read it
    Danielle @ Coffee and Characters
    http://www.daniellecromero.blogspot.com

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  21. Beautiful pictures and congratulations/good luck on your new adventure!

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  22. Italy is always beautiful and loads of fun. I will be there this fall doing research on my next book. If you can learn Italian, the French is easy to add.

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  23. What a wonderful graduation gift! That's fantastic.

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  24. I loved Easy, The Fault in Our Stars, and The Collector. Looks like you had a great time in Italy. Now I want to go!

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  25. Hi Lily, I loved your pictures of Italy, glad you enjoyed it so much.

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  26. Great haul. I have the Pirate's Wish too, I'm looking forward to it. Enjoy your books :)

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  27. Those are beautiful pics!! You got a lot of really great books too!! I actually bought TFiOS this week since I feel like the only person who hasn't read it.

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  28. Lili -- that trip looks amazing! And you're going to have such a fantastic time at college. You can always come back to blogging -- you should focus on school. But I'll miss you :( Hope we can stay in touch!

    Jen @ YA Romantics

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  29. Oh wow, your trip to Italy looks absolutely divine! Congrats on getting to go, it looks like an incredible experience :D And thanks so much for sharing some pics ♥

    You got a fantastic haul too, MILA 2.0 and Pirate's Wish are on my wishlist...The Collector & Some Quiet Place I both own but haven't gotten a chance to read yet!! Congrats on all your goodies and happy reading!!

    Old follower,
    Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows

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  30. Loved The Collector. Enjoyed your beautiful photos from your trip.

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  31. Great haul, and snap shots :)

    follower

    http://itchingforbooks.blogspot.com/2013/05/stacking-shelves-37.html

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  32. Great haul. I still haven't read The Fault in our Stars, although it's inching its way closer to the top of the pile.

    Here's my haul: http://www.bookclublibrarian.com/2013/05/sundays-weekly-book-recap-16.html

    Have a great week!

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  33. That mask really suits you! Wow, what amazing pictures - looks like you had a fantastic time. :-) It's my dream to go to the Bay of Naples one day, and it does look gorgeous from your photos. Enjoy your books this week, and have a lovely week! :-)

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  34. Congrats Lili you are going to do amazing things! It is sad that you won't be posting here as much! Hope to still see posts on your blog!

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  35. What a cool trip! Very jealous!

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  36. Hi there I'm a new follower and also new to this feature. I would love to go there, it's just amazing, there's so much history and everything is just beautiful to look at.

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  37. Great looking books! I just finished Mila 2.0 about a week ago and loved it. Hope you do, too :)
    Ninja GIrl

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  38. Congrats on everything! I wish you luck in school and hope you enjoy it!

    I'm really jealous of your haul! I need The Collector!

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