Sunday, May 4, 2014

Stacking the Shelves: Library Trip!

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews where we share books bought or borrowed into our collection!

I can't be the only person in the world who craves a library trip. I live very close to my neighborhood library, but it is a smaller branch with a limited selection. After going so many times, I feel like I can name every book that's there! I haven't been to the Harold Washington Library in ages, and had truly been dying to go there. It's almost overwhelming trying to find books there, but the selection is millions times better than my neighborhood branch. Here are the books I lugged home with me...

1. The Raising by Laura Kasischke : This one I had never heard of before, but randomly found it while browsing the stacks. It sounds like a win. A blonde, beautiful sorority sister is killed in a car accident, and her boyfriend who was riding with her was suspiciously unharmed. As the one year anniversary of her death rolls around, the town becomes obsessed with her death again, and rumor has it that she is back.

2. Penelope by Rebecca Harrington : This book has been on my TBR list for forever and it's bright pink cover is hard to miss. Penelope also seems to be a girl after my own heart--she is awkward, can't tell when people are joking, and isn't good at reading others. Oh, and she's just started her first year at Harvard. Awkward characters + ivy league = something I can be interested in.

3. Palo Alto by James Franco : For some reason, my brother and I have been talking about James Franco a lot lately. He's an odd personality, for sure, and his instagram account lately has been full of pictures with him and the cast of the Palo Alto movie that is coming out soon. I'm intrigued by this short story collection...even though the Goodreads reviews are less than favorable.

4. The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris by Jenny Colgan : As we get closer to summer (even though the weather doesn't reflect this at all) I am drawn to more lighthearted reads. An accident ends Anna's career at a chocolate factory, but creates a new beginning as she is offered the opportunity of a lifetime to work in one of Paris' elite chocolate shops.

5. The Whole Golden World by Kristina Riggle : Heather at Bookables talked about this book and loved it, and it's been on my TBR ever since. A couple, who looks perfect on the outside, is rocked when their 17 year old daughter announces she is having an affair with her 30 year old married teacher. When they go to trial, they are shocked when she stands by her teacher's side, instead of with her parents.

6. Ten Things I've Learnt About Love by Sarah Butler : I saw this on the new releases shelf and it sounds like something that'll make me cry fa sho. After traveling abroad, a woman catches the news late that her father is dying, and she arrives only just in time to say good bye.

7. The Lullaby of Polish Girls by Dagmara Dominczyk : This story about three best friends follows them through growing up in a small Polish town where the citizens are called 'the switchblades,' to immigration to the United States, and a murder that brings them all together again. I'm currently reading this, and I'm loving reading the Polish language, and how there is a different voice for each girl even though there is a third person narrator.

8. The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson : I've been excited to read this since it came out! A girl has been traveling from place to place with her father for the past 5 years as he tries to escape from the demons that have been tagging along with him since he left Iraq. When they return to her hometown, she is worried that his PTSD will come back worse than before.

9. Burn for Burn by Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian : I don't know too much about this one except that it's a story of three girls, and they're out for revenge. Which sounds dope, obviously.

10. Shut Out by Kody Keplinger : I read The DUFF by Keplinger last year and really enjoyed it, so I'm looking forward to reading this one!

What have you added to your shelves this week?


  1. Wow - what a haul! That James Franco one looks interesting. Hope you enjoy them all. Here's ours: BiblioJunkies Happy reading! ~ Bel

  2. Good haul this week. Enjoy them :) My STS