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03 March 2018

Stacking the Shelves #40

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 a store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course eBooks. All book links I have listed will direct you to Goodreads.

My mom purchased a book from Barnes & Noble about a month ago and when she began reading it a few days ago she remembered that she had previously read that book. She called B&N to see if it would be possible to return it since it was past the two weeks return policy. They were so nice about it, the didn’t give her a refund, but they did let her exchange it for another book.

Of course, I had to support B&N with a few purchases and these are the books I added to my shelves this week:

Atonement by Ian McEwan –  Ian McEwan’s symphonic novel of love and war, childhood and class, guilt and forgiveness provides all the satisfaction of a brilliant narrative and the provocation we have come to expect from this master of English prose.

On a hot summer day in 1934, thirteen-year-old Briony Tallis witnesses a moment’s flirtation between her older sister, Cecilia, and Robbie Turner, the son of a servant and Cecilia’s childhood friend. But Briony’s incomplete grasp of adult motives—together with her precocious literary gifts—brings about a crime that will change all their lives. As it follows that crime’s repercussions through the chaos and carnage of World War II and into the close of the twentieth century, Atonement engages the reader on every conceivable level, with an ease and authority that mark it as a genuine masterpiece.

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee - Pachinko follows one Korean family through the generations, beginning in early 1900s Korea with Sunja, the prized daughter of a poor yet proud family, whose unplanned pregnancy threatens to shame them all. Deserted by her lover, Sunja is saved when a young tubercular minister offers to marry and bring her to Japan.

So, begins a sweeping saga of an exceptional family in exile from its homeland and caught in the indifferent arc of history. Through desperate struggles and hard-won triumphs, its members are bound together by deep roots as they face enduring questions of faith, family, and identity.

Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe #2) by Neal Shusterman - Rowan and Citra take opposite stances on the morality of the Scythedom, putting them at odds, in the second novel of the chilling New York Times bestselling series from Neal Shusterman, author of the Unwind dystology.

Rowan has gone rogue, and has taken it upon himself to put the Scythedom through a trial by fire. Literally. In the year since Winter Conclave, he has gone off-grid, and has been striking out against corrupt scythes—not only in MidMerica, but across the entire continent. He is a dark folk hero now—“Scythe Lucifer”—a vigilante taking down corrupt scythes in flames.

Citra, now a junior scythe under Scythe Curie, sees the corruption and wants to help change it from the inside out, but is thwarted at every turn, and threatened by the “new order” scythes. Realizing she cannot do this alone—or even with the help of Scythe Curie and Faraday, she does the unthinkable, and risks being “deadish” so she can communicate with the Thunderhead—the only being on earth wise enough to solve the dire problems of a perfect world. But will it help solve those problems, or simply watch as perfection goes into decline?

Have you read any of these books? Have a wonderful day and thank you for visiting. - Jovita


  1. Yay for B&N! I have the first scythe book and just need to find time to read it.

    1. I need to move up my list of books to read, hopefully soon. Have a great day Greg.

  2. I’m glad B&N was nice about the exchange. I just finished Scythe, and now I’m really excited for Thunderhead. I hope we both love it.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

    1. I hope so too, I've heard good things about it. Have a great day AJ.

  3. Looks like some awesome books this week. Enjoy them! I am riding out the storm that took out our power at a friends. So surreal looking at all the downed trees and power lines cut in half. They say we won't have power to our area till Wednesday!! Have a good Sunday!

    Mary #SundayRoundup #8

    1. Oh no Mary, hopefully you have power back on and you can move home once again. Thank you for visiting.

  4. That was great that they let her exchange it. I'm hearing good things about Thunderhead and Scythe. Enjoy your books.

    1. Yes B&N was very nice about it. Have a great day Barb.

  5. I want to read Scythe. I actually haven't read any books by this author since the Unwind series that I need to finish. I think I've read Atonement but don't remember what I thought about it. Have a good week!

    1. I haven't read any other books by Neal Shusterman, I hear great things about this series. Have a great day Cricket.


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