Saturday, February 2, 2013

Stacking the Shelves: I am incorrigible

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews to show off the books we got in the previous week. Those can be print or ebooks, bought or borrowed, for review, gifted, won...

Sigh. Remember when I talked about my book diet? Yeah... major fail >.< I am weak. I can resist food, mostly, but books? Pfsh...

I only got two print books this week. I found them at an English-only secondhand store in Barcelona called Hibernian Books. They had a HUGE selection (and it was ordered and categorized!) so I'm kinda proud of myself for only buying two. The limited space in my suitcase might have had an influence though :P If you want to read more about my Barcelona experience, you can do that here.

The Amulet of Samarkand, by Jonathan Stroud
The Dark Half, by Stephen King

I read The Amulet of Samarkand in German back in... 2004? Or so? And I remember that it was sooo fun! I started re-reading it in English and it really is as great as I remembered ^^ I need to get the sequels too...
I bought The Dark Half because it's been forever since I read anything by Stephen King even though he is to this day one of my favorite authors and was a great influence when I started writing myself. Time to change that! I've been flirting with this particular book for a while and when I saw it on that shelf I knew the time was right.

For review from NetGalley:

A Shimmer of Angels, by Lisa M. Basso
Double Crossed, by Ally Carter

I read a few good reviews and Karen Mahoney recommended it on her blog, so when it was available for Read Now on NetGalley I snagged it :) And since I loved The Heist Society, I had to have Double Crossed :P I need to read Uncommon Criminals first though, otherwise I think I'll spoil myself... it's been sitting on my shelf for a while anyway.

Ebooks I won:
Two Halves, by Marta Szemik
Two Equals, by Marta Szemik
Demons of the Rich and Famous, by Tawny Stokes

Exited about all of them ^^ Thanks to Marta Szemik for being part of Katie from I Am A Reader Not A Writer's author kindle fire giveaway and to Tammy from Oh, The Books You'll Read for hosting the giveaway for Demons of the Rich and Famous!

Cheap or free amazon ebooks at the time when I bought them:

Marked: A Two Halves Novella, by Marta Szemik (free on Smaskwords)
My Boyfriend Merlin, by Priya Ardis
The Den (Book #1 in the Vampire's Witch Saga), by Jennifer Abrahams
Darkhouse (Experiment in Terror #1), by Karina Halle
The Forever Girl Part One, by Rebecca Hamilton

I think with The Forever Girl I only got one part of the entire novel, but it'll be enough to give me a taste of the writing :)
Marked is the first part of Two Halves and Two Equals, so I had to have the whole set. The other ones are books I had heard about, so I seized the chance when they were free.

Another haul of great books! If only I had more time to read them all :/
Sorry to everyone who commented on my StS last week that I didn't get back to!!! I only got back from Barcelona Wednesday evening and by Thursday, it was kind of late to comment on a Saturday meme :( I promise to respond to everybody this week!!

What do you think of my haul? Can you recommend any of the books in particular? And what did you get in the past week?


  1. Some great Netgalley books! Enjoy :)

    Old email follower (sugar_and_snark AT yahoo .com)

    Sugar & Snark

  2. I love the freebies from Amazon. I got the Den last week. I love some of those covers. Net Galley and Edelweiss are two of my favorite places to go. Be careful they are addictive.


  3. Awww, don't be too hard on yourself for not being able to resist new books. And here's why LOL: 1. you were discovering a cool bookstore in BARCELONA!! And 2. who of us can really resist getting too many books? haha :) Anyways sweet haul, I've been wanting to read the Amulet of Samarkand for like...ever. I'm happy you read & enjoyed it. I'm really loving that edition too ♥

    Also curious about A Shimmer of Angels! I hope you'll love ALL your new goodies - Congrats on scoring them all :D

  4. I've heard such great things about Karina Halle's series. I need to take a timeout from review books and devour that series. They're so cheap on Amazon, too! Enjoy your books :)

  5. eep! King was a huge influence for my writing as well. Have you read his On Writing? It's excellent, to the point. King doesn't beat about the bush or mince words :D

    I've read Forever Girl about a year ago and can't remember all the details, but I remember loving it and giving it four or five stars. It was my first New Adultnovel and I loved it that the main character was so much like me-fresh out of college and jobless. Speaking of relatable characters :P

    Sorry for babbling. Enjoy your new books!

    1. I love King's On Writing! I've read it like 3 times or so, and I want to buy it in English (a friend gave it to me in German when I was 16) and read it over again. It made me aware of so many things, and it's understandable even for the teen I was back then :) It's actually the only book on the subject I've read, though I have another one on editing and revising.
      Glad to hear you enjoyed Forever Girl! And you can babble here anytime ;)

  6. I am really afraid to start the Experiment in Terror series, even though I heard it's AMAZING, but scary! I'll be wondering what your thoughts are

  7. Waaaait a sec. How come I never heard of this King novel? *runs to check it out.* enjoy your new books!

  8. Shimmer looks great, hope you enjoy.
    Happy reading,
    Brandi @ Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  9. I really liked Darkhouse. Hope you enjoy all of your books!

  10. Ohhh it looks like you go some goodies this week. I am trying to slow down on the book buying too and I actually succeeded is week haha. Love that cover for The Forever Girl. Happy reading!

  11. Great haul! Yeah, now finding the time to read them all. I have that problem too. :D
    Glad you enjoyed Barcelona.

    My STS @ Marilyn's Mystery Blog

  12. Ahh how can you read Stephen King? I'm too chicken to read anything by him lol

    p.s. SO JEALOUS you went to Barcelona! Ahhh!

    Giselle @ Book Nerd Canada
    Stacking the Shelves Book Haul

  13. I still have to read Double Crossed, especially since I just LOVE Ally Carter's books! I haven't read the Heist Society yet, only GG, but hopefully that will change soon!
    Thanks for stopping by my STS! (: