Dueling Book Stacks

I have two book stacks calling to me right now. The books behind me, and the books before me… It’s really the best terrible situation to be in.

The Books Behind Me (a.k.a. My Review Stack)


Ah, my lovely review stack! (The Kindle is representing two novels and a short story I read on it.) There have been some great reads here, and it makes me happy how many different genres/age groups they span. πŸ˜‰

On the Kindle, I read Phantoms by Denver Evans (sequel to Shallows, a slightly paranormal fantasy), Sweet on You by Chautona Havig, and The More the Merrier by Liwen Ho.

Below that is The Tail of Emily Windsnap by Liz Kessler. It’s a middle-grade contemporary fantasy with a cute premise and some unfortunate content.

Sacrifice. by Rachel Hintze is the book I traded a copy of Kiera for at the homeschool convention. Revolutionary War historical fiction!

I’m still having trouble reviewing Wonder by R.J. Palacio. It was so earth-shatteringly amazing, that it’s pretty hard to formulate in words what I thought of it. πŸ˜‰ Oh, and it’s contemporary, by the way. And amazing.

Until We Find Home by Cathy Gohlke is a Word War II novel about Jewish refugees and their American caretaker stuck in England. C.S. Lewis figures into the story, which ended up being my favorite part. πŸ˜‰

Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer is actually a sci-fi graphic novel which is pretty cool. It didn’t take very long to read, and I enjoyed the pictures. πŸ˜‰

And the picture book (my current favorite picture book to be exact) is called Library Mouse, and it’s just darling. πŸ˜€ ❀

A couple of these books I read over a month ago, and others I read gave me too many feels to word about, so I kept putting off reviewing them. πŸ˜‰ Until yesterday when I decided to be brave and knocked out SIX WHOLE REVIEWS. *fist bumps self* πŸ˜› Now I just need to type them in and post them… πŸ˜‰

The Books Before Me (a.k.a. I WENT TO THE LIBRARY)

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You know that crazy lady you saw walking through the library with a stack of books tucked under her chin? That was me.

I wrote out a whole menu of what I wanted to get, looked them up to make sure they were at my location, and then I explored. πŸ˜€ I’ve only read one of these so far, but once I get my reviews and a book I’m currently reading done, I’m really excited to dive in. I haven’t been to the library in a while, so whether or not I went overboard in my excitement is up for debate. πŸ˜›

Mixed Blessings by Cathy Hake caught my eye when a friend reviewed it on Goodreads and I found out it is a marriage of convenience story and features an adoption of sorts… πŸ˜‰

It’s time for a re-read of Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry. I remember thinking it was cool and weird, but I don’t remember all the details. πŸ˜‰

I am reeeaaaalllly looking forward to Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder, and I’m hoping it doesn’t disappoint. The cover is darling, and the first two chapters I sampled has me in bittersweet tears. *sniffs* *reaches for book* *reminds myself that reviews must happen first*

This next book looks a little weird. Now, I like weird, but whether or not I like this type of weird remains to be seen. πŸ˜‰ Several of my Goodreads friends have suggested I try reading All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater, so I’m gonna give it a go. πŸ˜‰

The Water Wars by Cameron Stracher is another book I feel a little iffy on. I’ve heard it’s pretty violent, but the concept and the unique position of one of the characters has me really intrigued. πŸ˜‰

I almost bought The Candy Shop War by Brandon Mull at the thrift store the other day but decided to wait until I could get it from the library. It looks a little remniscent of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and very zany, so cool. πŸ˜‰

I grabbed The Glass Town Game by Catherynne Valente because I saw it on the “New Arrivals” shelf, and I can never pass up a new a book with a cool cover. πŸ˜€

And then there’s Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer, but I’ve already read that. πŸ˜‰

Oh, and I have a confession…

My Confession

I have two more books being held at the library right now for me!! πŸ˜€ And they’re both sci-fi… and they both look really cool… and I’m really happy. πŸ˜‰

I’ll report back on how these are, and y’all can be on the look out for some new reviews. πŸ˜€

What have you found at the library lately? Have you ever been behind on reviewing?

30 thoughts on “Dueling Book Stacks

  1. I haven’t been reading hardly enough since the beginning of Camp Nano. I have a book on my shelf that’s gonna be due in like three days and I just can’t. Get. Myself. To. Read.
    But I’m happy for you! What sci-fis are waiting for you?

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    1. Aw, sorry!! I know what that’s like. Sometimes my brain is just done with words for a little while after a lot of writing and/or editing. πŸ˜‰

      Thank you! The Story of Your Life by Ted Change (a collection of short stories, one of which was the basis for a movie I really like) and Under Their Skin by Margaret Peterson Haddix. We’ll see how that is since her books can be a mixed bag. πŸ˜‰

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  2. πŸ™‚ Huh, here I thought I was the crazy person with the two length stack of books- also owing 40 cents….. shh, I told nobody. I get to review some books, and I get to read your book!!! I’m really excited!!!!

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  3. Wonderful, delicious stacks!! Yes Library Mouse is so cute!!!
    I do have a couple thick, lovely books from the library to read after “Finding the Core of Your Story” which is really good and helpful. πŸ˜€
    Yay for more reviews!

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  4. Your books sound so good!!! 😍😍😍😍
    And yes, Wonder is the kind of book that will shatter your world. It is incredible.❀❀❀❀❀❀❀
    (Might I ask how you found out about Wonder? Did Anna tell you about it? Becuase I was the one who told her about it, so technically I’m the person who recommended it to you πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ If my guess is right πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚)

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    1. ❀ ❀ ❀ It's so hard to write proper reviews for my favorite ones. πŸ˜€

      I know, right?? Shatteringly beautiful. πŸ˜€ ❀ Ha, ha! That's great. πŸ˜‰ No, I actually heard about it when the movie came out last year, and I've been wanting to read it/watch it ever since. It was so popular I could never find it in a library, but one day God helped me find a gorgeous copy at the used bookstore. It took me a while to get to it, but when I finally did, I loved it (minus a little content)!! That's so cool that you're passing on the love of Wonder, though. More people need to know about this book. πŸ˜€

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      1. Ohhhh, I see now 😁😁 I’m so happy you found a copy of that book! Now it’s your treasure forever! ❀ But yes, that book was pretty incredible ❀❀❀❀❀❀
        Thanks for telling me the story behind it!! πŸ˜„

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      2. I’ve seen the movie; you must absolutely see it. It will break your heart and make you laugh and just……..have so many FEELS!!! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜πŸ˜‡πŸ˜“πŸ™πŸ˜’πŸ˜²πŸ˜¨πŸ˜­πŸ˜ 
        Sadly, I haven’t read the companion novel, but I’m interested in it!!! 😁

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  5. Great stacks, both! I’m trying to squeeze more library books into my “schedule” but I have so many of my own that it’s difficult. XP And I am almost always behind on reviews, so I well understand that one XD

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    1. It was a really cool book! Wonder was amazing despite a little bit of content I’ll tell about in my review. One of my favorite reads this year!

      Ha, ha! Or sometimes 20… O.o.


  6. I did read this post just after it went live. And I had just been to the library and gotten 3 books. One of which was “Until We Find Home.” πŸ™‚ Then I also got “They Called Her Mrs. Doc” which I enjoyed, and “Silk” which is waiting for me to read. The challenge this month is reading stories that take place in other countries, so I made myself only get books that fit. Plus I have two on my kindle that fit. (Along with many others I have yet to read.) πŸ˜‰

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    1. Now, that is very fun. πŸ˜‰ Oh, wow! That’s pretty cool! Two books I’ve enjoyed that were set in other countries are The Road to Agra and King of the Wind, so if you haven’t read those, they might help with your challenge. πŸ˜‰

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      1. Oh, I’ve read “King of the Wind” but don’t think I’ve heard of “The Road to Agra.” What’s it about? Who’s it by?

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      2. Thanks. πŸ™‚ Our library doesn’t have it, but I’m going to see if the one near my grandparents does. (We’ll be there next week.)

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