Saturday, January 24, 2015

Stacking the Shelves (20)

I let that remaining gift-card money on account at Amazon.com tempt me into buying a few books this week. Now, I justified my purchases by the fact that one book was deeply discounted, whereas others were parts of a series. The truth is...I just couldn't resist.

Gifts

Book Cover: The Girl Who Never Was by Skylar Dorset An online friend sent me a copy of The Girl Who Never Was by Skylar Dorset this past week. When 17-year-old Selkie Stewart blurts out the fact that it's her birthday, her whole world changes. All of her life, her aunts have cautioned Selkie to keep her birthdate secret and now that the truth is out, she finally knows why. Selkie ia half faerie, daughter of the queen of the Seelie Court. And, due to a prophecy that a halfling born on the equinox—that's Selkie—will wrest power from the Seelie Court, her mother wants her dead.

It's the first book of a series and I did snatch up two free novellas set in the same world. I hope it's as good as the reviews indicate.

Purchases (actually gifts)

Book Cover: The Julius Katz Collection by Dave Zeltserman Book Cover: The Silent Sleep of the Dying by Keith McCarthy Book Cover: The Silent Sleep of the Dying by Keith McCarthy

The first two books, The Julius Katz Collection and The Silent Sleep of the Dying were only 99 cents each at Amazon. Both are mysteries which came very highly recommended. I dithered for a bit whether I was going to spend the money or not and finally decided that the bargain price outweighed my plan to avoid purchasing new books. And after all, since I bought it with a gift card I received at Christmas, they were really gifts, not purchases.

I didn't have to think about the third book, The Boy with the Hidden Name, at all. Having just received a copy of The Girl Who Never Was, it was inevitable that I pick up the sequel right away.

Library Books

Book Cover: The Best of All Possible Worlds by Karen Lord When I read and reviewed The Galaxy Game earlier this month, I stated that I felt confused through the first part of the book, and attributed that to the fact that I had not read the first book in the series. (Heck! When I requested a review copy of The Galaxy Game, I didn't know it was in a series. I hadn't done proper research, just let myself be attracted by the book description.) At any rate, I knew I needed to remedy that mistake, so I requested that my library locate a copy of The Best of All Possible Worlds. It arrived via InterLibrary Loan on Thursday and I picked it up on Friday. Will start reading it right away.

 

How about you? Any new books? You're invited to tell us all about it by joining the fun at Stacking the Shelves. According to the reviewers at Tynga's Reviews who host the meme:

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!

9 comments:

  1. I love when people give me gifts. Looks like your friends were awesome. I hope you enjoy your new books.

    Grace @ Books of Love

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    1. Yes, my friend picked a good book from my wishlist. My kids didn't bother with the wishlist -- they just gave me gift cards for Christmas so that I could pick out what looked interesting to me.

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  2. I haven't heard of these but happy reading!

    Tsuki’s STS

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    1. One thing that make participating in Stacking the Shelves so much fun is the discovery of new books and authors as I visit other people's blogs.

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  3. Woah, these books are all so new to me. I hope you enjoy them though. Stacking the Shelves #2

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    1. They were also new to me -- I saw some recommendations online and then read the description and decided to give them a chance. I also hope I enjoy them.

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    2. I agree! more than seeing a bunch of the same books, my favorite thing is discovering something new!

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  4. The Girl Who never Was looks interesting. I might have to look into that one a bit. Happy Reading!
    Here’s my STS.

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    1. Jay, thanks for stopping by. Yes, The Girl Who Never Was has been highly recommended to me, so I'm anxious to start reading it.

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