Sunday, July 15, 2012

Stacking the Shelves: 7/15/12 Edition

Stacking the Shelves
Stacking the Shelves is a feature hosted by Tenga's Reviews wherein participants share and discuss their latest book hauls.

Welcome to my first ever Stacking the Shelves! Today, I talk about my haul from the last two weeks. So it takes a while. If you are not inclined to listen to me exercise my loquaciously verbose - but, alas, not particularly eloquent - abilities, you may skip straight to the list below.

Received for Review
Better Than Chocolate by Sheila Roberts { Goodreads || Amazon } (Thanks, Katie @ Little Bird Publicity!)
Forever And a Day by Jill Shalvis { Goodreads || Amazon } (Thanks, Grand Central Publishing!)
The Ugly Duchess by Eloisa James { Goodreads || Amazon } (Thanks, Edelweiss!)

Slow Summer Kisses by Shannon Stacey { Goodreads || Amazon }
Graceling by Kristin Cashore { Goodreads || Amazon }

Borrowed from the Library
Although, to be clear, these are not all the books I got from the library. I like to browse and pick up way more than I'll ever read. But these are the "important" ones I placed on hold.
A Night Like This by Julia Quinn { Goodreads || Amazon }
Morning Glory by LaVyrle Spencer { Goodreads || Amazon }
Thief of Shadows by Elizabeth Hoyt { Goodreads || Amazon }
Crazy for Love by Victoria Dahl { Goodreads || Amazon }
(On the) Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta { Goodreads || Amazon }
The Last Boyfriend by Nora Roberts { Goodreads || Amazon }
French Leave / L'Echappée belle by Anna Gavalda { Goodreads || Amazon }
Flirting in Italian by Lauren Henderson { Goodreads || Amazon }
Welcome Caller, This Is Chloe by Shelley Coriell { Goodreads || Amazon }

Other Books Mentioned
Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore { Goodreads || Amazon || My Review}
Hunting and Gathering / Ensemble, c'est tout by Anna Gavalda { Goodreads || Amazon }

Blogs Mentioned
The Book Barbies
Rather Be Reading


  1. GRACELING!! <3 I am in love with that book. It is just SO awesome! I really hope that you love it as much as I did. =) I'll be looking forward to your review of that! I've heard fabulous things about Jellicoe Road, but have yet to read it myself. I'll have to pick that one up before school starts in August! I wasn't a huge fan of Flirting In Italian, unfortunately, but I do hope that you like it more than I did.

    Fabulous haul, Sharon! <3 Enjoy all those books!

  2. You got some fantastic books this week!!
    This week is my first stacking the shelves also! & another funny thing is I got Crazy For Love this week... although I'm putting that in next weeks STS because I had so many books to go through as well!
    I also got a heap of Julia Quinn books! & I'm intrigued to find out your story of how you got into her books!
    I love Nora Roberts and I have The Next Always, but I haven't picked it up yet, because I'm worried it wont live up to the pretty cover also... I really love her books with mystery or with bad guys... she writes really good creepy bad guys! But I love her plain romance stories also. I'm more interested in the characters in the second book, but that occasionally happens in Nora Roberts books.
    Graceling is an amazing read and I hope that you enjoy it!

    Happy Reading!
    My STS: Nomalicious Reads

  3. Books and BeyondJuly 15, 2012 at 8:52 PM

    I received the Ugly Duchess too. It looks cute. I have yet to read Graceling. I have heard so many wonderful things about it. 
    New follower to your blog :)
    Week in(bookish)News:Sunday

  4. I adored Graceling!  It was my favorite of the three.  I basically bought it because I want it readily available when I decide to reread multiple times in the future. I've heard great things about Jellicoe Road, too.  I really am not sure if I'm going to wind up reading Flirting in Italian.  I really want to, because it's Italy and romantic and a cute cover/title.  But I haven't seen one review yet that said the reviewer loved it.  They're either negative, mediocre, or liked-but-didn't-love.  We'll see.  There are just so many books I'm super excited to read; I don't know if I'll get around to that one in time.

    Thanks!  I'll try. :)

  5. Oh, excellent!  I'll have to check out yours, too. That's so funny about Crazy for Love.

    The Julia Quinn story really isn't as interesting as I made it sound, LOL.  Basically, my friend who got me into historical romance loved Julia Quinn, so I decided to pick up one of her books, but I wasn't impressed.  The first half was awesome, but I didn't care for the second half at all.  I tried her again after that, though, and discovered how fabulous she is.  Since then, I've loved everything I've read by her (except for the last 2 Bridgerton books, which I liked, but I felt that their tone was too contemporary).  And I've read a lot.

    I haven't read a lot of Nora Roberts, but what I have, I mostly enjoyed.  I liked her Bridal quartet.I love Graceling!Same to you. :)

  6. Hooray!  I love Eloisa James, so I'm sure it'll be good.  I adore Graceling and most definitely recommend it, especially if you love strong female leads.

    Thank you for the follow. :)

  7.  Oh wow that's really funny, the first Julia Quinn book I read I wasn't real fussed with either haha. But now I'm in love with her books and pretty much going through them all, I'm reading the Bridgerton series at the moment and up to When He Was Wicked! I really love the story but I'm not a big fan of Francesca. I was re-introduced to Quinn by A Night Like This and have been reading a lot of her books backwards. But started the Bridgerton series last and from the first book haha.

    With Nora Roberts you should check out Chasing Fire, Black Hills and her

    Chesapeake Bay Saga!I like her Bridal Quartet series too, it was fun but not her best at all! But I still loved it. -Kate :D

  8. Haha, funny.  My first (I just realized I never mentioned which one it was) was The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever.  However, you can't write off the series, because What Happens in London is absolutely wonderful.

    Ohhh, I love love love When He Was Wicked.  It's my favorite Bridgerton book.  The tone is a lot heavier and angstier than the typical Quinn book, but she pulls it off well.

    I'll keep those recommendations in mind!  I've heard that about the Chesapeake Bay series before, so I've been meaning to read it.

  9. The first book I read was Splendid, it was such a long time ago though, I should re-read it and finish off the rest of that series.

    I agree about Miranda's book, I enjoyed it but completely agree with you.
    I loved What Happens in London! It was amazing! I'm really hoping that she will write a book about both Harry and Olivia's brothers! but it's doubtful that will happen.

    My favourite Bridgerton Book's so far are Romancing Mr Bridgerton and the Viscount Who Loved Me... its so hard to choose between them both and I really enjoyed An Offer from a Gentleman. I just love Michael from Wicked.. I just can't stand Francesca, I'm about halfway in and I hope that she'll grow on me!

    The Chesapeake Bay series was my first Nora Robert's books I read so I'm a bit biased, but I would have to say its probably one of her most famous series. I hope that you enjoy it as much as I did! You'll have to let me know when you pick it up!

    It's been great chatting with you! Sorry for spamming your Stacking the Shelves comments haha.

    -Kate :P

  10. You are adorable! I like how you only list the "important" library books. I totally understand that. Looks like we are reading a bunch of the same books. I'm so excited to read Better than Chocolate... unfortunately I have a bunch of books to read beforehand. Argh. Hope you have a great great week! xo

  11. Haha, well, I have about 25-30 books checked out from the library right now, so I really did not need to talk about every single one.  I rambled long enough as it was!  I used to wonder how in the world people could go for 15 minutes in their IMM I know.

    I have quite a few lined up before Better Than Chocolate, too, but thankfully, I have a while until I need to read it.  It looks so good, though, so I'm excited!

    Hope you have a great week, too! :)

  12. All I literally spotted at first glance on your list was Graceling and I was officially excited for you. It's such a great book! I hope you enjoy it :)

  13. You know, I think that's one of the few I've yet to read.

    I adore Romancing Mr. Bridgerton.  It's definitely my second favorite in the series, and I really want to to re-read it.  I love both Colin and Penelope, and they're wonderful together.

    Will do!

    Oh, don't ever apologize!  This blog is a comment-as-much-as-you-like zone.  I always enjoy discussing books!

    I just started following your blog this morning, by the way. :)

  14. I love Graceling!  I bought it because I just felt the need to own it and reread. :D

  15. Sharon, so glad to see Jellicoe Road here! I love that book! Also, will be curiously awaiting your review for Flirting in Italian. I didn't like it and won't be continuing with the sequel, but maybe you will. I also really enjoyed Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe. I hope you find it to be a great read! :) Enjoy all your great books! xo

  16. I've heard really great things about Jellicoe Road, so I'm excited to read it!

    I really want to read Flirting in Italian - for all the obvious reasons, first - but really, just to see what I think of it, despite the negative/okay reviews I've seen.

    Thanks!  Enjoy whatever you're reading at the moment, too. ♥

  17. I really liked Jellicoe Road, so I'm crossing my fingers and hoping you like it too! Also, I STILL haven't read Graceling. I've had a copy for like four years, and three of my friends have already borrowed, read, and loved it, but I just haven't gotten around to it yet. Book blogger FAIL! lol.

  18. You received some great books this week! I hope Graceling is good. I still haven't read it, but I've heard many great reviews for the series.

    Thanks for sharing! :)

  19. I absolutely adore Graceling; I was buying it to reread. :)

  20. I'm glad to hear that it's good enough to reread! I started it once but I never got the chance to finish it. I can't remember if I was bored or if I just had to return it to the library!

  21. I'm glad to hear that! I just took it out from the library so I'm hoping I enjoy it. :)


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