Saturday, July 11, 2015

Stacking the Shelves (40)

It's the 10th week of the 2015 SYNC program. SYNC gives away 2 FREE audiobook downloads every week each summer. SYNC audiobook titles are given away in thematic pairs. Young Adult focused titles are partnered with classics, required reading titles and other thematically appropriate Young Adult tiles to encourage literacy and listening in young people across the country.

Okay! I'm not a Young Adult. But I enjoy reading books targeted to the YA audience. I may never listen to all the books I've received through this program, but I have discovered some wonderful authors and books. This week is all about exploration.

Bookcrossing:

Book Cover: The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell David Mitchell penned a historical drama set at the turn of the nineteenth century on a man-made island in Nagasaki harbor. Isolationist Japan has confined all foreigners on Dejima island, an outpost of the Dutch East Indies Company, and there conducts trade with the West. Jacob de Zoet, a devout and resourceful young clerk, arrives with a plan to make his fortune in five years and then return home to marry his fiancé back in Holland.

Plans, however, don't hold up when fate intervenes. Jacob falls in love with Orito Aibagawa, a young Japanese midwife. Jacob's romantic dilemma is only one of the cultural and moral conflicts faced by many of the characters.


Freebies:

Book Cover: Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne Is there anyone who hasn't heard of Around the World in Eighty Days? It's a classic that most of us were required to read in high school. And, its appearance on so many required reading lists is certainly the reason it's one of the free audiobooks this week.

Phineas Fogg makes an outrageous bet that he can travel around the world in 80 days or lose his entire life savings. Now remember, this is prior to the easy availability of air travel. It's definitely trains, boats, elephants, and maybe a hot air balloon—I've forgotten all the details.


Book Cover: The Explorers Club by Neil Benjamin And, the companion audio book is The Explorers Club by Neil Benjamin. Set in roughly the same time period as Around the World in 80 days, the members of the all male Explorers Club must deal with an adventure they couldn't have imagined—the induction of the club's first female member.


 

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!

10 comments:

  1. A lot of your books are new to me. I hadn't heard of them before with the exception of the Jules Verne. I hope you love all of them.

    Grace @ Books of Love

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    1. Thanks for dropping by, Grace. The folks at SYNC have done a very good job of introducing me to books I've never heard of before.

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  2. These books are new to me except Around the World in 80 Days. I loved this book as a kid. :)
    Hope you enjoy reading them. :)

    Here is my STS

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    1. Hello Nikita. Thanks for leaving a comment. Looks like you've got quite a few new romances on your shelf this week.

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  3. Great haul. I've not heard of these but I do hope that you enjoy them.
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

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    1. Other than Around the World in 80 Days, they were new to me as well. I'm looking forward to reading them.

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  4. I've been meaning to read more of David Mitchell's work -- I've only read Cloud Atlas. Hope you enjoy that one. I've heard good things.

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    1. Yeah, I noticed that the author had written Cloud Atlas. I haven't read it yet, but it sure got a lot of attention. Thanks for checking out my new books.

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  5. These are new to me but enjoy
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    Leydy @ OUaT

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    1. I checked out your Stacking the Shelves -- that's a lot of new books you've received.

      I'm always finding new-to-me books through Stacking the Shelves.

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