New on Your Stack (volume 5)

This month had a lot of reminding me about books I’ve been meaning to read, but just haven’t gotten to them yet. I found myself doing a lot of nodding as I read the linked posts, either because I’ve read the book and it’s a good one, or I’ve been wanting to read it.

There was one new-to-me title that I was thrilled to discover – reading book lists is so much fun. 🙂


BonhoefferTuija recommends Eric Metaxas’s biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, (which has lingered on my TBR – it’s so long!). I’ve read Metaxas’ book on William Wilberforce and gave it a 4 star rating, so I need to bump Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, SpyBonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Erik Metaxas up.


The Last AnniversaryKate has the fabulous Book of a Thousand Days on her list, but that’s one I’ve already read (and enjoyed!). She also has The Last AnniversaryThe Last Anniversary: A Novel by Liane Moriarty by Liane Moriarty, which reminds me that I’ve only read one of Moriarty’s books (What Alice Forgot). That was such a fun and thought-provoking book, and I really want to try more by her.


The Readers of Broken Wheel RecommendStacie alerted me to the upcoming title The Readers of Broken Wheel RecommendThe Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald. It’s getting comparisons to The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, as well as 84, Charing Cross Road. Since both of those are up there as some of my favorite books EVER, of course I want to read this one.


The Secret History of the Pink CarnationJessica is the second person this month to bring my attention to Lauren Willig’s The Secret History of the Pink CarnationThe Secret History of the Pink Carnation by Lauren Willig series. It sounds like a lot of fun, and I can’t wait to try it. She also mentions Moriarty, in case I needed another reminder to read her again already!

(Julie is the other one who mentioned this series recently, in a comparison that got my attention.)

Jessica also mentioned the intriguing YA trilogy by Marie Rutkoski, but I’m going to let her read it first and tell me if I should read it too. Book one, The Winner’s CurseThe Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy) by Marie Rutkoski, sure does have a pretty (and intriguing!) cover though, so it’s always possible that I’ll decide I can’t wait and need to try it.

Want to join in? The next New on the Stack will be Friday July 3rd!

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New on the Stack in May 2015

Welcome to New on the Stack, where you can share the latest books you’ve added to your reading pile. I’d love for you to join us and add a link to your own post or instagram picture sharing your books! It’s a fun way to see what others will soon be reading, and get even more ideas of books to add to my “I want to read that!” list.New on the Stack button

I’d feel kind of bad about just how many books I added to my reading stack this month, except last month I actually did a pretty good job of getting through my new ones. We’ll see if that trend continues in June.

Nonfiction

The Story of ScienceThe Story of Science: From the Writings of Aristotle to the Big Bang TheoryThe Story of Science: From the Writings of Aristotle to the Big Bang Theory by Susan Wise Bauer by Susan Wise Bauer
How did I get it: I bought it
Why did I get it: It’s a Susan Wise Bauer book, and it was on my “Looking Forward to Reading in 2015” list.

Shakespeare Basics for Grown-UpsShakespeare Basics for Grown-Ups: Everything You Need to Know About the BardShakespeare Basics for Grown-Ups: Everything You Need to Know About the Bard by E. Foley & B. Coates by E. Foley & B. Coates
How did I get it: Received a review copy from the publisher
Why did I get it: It sounds like one I’ll enjoy, and like a good fit to share about here.

Art Before BreakfastArt Before Breakfast: A Zillion Ways to be More Creative No Matter How Busy You AreArt Before Breakfast: A Zillion Ways to be More Creative No Matter How Busy You Are by Danny Gregory by Danny Gregory.
How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: Tuija included it in her post and it sounded intriguing.

SeabiscuitSeabiscuit: An American LegendSeabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand by Laura Hillenbrand
How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: It’s June’s book club pick – I need to get cracking if I’m going to get it read before the meeting!

Make It HappenMake it Happen: Surrender Your Fear. Take the Leap. Live On Purpose.Make it Happen: Surrender Your Fear. Take the Leap. Live On Purpose. by Lara Casey by Lara Casey
How did I get it: Borrowed it from the library
Why did I get it: Heard good things about it.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying UpThe Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and OrganizingThe Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo by Marie Kondo
How did I get it: Borrowed it from the library
Why did I get it: Hearing about it from what seems like everyone.

Fiction

The Truth According to UsThe Truth According to Us: A Novelhe Truth According to Us: A Novel by Annie Barrows by Annie Barrows
How did I get it: Received a review copy from NetGalley
Why did I get it: It’s a book by Annie Barrows.

The Big FourThe Big FourThe Big Four: A Hercule Poirot Mystery (Hercule Poirot Mysteries) by Agatha Christie by Agatha Christie
How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: It’s the next one in the Hercule Poirot series.

First LightFirst LightFirst Light by Rebecca Stead by Rebecca Stead
How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: I’ve read all of her other books.

Listen SlowlyListen, SlowlyListen, Slowly by Thanhha Lai by Thanhha Lai
How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: Her earlier book Inside Out and Back Again was fantastic.

A Snicker of MagicA Snicker of MagicA Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd by Natalie Lloyd
How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: Great cover, and it popped up as a “you looked at this, you might like that” recommendation.

The Great TroubleThe Great Trouble: A Mystery of London, the Blue Death, and a Boy Called EelThe Great Trouble: A Mystery of London, the Blue Death, and a Boy Called Eel by Deborah Hopkinson by Deborah Hopkinson
How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: Interesting story line, especially the connection to Ghost Map which I recently finished.

No Quest for the WickedNo Quest for the WickedNo Quest for the Wicked by Shanna Swendson and Kiss and SpellKiss and Spell (Enchanted, Inc.) (Volume 7) by Shanna Swendson by Shanna Swendson
How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: Finishing off the series, unless I decide not to bother.


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New on Your Stack (volume 4)

This was a great month to read all of the linked posts – I’ve already added three of the books below to my stack this month, and the fourth is on hold at the library. It was an inspiring month. 😉


Art Before BreakfastTuija has some intriguing books by Silvia Rannamaa and Eva-Lis Wuorio listed, but my lack of reading ability in anything other than English means I won’t be reading them.

But I did grab Danny Gregory’s Art Before Breakfast: A Zillion Ways to be More Creative No Matter How Busy You AreArt Before Breakfast: A Zillion Ways to be More Creative No Matter How Busy You Are by Danny Gregory from the library after seeing it on her list. Thanks Tuija!


The Truth According to UsStacie has some great books listed, including The Fourteenth Goldfish, and Brown Girl DreamingBrown Girl Dreaming (Newbery Honor Book) by Jacqueline Woodson (go! read them!), but I was thrilled to discover Annie Barrows has a new book coming out next month – The Truth According to Us: A Novelhe Truth According to Us: A Novel by Annie Barrows.

So so so excited – if this is even close to being as good as The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie SocietyThe Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows it’ll be going on my top reads of the year list. Happily for me, I was able to grab a review copy from NetGalley. Look for my review next month!


The Big FourMimi added an astonishing number of books to her reading stack last month – go and look at those pictures!

She’s got so many it was extra hard to only pick one to highlight, but she does have an Agatha Christie in the stack, and I just borrowed the next Hercule Poirot mystery from the library – The Big FourThe Big Four: A Hercule Poirot Mystery (Hercule Poirot Mysteries) by Agatha Christie. Hoping it’s as good as the last one!


One Realm BeyondAlyssa caught my eye with Donita Paul’s cover for Two Renegade RealmsTwo Renegade Realms (Realm Walkers) by Donita K. Paul. Book one (One Realm BeyondOne Realm Beyond (Realm Walkers Book 1) by Donita K. Paul) has received some rave reviews, and it sounds like a fun fantasy. My library has it, so it’ll be an easy one to try once I get my turn with it. I’m such a sucker for this sort of fantasy novel.

Want to join in? The next New on the Stack will be next Wednesday – June 3rd!

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New on the Stack in April, 2015

Welcome to New on the Stack, where you can share the latest books you’ve added to your reading pile. I’d love for you to join us and add a link to your own post or instagram picture sharing your books! It’s a fun way to see what others will soon be reading, and get even more ideas of books to add to my “I want to read that!” list.New on the Stack button

Once again I’ve added a ridiculous number of books to my reading stack, especially considering my current reading pace. Lots of library holds came in (including three ebooks on the same day!) which doesn’t help my situation. Regular library books I can put on hold, and then suspend the hold (so I stay in the queue, but don’t get the book until I cancel the suspension. It’s fantastic, but it isn’t available for ebooks.)

Nonfiction

The Lady and the Panda by Vicki Constantine CrokeThe Lady and the Panda: The True Adventures of the First American Explorer to Bring Back China’s Most Exotic AnimalThe Lady and the Panda: The True Adventures of the First American Explorer to Bring Back China's Most Exotic Animal by Vicki Constantine Croke by Vicki Constantine Croke
How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: It’s been on my TBR list for.ev.er. I’m not doing that well lately at reading nonfiction, but this one seemed doable for me.

Lives of the MusiciansLives of the Musicians: Good Times, Bad Times (and What the Neighbors Thought)Lives of the Musicians: Good Times, Bad Times (and What the Neighbors Thought) by Kathleen Krull by Kathleen Krull
How did I get it: Purchased it.
Why did I get it: It’s a reference text for the music appreciation program I’m doing with the kids.

Women of the WordWomen of the Word: How to Study the Bible with Both Our Hearts and Our MindsWomen of the Word: How to Study the Bible with Both Our Hearts and Our Minds by Jen Wilkin by Jen Wilkin
How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: I heard great things about it from somewhere. Where that was I now have no idea.

Rock Your Network Marketing BusinessRock Your Network Marketing BusinessRock Your Network Marketing Business by Sarah Robbins by Sarah Robbins
How did I get it: My Young Living upline sent it to me. Because she’s awesome like that.

Revolution in World MissionsRevolution in World Missions: One Man’s Journey to Change a GenerationRevolution in World Missions: One Man's Journey to Change a Generation by K. P. Yohannan by K. P. Yohannan
How did I get it: Gospel for Asia sent it to me
Why did I get it: I kept seeing the ads for it and finally requested it.

Elephant CompanyElephant Company: The Inspiring Story of an Unlikely Hero and the Animals Who Helped Him Save Lives in World War IIElephant Company: The Inspiring Story of an Unlikely Hero and the Animals Who Helped Him Save Lives in World War II by Vicki Constantine Croke by Vicki Constantine Croke
How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library
Why did I get it: It sounded interesting.

Life from ScratchLife From Scratch: A Memoir of Food, Family, and ForgivenessLife From Scratch: A Memoir of Food, Family, and Forgiveness by Sasha Martin by Sasha Martin
How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library
Why did I get it: I love food memoirs.

Paddle Your Own CanoePaddle Your Own Canoe: One Man’s Fundamentals for Delicious LivingPaddle Your Own Canoe: One Man's Fundamentals for Delicious Living by Nick Offerman by Nick Offerman
How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library
Why did I get it: I don’t remember why it made it on my list.

Better Than BeforeBetter Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday LivesBetter Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives by Gretchen Rubin by Gretchen Rubin
How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library
Why did I get it: Because if I’d remembered that it was being released this year, it’d have been on my list of titles I was looking forward to reading.

The Fringe HoursThe Fringe Hours: Making Time for YouThe Fringe Hours: Making Time for You by Jessica N. Turner by Jessica N. Turner
How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library
Why did I get it: I’ve heard great things about it.

The Best YesThe Best Yes: Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless DemandsThe Best Yes: Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands by Lysa TerKeurst by Lysa TerKeurst
How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library
Why did I get it: I’ve heard great things about it.

Fiction

Earth GirlEarth GirlEarth Girl by Janet Edwards by Janet Edwards
How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: It sounded enjoyable.

PrintSoulless (The Parasol Protectorate)Soulless (The Parasol Protectorate) by Gail Carriger by Gail Carriger
How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: I love Carriger’s spin-off series, time to read the original.

Winter SiegeThe Siege Winter: A NovelThe Siege Winter: A Novel by Ariana Franklin by Ariana Franklin
(a.k.a. Winter Siege – I think the one title is the American version and one title the British. I like the Winter Siege cover more, so that’s the one I’m showing, but the library copy is titled The Siege Winter.)
How did I get it: Borrowed it from the library
Why did I get it: Someone wrote about it – Jessica maybe? And it sounded like a book I’d like.

The Witch Hunter’s TaleThe Witch Hunter’s Tale: A Midwife MysteryThe Witch Hunter's Tale: A Midwife Mystery (The Midwife's Tale) by Sam Thomas by Sam Thomas
How did I get it: Borrowed it from the library
Why did I get it: It’s on my list of books I’m looking forward to reading this year.

Sunday the Rabbi Stayed HomeSunday the Rabbi Stayed HomeSunday the Rabbi Stayed Home (Rabbi Small series #3) by Harry Kemelman by Harry Kemelman
How did I get it: Borrowed it from the library
Why did I get it: I liked the previous two in the series.

The Other DaughterThe Other Daughter: A NovelThe Other Daughter by Lauren Willig by Lauren Willig
How did I get it: Received a review copy from NetGalley.
Why did I get it: I fell for the cover.

The Book of SpeculationThe Book of SpeculationThe Book of Speculation: A Novel by Erika Swyler by Erika Swyler
How did I get it: Received a review copy from NetGalley.
Why did I get it: Because it looked so intriguing when Alisa shared about it.

Brown Girl DreamingBrown Girl DreamingBrown Girl Dreaming (Newbery Honor Book) by Jacqueline Woodson by Jacqueline Woodson
How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library
Why did I get it: It’s gotten tremendously great reviews.

Shadow ScaleShadow ScaleShadow Scale (Seraphina) by Rachel Hartman by Rachel Hartman
How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library
Why did I get it: I read the first one, and want to find out what happens next.

Murder at the BrightwellMurder at the Brightwell: A MysteryMurder at the Brightwell: A Mystery by Ashley Weaver by Ashley Weaver
How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library
Why did I get it: That cover! The setting! It called to me. 😉

The Well of Lost PlotsThe Well of Lost PlotsThe Well of Lost Plots (Thursday Next Series #3) by Jasper Fforde by Jasper Fforde
How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library
Why did I get it: To continue the series.


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New On Your Stack (Volume 3)

It’s not too late to add your new books to this month’s link up (it closes on the 30th), or join us for next month’s link up next week!


All the Light We Cannot SeeTuija from Read Go Adventure had two books on her stack that I recently added as well – Shakespeare Saved My Life: Ten Years in Solitary with the BardShakespeare Saved My Life: Ten Years in Solitary with the Bard by Laura Bates (which I just finished), and All the Light We Cannot See: A NovelAll the Light We Cannot See: A Novel by Anthony Doerr. Doerr’s book just won the Pulitzer prize, that’s all the more reason for me to bump it to the top of my Read This Now list. (Which totally exists, if only in my head.)


A Sparrow in TerezinErika at Pray Species might win for the “most intriguing cover” in the linkup – A Sparrow in TerezinA Sparrow in Terezin (A Hidden Masterpiece Novel) by Kristy Cambron is beautiful, and made me very curious to read the description. So far I haven’t tried any by Cambron, but I may not be able to resist any longer. Erika also has a parenting book on her list I’ve been meaning to read for ages. Someday?


A Dangerous PlaceJessica from Quirky Bookworm has three books that caught my eye, and two of them were entirely new to me. The latest Maisie Dobbs A Dangerous PlaceA Dangerous Place: A Maisie Dobbs Novel by Jacqueline Winspear is out (I am so behind on that series), but then there’s another mystery by Anne Emery, and an interesting nonfiction book by Kate Summersale that will probably get ignored in favor of higher priorty books. That makes me kind of sad, as it’s the kind of nonfiction I would have been devouring pre-children.


Whose Baby Am IStacie from Stacie Makes Cents added lots of books to her stack last month, and she added one to my list to get for my baby’s first birthday. Whose Baby Am I?Whose Baby Am I? by John Butler looks like a fun board book, and we can use a few that haven’t been so well-loved as all of ours have been!


The Book of SpeculationAlisa from Papercutts lets Erika know she won’t win that cover challenge quite so easily. Check out The Book of SpeculationThe Book of Speculation: A Novel by Erika Swyler – what a great cover! And my library doesn’t have it (not surprising, it doesn’t release until June) but NetGalley has it. So I went over to NetGalley and requested it. And another title I discovered while on there. Thanks so much Alisa, for making me forget my self-imposed NetGalley moratorium.


Want to join in? The next New on the Stack linkup will actually post next Monday, the 4th. (Not the 3rd, like every other month when the 3rd isn’t on a Sunday. Just FYI: Linkup on the 3rd, unless the 3rd is a Sunday in which case it shifts to the 4th. Because I’m trying to make sure I take one day away from the blog world entirely. And I feel like that is the most convoluted explanation ever, so hopefully it makes sense.)

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New on the Stack in March, 2015

Welcome to New on the Stack, where you can share the latest books you’ve added to your reading pile. I’d love for you to join us and add a link to your own post or instagram picture sharing your books! It’s a fun way to see what others will soon be reading, and get even more ideas of books to add to my “I want to read that!” list.New on the Stack button

This was … kind of a ridiculous month as far as the number of books I added to my to-be-read stack. I won two giveaways (!) and that added six books, and then I went on a major series binge read for another five. Plus I had library holds all come up at the same time, which is a good problem to have. All in all, I definitely added to the stack this month. I’d say something about next month I won’t do that, and surely I’ll be able to whittle the TBR mountain down a bit, but realistically that never seems to happen. 😉

Nonfiction

SavorSavor: Living Abundantly Where You Are, As You AreSavor: Living Abundantly Where You Are, As You Are by Shauna Niequist by Shauna Niequist
How did I get it: Purchased it.
Why did I get it: Because I love her writing, and this is one I was excited to read this year.

The Way They LearnThe Way They LearnThe Way They Learn by Cynthia Ulrich Tobias by Cynthia Ulrich Tobias
How did I get it: Won it from Sonlight.

The Busy Homeschool Mom's Guide to RomanceThe Busy Homeschool Mom’s Guide to Romance: Nurturing Your Marriage through the Homeschool YearsThe Busy Homeschool Mom's Guide to Romance: Nurturing your marriage through the homeschool years by Heidi St. John by Heidi St. John
How did I get it: Won it from Sonlight.

Help for the Harried HomeschoolerHelp for the Harried Homeschooler: A Practical Guide to Balancing Your Child’s Education with the Rest of Your LifeHelp for the Harried Homeschooler: A Practical Guide to Balancing Your Child's Education with the Rest of Your Life by Christine Field by Christine Field
How did I get it: Won it from Sonlight.

Say Goodbye to Survival ModeSay Goodbye to Survival Mode: 9 Simple Strategies to Stress Less, Sleep More, and Restore Your Passion for LifeSay Goodbye to Survival Mode: 9 Simple Strategies to Stress Less, Sleep More, and Restore Your Passion for Life by Crystal Paine by Crystal Paine
How did I get it: Won it from Sonlight.

Miserly MomsMiserly Moms: Living Well on Less in a Tough EcomonyMiserly Moms: Living Well on Less in a Tough Ecomony by Jonni McCoy by Jonni McCoy
How did I get it: Won it from Sonlight.

Pioneer GirlPioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography by Laura Ingalls Wilder, edited by Pamela Smith Hill
How did I get it: Borrowed it from the library.
Why did I get it: It’s about Laura Ingalls Wilder! And it’s another one I was looking forward to this year.

The Center Cannot HoldThe Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through MadnessThe Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness by Elyn R. Saks by Elyn R. Saks
How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: I don’t remember how this one ended up on my TBR list. Sounded intriguing, but beyond that…?

Shakespeare Saved My LifeShakespeare Saved My Life: Ten Years in Solitary with the BardShakespeare Saved My Life: Ten Years in Solitary with the Bard by Laura Bates by Laura Bates
How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: My library kept showing ads for this book, and I fell for it.

The Ghost MapThe Ghost Map: The Story of London’s Most Terrifying Epidemic–and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern WorldThe Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic--and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World by Steven Johnson by Steven Johnson
How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: This is the type of history book I love.

Fiction

Rasmus and the VagabondRasmus and the VagabondRasmus and the Vagabond by Astrid Lindgren by Astrid Lindgren
How did I get it: Won it from Erika!

The War that Saved My LifeThe War that Saved My LifeThe War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
How did I get it: Borrowed it from the library.
Why did I get it: It’s another one from my “looking forward to reading in 2015” list.

Surprise IslandSurprise Island Surprise Island (The Boxcar Children Mysteries #2) by Gertrude Chandler Warner by Gertrude Chandler Warner
How did I get it: Borrowed it from the library.
Why did I get it: To read to my Boxcar Children-loving children.

FairestFairest: Levana’s StoryFairest: The Lunar Chronicles: Levana's Story by Marissa Meyer (#3.5 in the Lunar Chronicles series) by Marissa Meyer
How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: It’s yet another one from my “looking forward to reading in 2015” list.

Speaking from Among the BonesSpeaking from Among the BonesSpeaking from Among the Bones: A Flavia de Luce Novel (Flavia de Luce Mystery, Book 5) by Alan Bradley by Alan Bradley
How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: I love Flavia, and her series is one that, yup, I included on that same list that’s gotten all the mention in this post.

The Thirteen ProblemsThe Thirteen Problems (Miss Marple Mysteries)The Thirteen Problems (Miss Marple Mysteries) by Agatha Christie by Agatha Christie
How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: My continuing trek through Christie’s backlist. What a treat it is!

Lost in a Good BookLost in a Good Book (A Thursday Next Novel)Lost in a Good Book (A Thursday Next Novel) by Jasper Fforde by Jasper Fforde
How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: Because it’s a fun series.

Saturday the Rabbi Went HungrySaturday the Rabbi Went HungrySaturday the Rabbi Went Hungry by Harry Kemelman and Sunday the Rabbi Stayed HomeSunday the Rabbi Stayed Home by Harry Kemelman by Harry Kemelman
How did I get it: Borrowed them from the library (Saturday in ebook form, Sunday in print)
Why did I get it: Book club’s reading the first Rabbi Small book this month, and I wanted to read a couple more to see where Kemelman goes with the series and the character.

Inside Out and Back AgainInside Out and Back AgainInside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai by Thanhha Lai
How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: Heard great things about it.

Enchanted IncEnchanted, Inc.Enchanted, Inc. (Katie Chandler, Book 1) by Shanna Swendson, Once Upon StilettosOnce Upon Stilettos (Katie Chandler, Book 2) by Shanna Swendson, Damsel Under StressDamsel Under Stress (Katie Chandler, Book 3) by Shanna Swendson, Don’t Hex with TexasDon't Hex with Texas (Katie Chandler, Book 4) by Shanna Swendson, and Much Ado About MagicMuch Ado About Magic (Katie Chandler, Book 5) by Shanna Swendson
by Shanna Swendson
How did I get it: Borrowed them electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: They sounded amusing.

Ever After High The Storybook of LegendsEver After High: The Storybook of LegendsEver After High: The Storybook of Legends by Shannon Hale and Ever After High: The Unfairest of Them AllEver After High: The Unfairest of Them All by Shannon Hale by Shannon Hale
How did I get it: Borrowed them electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: I really like Hale’s writing, and I love fractured fairy tales. The combo is usually a winner.


“New on the Stack” Link-up Guidelines:

1. Share your posts or instagram pictures about the new-to-you books you added to your reading stack last month. They can be purchases, library books, ebooks, whatever it is you’ll be reading! Entries completely unrelated to this theme or linked to your homepage may be deleted.

2. Link back to this post – you can use the button below if you’d like, or just use a text link.

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3. The linkup will be open until the end of the month.

4. Please visit the person’s blog or Instagram who linked up directly before you and leave them a comment.

5. By linking up, you’re granting me permission to use and/or repost photographs from your linked post or Instagram. (Because on social media or in next month’s post, I hope to feature some of the books that catch my attention from this month.)

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New On Your Stack (Volume 2)

Last month’s link up added lots of books to my TBR stack – I can already tell that that will probably be a regular occurrence. 🙂


Tuija brought Emma: A Modern Retelling (Austen Project)Emma: A Modern Retelling (Austen Project) by Alexander McCall Smith by Alexander McCall Smith to my attention, but I’m not sure if I’m going to give it a try or not. Reviews I found were mostly unenthusiastic, but I may still give it a shot if I can find a library copy.

A Fatal GraceWhat I will definitely try is the sequel to Louise Penny’s Still Life Still Life (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache Mysteries, No. 1) by Louise Penny. I’ve seen this series mentioned before many times but Tuija’s the one who reminded me of it so that I finally put A Fatal GraceA Fatal Grace: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel by Louise Penny on my list. I read the first ages ago and was unimpressed, but the series has gotten enough good reviews that I want to give it another try – maybe it was just a bad fit for me at the time, and I’d appreciate it more now.


WonderAlisa reminded me about WonderWonder by R. J. Palacio – a book I put on my TBR list in 2012 but held off on reading, knowing that I wasn’t emotionally up for it right then. Now? I think I can handle it. Or at least I can try it and see. 🙂


Halo Found HopeErika has four books in her post that are new-to-me and very intriguing, plus two others I’ve been eyeing. I think I need to let her read them and see what she thinks before adding them all to my list. 🙂

The one I’m most uncertain about is Halo Found HopeHalo Found Hope by Helo Matzelle. Probably not the book for me with my avoidance of cancer and death themes, but wow does it sound like one I’d be grabbing otherwise.


We Are Called To RiseStacie also has a book that I think I’ll wait and see what she thinks about it before committing to reading it myself. We Are Called to Rise: A NovelWe Are Called to Rise: A Novel by Laura McBride sounds like it could be absolutely fantastic. Reviews also make me think it could be too much for me to handle – I’m still such a mess when it comes to emotionally wrenching material. Perhaps I should just shelve this on the “someday in the future” shelf.


Want to join in? The next New on the Stack linkup will be Friday, and every month after that on the 3rd!

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New on the Stack in February 2015

Welcome to New on the Stack, where you can share the latest books you’ve added to your reading pile. I’d love for you to join us and add a link to your own post or instagram picture sharing your books! It’s a fun way to see what others will soon be reading, and get even more ideas of books to add to my “I want to read that!” list.New on the Stack February 2015

Nonfiction

One PotOne Pot: 120+ Easy Meals from Your Skillet, Slow Cooker, Stockpot, and MoreOne Pot: 120+ Easy Meals from Your Skillet, Slow Cooker, Stockpot, and More

How did I get it: Borrowed it from the library.
Why did I get it: This is a perfect time of year for one pot dishes.

Five in a Row Volume 1Five in a Row: Volume 1Five in a Row: Volume 1 by Jane Claire Lambert by Jane Claire Lambert

How did I get it: Borrowed it from the library.
Why did I get it: Looking for more ideas for my kids.

As You WishAs You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess BrideAs You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride by Cary Elwes by Cary Elwes

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: It was on my list of books I’m looking forward to reading in 2015.

Every Bitter Thing Is SweetEvery Bitter Thing Is Sweet: Tasting the Goodness of God in All ThingsEvery Bitter Thing Is Sweet: Tasting the Goodness of God in All Things by Sara Hagerty by Sara Hagerty

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: Heard some good things about it, and my library had it ready to borrow immediately.

Belles on Their ToesBelles on Their ToesBelles on Their Toes by Frank B. Gilbreth Jr and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey by Frank B. Gilbreth Jr and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: Recently posted a review of the prequel to this, Cheaper By the Dozen, and was reminded that I wanted to read the follow up.

Fluent ForeverFluent Forever: How to Learn Any Language Fast and Never Forget ItFluent Forever: How to Learn Any Language Fast and Never Forget It by Gabriel Wyner by Gabriel Wyner

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: I love languages, and learning about languages, and I’d love to actually learn to speak another language fluently. And, Catherine recommends it.

The Antelope in the Living RoomThe Antelope in the Living Room: The Real Story of Two People Sharing One LifeThe Antelope in the Living Room: The Real Story of Two People Sharing One Life by Melanie Shankle by Melanie Shankle

How did I get it: Amazon freebie, perhaps because she’s got book #3 (Nobody’s Cuter than YouNobody's Cuter than You: A Memoir about the Beauty of Friendship by Melanie Shankle) releasing this Spring?
Why did I get it: I’ve heard good things about her first book, Sparkly Green EarringsSparkly Green Earrings: Catching the Light at Every Turn by Melanie Shankle.

Fiction

All the Light We Cannot SeeAll the Light We Cannot See: A NovelAll the Light We Cannot See: A Novel by Anthony Doerr by Anthony Doerr

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: I’m hearing great things about it.

I Am Half-Sick of ShadowsI Am Half-Sick of ShadowsI Am Half-Sick of Shadows (Flavia de Luce Mystery, Book 4) by Alan Bradley by Alan Bradley

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: I love the series, and I tried to get through the audio book last month without success. I do better with text right now.

Turtle in ParadiseTurtle in ParadiseTurtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm by Jennifer L. Holm

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: I love the author..

The Green EmberThe Green EmberThe Green Ember by S. D. Smith, illustrated by Zach Franzen by S. D. Smith, illustrated by Zach Franzen

How did I get it: Amazon freebie.
Why did I get it: Johanna recommended it. Or suggested it at least – I can’t remember now if she’d said she’d read it or just was going to.


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New on Your Stack (Volume 1)

Earlier this month my new linkup “New On My Stack” debuted, and thank you so much to everyone who linked up! Now I want to highlight a few of the books I discovered that are new on YOUR stacks, that were the most intriguing or I-Need-To-Read-This-Now-compelling.


Rasmus and the VagabondAs I continue looking for fun readalouds for my kids (especially my son), Erika reminded me that Astrid Lindgren wrote more than Pippi Longstocking. Rasmus and the VagabondRasmus and the Vagabond by Astrid Lindgren is newly reprinted and sounds like it’ll be a great fit for my son. I’m tempted to add it to his birthday list, as that’ll help force me to hold off on it just a few more months while also guaranteeing that I’ll read it to him. 🙂

Also, Erika’s book club is going to be reading The Girls of Atomic CityThe Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II by Denise Kiernan, which is SUCH a great book. So great I included it in my 31 Days of Great Nonfiction picks in 2013. I hope your book club enjoyed it as much as I did Erika!


Surprised by MotherhoodJessica reminded me of some books I’ve been considering for ages: First, Lisa-Jo Baker’s Surprised by Motherhood: Everything I Never Expected about Being a MomSurprised by Motherhood: Everything I Never Expected about Being a Mom by Lisa-Jo Baker, because it sounds so much like one I’d enjoy. I’ve only not read it after being burned a bit by blogger’s books that end up being regurgitated blog content without an overarching narrative or flow. Quick, Jessica, read it and tell me if I should! 😉

She also listed The Blood of OlympusThe Heroes of Olympus Book Five: The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan by Rick Riordan, which reminds me that I am way behind on reading the Percy Jackson series and perhaps I’d like to get back to it someday. Or perhaps I’ll just wait until I can read it to my kids? More big decisions.

And then Jessica also brought some other books to my attention: both The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold FryThe Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel by Rachel Joyce by Rachel Joyce (so tempted by this one – it’s only $1.99 for the Kindle version, and it sounds like it could a good one to consider for book club next year…) and Susan Hill’s mystery series. She is doing bad things to my TBR list!


Fierce ConvictionsI thought perhaps that Tujia would manage to not add to my TBR stack, if this had been a month when all of her new books were in Finnish, but no, she’s got plenty of titles in English too.

Included in those titles, she also reminded me of a book I’ve been meaning to read for ages. She added Fierce Convictions: The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More—Fierce Convictions: The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More—: Poet, Reformer, Abolitionist by Karen Swallow Prior by Karen Swallow Prior to her stack. Prior is also the author of Booked: Literature in the Soul of MeBooked: Literature in the Soul of Me by Karen Swallow Prior, which yes I want to read that! Also, I now want to read Fierce Convictions. The TBR mountain, it grows.


If I Had Lunch with C S LewisI’d never heard of Alister McGrath’s book If I Had Lunch with C. S. Lewis: Exploring the Ideas of C. S. Lewis on the Meaning of LifeIf I Had Lunch with C. S. Lewis: Exploring the Ideas of C. S. Lewis on the Meaning of Life by Alister McGrath until finding it in Teresa‘s post. I’m very intrigued by it, but it also sounds like one that might take more brain power than I have right now. It’s going onto the TBR list, but not at the top. Maybe by the time it works its way there I’ll have more mental energy to devote to it. 🙂


The SilkwormAlisa‘s post let me know that Robert Galbraith (a.k.a. J. K. Rowling) has a second book out featuring Cormoran Strike – The SilkwormThe Silkworm (A Cormoran Strike Novel) by Robert Galbraith. Which reminds me that I never read the first Galbraith title, The Cuckoo’s CallingThe Cuckoo's Calling (Cormoran Strike) by Robert Galbraith, and I really did want to try it.


Rhyme SchemerStacie mentioned two middle grade books, and Rhyme SchemerRhyme Schemer by K. A. Holt definitely caught my eye: part of the book is written in verse, and I’ve loved previous books written that way. I’m hesitating just a bit on this because of the bullying theme, but may still have to give it a try because of the format.


The Virtuous Jane AustenCristina has a lot of interesting books listed, especially Lenten resources (I know, Lent has already started. They still look good, especially one that’s a reflection on Jane AustenThe Virtuous Jane Austen: Short Reflections on Character by Rhonda Ortiz.) I’m also considering the writing ebook she highlighted – Active Patience: A Simple Guide to Productive WritingActive Patience: A Simple Guide to Productive Writing by N. C. Harley. The title makes me curious!


Want to join in? The next New on the Stack linkup will be next Tuesday, and every month after that on the 3rd!

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New on the Stack in January 2015

Welcome to New on the Stack, where you can share the latest books you’ve added to your reading pile. I’d love for you to join us and add a link to your own post or instagram picture sharing your books! It’s a fun way to see what others will soon be reading, and get even more ideas of books to add to my “I want to read that!” list.

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Nonfiction

Cold TangerinesCold Tangerines: Celebrating the Extraordinary Nature of Everyday LifeCold Tangerines: Celebrating the Extraordinary Nature of Everyday Life by Shauna Niequist by Shauna Niequist
How did I get it: Borrowed it from the library.
Why did I get it: I love her other books.

Smoke Gets in Your EyesSmoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the CrematorySmoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty by Caitlin Doughty
How did I get it: Borrowed it from the library.
Why did I get it: It’s been lingering on my TBR list, so time to give it a try.

No-Drama DisciplineNo-Drama Discipline: The Whole-Brain Way to Calm the Chaos and Nurture Your Child’s Developing MindNo-Drama Discipline: The Whole-Brain Way to Calm the Chaos and Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind by Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson by Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson
How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: I don’t remember why it was on my list.

100 Days of Real Food100 Days of Real Food: How We Did It, What We Learned, and 100 Easy, Wholesome Recipes Your Family Will Love100 Days of Real Food: How We Did It, What We Learned, and 100 Easy, Wholesome Recipes Your Family Will Love by Lisa Leake by Lisa Leake
How did I get it: Borrowed it from the library.
Why did I get it: It’s been on a lot of lists of recommended titles, so I wanted to take a peek.

The Wonder of His NameThe Wonder of His Name: 32 Life-Changing Names of JesusThe Wonder of His Name: 32 Life-Changing Names of Jesus by Nancy Leigh DeMoss, artwork by Timothy Botts by Nancy Leigh DeMoss, artwork by Timothy Botts
How did I get it: It was a gift.

Fiction

Friday the Rabbi Slept LateFriday the Rabbi Slept LateFriday the Rabbi Slept Late by Harry Kemelman by Harry Kemelman
How did I get it: Borrowed it from the library.
Why did I get it: It’s one of book club’s picks for the year. I’m trying to not wait to the last minute to read the books this year.

The Flames of RomeFlames of Rome: A NovelFlames of Rome: A Novel by Paul L. Maier by Paul L. Maier
How did I get it: Borrowed it from the library.
Why did I get it: Elizabeth recommended it to me.

Palace of DarknessPalace of Darkness: A Novel of PetraPalace of Darkness: A Novel of Petra by Tracy L. Higley by Tracy L. Higley
How did I get it: Borrowed it from the library.
Why did I get it: I don’t remember why it was on my TBR.

SeraphinaSeraphinaSeraphina by Rachel Hartman by Rachel Hartman
How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: Saw an ad for it on my own blog (!) and loved the cover. The description sounds like one I’ll like so it quickly went to the top of my TBR list.

On the Edge of the Dark Sea of DarknessOn the Edge of the Dark Sea of DarknessOn the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness (The Wingfeather Saga) by Andrew Paterson by Andrew Paterson
How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: Jessica recommends it, and our reading tastes match up enough that that’s reason to try it.

Book of a Thousand DaysBook of a Thousand DaysBook of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale by Shannon Hale
How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: I love fairy tale retellings, and I liked Hale’s Princess Academy quite a bit.


“New on the Stack” Link-up Guidelines:

1. Share your posts or instagram pictures about the new-to-you books you added to your reading stack last month. They can be purchases, library books, ebooks, whatever it is you’ll be reading! Entries completely unrelated to this theme or linked to your homepage may be deleted.

2. Link back to this post – you can use the button below if you’d like, or just use a text link.

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3. The linkup will be open until the end of the month.

4. Please visit the person’s blog or Instagram who linked up directly before you and leave them a comment.

5. By linking up, you’re granting me permission to use and/or repost photographs from your linked post or Instagram. (Because on social media or in next month’s post, I hope to feature some of the books that catch my attention from this month.)

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