Stacking the Shelves #4

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.  I’m so short on time lately between work, school and reading for book club.  I don’t have much time for reading for just me.  Here’s the first batch of what I’ve downloaded to my Kindle since August 28th.  I’ll post the rest soon.

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The Fallen Angel by Daniel Silva – It sounded interesting, but it’s #12 in a series.  I have yet to start it, and no, I did not download the other 11 books.

Three Wishes by Liane Moriarty – I picked up this one because I liked “What Alice Forgot” by this author.

The Mysterious Affair at Castaway House by Stephanie Lam – I downloaded this one after reading a review.  I started it, but it didn’t hold my attention. I may go back to it.

Unteachable by Leah Raeder – I downloaded this one after reading a review.  This is about a student who falls in love with a teacher.

The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty –  I picked up this one because I liked “What Alice Forgot” by this author.

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte – because it’s always nice to have some of the classics on hand.

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier – because it’s always nice to have some of the classics on hand.

Happy reading, everyone!

Stacking the Shelves #3

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!

Stacking the Shelves #2

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/).

I got a little carried away this week, guys!  I seem to have gotten hooked on magical/fantasy type novels.  The five books that I added to my shelves this week are:

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Cinder: Book One of the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer – This is a twist on the Cinderella story.  Cinder is a cyborg.  I picked this one up because it was cheap on Amazon ($2.99 on Kindle), and I read a blog post by the Obsessive Bookseller (http://nikihawkes.com/2014/07/12/book-review-cinder-by-marissa-meyer/) giving it a good review. I figured I had to give it a try.

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi – This is another dystopian type novel.  I seem to be gravitating towards these types of novels lately. I thought I’d give this one a try, too.

The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness – This is the final novel in Harkness’s All Souls Trilogy.  I loved A Discovery of Witches, her first book. I read it twice.  The second book, Shadow of Night wasn’t as good. It took me a long time to get into it and finish it.  I am hoping the third book is as good as the first book was.  This is a story of a marriage between a witch and a vampire and the mysterious manuscript that brought them together in the first place.

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo is the second book in the Grisha series.  I am flying through the first book (Shadow and Bone) so I ordered the second one now so that I can continue without stopping when I reach the end.

The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker is the story of a couple of mythical creatures trying to fit in as humans in turn-of-the-century New York City.  I am hoping this is as good a book as the reviews indicate.  I chose it as the second book for my book club to read.  I’ll feel bad if it doesn’t measure up!

Happy reading this week, everyone!