Saturday, February 23, 2013

Stacking the Shelves: hauling in two week's worth of awesome

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews to showcase all the books we got in the past week. Those can be bought, won, gifted, for review, borrowed, print or ebooks... no matter, just share what you got :)

My haul this time is fairly big because I didn't do one last week. I was generally MIA apart from a promo post I had already agreed to. Why? I had to finally kick my own ass and finish the Paper Of Doom. But here are my new lovelies from the past two weeks...


Insomnia, by J.R. Johansson
Strange Fates, by Marlene Perez

I've highlighted Insomnia as my WoW this week because the premise is just so awesome. Strange Fates is something I stumbled upon on NetGalley. It involves the Fates of Greek legend but it's set in the present day, with a male protag, and kinda UF sounding. Loved the idea, and it was Read Now, so no need to request if you'd like to head over and snag it yourself ;) In fact I like the description so much that I'll probably squeeze it in really soon. I really feel like reading something like that at the moment.


How to Date an Alien, by Magan Vernon
How to Break up with an Alien, by Magan Vernon
How to Marry an Alien, by Magan Vernon

I won this in a giveaway on the blog tour a while back. Not my usual read, but I like to go out of my comfort zone every once in a while and the books sounded really fun in the reviews :) I used to say 'nope' to aliens but see how that turned out in the case of Obsidian... :P

Bought online:

Opal, by Jennifer L. Armentrout
The Indigo Spell, by Richelle Mead

I'm reading Opal right now and still loving the series :)
I read The Indigo Spell last weekend and it was AMAZING!! If you haven't ordered it yet or not started the series, go do it! I hope I'll get around to posting my review soon.

And I went and ordered a crap-ton on TBD that I'm now waiting for >.< Remember that book buying ban I wanted to do a couple weeks ago? are the death of me. I mean come on, a print book for 3 to 4 euros?! At the store I'd pay like 15 or 16.


Kingdom Series Collection, by Marie Hall
Wings of Arian, by Devri Walls
The Torn Wing, by Kiki Hamilton

Wings of Arian and The Torn Wing were free on amazon when I got them.
The Kingdom Series was a totally spontaneous buy last week. I'd never heard of it before, but I fell for the cover and checked out the description. It's three stories centering on Alice and the Mad Hatter, Beauty and the Beast, and Red Riding Hood and the Wolf. The twists for the retellings sounded really cool so I bought it :)

Book store trip:

Just One Day, by Gayle Forman
Rapture, by Lauren Kate

I don't usually do book store buys anymore because I can save so much money by ordering online, but every once in a while I just can't resist... and there was a special 20% discount for students. It also ensures that I definitely get the right edition, so when Rapture was finally out in the one that matches my other books, I had to have it. Even though I have a strange relationship to the series. I'll probably make a 'book thoughts' post about the whole series once I've read Rapture.
And Just One Day, well... all those reviews! I needed it. I couldn't believe they actually stocked it. It'll be my first Gayle Forman book because I still haven't gotten around to that If I Stay copy I bought secondhand a while ago.

Oh, and guess what?!?! I GOT A KINDLE FIRE :D No more reading ebooks on my phone!
But there are a couple issues I don't really get and which annoy me. If anyone has one and would be okay with me sending them a couple questions via email or whatever that'd be awesome! It mainly concerns how to get ebooks not from amazon (but in mobi format) and ARCs to show up with the books instead of as coverless documents.

Oh, and one more cute thing I wanted to share. It was my birthday recently and a good friend I don't see all that often gave me this when we met a couple days ago:
It's Oliver the owl from Skelanimals!!! He's so cute ^_^ I had to set him there a bit awkwardly because he kept falling of the shelf, but doesn't he make a cute book owl together with Billy the Bat? Erm yeah... as you can guess, there's still a 17-year-old emo girl living somewhere in my heart :P Can't resist creepy things that are also a bit cute.

Okay, I think that's all... hopefully I didn't forget any books. What do you think of my haul (or my sanity, haha)? Any of those new to you? Got ideas about my Kindle issue? And please share the links to what you got in the past week :)


  1. Oh wow, awesome haul! The Alien series sounds amazing, and yeah Obsidian really got me into aliens too :P
    Opal is AMAZINGG. But omg the ending.. I won't say any more!
    I didn't like Rapture as much as the rest of the series, but I think it tied up all the strings quite well.
    Hope you enjoy all your books, and congrats on the Kindle Fire :D

    My book haul

  2. I love my Kindle Fire. I also got The Torn Wing as well. Awesome haul.


  3. Awesome haul, some of these look great!

  4. The Alien series sounds like fun. Strange Fate sounds good too. Happy Reading! :-)

  5. Wow! Great haul. I don't have a kindle, but I really need to cave and get one. All of these look really good. I hope you enjoy all of them. I've been dying to read Insomnia and I really liked Obsidian so I really want to finish the series.

    Thanks for sharing.

    My Book haul is here

    ~Danica Page@Taking it One Page at a Time

  6. Waaaaaaaait a second! There are Skalenimals plushies?? *-* ME NEEDS IT!! I almost bought Insomnia today. :) hope you like it.

  7. I'm so glad you are enjoying The Lux series. JLA is awesome! Opal is my least favorite, but I still really like it. I can't wait to read the next one. I want it now!

    Enjoy your goodies. Happy reading :)

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  9. You got some great books. I'm eagerly awaiting my library copy of Indigo Spell and I have Just One Day sitting on my shelf calling my name.

    Stacking the Shelves (#1)
    LisaILJ @ I’ll Tumble for YA

  10. Oh my goodness. AMAZING HAUl. I totally agree with you about The Indigo Spell - it was incredible. And read Just One Day soon! It's very good and I hope you end up liking it. (:

  11. So jealous you got Just One Day! And Jennifer L. Armentrout's books are amazing! I hope you enjoy all you got :)

    Here's my STS!

  12. Eeeppp!!! Opal and The Indigo Spell! Awesome pick! :D

    Here's my Showcase Sunday

  13. Ooohh Insomnia! I want to request it so bad but I already have so much! I probably will eventually LOL Loved Opal and The Indigo Spell and I'm dying to read Just One Day! Thanks for stopping by!!!

  14. Don't kill me, but I didn't read the Vampire Academy series or the Bloodlines series. I need to read them soon though!
    I never read Opal yet because Onyx disappointed me SO MUCH. Ugh. ):
    Thanks for stopping by my STS Carmen! (:

  15. I got How To Date An Alien last week. Hope it's good, I love aliens :)
    Oliver is so freaking cute <3 And I'll be on the lookout for your review of Insomnia, that definitely sounds awesome!

  16. Yay for the Kindle Fire! I seriously debated between that and the Paperwhite when I was purchasing a Kindle, but since I already had a Nook Color, I went with the simple Paperwhite. Sometimes I still wish I'd gotten the Fire. :( Anyway, awesome book haul. I just finished The Indigo Spell the other day and LOVED it! I still haven't started the Lux series yet but I really, really want to. :P