Saturday, February 21, 2015

Stacking the Shelves (23)

It's a good thing that I snapped up a bunch of library books last week. I'm now in the middle of a 2.5 week long business trip and will be relying on eBooks for the duration. Although I have plenty of books to read for a while—and when do I not?—I still picked up a couple of books this week—mostly review books from NetGalley


Book Cover: How to Catch a Monster by Michael Yu In late January, I tried to borrow a book from the Kindle Lending Library and I discovered that my 7-year-old nephew had borrowed a book through his Kindle. We had cautioned him that he was NOT to buy any books, but I'm sure that when he saw that this book was free, he figured that it would be OK. And, if Amazon would allow a Prime member to borrow more than one book per month, it would be OK with me as well. But, his borrow locked ME out for January.

So, when I connected my Kindle to Amazon to borrow a book in February, I had to return the previously borrowed book. I figured that the kidlings would enjoy having it around and it cost less than $1, so I just clicked the “Buy Now” button. It really is a charming picture book, and it should look amazing on the Kindle Fire.

Library/loaned Books

Book Cover: A Hidden Witch by Debora Geary When I finished reading A Modern Witch at the beginning of this month, I had enjoyed reading it so much that I decided I wanted to read more in the series. (And what's not to like about witches communicating in an online forum and hanging out in chat rooms?) So, I selected the second book, A Hidden Witch, as my borrow this month from the Kindle Lending Library.

The story moves from California to Nova Scotia focusing on Moira, one of the witches we met in the previous book. Moira's granddaughter, Elorie, has never shown any trace of talent with magic, but she's suddenly pulled into the Witches' Chat by the fetching spell. What hidden talents does Elorie have?

For Review

Book Cover: Marked by Sarah Fine Book Cover: Claimed by Sarah Fine Marked and Claimed are the first two books in Sara Fine's Servants of Fate series. Reading the book descriptions, they appear to be fantasy novels or perhaps romantic fantasy. Marked was published in January 2015 and Claimed is due to be released in late March. I'll be reviewing these together in March.

Book Cover: Murder Freshly Baked by Vannetta Chapman I really enjoyed the previous book in Vannetta Chapman's Amish Artisan Village series, so when I saw that Vondervan was offering Murder Freshly Baked through NetGalley, I asked to receive a review copy. I'm thrilled that the request was approved. I'll be reviewing this book close to its June release date.

Book Cover: Jack Staples and the City of Shadows by Mark Batterson & Joel N Clark Jack Staples and the City of Shadows is the second book in a series by Mark Batterson & Joel N. Clark. I read Jack Staples and the Ring of Time in a single day—in the car on Friday. It ends on a bit of a cliff-hanger, so I was delighted to see that the sequel was available for review at NetGalley. I'll review both of these books together as well. (Seems like that's getting to be a habit for me!)

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!


  1. I've nominated you for the Liebster Award:

    1. Hello Rachelle. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. The Liebster sounds like a fun thing. Thanks for including me.

  2. Great haul! I've not heard of these but I hope you enjoy them! :)
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

    1. Hello Krystianna -- and welcome back. You might enjoy the two books by Sara Fine. The description of Marked says, "In a broken landscape carved by environmental collapse ..." Sounds downright dystopian to me.

  3. I have Marked but still have to read it. Great haul, hope you love them all!

    1. "Love" may be a little bit overkill. But I do try to only ask for books that I will enjoy reading. Life is too short to read bad books.