Stacking the Shelves # 64

May 9, 2014 Stacking the Shelves 26

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! Visit Tynga’s Reviews to learn more about this weekly meme.

I’ve been a bit disconnected from the blogosphere this past week for a couple of reasons.  For one, I’m disappointed in a book that I’d been really anticipating: The Bees.  After one week of reading, I’ve only made it to page 77.  I won the ARC in a Goodreads giveaway, and every time I think about setting it aside in favor of something else, I feel guilty.  And it’s discouraged me from reading anything else.  Do you ever get that feeling?  But I’m determined to pick up another book this weekend, and I hope to get my reading groove back.

My other problem this week is that my air conditioning system broke on Monday.  Terrible timing, since it’s been close to 90 degrees here all week.  I’ve already sunk a lot of money into this system, repairing various things over the last couple of years, starting when it was just over 5 years old – just out of warranty.  But now, the latest problem is just too expensive to justify replacing that one part, so I’m going for a whole new AC/furnace system.  In the meantime, I’ve been grouchy, sweating, and dealing with a series of repairmen all week as I got estimates.  I finally signed a contract with one of them last night to get it installed next Wednesday, and he left two portable AC units that have been helping to keep the temperature inside below 80.  And I finally got a good night’s sleep last night!

OK, was that enough complaining for you?  Let’s get to what you came here for – the books!


deadly little sins

Deadly Little Sins by Kara Taylor: This is the final book in the excellent Prep School Confidential trilogy.  If you haven’t read these books, you’re missing out!  You can check out my reviews of the first two books here.  
The Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes


The New Hunger

The New Hunger by Isaac Marion: This is a prequel novella to Warm Bodies, a book that I loved.  I’ve been meaning to purchase this ever since I finished Warm Bodies, and I finally got around to it.




The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

last week

Review: After the End by Amy Plum
Top Ten Book Covers I’d Frame as Pieces of Art

Let me know what hit your shelves this week!


26 Responses to “Stacking the Shelves # 64”

  1. Mel@thedailyprophecy

    Oh no, I hope your conditioning is fixed soon! Or you just come over here, since it’s cold and rainy 🙁 I’ve heard great things about Art of Lainey, happy reading 😀
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  2. Cait @ Notebook Sisters

    Aw, it’s not complaining that much! Heat SUCKS. At least if it’s freezing you can always rug up, but heat? Bleh. And I live in Australia, so I know how bad it can get without air-con. I hope it gets sorted for you soon! And I just finished reading Stay Where You Are And Then Leave by John Boyne, which I was SUPER excited about (because I really like The Boy in the Striped Pajamas)….and it was really not very good. So disappointing. Makes me not feel like picking up the next read, really. *sigh* I hope you hit a good book soon!
    My StS!
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    • Stephanie

      I can only imagine what Australia’s hot weather feels like. Hopefully I’ll find out for real one day. 🙂

      Sorry you were disappointed in that book, Cait. That’s never good when it’s by an author you’ve enjoyed previously.

  3. chucklesthescot

    I hate getting a book sent to me for review and not enjoying it. Normally I would just abandon a book I’d bought or downloaded but in this case I flick through quickly to see how everything finished and if the book got better or worse to help me in my review. Hope your next book is better!
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    • Stephanie

      I always feel pressure with physical ARCs. This particular book isn’t bad – I just think it isn’t for me.

    • Stephanie

      Oh, I hope you love it! And you MUST check out the film, too. It’s a bit different from the book, but it’s every bit as good.

  4. Fi

    Sorry you’ve been suffering in the heat, fingers crossed the installation of your new A/C goes smoothly and you feel more like reading! Sad to hear that you’re not enjoying The Bees, it’s on my wishlist but I’ve heard lots of mixed things about it.

    Hope you have a better week and happy reading 🙂
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    • Stephanie

      I have every expectation that the install will go smoothly, but even if it doesn’t, at least I know that these portable AC units are doing a decent job.

      I hope you like The Bees. Now that I’ve read some of it, I can certainly understand why there are mixed reactions.

    • Stephanie

      Oh, I’m sorry to hear that! The good news is that it will published in just a few months.

  5. Kristen@My Friends Are Fiction

    NOO, I wanted you to love The Bees! I totally understand what you mean about a book putting you in a slump. I say, put it aside and read something else! maybe when you come back to it you’ll like it more. Ugh so much about your air conditioning situation. happy you are in the midst of a solution.
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    • Stephanie

      I still want you to check out. I think it’s possible that you might have better luck. Believe it or not, there is some actual world-building that you might enjoy.

    • Stephanie

      I just started reading Mind of Winter by Laura Kasischke, and I’m really enjoying it. Yay for that!

    • Stephanie

      The Alchemist is book that I’ve been wanting to read for a long time, so it’s nice to have won a copy. 🙂

    • Stephanie

      Warm Bodies is so good. The author is working on a sequel, and I can’t wait to read that.

  6. Kel

    I know what you mean. I’m in exactly the same place with “Frankenstein.” I’m not enjoying it, which means I’m avoiding it, but I feel too guilty to pick up anything else.

    Bad AC units can definitely ruin your week. Good luck with getting the new one installed problem-free!
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  7. Kirsty-Marie

    Ugh, yeah. I hate it when that happens, I mean, you want to just get the book out of the way and finish it so you can go onto something better, but you just don’t want to. Always draaaags longer than any others. I had to DNF one the other day because of it (though it was an ebook, and I never requested it so I don’t feel as guilty) Though, the heat’s probably been an added factor to it too, it’s been cold and raining here, so I’m happy, haha. I LOVED Prep-School Confidential, though I haven’t read the second yet, so I’ll have to soon in time for this one! 🙂 Hope you get back into reading something good again!

    Here’s mine

    Kirsty @ StudioReads

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