Stacking The Shelves (28)

I feel like every time I write one of these how’s my life going updates, I sound so whiny and busy. Fact of the matter is that I AM busy and I do feel sort of whiny. The other dayI took the GRE and while I didn’t do quite as great as I had hoped, I still did fine and I beat my boyfriend’s score. Plus, the score is what I need to get into one of my top grad schools which is really all that matters. Hooray for taking steps in the direction of a career I actually want. Anyways! These were great weeks for new books.

For Review:

The House Of Secrets by Chris Columbus and Ned Vizzini (Blog Tour)
The Caged Graves by Dianne K. Salerni (Vine)
The Iron King by Maurice Druon (Vine) – I’ve already read and finished this.
The Strange And Familiar Place by Rachel Carter (Unsolicited)
The Distance Between Us by Kaise West (Unsolicited)
Vortex by SJ Kincaid (Unsolicited)
Shadow Of The Mark by Leigh Fallon (Unsolicited)
Relish: My Life In The Kitchen by Lucy Knisley (Vine) – I’ve already read and finished this.
Too Hot To Handle by Victoria Dahl (Vine)
Maid Of Secrets by Jennifer McGowan (Unsolicited)
If I Should Die by Amy Plum (Unsolicited)
Darius & Twig by Walter Dean Myers (Unsolicited)
The Silver Dream by Neil Gaiman and Michael Reaves (Unsolicited)
Unnatural Creatures edited by Neil Gaiman (Unsolicited)
Unbreakable by Elizabeth Norris (Unsolicited)

From Edelweiss/Netgalley:

Hideous Love by Stephanie Hemphill – Verse book about Mary Shelley? Fuck yes.
Twinmaker by Sean Williams – Friendship and body image? Sign me up.
Find Me by Romily Bernard – Basically this one is about a hacker and it’s a mystery thriller and sounds legit, is all.
The Brokenhearted by Amelia Kahaney – Reluctant superheroes, I am down.
Not A Drop To Drink by Mindy McGinnis – I love books about droughts. Also, Shanyn liked it and her opinion is good enough for me.
Blackout by Robison Wells – Basically I just need to read all of Wells books like in a marathon or something.
Don’t Look Now by Michelle Gagnon – I read the first book Don’t Turn Around and am curious about what happens. Which reminds me, I totally need to write a review of the first book soonish.


One Good Earl Deserves A Lover by Sarah Maclean (Kindle) – This book is currently on sale for Kindle for $3.99, so because I’ve been wanting to read it for a while, I immediately snapped it up and read it.
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell (Kindle) – I’ve already read this, but my sister is on my Amazon account and so because she hasn’t read it and because it’s only $4.99, I bought it so she could read it, because it’s legit THAT good.
Something About You by Julie James (Kindle) – Because I love contemporary adult romance and I own paper copies of a few books in this series.
Serendipity by Carly Phillips (Kindle) – Ditto with contemporary adult romance, also I love the cover.
See You At Harry’s by Jo Knowles (Kindle) – Apparently this is a tear jerker and middle grade. Boom sign me up.
Black Hole Sun by David Macinnis Gill (Kindle) – This one was free for a very short time, and I won’t say no to that.
The Prince Commands: Being Sundry Adventures of Michael Karl, Sometime Crown Prince & Pretender to the Thrown of Morvania by Andre Norton (Kindle) -Another freebie.
Merlin’s Mirror by Andre Norton (Kindle) – Another freebie.
The Jargoon Pard by Andre Norton (Kindle) – Another freebie.
The Host by Stephanie Meyer (Kindle) – This book was on sale and I’d actually read it and owned a hardcover, but I bought it in Kindle form so that I could get rid of the hardcover and gain back some shelf space.
Far In The Wilds by Deanna Raybourn (Kindle) – Another freebie, also bonus it’s by Deanna Raybourn.
Snuff by Terry Pratchett (Kindle) – This was a kindle daily deal and I am down with Terry Pratchett.
Existence by Abbi Glines (Kindle) – Another freebie.
Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare (Kindle) – This was on sale, so of course I had to have it to complete the trilogy.
Storybound by Marissa Burt (Kindle) -Another freebie.
The Governess Affair by Courtney Milan (Kindle) – Another freebie.
The Dutchess War by Courtney Milan (Kindle) – This was a Kindle daily deal and I’d never read Milan but people I trust like her so I bought it.
The Peculiar by Stefan Bachmann (Kindle) – This was a daily deal and I’ve been wanting to read it since BEA last year.
Russian Winter by Daphne Kalotay (Kindle) – I actually had an ARC of this, so when I saw it was $2, I bought it and dropped the ARC off at the free table at work.


Star Crossed by Jennifer Echols from Shanyn at Chick Loves Lit
The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson from Rae Carson

In case you skipped it or missed it, here’s a recap of what we’ve posted here like 3 weeks ago because I am way too lazy to recap again:

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. Congratulations on your GRE scores! I was just wondering about that a couple days ago. Sorry you didn’t do as well as you wanted, but the fact that it’s good enough to get you into one of your top grad schools is pretty fabulous. 😀

    I LOVE Courtney Milan. She writes wonderfully feminist historical romances. I haven’t read The Duchess War yet, but I’ve heard great things about it. Looking forward to seeing your thoughts when you read it.

  2. OMG THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US. GAH. I don’t hate you right now. Nope. Not at all. Totally not bitter.

    No, no. I’m good. It’s cool. It’s cool.

    Good luck with The Strange and Whatever The Fuck I Don’t Even Care Place. Book 1 infuriated me. Like, a lot. The ending of book one? GAH. *throws book across room* I wanted to stab that book like Harry Potter stabbed Tom Riddle’s diary. Like, no. God no.


    “Swag is useless. It’s like, what am I going with this bookmark? I already use things to mark my book; they’re called bills!” < dying. Mate.

    So yeah. Interested in seeing what you think of that one. And I got Blackout from EW this week too. Interested in it, have heard mixed things about the author's Variant series, but this one sounds really good. Anything with a plague and my ears perk up instantly. Love them.

    Except for in Contagion.

    Because Contagion sucked. Big time. It's like, "woo, we finally have a vaccine for this deadly plague, here's a neat idea, let's auction it off through bingo!" And then they did. Meanwhile I'm like: O_O

    My comment is really incoherent. Oops.

  3. Love the package of the first book!

    Star Crossed – yay! I didn’t like it at first and then I was hooked! And Jennifer’s books are awesome so a whole week dedicated to her will be fantastic!

    Unbreakable – I hope it’s as good as book 1

    And no, most of us do not say ‘mate’ all the time. It depends where you live and it’s more of a guy-thing 😀

  4. Look at you, OWNING the GREs!!! Good for you. I remember when I took them and I had to have my sister help me basically relearn high-school math for three weeks prior. Ask me how much of it I remember now. EXACTLY RIGHT. Virtually nothing. I’m so bad at math. Ha!
    Anyway, I’m glad that your life is going to be getting back to normal soon! You’ve got so many awesome books to read! I can’t wait to get my hands on Unbreakable. I really enjoyed Unraveling. (Unraveled? For some reason I always think it’s one when it’s really the other and I’m too lazy to check.) And See You At Harry’s is supposed to be so very good. I keep meaning to get it out of the library!
    YAY for not being so busy anymore!

  5. Something About You is fantastic and I’m so excited to see what you think of The Bitter Kingdom! I can’t WAIT till it’s out! 😀

  6. Congrats on your GRE score! Good luck with applications!

  7. Ahh, the GRE! I took it about a year ago…that was torture.

    So many books! I’m really excited for Maid of Secrets and Unbreakable. Eleanor & Park sounds great, too!

    Here’s Mine @ Pinkindle Reads & Reviews

  8. Wyoming is pretty much all you need to say to me to get me to read a book. But it’s even funnier that my last job before moving to NY was at a museum that was working on building a new location in Wyoming. HOW FITTING. If only there’d been hot sex involved.

  9. OH MY GOD. April, I don’t even know where to start with your haul. It’s humongous. I hope you enjoy all your new books.


  10. Congrats on finishing the GRE. And all the events and stuff you’ve been doing lately. More time to read now! You got so many good books! Hope you enjoy them all. That’s awesome the author signed that book for you. I always wanted to be quoted in a book!

  11. Unnatural Creatures!!!! I so want to read that one! 🙂 And yay for The Distance Between Us … that one looks awesome. And congratulations!!

    Have a good week!

  12. Super long comment incoming. I luurrrvvveee your haul videos. And this is a loooonnnnggg one. Yes. I feel like getting a cup of tea or something.

    The House of Secrets package is sooooo cool! What a great marketing idea.

    I hope Unnatural Creatures is awesome. You get some bad-ass finished copies, girl. I’m jelly!

    Agreed about bookmarks. I literally have like two pounds of bookmarks now. I will have bookmarks until the day I die. LOL.

    OMFG. You got Vortex. Insignia was one of my favorite books of last year. Now I’m really jealous.

    Yay for donating to Cuddlebuggery’s ARC program! I did too.

    I got an eARC of The Caged Graves and I can’t to read it. I hope it’s good!

    Oooh yeah! I put Openly Straight on my Waiting on Wednesday a while back. I really want to read that one!

    I love middle grade too. This was a really fantastic haul and I’m still drooling over Vortex. 😀

  13. Watching this makes me miss your face even more.

    Also, I call dibs on Vortex when you’re finished with it.


  14. I’m listening to House of Secrets now, and it’s okay, but I’m glad I’m listening rather than reading, because it’s not like stellar.

    OMG, THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US. *flails* I only really want a couple of those Harper books, but the only way to get them is being on that list, so I want that list. Haha. Or I can wait til they come out and I have time. Like a normal person. *sighs* Book blogger problems. Anyway, I hope you love them!

    Oh, also, I totally chose my grad school options by where I didn’t need to take the GRE to go. I am a lazy bastard.

  15. Hahaha. I definitely do not want to know if someone doesn’t like P&P either. Because that is crazy, and then it will be my mission in life to make that person love P&P.

    Also, totally awesome that you are quoted for the Bitter Kingdom book! Woot woot!

  16. I am so excited about House of Secrets! The combination of Chris Columbus + Ned Vizzini has me insanely interested, and the story sounds super good too. I can’t wait to get a copy of that.

    In general, I love a lot of the books that you mentioned/listed up there. There’s definitely a general awesomeness up there (and I’m especially giddy about One Good Earl Deserves a Lover, since I have to read that one too!)

    Congratulations on the GRE! That had to be tough, but I’m glad that you got a score that qualifies you for the school you want.

  17. Congrats on the GRE! I just finished grad school so I wish you all the best with your applications.