So, for the past three weeks, where have I been? Well, I did spend a few days at my mom's. My brother Kenji, sister-in-law Emily and Nephew Tai have come in from Germany. They are in Vermont now for her sister's wedding, but I wanted to spend time with them while I could, since I'm not 100% sure when I will see them again and I've really missed them.
Beyond that, the weather has been getting to me. The humidity has been brutal and has been making me very tired. So, every night I say I'm going to work on my blog, but I have been so miserable in this weather. Lots of headaches, upset stomach, insomnia. While I have had every good intention, by the time I can post anything, I just can't keep my head up, so I post nothing. I'm trying to rectify that, though. It's just how the summer can be in New Jersey.
My last STS post was June 26th and I have collected some lovely things since then.
Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews.
The Ghosts of Kerfol by Deborah Noyes - This was a bargain book. I picked it up since I got her new book at BEA.
The Arrivals by Melissa Marr - While I haven't read all , or even most, of Melissa Marr's books, I still buy them all. Per haps I should catch up.
Raven Flight: A Shadowfell Novel by Juliet Marillier - Likewise, I always pick up books by Juliet Marillier, although I am woefully behind.
The Distance Between Us by Kasie West - This one was also a possibility for my bookstore coupon, but sadly, I only had one coupon, so could only buy one book. I read chapter one at the café and liked what I read, so I ordered it on line.
How My Summer Went Up in Flames by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski - This one had me from the first page when I downloaded a sample. I mean seriously, she set her ex's car on fire because he cheated on her. She's unhinged!! I needed to find out more about this girl, Rosie.
Witches of East End (The Beauchamp Family) by Melissa de la Cruz - I got an ARC signed by MDLC at BEA, but I had never read any of her books. There are just so many different stories, I didn't know where to start, but I picked up Book 1 of the Beauchamp Family story as a bargain book. I have since ordered Book 2 also as a bargain book.
Unbreakable by Elizabeth Norris - I couldn't put down Unravelling, so had to order the sequel before I even finished the first book. It came just in time. This was another BEA miss..
From Notting Hill to New York...Actually by Ali McNamara - I picked up from Notting Hill With Love...Actually on Kindle. The sequel was only available as a secondary market paperback.
The Thorn and the Blossom by Theodora Goss - I saw a postcard for this at the NY Comicon or BEA last year. When cleaning out my niece's room, I looked up the book and found a bargain edition. It is a flip book. Nice idea. Each side is an opposing view of the story, one from her perspective and one from his.
French Kiss (Diary of a Crush Book 1) by Sarra Manning - Love my Brit Chick Lit, but this one was less than stellar. It was okay, but not destined to be a favorite.
Confessions of an Almost Girlfriend by Louise Rozett - I never picked up Confessions of an angry girl, but I went to the local bookstore with a coupon in hand and the one book I did want, no one had. With that coupon burning a hole in my had, I took a stack of books to the café and settled on this one.
Alice in the Country of Clover: Cheshire Cat Waltz Book 5 by QuinRose - How many series for this one premise are there?
Undone: An Unravelling Novella by Elizabeth Norris - I read Unravelling and started Unbreakable, so this was a no-brainer.
Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard - Picked up the book at BEA, but this was a Kindle Daily Deal, so now I can take it anywhere.
Wish You Were Here by Victoria Connelly - Not a US release and trying to purchase from Amazon Marketplace was about as much as the Kindle. It's not her usual style of prose when she's writing Austenesque stories, which I found refreshing, but then again, I only read a sample so far.
The First Star to Fall by Diana Peterfreund - A sequel to Across a Star-Swept Sea, which I already pre-ordered since I was thwarted at BEA.
J.A.C.K. by Forever the Sickest Kids
Poorly Formed by the Swingin' Utters
Damage by Jimmy Eat World
Zero by Hawthorne Heights
This is How the Wind Shifts by Silverstein
Should've Gone to Bed by Plain White T's
Howl's Moving Castle - One of my favorite Hiyao Miyazaki films. I have it on DVD, but just had to get it on Blu Ray.
Snow White and the Huntsman - I know, I know, the movie was less than stellar, but it was a bargain price and boasted of being the Extended version, though upon watching, I cannot determine where the extra minutes are. I had hoped for more Chris Hemsworth.
Warm Bodies - I like the premise, a zombie that can become more human from his relationship with a human girl. When hubby saw the trailer for this, he gave it the know finger, while I sighed wistfully to myself. I had to stealth buy this Blu Ray and add it to my pile hoping he wouldn't notice.
Oz the Great and Powerful - The movie did not get a lot of great reviews, but I missed it in the theater. This was a thwart purchase, so I'm hoping I'm not sorry I bought it. Can't always wait for video and I hate the idea of paying for on demand if I might like it enough to want to buy it.
Moonrise Kingdom - Sleeper hit. It now has become one of my favorite movies. It's a quirky indie film about two youngsters who run away together to get married. It's delivered in a very deadpan manner and has a stellar cast.
Stardust - I finally bought it in Blu Ray.
Perfect Sense - Ewan MacGregor for about $5.00. I'll buy!
That's it for this week, but I believe I've done quite enough damage. My TBR pile has once again gotten out of control. It may be time for a book buying intervention. (No, P, you may not have my Neil Gaiman books.)