10 June 2017

Stacking the Shelves #12

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews and co-hosted by Reading Reality. It’s 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 e-books.

I spent last week with my parents in Cheyenne to celebrate both their birthdays and their wedding anniversary. Since my parents both enjoying reading as well, I bought each of them books for their birthdays. While at Barnes & Nobel, I happened to be browsing in the Bargain Books aisle and came across these two books for myself:  


Holocaust Chronicle by Ltd Publications International - The Holocaust Chronicle, written and fact-checked by top scholars, recounts the long, complex, anguishing story of the most terrible crime of the 20th century.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (Barnes & Noble Collectible Editions) – The cover is so pretty, gray and silver, my mom was laughing because I was gushing over how beautiful the cover is. I can never have too many editions of Jane Eyre, right? Plus, it was in the Bargain Book aisle! 

What I added from an Amazon purchase:


The Japanese Lover a Novel by Isabel Allende – This is a book club read for the month of June at my local library, I’m excited to read it.

In 1939, as Poland falls under the shadow of the Nazis, young Alma Belasco's parents send her away to live in safety with an aunt and uncle in their opulent mansion in San Francisco. There, as the rest of the world goes to war, she encounters Ichimei Fukuda, the quiet and gentle son of the family's Japanese gardener. Unnoticed by those around them, a tender love affair begins to blossom. Following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the two are cruelly pulled apart as Ichimei and his family, like thousands of other Japanese Americans are declared enemies and forcibly relocated to internment camps run by the United States government. Throughout their lifetimes, Alma and Ichimei reunite again and again, but theirs is a love that they are forever forced to hide from the world.

Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys – Between the Shades of Gray is one of my favorite books by this author, this book was an automatic purchase.

It’s 1950, and as the French Quarter of New Orleans simmers with secrets, seventeen-year-old Josie Moraine is silently stirring a pot of her own. Known among locals as the daughter of a brothel prostitute, Josie wants more out of life than the Big Easy has to offer.

She devises a plan to get out, but a mysterious death in the Quarter leaves Josie tangled in an investigation that will challenge her allegiance to her mother, her conscience, and Willie Woodley, the brusque madam on Conti Street. Josie is caught between the dream of an elite college and a clandestine underworld. New Orleans lures her in her quest for truth, dangling temptation at every turn, and escalating to the ultimate test.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – Has been my TBR list for a long time. It is also on the “100 Books Everyone Should Read Before They Die” list. Hopefully I don’t die before I get a chance to read it…lol

It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . .

Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau.

This is what I added to my Kindle this week:



Complicate Me (The Good Ol' Boys #1) by M. Robinson -  A Kindle Freebie. I've read book #2 in this series, not sure why I skipped #1…hmm. It is a standalone series, I don’t have to read book #1 again.

It was complicated, it was also just the beginning.
A decision.
A simple choice.
There is always that one moment in life where things could have been different. That one moment where you could have chosen a path that would lead you down a certain road.
A different life.
It was easier to pretend that we were still best friends, and that she was my girl and I was her boy.
Pretending was better than knowing the truth...
I. Ruined. Us.
I had her.
I lost her.
I love her.

All I did was complicate us.

When Life Happened by Jewel E. Ann – I wasn’t too sure if I wanted to read this because there is cheating involved, and I tend to avoid those books but I gave in this time.

Parker Cruse despises cheaters. It might have something to do with her boyfriend sleeping with her twin sister.

After a wedding day prank involving a strong laxative, that ends the already severed relationship between the twins, Parker decides to grow up and act twenty-six.

Step One: Move out of her parents’ house.
Step Two: Find a job.

Opportunity strikes when she meets her new neighbor, Gus Westman. He’s an electrician with Iowa farm-boy values and a gift for saying her name like it’s a dirty word.

He also has a wife.

Sabrina Westman, head of a successful engineering firm, hires Parker as her personal assistant. Driven to be the best assistant ever, Parker vows to stay focused, walk the dog, go to the dry cleaners, and not kiss Gus—again.

Step Three: Don’t judge.
Step Four: Remember— when life happens, it does it in a heartbeat.

This is what I borrowed from the library:


PleasureUnbound (Demonica #1) by Larissa Ione (Audiobook) –  Already read/listened to, I liked it. Hate turn to love relationship between and Demon Slayer and a Demon.

In a place where ecstasy can cost you your life . . .

She's a demon-slayer who hungers for sensual pleasure-but fears it will always be denied her. Until Tayla Mancuso lands in a hospital run by demons in disguise, and the head doctor, Eidolon, makes her body burn with unshakable desire. But to prove her ultimate loyalty to her peers, she must betray the surgeon who saved her life.

Two lovers will dare to risk all.

Eidolon cannot resist this fiery, dangerous woman who fills him with both rage and passion. Not only is she his avowed enemy, but she could very well be the hunter who has been preying upon his people. Torn between his need for the truth and his quest to find his perfect mate before a horrific transformation claims him forever, Eidolon will dare the unthinkable-and let Tayla possess him, body and soul . . .

Dumplin'(Dumplin' #1) by Julie Murphy (Audiobook) – Currently reading/listening.

Dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom, Willowdean has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American-beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked . . .  until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back.

Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Teen Blue Bonnet Pageant—along with several other unlikely candidates—to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any twiggy girl does. Along the way, she’ll shock the hell out of Clover City—and maybe herself most of all.


The Garretts are everything the Reeds are not. Loud, numerous, messy, affectionate. And every day from her balcony perch, seventeen-year-old Samantha Reed wishes she was one of them . . . until one summer evening, Jase Garrett climbs her terrace and changes everything. As the two fall fiercely in love, Jase's family makes Samantha one of their own. Then in an instant, the bottom drops out of her world and she is suddenly faced with an impossible decision. Which perfect family will save her? Or is it time she saved herself?


When two unlikely allies become two unwitting outlaws, will two unforgettable lovers defy unbeatable odds?

Bonnie Rae Shelby is a superstar. She’s rich. She’s beautiful. She’s impossibly famous. And Bonnie Rae Shelby wants to die.
Finn Clyde is a nobody. He’s broken. He’s brilliant. He’s impossibly cynical. And all he wants is a chance at life.
One girl. One boy. An act of compassion. A bizarre set of circumstances. And a choice – turn your head and walk away, or reach out your hand and risk it all?



I just had to share this picture of my mom, I took her this week to get a library card. She just turned 72 years old and never had a library card, she was happy to check out a true crime novel and a blu-ray movie. She wasn’t too happy about the computer system she must use to check out the items, she doesn’t like anything electronic, thank goodness, the library has someone there to help with check-out.

I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone has added to their shelves this week, have a wonderful weekend and thank you for visiting.

4 comments:

  1. Great find on that Jane Eyre. That's one of my favorites and I completely agree - can never have too many copies of it. That's so cool about your mom and the library :)

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  2. My mom is pretty excited she already returned this week for more books. Have a wonderful day.

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  3. Wow, interesting list of books. I'm not familiar with almost all of these books but I'm curious. I've just added When Life Happened to my TBR list and so can't wait to start it! :)

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  4. Happy anniversary and happy birthday to your parents! :)

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