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Monday, December 23, 2013

Stacking the Shelves - December 22, 2013

I love Christmas. I really do, but I love it more when everything is done. We finally got the outside lights up today and finally finished Christmas shopping. Hurray!!! Does that mean for the next day and a half I can read? No it does not.

Tomorrow is cookie baking day and any other baking I need to do for the holidays. And I have to clean the kitchen, finish laundry and go food shopping. Everything else is done. Well, except I never got any Christmas cards out again this year. I feel 2014's my year, though. I feel confident those cards will get sent.

The package deliveries are winding down as Christmas is only three days away now.

I am going to have an after Christmas project and that will be reorganizing my books. Not the ones on the book shelves. All the stacks on the bedroom floor and my nightstand. They are getting so high on my nightstand I almost can't see the floor lamp.

Does it stop me from looking at books? No, but it will. My current project is that I downloaded samples of about 10 books that are available as bargain books. The books are in my Amazon cart, but I am trying to read samples to make sure I like the writing style and the story. If it doesn't grab me in the first few pages, I'm going to have to throw it back in the water.

Christmas is coming and I did put some books on my wish list, so we'll visit those books next week, but for now, here's my haul for the week.

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Review.

Books Purchased:
Pawn (The Blackcoat Rebellion) by Aimee Carter

One Hundred Names by Cecelia Ahern – Purchased used

Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff

The Boy From France by Hilary Freeman - Purchased used

Kindle Books Purchased:
Bitter Frost and The Wolf Fey (2 Books in 1) (Bitter Frost #1: Frost Series) - The Epic Journey by Kailin Gow – Kindle Match

Forever Frost (Bitter Frost, #2) (A YA Fantasy about the Fey) (Frost Series) by Kailin Gow – Kindle Match

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi – December Kindle Monthly Deal

Through the Ever Night (Under the Never Sky) by Veronica Rossi – Kindle Daily Deal

Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams – Kindle Daily Deal
The Pledge by Kimberly Derting - Kindle Daily Deal

That's it for now.  I hope you've all been on the Nice list this year so Santa will bring lots of books.  Enjoy and Happy Holidays!!!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Stacking the Shelves - December 15, 2013

The holidays are indeed a hectic time. I have had so much to try to take care and have Christmas shopping on the brain. Seriously. I'm having nightmares about not being able to find presents for people. Ordinarily, I would alleviate the stress by opening up a good book and reading for a while, but even that has been hard to do.

We got dumped with quite a bit of snow. (Don't worry, Terri. I took pictures so you can see just what you're not missing.) Hubby's back is out, so I would not let him pick up a shovel. That took time as well as trying to finish the Christmas decorating. I gave myself a goal of today to finish by and for once, I actually made it. Now I just have to get up the outside lights.

While I am coming to understand that it is always something and I won't have time unless I make time, and even though I still have some Christmas presents still to buy, a heavy burdened has been lifted off my shoulders having gotten the tree up and done.

Still have cookies to bake and a kitchen to tidy, but I feel much less pressured.

I may not have had time to read and was really hoping to have been able to write a couple more posts this week, it didn't stop me from ordering some Kindle books. Still trying to clean up the wish list and get my downloaded samples all read. Ah well, I guess I'll just have to read another day.

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Review.

Books Purchased:
Definitely Not Mr Darcy by Karen Doornebos
Westminster Abbey (S.A.S.S.) by Micol Ostow
Cruel Summer by Alyson Noel
Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard Volume 2 by David Petersen
Amber House by Kelly Moore
Dangerous Women edited by George R.R. Martin
Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo
One or Two Things I Learned About Love by Dyan Sheldon
Racing Savannah by Miranda Kenneally
A Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn Davies
A Fractured Light by Jocelyn Davies
Piper Day’s Ultimate Guide to Avoiding George Clooney by Vanessa Fewings
In The Forest Of Forgetting by Theodora Goss
When Irish Eyes are Smiling (S.A.S.S.) by Suzanne Supplee
When the World Was Flat (and we were in love) (Strange Chemistry) by Ingrid Jonach

Most of the books purchased were either from Amazon Marketplace or a bargain book.  Or if new were at a hefty enough discount to make it worth my while.  It's one of the things I love and hate about Christmas.  There are so many things on sale, but I can't resist a bargain, so, Merry Christmas to me!

Kindle Books Purchased:
Shadowhunters and Downworlders: A Mortal Instruments Reader by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Holly Black, Rachel Caine, Kami Garcia
Tempestuous (Twisted Lit) by Kim Askew, Amy Helmes, Jacquelyn Mitchard
Exposure (Twisted Lit) by Kim Askew, Amy Helmes, Jacquelyn Mitchard
Charm and Consequence (Snark and Circumstance) by Stephanie Wardrop
Pride and Prep School (Snark and Circumstance) by Stephanie Wardrop
Last Day of Love: A Teardrop Story (Teardrop Trilogy) by Lauren Kate
Mind Games by Kiersten White
Windows by Emily Minton
Rebirth - The Beautiful Fallen by K.D. Peters – Free eBook
The Mind Readers by Lori Brighton – Free eBook
Rua (Rua, book 1) by Miranda Kavi, Natscha Jaffa – Free eBook
Awakening (The Watchers Trilogy) by Karice Bolton – Free eBook
Saving Wishes (The Wishes Series #1) by GJ Walker-Smith – Free eBook

That's it for now.  If I try real hard, I might be able to read a little before I have to go to bed.  Wouldn't that be awesome? 

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Stacking the Shelves - December 08, 2013

Well, once again I find I am needing to make excuses. It has been a very hectic couple of weeks for me and I have had no time to write.

While I had a wonderful time in Germany visiting my nephew, brother and sister in law, coming back home with less than a week to prepare for Thanksgiving was hectic as I had to food shop (we had about 17 people over), clean the house and take down some of the Halloween stuff. I never had the opportunity to fight the jet lag, which I did do the weekend after Thanksgiving. I slept a lot mixed with intermittent cyber shopping.

Come Monday, it was time to completely take down all the Halloween things and put them away and get the Christmas stuff down. So, all week, I've been working on the Christmas decorations except for the tree. And also food shopping, Christmas shopping, vet appointments, car service appointments, cleaning up after Thanksgiving dinner (which is a multi day event)and any number of other chores and errands that needed to be run.

I've been on vacation this past week, but don't feel like I have been on vacation at all.

Anyway, I've finally been able to sit for a spell and compile all the acquisitions I've made since November 17. I warn you, there are a lot of Kindle titles. I've been trying to clean up my Kindle wish list and my Kindle samples on my iPad, so I've actually been purchasing a lot of the samples I have been reading for the past couple of months. I still have quite a few more samples to go.

With black Friday deals and cyber Monday, I also can't help ordering things I have had on my wish list that are severely discounted. Some of the books I have received are all discount finds I found while shopping for others. Now I just need to find time to start reading it all. There's always vacation after Christmas.

So, here we are...

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Review.

Books Purchased:
Star Wars: Darth Vader and the Ninth Assassin by Dark Horse Publishing
Shadowlands by Kate Brian
Demonosity by Amanda Ashby
Sense and Sensibility by Joanna Trollope
Crash Into You by Katie McGarry
A Stark and Wormy Knight by Tad Williams
My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
Undressing Mr. Darcy by Karen Doornebos
Fairest in all the Land by Bill Willingham

Kindle Books Purchased:
Stained (YA Paranormal Romance) (Stained Series) by Ella James – Free Kindle Book
Meant to Be (The Saving Angels book 1) by Tiffany King – Free Kindle Book
Finnikin of the Rock (The Lumatere Chronicles) by Melina Marchetta – Kindle Daily Deal
The Glassheart Chronicles by Various – Free Kindle Book
Collide (A Collide Novel) by Shelly Crane – Free Kindle Book
Sign of the Throne (The Solas Beir Trilogy) by Melissa Eskue Ousley, Laura Meehan, S. C. Moore, C. E. – Free Kindle Book
My Own Mr. Darcy by Karey White
Romancing the Bookworm by Kate Evangelista
Stardust by Neil Gaiman – Kindle December Deal
Ink My Heart (Luminescent Juliet, Book Two) by Jean Haus – Kindle Daily Deal
In The Band (Luminescent Juliet, Book One) by Jean Haus – Kindle Daily Deal
Breakfast At Darcy's by Ali McNamara
Step Back in Time by Ali McNamara
Skid Out (#0.5 Heavy Influence) by Ann Marie Frohoff, Shaun Barger, Patrick Tatusko, Sharla Bafia – Kindle Free Book
Eternal Echoes (Emblem of Eternity Trilogy) by Angela Corbett
Creepy Christmas by Jaimie Admans – Kindle Free Book
The Ever After of Ella and Micha by Jessica Sorensen
Destiny, YA Paranormal Romance (Brightest Kind of Darkness Series, Book #3) by P.T. Michelle, Patrice Michelle
Lucid, YA Paranormal Romance (Brightest Kind of Darkness Series, Book #2) by P.T. Michelle, Patrice Michelle
Ethan, YA Paranormal Romance (Brightest Kind of Darkness Series Prequel, Novella #0.5) by P.T. Michelle, Patrice Michelle
Goddess in Time: An Oh.My.Gods. Novella (HarperTeen Impulse) by Tera Lynn Childs
Crashing Into You by B.D. Rowe
Another Little Piece of My Heart by Tracey Martin
Definitely, Maybe in Love (Entangled Embrace) by Ophelia London
Grounded By You by Ivy Sinclair
Tangled Beauty by K.L. Middleton, C.J. Pinard – Kindle Free Book
Cinderella Screwed Me Over (Entangled Select) by Cindi Madsen
Where You Are (Between the Lines #2) by Tammara Webber
Twist of Fate by Kelly Mooney
Fairest (An Unfortunate Fairy Tale Book 2) by Chanda Hahn
Stay by Kelly Mooney
Fallen Eden (Eden Trilogy, Book Two) by Nicole Williams
Accordance (A Significance Series Novel - Volume 2) by Shelly Crane
Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging (Confessions of Georgia Nicolson) by Louise Rennison – Kindle December Deal
Bitter Sweet Love (The Dark Elements) by Jennifer L. Armentrout - Prequel
Snark and Circumstance (Novella) by Stephanie Wardrop
Unreap My Heart (The Reaper Series) by Kate Evangelista
Reaping Me Softly by Kate Evangelista
Levitating Las Vegas by Jennifer Echols
Dark Angel (Entangled Edge) by TJ Bennett
Savor You by Emily Snow
Absorbed (Devoured) by Emily Snow
All Over You: A Devoured Novella by Emily Snow
Devoured: A Novel by Emily Snow
A Desire So Deadly (HarperTeen Impulse) by Suzanne Young
United Eden (Eden Trilogy (Book Three)) by Nicole Williams
Forever Fredless by Suzy Turner
The Naughty List by L.A. Kelley

Giveaway Won:
The Accidental Werewolf 2: Something About Harry (Accidentally Friends #8) by Dakota Cassidy

Manga Purchased:
Alice in the Country of Clover: Cheshire Cat Waltz 7
Devil and Her Love Song 12
Dengeki Daisy 13
Happy Marriage?! 3
Skip Beat! 32
Demon Love Spell 5
Voice Over! Seiyu Academy 2
Arata 16
Alice Loves Fables: Toy Box

Well, that's it for now.  We'll see what the postman brings this coming week.