Stacking the Shelves #61 (December 3 - December 9)

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews and co-hosted by Reading Reality. It’s all about sharing the latest books I have added to my shelves; may it be physical or virtual. I can include books I buy in a store or online, books I borrow from friends or the library, audiobooks, gifts and of course eBooks. All book title links will direct you to Goodreads.


Stacking the Shelves #61:

Early in the week my daughter Riley introduced me to this wonderful store, EntertainMART. Riley has been going there for years to purchase video games and record albums. They sell movies, music, video games and such, new and used. Apparently, they recently added books to the inventory, I’m not sure if books are in every store or just in the Colorado Springs location. I picked up three new books and three used books. It was nice to browse because they had books I don’t normal see at B&N, and they had many complete series’. I signed up for text message coupons, I’m sure I will visit there once again.

I made a trip to Barnes & Noble with my mother yesterday and purchased books there as well. I’ve never read any books by Neil Gaiman or Helen Hardt and I’m very much looking forward to reading those.

Books purchased:


Pet Sematary by Stephen King
The Cuckoo's Calling (Cormoran Strike #1) by Robert Galbraith (Pseudonym), J.K. Rowling
Beginnings: Obsidian & Onyx (Lux #1-2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Opposition (Lux #5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
The Pact by Jodi Picoult

eBooks purchased:


White Rose, Black Forest by Eoin Dempsey

Books Gifted to Me:


Raziel (The Fallen #1) by Kristina Douglas

Borrowed from the library:


Before We Were Strangers by Brenda Novak ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I did go a little crazy with my purchases this week, once the new years comes I MAY limit myself on book purchases. Have you read any of the books I have listed? I would like to hear what you thought of them.

Happy Reading! -Jovita

Books from the Backlog: Bag of Bones by Stephen King

Books from the Backlog is a fun way to feature some of those neglected books sitting on your bookshelf or e-reader unread. If you would like to join in, please feel free to enter your link at Carole’s Random Life in Books, then spend some time visiting some of the other posts.



This week's neglected book:

Bag of Bones by Stephen King
Hardcover, First Edition, 529 pages
Published September 22nd, 1998 by Scribner Book Company

Stephen King's most gripping and unforgettable novel, Bag of Bones, is a story of grief and a lost love's enduring bonds, of a new love haunted by the secrets of the past, of an innocent child caught in a terrible crossfire.

Set in the Maine territory King has made mythic, Bag of Bones recounts the plight of forty-year-old bestselling novelist Mike Noonan, who is unable to stop grieving even four years after the sudden death of his wife, Jo, and who can no longer bear to face the blank screen of his word processor.

Now his nights are plagued by vivid nightmares of the house by the lake. Despite these dreams, or perhaps because of them, Mike finally returns to Sara Laughs, the Noonans' isolated summer home.

He finds his beloved Yankee town familiar on its surface, but much changed underneath -- held in the grip of a powerful millionaire, Max Devore, who twists the very fabric of the community to his purpose: to take his three-year-old granddaughter away from her widowed young mother. As Mike is drawn into their struggle, as he falls in love with both of them, he is also drawn into the mystery of Sara Laughs, now the site of ghostly visitations, ever-escalating nightmares, and the sudden recovery of his writing ability. What are the forces that have been unleashed here -- and what do they want of Mike Noonan?

As vivid and enthralling as King's most enduring works, Bag of Bones resonates with what Amy Tan calls "the witty and obsessive voice of King's powerful imagination." It's no secret that King is our most mesmerizing storyteller. In Bag of Bones -- described by Gloria Naylor as "a love story about the dark places within us all" -- he proves to be one of our most moving.

Why did I add Bag of Bones to my bookshelf?

It’s Stephen King, was only 50 cents, and a standalone novel. I picked this up in Cheyenne at Meals on Wheels thrift store. All the money they collect from their thrift store goes back into the Meals on Wheels program. A program that delivers hot meals in person to the elderly, disabled, the ill and the at-risk homebound. When I get a chance, I make sure to stop in and donate.

Last year in 2017, I read my first Stephen King novel, 'Salem's Lot. I would like to read more of his novels and I tend to pick them up when I happened to find them reasonably priced.


What are your thoughts? Have you read Bag of Bones or any books by Stephen King? Would you recommend this book to others?

Happy Reading! -Jovita


The Virtual Mount TBR Reading Challenge 2019

This year I’m taking part in Bev’s Virtual Mount TBR Reading Challenge 2019. I would like to utilize my library more often and this challenge will encourage me to pick up those library books.

This challenge is only for books you do not own. They may be borrowed from the library, a friend, found on a free e-book site, or anywhere else that allows you to temporarily checkout the book.

There are several different levels to choose from and I’m challenging myself to read 24 books, Mount Crumpit, but I’m hopeful that I can move up to a higher level.

The Challenge runs from January 1 to December 31, 2019. Please visit Bev’s blog, My Reader’s Block, for challenge rules and to sign-up if you would like to participate.


Challenges Levels:

Mount Rum Doodle: Read 12 books from your Virtual TBR/Wish List/Library
Mount Crumpit: Read 24 books from your Virtual TBR/Wish List/Library
Mount Munch: Read 36 books from your Virtual TBR/Wish List/Library
White Plume Mountain: Read 48 books from your Virtual TBR/Wish List/Library
Stormness Head: Read 60 books from your Virtual TBR/Wish List/Library
Mount Mindolluin: Read 75 books from your Virtual TBR/Wish List/Library
Mount Seleya: Read 100 books from your Virtual TBR/Wish List/Library
Mount Olympus: Read 150+ books from your Virtual TBR/Wish List/Library

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Happy Reading!


Mount TBR Reading Challenge 2019


I have not participated in a reading challenge since 2009. This year I’m taking part in Bev’s Mount TBR Reading Challenge 2019. I hope to read many of those books and ebooks that I’ve accumulated prior to 2019.

There are several different levels to choose from and I considered Pikes Peak, after all it is in my backyard, but I would like to read more than 12 books. I’m challenging myself to read 36 books, Mt. Vancouver, but I’m hopeful that I can move up to a higher level.

The Challenge runs from January 1 to December 31, 2019. Please visit Bev’s blog, My Reader’s Block, for challenge rules and to sign-up if you would like to participate.


Challenge Levels:

Pike’s Peak: Read 12 books from your TBR pile/s
Mount Blanc: Read 24 books from your TBR pile/s
Mt. Vancouver: Read 36 books from your TBR pile/s
Mt. Ararat: Read 48 books from your TBR piles/s
Mt. Kilimanjaro: Read 60 books from your TBR pile/s
El Toro: Read 75 books from your TBR pile/s
Mt. Everest: Read 100 books from your TBR pile/s
Mount Olympus (Mars): Read 150+ books from your TBR pile/s


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Happy Reading!

Inky’s Weekly Wrap-up (November 26 – December 2)

It’s time for another Weekly Wrap-up post of all things happening on and off the blog. This week I’ll be linking to Stacking the Shelves and the Sunday Post. 


Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews. It’s all about sharing the latest books I've added to my shelves; may it be physical or virtual. I include books I borrow from the library, audiobooks, gifts and of course eBooks.

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news - A post to recap the past week on my blog. Showcase books and things I may have received. Share a bit of news about myself and what to expect on my blog in the upcoming week.




Everyday Life:

It’s been another busy week. Between waiting for packages to arrive at the house (those irritating porch pirates are at it again) and finishing up Christmas shopping, I have not found much time for reading. I finished the two books listed earlier this week.

Blogging Life Changes:

Over the next couple months and into next year, I will not be as active visiting blogs and it may take a bit longer than usual to comment back. I want to spend time with family and friends, read more and spend less time on the internet. After the new year, I would like to get back into playing the piano, perhaps begin lessons once again. Last year my husband bought me some pricey video editing software, I should learn how to use that as well.

I will participate in two reading challenges in 2019 (to read more 😏), I will make blog updates occasionally. I need to make changes and I’m sure you all understand how time consuming all this is.



What I’m Currently Reading:

The Alice Network, is a library book club read for next week. Which we will discuss and then celebrate with our holiday party and book exchange. I’ve been looking forward to reading this book for a while.

The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

In an enthralling new historical novel from national bestselling author Kate Quinn, two women—a female spy recruited to the real-life Alice Network in France during World War I and an unconventional American socialite searching for her cousin in 1947—are brought together in a mesmerizing story of courage and redemption.

1947. In the chaotic aftermath of World War II, American college girl Charlie St. Clair is pregnant, unmarried, and on the verge of being thrown out of her very proper family. She's also nursing a desperate hope that her beloved cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, might still be alive. So when Charlie's parents banish her to Europe to have her "little problem" taken care of, Charlie breaks free and heads to London, determined to find out what happened to the cousin she loves like a sister.

1915. A year into the Great War, Eve Gardiner burns to join the fight against the Germans and unexpectedly gets her chance when she's recruited to work as a spy. Sent into enemy-occupied France, she's trained by the mesmerizing Lili, the "Queen of Spies", who manages a vast network of secret agents right under the enemy's nose.

Thirty years later, haunted by the betrayal that ultimately tore apart the Alice Network, Eve spends her days drunk and secluded in her crumbling London house. Until a young American barges in uttering a name Eve hasn't heard in decades, and launches them both on a mission to find the truth...no matter where it leads.



What I Read this Past Week:






Stacking the Shelves #60:

I spent the day shopping with my sister on Friday. Of course, we stopped at Barnes & Noble, I had a couple coupons to use. My niece had some book titles on her Christmas list. While she was shopping for her daughter, I spent most of my time in the romance area. I was pleasantly surprised to find Christina Lauren’s new book.

I haven’t read any romance novels by Brenda Novak, only her thriller/suspense. I picked up two books from her Silver Springs series and if I enjoy those, I’ll add others from that series.

I took advantage of Cyber Week at Amazon and picked up many low-priced Kindle books.

Books purchased:


My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren
Forever My Girl (Beaumont #1) by Heidi McLaughlin

eBooks purchased:


Burying the Honeysuckle Girls by Emily Carpenter
Far from the Tree by Robin Benway
Love Sincerely Yours by Meghan Quinn & Sara Ney
Finding Rebecca by Eoin Dempsey

Borrowed from the library:


Moonlight Sins (de Vincent #1) by Jennifer L. Arementrout



Last Week on the Blog:

Books from the Backlog: S. by J.J. Abrams & Doug Dorst



Have you read any of the books that I have listed? Thank you for visiting and have a lovely week ahead.

Happy Reading! -Jovita