Saturday, October 28, 2017

Stacking the Shelves (#253)


Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews, in which bloggers share the books and swag they've received in the past week!


So, what did I get in the week of Sunday, October 22nd to Saturday, October 28th?


(all links to Goodreads are provided!)


In the mail:


Haven by Mary Lindsay promo package, including the hardcover, mug, tote bag, and more

Thank you, Entangled Teen! This is really timely because I had just been looking at this book on Goodreads the other day, and thinking about requesting it from Entangled. And then this appeared on my doorstep! The Entangled publicists must be able to read minds. I absolutely love everything about this package!



Phew! That was a lot! Thank you, Tor (for the top four), Simon & Schuster (for Dork Diaries), and Little Brown (for Instructions). I grouped these because all of them were unsolicited and I'd not heard of a single one. But I appreciate them all!


The Empress by S.J. Kincaid promo package, including the hardcover, a candle, and three bath bombs!


Rebel/Hero/Traitor tattoos from the Rebel of the Sands series

Thank you so much, Alwyn! These are perfect for my collection. 😍 She is the nicest!


From The Ivy Bookshop:


A Classics Penguin tote bag

I went to The Ivy Bookshop's Penguin Random House Rep Night on Tuesday! The reps were of adult fiction imprints (like Riverhead and Knopf), but it was still very interesting and I learned a lot about adult fiction (think: book-club fiction). They gave everyone tote bags! I didn't buy any of the books that the reps recommended (sorry y'all, I'm not really into that kind of fiction), but I did buy some PRH books I'd been meaning to buy for forever - these two! Support your indies, friends!


From NetGalley:



Woohoo! I love Christmas novellas. Thank you, Forever!


Reviews from this week:

    
(Click on the covers to go to my reviews!)


Favorite Instagram post from this week:



I had a great week, especially on Thursday! Thursday started out terribly but ended up being amazing - which I love. It's lovely when the biggest disasters can turn around and become a really good thing. I'm a firm believer in everything happening for a reason. I'll be catching up on small tasks that need to get done - and possibly done some Christmas-related things! I love Christmas, and the winter holidays in general. My favorite time of year!

42 comments:

  1. Nice, I've always wanted to check out the Ivy Bookshop, they are so well loved among folks in the Baltimore area! I also some of those Tor books as well as a copy of The Empress, which is such a gorgeous book. I haven't read the first book though so I guess I better catch up quick!

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

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    1. They are awesome! Ann, the owner, is so nice and very smart.

      I am hoping to finish The Empress tonight! I'm excited. It has gotten great reviews so far. The Diabolic was SO good, Mogsy!

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  2. Wowsers! Look at that stack of unsoliciteds. I've found some real gems when I get around to reading those after my commitment review book picks.

    Love seeing all the packages and things you get. Glad your Thursday turned out spectacular. :) Have a good weekend, Alyssa!

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    1. I always feel bad because I never have time to read unsolicited books... I'll end up giving them away or donating. Which is okay!

      Thank you, Sophia! <3

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  3. Whoaaaa!!! You did amazing this week!! Wow! Two boxes too! Lol! Still longing for the day to receive a box of awesomeness from a publisher! Just once! Lol! I liked The Empress...I struggle with books that get a little heavy with politics and even reading The Diabolic and The Empress back to back, it was hard sometimes. But I did still enjoy it! Looking forward to the final book!! Hope you enjoy all the lovely new reads!

    My STS will be up tomorrow, so stop by then if you can!

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

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    1. It was a great surprise! Both of them. Especially given that I got basically nothing last week. I am so glad to hear that you loved The Empress.

      I will definitely be over, tomorrow! Thanks, Jessica. =)

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  4. Great books you got there! And I love the Haven mug you got.

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    1. Thank you! I have so many mugs but I love them all. This one is lovely!

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  5. I'm glad Thursday worked out! And Christmas is a wonderful season! I was in Dollar Tree yesterday and couldn't believe how much Christmas stuff was out already, but I guess it is about time to start getting things ready. :)

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    1. OMG! I went there today because you mentioned this! I saw some things that I want for my cubicle at work so I'll definitely be going back in a few weeks. I'm ready!!!

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  6. Great haul! Your new books are all unfamiliar to me, but I hope you love them all.

    Here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

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  7. Wow. Great new books Alyssa. Hope you'll enjoy them :)

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  8. Love your KWest fangirl picture (she is one of my faves)! I hope to read Instructions For a Secondhand Heart. It looks really great.

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  9. Great haul! I got the eARC of Haven this week but that package you got is awesome!

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  10. Hello, the Empress box is gorgeous. Have a nice week end.

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  11. Ahhh, so glad that thursday ended up being awesome instead of awful :D That is the best feeling. <3 And yessss. I love Christmas the most too :D I'm just about done with all christmas presents, weeks ago, but still need to wrap them up :) And ahh, yay for getting a bunch of lovely mail Alyssa. <3 It all looks stunning. YAY for lots of publisher mail :D Happy reading sweet girl. <3

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    1. WOW! You are good (re: Christmas)! That's amazing. Thank you, Carina!

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  12. Ooo Christmas Related things - how exciting!! It's actually my favorite time of the year as well :) I also received the Haven box this week and thought it was great! I especially love the mug. I'm slightly jealous of the Empresses box lol that's so cool that they included bath bombs and a candle! I'm excited to hear your thoughts on the christmas novella - I've been reading a lot of holiday books this season and am always looking for more to add. Have a great week, Alyssa!! :)

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    1. It was like Christmas this week, with all of the cool packages going around!

      The Negotiator (which was a Christmas romance novella) was okay, but I'm excited about this other Christmas romance novella (the Smith one). It sounds great!

      Thank you, Lauren!

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  13. Looks like an amazing haul, and I'm so jealous of that Haven promo package!

    Have a great weekend. - Katie

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    1. It was a neat surprise! I'm hoping to read the book soon. :D Have a great weekend yourself!!

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  14. That is a pretty promo package for Haven. I don't know if the book is really up my alley, but the cover is lovely. I still need to read the first Ember in the Ashes book...despite owning it. I've heard great things. Happy reading!
    Natflix&Books

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    1. It's not my usual read, but I'm excited to give it a shot!

      I loved EMBER! TORCH... was okay. I'm looking forward to reading REAPER though.

      Happy reading!

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  15. That entangled package is awesome. i love the sound of Haven. Happy reading!

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  16. Ooh, great haul! Hope you enjoy them all.

    My STS.

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  17. I'm definitely going to have to get a physical copy of Empress. It's so lovely. You got so many great books this week. I was able to get a digital copy of Haven this week as well. Have a wonderful week.

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    1. YES! I thought the ARC was gorgeous but the hardcover is amazing. I hope you love Haven, Barb!

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  18. Wow, so much great book mail, congrats :)

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  19. It looks like you got a lot of great book mail this week! I love when people read your mind!! I love the cover of The Empress by S.J. Kincaid I hope you enjoy!! Have a great week!

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    1. YES! Entangled was definitely doing some mind-reading this past week. ;) Thank you, Kristyn! Same to you!

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  20. I'm glad your Thursday ended up so lovely - I do like to think that things happen for a reason. :)

    I do love almost all Christmas/Winter related things!

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  21. Some fabulous deliveries made to your home. Hope you enjoy them all.
    sherry @ fundinmental Sunday Memes

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