In My Mailbox (97) | Stacking The Shelves (18)

Is it just me or did last week seem to take FOREVER to get to the weekend? Seriously it felt like it just dragged and dragged. On the upside, it is a 3 day weekend and totally needed. ALSO! I re-upped my Hulu subscription and Tony and I basically watched almost all of season 5 of Parks And Recreation in one night. I am pretty sure I might have a girl crush on Amy Poehler. AND! Plenty of surprise goodies came in my mail and it was a week of happy victory laps around the house.

Stacking The Shelves 18

For Review:

Shadows In The Silence by Courtney Allison Moulton (for the End Is Near Experts thing) – So, I made a list at work yesterday of books I wanted to read on my weekend (only 4 books – The  Tragedy Paper which I finished, Revolution 19, What We Saw At Night and this) and of course this is the longest book on my January TBR and I started it and am actually zooming through it. As of writing, I am 142 pages in and am currently experiencing all of the feels. Be on the look out for my review, plus an interview plus GIVEAWAYS holla!

Siege And Storm by Leigh Bardugo (Solicited Review Copy) – Was there anyone who did NOT perform a happy dance over this shiny blue package this week? Seriously I am beyond pumped up to see what happens next. MAL ILY ILY FOR ALWAYS.

Templar by Jordan Mechner (Netgalley) – You guys I once wrote a 18 page paper about the Knights Templar during my freshman year of college because they are the shit. And so, when I saw that there was a graphic novel about the Templars on Netgalley I immediately requested. Obviously this is fiction. BUT THE FRONT BLURB IS FROM THE HBO SERIES CREATORS OF GAME OF THRONES. Also, this graphic novel is full color and 480 pages and I am going to read the hell out of it. And probably will end up ordering it for my collection.

Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong by Prudence Shen illustrated by Faith Erin Hicks (Netgalley) – I will always and forever request anything with Faith Erin Hicks name on it because omg Friends With Boys was awesome.

Notes From Ghost Town by Kate Ellison (Netgalley) – Maybe I am a bit of a failure because I haven’t yet read The Butterfly Clues, however, I loved this cover and the concept sounds intriguing to me.

Out Of Nowhere by Maria Padian (Netgalley) – Basically this book has to do with soccer and refugees and it sounds like a solid serious contemporary read. ALSO. It was a read-now book on Netgalley. So there’s that.

Crash by Nicole Williams (Unsolicited Review Copy) – I like the cover of Crash. Basically I guess it’s New Adult, with a beautiful douche. Whatever though I will read the heck out of it because you know I have a weakness for that stuff.

Clash by Nicole Williams (Unsolicited Review Copy) – The sequel to Crash. And again, I actually like the cover.

Impulse by Steven Gould (Unsolicited Review Copy) – I think this book is part of a series. I did like 7th Sigma but I’m not entirely sure if I want to invest my time in this series quite yet.

Arclight by Josin L. McQuein (Unsolicited Review Copy) – Basically the cover is bright and shiny and metallic. That’s pretty much all I know about this book so far.

Kiss Me Again by Rachel Vail (Unsolicited Review Copy) – Ahhh! So I tweeted Harper Teen and the author the other day asking if I needed to read the first book to understand this one and apparently I don’t and this is short, so I think I’ll be reading it in February. Yay!

Nobody But Us by Kristin Halbrook (Unsolicited Review Copy) – Second copy! Open mind though.

The Shadow Girl by Jennifer Archer (Unsolicited Review Copy) – Blurb mentions If I Stay and Before I Fall so sign me up, bro.

Fragments by Dan Wells (Unsolicited Review Copy) – Oh hells yes. I can’t wait to see what happens after Partials.

Dead Silence by Kimberly Derting (Unsolicited Review Copy) – I still need to read The Last Echo but I quite enjoyed The Body Finder, so I’ve got an open mind about this.

Taken by Erin Bowman (Unsolicited Review Copy) – The cover makes full use of Roy G. Biv, thus I am pumped up to read this.


The Fellowship Of The Ring by JRR Tolkien narrated by Rob Inglis – Yes, I totally bought this in that Audible sale. Why the heck not, even though I have a physical copy and have already read FotR.

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo narrated by George Guidall – Another book purchased in the Audible sale. Heck yesssss. And yes, I do have a physical copy and have read this one before as well.

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy narrated by Davina Porter – I bought this on Audible and oh my goodness you guys I only paid 95 cents for it. Like, it was on sale. But not a part of that most wished for sale. I was browsing my wishlist and it was like oh members pay 95 cents and I’m like as a resident cheap ass I should buy this because I will kick myself for spending a credit on it because I pay way more than 95 cents for credits. And that’s my thought process y’all.

Exclusively Yours by Shannon Stacey – I bought this for my Kindle while it was free in the Kindle store. Whatevs. Super excited for this book!

In case you skipped it or missed it, here’s a recap of what we’ve posted here last week:

I’m kind of surprised at the number of people who said they’d be willing to give The Marriage Bargain a shot after reading my review. Yay!

So, this might not have been the book for everyone, but I enjoyed Prophecy by Ellen Oh.

New year, new debuts. These ten are totally on my NEED TO READ pile.

Lisa Schroeder nails it in Falling For You and I resolve to read all of her books ever.

That one time I got to host the most amazing Gayle Forman on the blog and managed not to make an ass of myself.

So, my assessment of Splintered kind of proves that I am shallow. Why are you guys still friends with me, hahahaha.

Allison is all about Lovecraft Middle School and makes me want to read those books too. Also because I’m kind of a cover whore and those covers are SO COOL.

Want to check out Lovecraft Middle School for yourself? We’re giving them away. Also Allison conducts an interview!

Zombies! History! Steampunk! Subtle romance! Endless gushing for Something Strange And Deadly.

Allison has love for Level 2, because it’s an awesome book.

More romance books on the weekend! Today it’s To Love A Thief by Julie Anne Long.

In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren. Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.

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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.
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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.


  1. Wonderful haul of books you received! I’m totally envious of Fragments, Dead Silence as well as Siege and Storm. Enjoy your reading!

  2. Holy haul! I absolutely adored Taken, so I hope you like it, April! The Shadow Girl also sounds really good, so I’ll definitely be on the lookout for your thoughts. And I should be getting Siege and Storm soon – I can’t wait! I hope you enjoy your books!

  3. Notes From Ghost Town! I got that from NG, too, and I’m very excited to read it. I’m hoping it’s kinda like a John Green book, only with a mystery?

    Also I haven’t read The Butterfly Clues either, so I guess we can be losers together. 😛

  4. Yay for Nothing can Possibly Go Wrong. It’s so funny. And I agree, Friends with Boys was awesome, Faith Erin Hicks is a wonderful artist. 🙂

    And so many of the other books you received are ones I’m interested in, like Arclight and Taken. Hope you enjoy (at least the ones you’re looking forward to). 🙂

  5. OMG I’m so jealous of Fragments in particular!!! Partials was amaaazing; I’m dying to find out what happens!! Also, of course I’m jealous of Siege and Storm. 😉

    Amazing new books! Enjoy them!

    My Stacking the Shelves

  6. OMG. So jealous that you got Fragments. I so want to read what happens next. I loved Partials. Great haul of books. Come visit me as well.


  7. What an awesome stack of books! I really want Nobody But Us to be good but it seems to be taking a lot of punches lately, and I love the cover of Taken, I hope the story lives up to it.

    And I LOVE Parks & Recs! I only discovered it last year and my bf and I did the same thing, sat down and marathon’d it till we were done.

  8. Oh I’m SO jealous you got a copy of Nobody But Us! It looks so good! I hope you enjoy all you got 🙂

    Here’s my STS!

  9. I’m super excited for both Taken and Arclight. Arclight is one of my anticipated reads for this year. 🙂 I hope you enjoy everything!

    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

  10. Love all your fabulous books you got this week!

  11. I enjoyed Nobody but us and hope you do too.
    Happy reading,
    Brandi @ Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  12. Oh! Fragmented looks SO great – I loved Partials! I apparently missed a huge Audible sale! SHOOT!

  13. Great books as always, April. Crash and Clash look really good even though I haven’t had the best luck with new adult books so far. I’m definitely going to be giving those a chance.

    Also, you are so right about Siege & Storm. I definitely did a happy dance and I doubt anyone who got it didn’t do one. =)

    Happy reading!

  14. OMG, Siege and Storm, Arclight + Taken look so good! These are at the top of my wishlist. Arclight sounds really good, well it’s synopsis is. 😉 I really do hope you like these! Happy reading, April! Awesome haul, girl! 🙂

  15. Awesome book list! Can’t wait for Nobody But Us…
    Sapir @ Diary of a Wimpy Teen Girl

  16. SOOOOO much goodness in your mailbox. You have to let me know what you think of TAKEN and THE SHADOW GIRL.

  17. Ooh, I loved Partials too! So psyched for the sequel. ^^ And OMG you have Siege and Storm! EEEEE, can’t wait for your review!

  18. SIEGE AND STORM! *dies* The Darkling! Mal! Alina! AAHH! Gosh, I hope it’s amazing and doesn’t let down us fans. I cannot WAIT to get my hands on it when it releases! 🙂 Fantastic haul!

  19. You have received so many awesome books this week! *tries to suppress arc jelousy* You have summed up Crash pretty well 😛 It is a very good book though 🙂

  20. I have been seeing Crash and Clash a lot recently I am going to have to look into those. Anyway, great book haul this week! I hope you enjoy your new books!
    Brittany @ Spare Time book blog
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  21. Im super jealous you got Taken. I hope you enjoy all the great reads.
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  22. Holy moly, that is one incredible book haul!! Siege & Storm… *sigh* Very interested in Arclight that one sounds awesome. I got Shadows in the SIlence but I haven’t read anything in that series yet so I’m a bit behind… will have to get around to those soon maybe. 🙂 Happy Reading!
    My Showcase Sunday!

  23. Wauw, great haul! Jealous! 😉

    My next purchace is going to be Crash and Clash. They both sound really good, and even if they didn’t I would buy them anyway because the covers on those two .. WAUW!!

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  24. Ohhh I’ve contemplated buying CRASH etc many times, I hope those are good!

  25. Have not read Shadow and Bone but dying to. Awesome haul and happy reading!

    Jennifer @ Dream Reads

  26. Arclight is ALL TEH PRETTEH. I really want to read the other one coming out by her called Premeditated. Everything about it screams win.

    And yes, Amy Poehler girlcrush. And Rashida Jones. You know what, that entire female cast = girlcrush. They are perfect.

  27. I may have just done a little happy dance while looking at all the books you received. There’s so much awesome my brain can hardly compute. I will say I am particularly excited to read Nobody Like Us & Clash!

  28. So many exciting books here! I have not heard great things about Crash and Nobody but us, but I am so envious of you because you got Fragments! Ahhhhhhh trying so hard not to have ARC envy right now.

    I won a pre-order of Taken so I hope it’s good and I wish it would come out sooner!

    Oh, and I loved Something Strange and Deadly, but was very meh about Splintered.

    Super awesome haul. Yours always are! 😀

  29. You got such pretty books this week! I hope you enjoy everything! Especially Nobody But Us!

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  30. I LOVE the cover of Taken – I so hope the story inside lives up to the cover! Really looking forward to your review of it 🙂