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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Comments

  1. Okay, this is an excellent list! And when was ‘Antelope’ on sale??? I can’t believe I missed it! ‘Fluent Forever’ and ‘As You Wish’ are on my TBR!

    • It was on sale one afternoon (and maybe only just one afternoon) and I’m not even sure how I caught it. Lucky timing I guess!

  2. Being a language teacher, I’m naturally curious about the methods in Fluent Forever. I’m glad you linked to that review though, because it explained pretty much all I needed to know. Duolingo uses spaced repetition, BTW. But the only way to actually speak a language is to…. speak it! I know libraries in AZ often have free Spanish speaking clubs just for that reason, maybe your city has one too. Happy reading!

    • I know the best thing I could do would be to speak it, but right now that’s logistically challenging.

      Once my baby gets a bit older and (hopefully) I get a little more time/opportunity to do some things on my own, I may look into it more. Or I may decide it’s not enough of a priority for me, and there are other things I want to spend my time on.

      I do want to find something for my kids eventually, but that’s also going to wait for a bit. I know they’re better off learning it as a child, but since my oldest is only 5 I’m going on the assumption that the window will be open for a few more years. Right now it’s not something I want to devote a lot of time to, both finding something and shuttling him/them back and forth. We already do enough driving back and forth to activities.

      And, I realize that sounds terrible, but realistically, it’s the truth. I don’t have the energy/time/money to do everything to the best level, so I’m picking and choosing what to focus on. Spanish can get some attention, but not a ton. I’m consoling myself that even if I wasn’t homeschooling, it’d be the same, but I’d have even less flexibility as far as choosing where to focus our efforts.

      (Gotta say though, I’m sure it would be easier if I still lived in my previous locations – Florida, Texas, and Arizona all had lots more opportunities to find Spanish-speaking groups and resources. Indiana has some, but nowhere near as many).

    • Oh, and you’re reminding me (again) to get back to DuoLingo. I was using it before I had the baby, but stopped once she arrived. I haven’t touched it since, and I’m sure I’ve forgotten most of what I had learned.

      • Oooh I’m not blaming you at all! I was more being grumbly at that book. From what I read in the review, the author encourages you to memorize a bunch of words first, and THEN start putting them together into sentences. And THEN start speaking/writing. I strongly disagree with this method, though I have seen it pushed on language learning blogs. I can imagine that all your sane hours go to doing all the things you do, including reading and blogging a ton. I’d totally take a bubble bath in my free time if I were in your shoes.

  3. I’m still in the library queue for All the Light We Cannot See. Looks like I’ll get to read your review, too, before I get my hands on it. (Which is OK, because I’ve got my hands and library stack full of other books right now.)

    I remember Cheaper by the Dozen from my childhood. For an only child, reading about a family with 12 kids was pretty exotic 🙂

    • I may or may not get it read before your turn arrives – depends just how long that queue is. 🙂

      I was one of three, and that’s far enough from 12 that it was plenty exotic to me too. I cannot imagine, either being one of the kids, or being the parent!

  4. As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride piqued my interest when you listed it initially – so I’m looking forward to your thoughts on that one. I am of course also interested to see what fun ideas you find in Five in a Row. As for Spanish for littles – we did end up joining a mommy and me Spanish class in our area, but we have also had luck using Scholastic – they have Spanish story books on CD with native speakers. So, my two and a half year old and I snuggle up on the couch and “read” the book while listening to the CD. Right now we are making our way through a Clifford the Big Red Dog pack. We also love the CDs by Jose-Luis Orozco (http://joseluisorozco.com/)….you can buy the song books to go with the CDs, which for a visual learner like me is a must. My two and a half year old actually requests the CD – Diez Deditos in the car. PS – I initially found the Diez Deditos song book in the library 🙂 Thanks for the link up – looking forward to learning about lots of good reads!!!

    • The post on As You Wish is publishing next week, because yes, I’ve already finished the book. 🙂

      My library has several Spanish picture books (and older books too, I was only looking for picture books), but I haven’t looked for audio books from there. A definite advantage to studying Spanish – lots more material easily available here! And thanks for the tip about CDs by Jose-Luis Orozco – the library has several of his, including Diez Deditos.

  5. I’m bummed I missed Shankle’s book as a freebie!

    • It was a very short-lived freebie – I grabbed it but not long after that when I went to share about it on Twitter/FB, it was already back to the usual price.

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