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STSmall_thumb[2]Stacking The Shelves is about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared.  The original webpage is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews (http://www.tyngasreviews.com/).

It’s been a while since I posted a Stacking the Shelves post (over a month). It’s no secret that I’ve been a little disenchanted with some of the books I’ve picked up recently but after getting some recommendations from friends I’m hoping this lot proves more interesting and satisfying.  I think I may need to have a marathon reading session – I have added quite a bit to my TBR pile.

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Up at Butternut Lake by Mary McNear – I think I chose this one because it isn’t challenging. It’s described as “the first in a homey, feel-good series”.  I’ve read so many duds lately that I was looking for a simple, basic story.

Graceling by Kristin Cashore – I tried to read this one a while back and gave up on it.  I decided to download it and give it another try.

The Thinking Women’s Guide to Real Magic by Emily Croy Barker.  I downloaded this one on a recommendation from Deborah Harkness (one of my favorite authors).  People magazine described the heroine as an American Hermione Granger who never got an invitation to Hogwarts.  It intrigued me enough to give it a try.

The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson – This is the fantasy story of a young princess who is supposed to have a magical gift but doesn’t.  She flees an arranged marriage on her wedding day.  She is pursued by two men – one is the jilted prince and the other is an assassin hired to kill her.

When the Lion Feeds by Wilbur Smith – This book takes place in Africa, and it’s the beginning book in a series.  It has a little bit of everything – romance, adventure, war, intrigue, betrayal and family saga.

Painter of the Heavens by Bart Stewart – This is another novel with a little bit of everything.  It involves a woman who’s drawn into a bizarre fraud scheme when she begins dating an eccentric man.

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty – I hope I have better luck with this one than I did with Moriarty’s Big Little Lies.  I have to read this one – it’s the next selection for my book club.  This novel is about a woman who’s bumped her head and has lost ten years of her life.

and last but not least –

Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen – This is the story of the Waverly sisters.  Each of the sisters has a magical ability.

Happy reading, everyone!