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Saturday, October 24, 2015

Stacking The Shelves

Stacking the Shelves

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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 Hello all!  It seems like it's been a little while since my last turn hosting Stacking the Shelves... but don't worry!  The stack isn't overwhelmingly large.  I've been trying to limit the number of books that I bring home, because my reading time is a little reduced:  I started grad school (Masters of Library and Information Science) this semester!  Actually, I should amend that:  my leisure reading time is reduced; my homework reading is sometimes crazy!  Good thing I like the topic.  :)

I'm going to kick off this week's stack with three kind of special books.  One from the library, and two purchases:

Real Deal Guide to Pregnancy Erika Lenkert What to Expect When You're Expecting Heidi Murkoff Eating Well When You're Expecting

Yup:  the hubby and I are expecting our first!!!  I'm very excited.  And I'm a reader, so of course I'm reading the classics!  The Real Deal Guide to Pregnancy was a fun one that I picked up at the library.  Not very in-depth, but a bit reassuring.  Like talking to a girlfriend.  (I've found that often people follow up the news with a few questions:  so, I'm at 14 weeks, due at the end of April, and I don't know the sex yet.)

Now on to the rest of my stack, starting with egalleys and ARCs:

The Boy Who Played With Fusion Tom Clynes Wilberforce H S Cross Advent in Narnia Heidi Haverkamp Killshot Aria Michaels

The Boy Who Played With Fusion by Tom Clynes:  who wouldn't be intrigued by that title?

Wilberforce by H.S. Cross:  the description makes it sound like a cross between Winger and Dead Poets Society, both of which I love.

Advent in Narnia by Heidi Haverkamp:  the hubby and I love the Narnia books, so I'm looking forward to reading this together during the upcoming holiday season.

Killshot by Aria Michaels:  already read, loved, and reviewed!  You can read that review HERE, and an interview with the author HERE.

New Purchases:

Decameron Boccaccio

The Decameron by Boccaccio: first English edition!  The hubby and I collect books not just for pleasure, but also historicity, so we love first edition finds.  I also happen to truly love this book, and own a modern Penguin edition for reading and rereading.  I found this in a tiny little used book store in the Appalachian Mountains.

Before Liberty Roy Thompson Unseemly Education of Anne Merchant Joanna Wiebe

Before Liberty by Roy Thompson: a book I received while on a professional development trip this fall; it talks about North Carolina's role in the Revolutionary War.  Hardcover!  That's nice for a freebie book.

The Unseemly Education of Anne Merchant by Joanna Wiebe:  I read, loved, and reviewed this quite a while ago, but I had read an egalley of it.  After receiving a gift of the second book, I had to go buy the first one.  Can't have an incomplete series sitting on my bookshelf!  (So yes, I'll be buying the third book too!)  (Review HERE.)


Lair of Dreams Libba Bray Improbable Libraries Alex Johnson Come Rain or Come Shine Jan Karon Curious Nature Guide Clare Walker Leslie Breaking Dawn Stephenie Meyer Voracious Cara Nicoletti Morality for Beautiful Girls Alexander McCall Smith 501 Ways for Adult Students to Pay for College Gen Tanabe Kelly Well Fed Flat Broke Emily Wight

Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray:  already read, loved, and reviewed!  You can read that review HERE.

Improbable Libraries by Alex Johnson:  yup, I'm that much of a book nerd that I even check out books about books...  :)

Come Rain or Come Shine by Jan Karon:  my mom and I LOVE the Mitford books!  This is the latest one.  I read the library's copy, and am hoping to purchase my own soon.

The Curious Nature Guide by Clare Walker Leslie:  recommended through a professional development group, it's got lots of great graphics and pictures and easy-to-understand language.  I'd say it's one of those rare books enjoyable by anyone ages 8-108.

Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer:  probably the best book of the four, I've already read and reviewed it.  You can read that review HERE.

Voracious: A Hungry Reader Cooks Her Way Through Great Books by Cara Nicoletti:  part cookbook, part memoir.  Haven't had time to delve into this one yet.

Morality for Beautiful Girls by Alexander McCall Smith:  this is #3 in his No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, which I thoroughly enjoy.  Not too deep, but good plots and pacing.  Comfort reads.

501 Ways for Adult Students to Pay for College: Going Back to School Without Going Broke by Gen and Kelly Tanabe:  obviously... because I'm back in school.

Well Fed, Flat Broke: Recipes for Modest Budgets and Messy Kitchens by Emily Wight:  I have a modest budget and a messy kitchen!  It's a book for me!  :)

What about you?  What books did you bring home this week?  Share your link below to join in the fun!


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Tynga is a 32 years old mom of two, from Montreal, working as a lab technician in an hospital specialized in heart disease. In her free time, she enjoys reading all things Paranormal and photography.

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  1. Great haul! I'm not seeing the linky but here's my STS

  2. I don't know about The Decameron but that sure looks old! I want one! And ohhh Lair of Dreams! Nice haul!

    I can't see the linky too here's my STS post

  3. I already told you in private but congrats again on the little one! I`m super happy for you!

  4. Great post, as always. I love Breaking Dawn too, it was probably my favourite of the series as well.

    Here's my Stacking the Shelves/wrap up post: https://rathertoofondofbooks.wordpress.com/2015/10/24/my-weekly-wrap-up-and-stacking-the-shelves-3/

  5. Congrats on expecting your first child. I hope you love all your new books. They look fantastic.

    Grace @ Books of Love

  6. Nice collection. Hope you find time to do reading for pleasure while you are going to school.

  7. Congrats on the little one on the way! I want to check out the Improbable Libraries too. I love looking at how books are displayed.

  8. Well, Marie, congratulations indeed. Becoming a parent is a dramatic change in your lives. I hope the new arrival won't interfere too much with completing your Master's. You've got a lot on your plate -- fortunately there are books available to help or simply to give you a respite as you escape into someone else's story.

  9. Oh, congratulations on the news about your pregnancy. Those are great books to refer back to especially one with humor as well. :)
    @dino0726 from 
    FictionZeal - Impartial, Straightforward Fiction Book Reviews

  10. A huge congratulations and good to know the books were reassuring!

  11. Congrats on the pregnancy! I loved reading all the books about what to expect when expecting...enjoy!

  12. Congrats on your pregnancy! You should keep a little log or countdown widget! Unless I missed it? That would be SO cool! Especially if it showed how large the baby would be week by week! (I'm giving you MORE work to do! Like you need that! Sorry! Great idea though! I LOVE watching updates like that!) You DO have a full plate! Wow!!! Great haul!

  13. I see it! I only read about the books at first! LOL! Just think: in about 5 weeks, at 20 , you'll get to find out if you're having a little girl or a boy! I think it's a girl, to take after your LOVE of reading! Pretty soon you'll have to start collecting the classic baby books! Goodnight Moon is a FAVORITE!! Even infants like that one! I think it's the calming sound as you read it out loud! You're going to LOVE it and ALL of the children's books!!!! What fun!!!

  14. OOoh nice new reads! Those are all new to me ones! Hope you enjoy them all!

    My STS will be up tomorrow, so be sure to stop by then!

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  15. Great haul and wonderful news! Congratulations. Start taking advantage of sleep now. You won't get any in a few months ;)
    Remember, your reading for two now!

  16. Congratulations!! How exciting!
    Improbable libraries looks interesting just for what it is. Killshot also looks interesting. I hope you enjoy all your new books and have a smooth pregnancy!

  17. Congratulations! I'm due in December (with my second). Good luck! Enjoy all the other books, too!

    Michelle @ Michelle's Minions

  18. Congratulations to you and the other expectant mothers. :-)

  19. Congratulations! The first pregnancy is so special. I hope you have a smooth one. Nice haul too.

  20. I can't believe you found a 1st edition of the Decameron! WOW! That's so amazing, and such a great find. I'm so jealous!

  21. Congratulations on expecting your first child! So exciting I'm sure! I've still got my ARC of Lair of Dreams that I need to read!