Stacking the Shelves #89

Hi everyone! This week’s Stacking the Shelves is what I have added to my bookshelf in past week. Well actually, if I am telling the truth, this stack is more than just the past week, some of these weren’t included the last ‘Stacking the Shelves’. Melissa has been very good, or very bad depending on how you look at it, and doesn’t have anything to add this week.

Stacking the Shelves is bought to you by Tynga from Tynga’s Reviews. 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!

In Kristy’s mailbox:

Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer

Thank you to Simon & Schuster Australia for a finished copy of this book :)

If life were fair, Jam Gallahue would still be at home in New Jersey with her sweet British boyfriend, Reeve Maxfield. She’d be watching old comedy sketches with him. She’d be kissing him in the library stacks.

She certainly wouldn’t be at The Wooden Barn, a therapeutic boarding school in rural Vermont, living with a weird roommate, and signed up for an exclusive, mysterious class called Special Topics in English.

But life isn’t fair, and Reeve Maxfield is dead.

Until a journal-writing assignment leads Jam to Belzhar, where the untainted past is restored, and Jam can feel Reeve’s arms around her once again. But there are hidden truths on Jam’s path to reclaim her loss.

From New York Times bestselling author Meg Wolitzer comes a breathtaking and surprising story about first love, deep sorrow, and the power of acceptance.


Cooper Bartholomew is Dead by Rebecca James

I also received a finished copy of this book thanks to Allen & Unwin

Cooper Bartholomew’s body is found at the foot of a cliff.


That’s the official finding, that’s what everyone believes.
Cooper’s girlfriend, Libby, has her doubts. They’d been
happy, in love. Why would he take his own life?

As Libby searches for answers, and probes more deeply
into what really happened the day Cooper died, she and
her friends unravel a web of deception and betrayal.
Are those friends – and enemies – what they seem?
Who is hiding a dangerous secret? And will the truth set them all free?

A gripping new novel from the author of Beautiful Malice and Sweet Damage.


All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

I received a proof copy of this book thanks to PenguinTeen Australia! I am very intrigued by this, especially with all the sticky notes :)

The Fault in Our Stars meets Eleanor and Park in this compelling, exhilarating, and beautiful story about a girl who learns to live from a boy who intends to die.

Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.

Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.

When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself-a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.


Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White

My pre-order of this book finally arrived :) It’s so pretty.

Downton Abbey meets Cassandra Clare in this lush, romantic fantasy from New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White.

“I did my best to keep you from crossing paths with this world. And I shall do my best to protect you now that you have.”

Jessamin has been an outcast since she moved from her island home of Melei to the dreary country of Albion. Everything changes when she meets Finn, a gorgeous, enigmatic young lord who introduces her to the secret world of Albion’s nobility, a world that has everything Jessamin doesn’t—power, money, status…and magic. But Finn has secrets of his own, dangerous secrets that the vicious Lord Downpike will do anything to possess. Unless Jessamin, armed only with her wits and her determination, can stop him.

Kiersten White captured readers’ hearts with her New York Times bestselling Paranormalcy trilogy and its effortless mix of magic and real-world teenage humor. She returns to that winning combination of wit, charm, and enchantment in Illusions of Fate, a sparkling and romantic new novel perfect for fans of Cassandra Clare, The Madman’s Daughter, and Libba Bray.


The Discovery of Dragons: New Research Revealed by Graeme Base

I purchased this book for the latest Graeme Base book signing (I have a lot of his other work). I did buy a lot of other books for this signing, but they were all for other people (and no, not all children).

With tongue planted firmly in cheek, Base (Animalia) poses as the Victorian scientist Rowland W. Greasebeam, B.Sc. (Serpentology), F.R.Aud., to serve up this compendium of dragon lore and sheer inventive nonsense. Expanding on a dozen illustrations from his calendar Dragons Draaks & Beasties, Base fabricates a trio of correspondents?a Viking, a Chinese silk trader and a Prussian explorer?whose letters chronicle their discoveries of dragons in various continents. The resulting web of yarns that Base spins is nothing short of hilarious (“Hope the looting and pillaging went well,” writes Bjorn of Bromme in a letter to Olaf the Grim, for instance). Illustrations showcase the kind of intricate detail for which Base is so well known, and he bolsters his dragon art with a deadpan running commentary set in a border at the bottom of each page. “Dagbar defunctus est” notes one caption in a fit of understatement, as the accompanying cartoon depicts the demise of one of Bjorn’s companions. There’s much to enjoy here, and much to propel readers to seek out every last drop of humor.




That is all from us this week, what did you receive in your mailboxes? Let us know - leave your links in the comments section below!

What do you think?

  • Oh All the Right Places and Illusions of Fate look good! I got Beau Lee the Bomb and Me and The Hawley Book of the Dead. And another one I can’t mention but is super exciting. And I reordered How We Fall by Kate Brauning and Queen of Someday by Sherry Ficklan. Gah! So many books!
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  • I’m reading Belzhar at the moment, it’s definitely an intriguing read. I’m also really keen to read All the Bright Places, the sticky notes campaign made me even more excited {if that’s even possible!}
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  • I liked Cooper Bartholomew! I twas very NA, though, and I thought it was going to be YA…which was a bit of a disappointment for me. xD I’m mostly a YA reader, preferably. I didn’t have a lot of fun with Belzhar, but I know a lot of people did like it!!
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    • Kristy says:

      I agree Cait, and I did make mention that it was NA in my review of Cooper Bartholomew - but I don’t NA so it didn’t worry me.
      I really liked Belzhar, but I was very conflicted about a certain aspect of it - but the fact that it got me thinking is something I liked.

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