Stacking the Shelves September 2013

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Last month I posted a September Library Haul where I told you about all the books I’d taken out of the Library in the previous few weeks. Since then, I discovered a “link-up” that is similar to a haul, but allows for books acquired either, permanently or temporarily, from any sources (library, purchase, borrowed from a friend). Since it’s a lot of fun to link-up with others writing the same types of posts, I’ve decided to join the “Stacking the Shelves” link up hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.

Stacking the Shelves September - A bit out of control?

Stacking the Shelves September – A bit out of control?

My library card has been receiving a lot of exercise this month so my list of books from the library for this month (I am only going to talk about books I received in the previous month so, in this case, September) is exceptionally long. I’ve been watching and reading many book blogs and for a while every time I heard about a book I was interested in, I would request it from the library. It seems that at some point I started using the library request system as an informal “To be Read” (TBR) list. I’ve since realized this isn’t really the best system as it got a bit out of control and resulted in a crazy pile of books at the end of my bed. If anyone has any suggestions on a TBR list tracking system that works well for them, let me know in the comments!

So, now that I’ve finished all the precursor ramblings, onto the books!

Library Books:

Say Everything, The Sandman, Ocean at the End of the Lane

Say Everything, The Sandman, Ocean at the End of the Lane

1. Say Everything: How Blogging began, what it’s becoming, and why it matters by Scott Rosenberg

2. The Sandman: Preludes and Nocturnes by Neil Gaiman

3. Emma Vol. 1 by Kaoru Mori

4. Freedom is Blogging in Your Underwear by Hugh MacLeod

5. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman – I’ve had this book on request at the library for awhile (possibly since it was released) and my name finally came up on the list. I’ve heard great things about it, so I can’t wait to pick it up.

The Demonologist, The Alchemyst, Bones of faerie, The Monstrumologist

The Demonologist, The Alchemyst, Bones of faerie, The Monstrumologist

6. The Demonologist by Andrew Pyper

7. The Alchemyst {The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel Vol. 1} by Michael Scott – I’ve looked at this series and thought about giving it a try for years (I think it began around the time the Harry Potter series ended). I’m about ¼ of the way through it and so far I’m enjoying it.

8. Bones of Faerie by Janni Lee Simner – When browsing the new arrivals shelf at the library I picked up the most recent book in this series, realized I should read the others first, and went on a mission through the shelves. To my surprise, the first book was on the shelves. I have already read this one, enjoyed it, and am looking forward to the rest of the series. Maybe I’ll review it or do a more thorough recommendation of it in the next couple weeks.

9. The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey – the person who recommended this book described it as a typical YA horror. I’ve never been a huge fan of horror (I like some thrillers and suspense but I’m picky) but I thought I’d give it a try because it sounded interesting. This is the first book in a series.

Leviathan, Beautiful Creatures, Far far away, Sweetly

Leviathan, Beautiful Creatures, Far far away, Sweetly

10. Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

11. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

15. Far Far Away by Tom McNeal

16. Sweetly by Jackson Pearce

Across the Universe, A Million Suns, Shades of Earth

Across the Universe, A Million Suns, Shades of Earth

12. Across the Universe (Across the Universe series, Book 1) by Beth Revis – This is another one I’ve already read. It’s a dystopian, YA novel, set on a space ship that is supposed to be heading towards a new home planet. I won’t say too much more about it here but I enjoyed it so much I almost started the next one immediately after.

13. A Million Suns (Across the Universe series, Book 2) by Beth Revis

14. Shades of Earth (Across the Universe series, Book 3) by Beth Revis

The Diviners, Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children, The Fault in Our Stars, Doll Bones

The Diviners, Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children, The Fault in Our Stars, Doll Bones

17. The Diviners by Libba Bray

18. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs – I picked this one up to read earlier in the summer and then never got to it. Since it has quite a waiting list at the library I was only just able to get it back out. I’ve started it (maybe 2 or 3 chapters in) and I’m enjoying it. It’s a mixture of writing and unique photography and so far the story is intriguing.

19. The Fault in our Stars by John Green – Here is another one that has a waiting list a mile long. I finally got it the end of last week, and I’ve already finished it. I Read it in an evening (I was up until about 2:30); I couldn’t put it down. Wow, just wow. John Green pretty much destroys emotions; but he does it with such elegant, smooth and captivating writing.

20. Doll Bones by Holly Black

Anna and the French Kiss, Longfellow, Anna Dressed in Blood, Girl of Nightmares

Anna and the French Kiss, Longfellow, Anna Dressed in Blood, Girl of Nightmares

21. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

22. Longfellow: Poems and Other Writings ed. J.D. McClatchy

23. Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

24. Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake

The Spindlers, Lola and the Boy Next Door, Longfellow, Vampire Academy

The Spindlers, Lola and the Boy Next Door, Longfellow, Vampire Academy

25. The Spindlers by Lauren Oliver

26. Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

27. Longfellow: Poetical Works – As this book, and a few further down indicate, I was in a poetry mood.

28. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead – As I think I’ve mentioned before, I’m always leery in regards to Vampire books. I think they’re either really good and I enjoy them a lot, or they’re really bad and painful to read. We’ll see where this one falls.

E.E. Cummings, Vampire Slayer, Writ in Stone, The Haunted Dollhouse

E.E. Cummings, Vampire Slayer, Writ in Stone, The Haunted Dollhouse

29. E. E. Cummings Complete Poems 1904-1962 ed. George J. Firmage

30.  Nancy Drew Girl Detective #2: Writ in Stone by Stefan Petrucha and Sho Murase

31. Nancy Drew Girl Detective #3: The Haunted Dollhouse by Stefan Petrucha and Sho Murase

32. Nancy Drew The New Case Files #2: Vampire Slayer Part Two by Petrucha, Kinney and Murase

Received from Goodreads giveaways:

Urgle

Urgle

1. Urgle by Meaghan McIsaac – This one wasn’t an ARC (it was published earlier in the year) but I will review it as part of the Goodreads giveaways program

Well, now that you see how out of control my library list began, you can appreciate my need for a new TBR system. I may not end up reading all of these, and I may need to take some of them out of the library again (depending on whether I can renew them or not). I’m going to try and include a list of the books I read (with brief recommendations) at the end of each month as I find that it’s easy to let you know what books I think I want to read, but more helpful to know if I did read them and if I enjoyed them or not.

I also want to start posting at least semi-regular, more in-depth, reviews of some of the books I read. Do you have any recommendations for me? Or books that you’d like me to read and review? Let me know in the comments.

Keep Smiling!

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