Stacking the Shelves — July 6th, 2019

Stacking The Shelves is 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 ebooks!

If you want to find out more about Stacking The Shelves, please visit the official launch page!

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Physical Review Copies:

* requested before my ARC ban went into effect
*** graphic novels & poetry are an exception to the ARC ban since they’re such quick reads and I don’t request many of them!
! amazon vine copies — these are sent for review but don’t require reviews

  • ! How it Feels to Float — Helena Fox (already released)
    • YA contemporary; a story about grief, mental illness, and suicidal ideation (I think)
  • ! Suffer Love — Ashley Herring Blake (already released)
    • YA contemporary; this was AHB’s debut (and it’s an allocishet romance, which is different from all of her other books). I honestly don’t have super high hopes despite loving her other books, but Vine doesn’t “require” reviews for every single book so I decided to give it a try.
  • ! We Contain Multitudes — Sarah Henstra (already released)
    • YA contemporary; a queer epistolary romance? I love books with letters, texts, emails, etc., so sign me up ♥

  • ! Love in Focus, Vol. 1 — Yoko Nogiri (already released)
    • YA romance manga; as evidenced by this week’s and last week’s Stacking posts, I basically signed up for all of the manga available on Vine because I don’t get too many opportunities to add to my personal collection ❤
  • ! Quiver — Julia Watts (already released)
    • YA contemporary; this was recommended to me by someone a while back and it’s been on my radar ever since as it’s set near where I live and it has gender fluid rep as well as a character dealing with being queer in a very strict religious household
  • The Work of Art — Mimi Matthews (july 23, 2019)
    • adult historical/regency romance; this is tied for my favorite review copy of the week because I flipped out when this author emailed me asking if she could send a copy. I adored her Christmas romance A Holiday By Gaslight and I already had the ebook of this pre-ordered, but now I have this shiny new paperback and I’m so happy and can’t wait to read it ♥♥ thank you, Mimi!

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Digital Review Copies:

* requested before my ARC ban went into effect
*** graphic novels & poetry are an exception to the ARC ban since they’re such quick reads and I don’t request many of them!

  • * His Hideous Heart — Dahlia Adler (september 10, 2019)
    • YA horror/fantasy anthology; this is the other title tied for my favorite review copy of the week! It’s a collection of YA authors putting their spins on Edgar Allan Poe retellings. EAP was my literary bread and butter as a very small child and still is one of my faves so I am STOKED.
  • *** Witchy — Ariel Slamet Ries (september 17, 2019)
    • YA fantasy graphic novel; just give me all the pretty witchy graphic novels, please ♥ This one tackles witch burnings and won some awards for its original Danish publication.
  • *** Mooncakes — Suzanne Walker (october 15, 2019)
    • YA fantasy graphic novel; speaking of witchy graphic novels, you’re telling me this one makes it gay and includes a bookstore?! *weeps tears of joy* I’ve been waiting for this to pop up on NG for months so I’m very very happy to have it.

  • * Remember Me — Chelsea Bobulski (august 6, 2019)
    • YA horror; I reeeaaaally liked Chelsea’s debut The Wood and flipped out a little when this was announced last summer. I think it was originally comped as “The Shining meets Titanic”? But yeah, I’ve been waiting on this way too long to have passed up on requesting it.
  • *** Garden of Ravens — Krystal Jane Ruin (august 13, 2019)
    • adult poetry; a poetry collection that “journeys through folklore, twisted tales, mental breakdowns, and depression” — well if that isn’t my whole damn aesthetic, I don’t know what is.

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Kindle Purchases/Freebies:

  • Dark Places, Evil Faces Volume II — Mark Lumby
    • adult horror anthology; a few friends and beloved authors are in this lineup, and it was a kindle freebie a few days ago 🤷‍♀️
  • Forgotten Bones — Vivian Barz (august 1, 2019)
    • adult thriller; this is one of the Amazon Prime First Reads picks for July, and while I usually end up passing on those altogether, it looked really good. It’s a “haunting thriller” in which a local professors has visions/dreams that match up to details in a terrible murder case in their small town. It’s also the first in a series, for those of you who dig mystery/thriller series~

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Physical Purchases & Gifts:

  • A Year and a Day of Everyday Witchcraft — Deborah Blake
    • adult nonfiction/craft; I’ve been focusing a lot lately on making my craft an even bigger part of my everyday life, and this sounded promising!
  • We Live Inside Your Eyes — Kealan Patrick Burke
    • adult horror short story collection; I’d been dying to buy this since it came out back in April and finally was able to justify a couple of book purchases this week, so this was the first thing I grabbed ♥

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Library & Kindle Unlimited Borrows:

  • Nothing this week!

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