Stacking the Shelves: July 19, 2014

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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.




Landline by Rainbow Rowell: This was not a “traditional” purchase.  I’ve written before about my love of subscription boxes.  I’ve subscribed to the Book Riot subscription box on Quarterly since day one.  I’ve been generally happy with it, so when they announced a second subscription box, called Riot Read, I decided to give it a shot.  Unlike the original box, the Riot Read box would consist of a single book versus the numerous books and other bookish goodies in the original box.  It would also cost $30, while the original box is $50.  I don’t know about you, but paying $30 for a book is not something I would normally do, unless it’s something like the Game of Thrones: A Pop-Up Guide to Westeros.  The way Book Riot promoted this is that $30 is what you would pay for a new hardcover from an indie, plus shipping.  But they also touted, as an added value, all of this exciting content they would feature on their site to go along with the book, including podcasts, interviews, discussions, etc.  I could have sworn that they said that the content would be exclusive to subscribers.  I figured that even though $30 was pricey, I would check out the box and the content at least once, to see if it seemed like a good value.

Fast forward to this week, and the box showed up at my door, and inside was Landline.  Awesome!  I’d been dying to read this book, and in fact, I had just picked it up earlier that day at the library.  I went to check out BR’s site, and I found…the content is not exclusive.  So, I paid $30 for a book that is $15 at Amazon and B&N (and I have free shipping at both), and essentially, I paid an additional $15 for content that anyone else could access for free.  I complained about it on Twitter, and one of BR’s founders replied that the online content is free so that people outside the U.S. can participate, since they can’t subscribe to the box.  OK, I’m glad everyone around the world can share in the Landline love, but I don’t like that I had to pay twice as much as everyone (including people in the U.S.) without a subscription.

Needless to say, I immediately cancelled Riot Read.



The Aftermath by Jen Alexander
The Iron Trial by Cassandra Clare and Holly Black
Tabula Rasa by Kristen Lippert-Martin

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Let me know what hit your shelves this week!


21 Responses to “Stacking the Shelves: July 19, 2014”

  1. Tammy

    That’s crappy about the Riot Read, good thing you canceled. It’s like how I feel about Amazon Kindle Unlimited, why would I pay more money to access a bunch of books I don’t read. I have a hard enough time choosing my Prime book of the month through their lending library without getting stuck with a dud. Now if for $9 bucks a month I could access any book Amazon has on their site I’d do it.

    • Stephanie

      Ugh, I know! Maybe some people will enjoy those Amazon books, but I’ve read enough of them to know not to waste my time anymore. There are too many other good books out there.

  2. Cait @ Notebook Sisters

    Oh gosh, so disappointing about Riot Read. That’s kind of wrong, though…that they’d charge so much extra. 🙁 I feel bad for you!

    I’m very interested in The Iron Trials now…I’ve only like, these last few months, gotten into both Cassandra Clare and Holly Black’s writing so EXCITING. xD I’d love to see what they do together.
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    • Stephanie

      I STILL have not read anything by Black or Clare. Looks like this will be my first one.

    • Stephanie

      It will be interesting to see if this Riot Read subscription continues. It seems that some people are willing to pay that premium, but I’m not one of them!

  3. Kristen@My Friends Are Fiction

    ugh, that’s not fun to have paid double. At least it was a good book but still. Not cool. I’d have canceled too. I didn’t see you on twitter. I was thinking this morning…where has Stephanie been? It seems I’ve missed you when you’re on there. I do hope you love Landline and I’ll be curious to hear your thoughts.
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    • Stephanie

      I have not been on Twitter much the last couple of weeks, because I’ve been busy at work (including some nights.) I’ve been trying to stay somewhat in touch, but I’m sure I’ve missed out on a lot. If there’s some juicy drama, I still expect to be kept apprised. 🙂

    • Stephanie

      I can absolutely appreciate them wanting to make the content available to everyone, but I wish they had been upfront about it.

    • Stephanie

      Have you read Attachments? That was such a good book. If Landline is anything like that, I will be happy.

  4. Greg

    That’s too bad about Riot Read, I don’t blame you for canceling it. Hopefully Landline is good anyway- it’s Rainbow so I’m sure it is. And Tabula Rasa looks good, think I want to read that one…
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