Stacking the Shelves: December in Books

Saturday, December 26th, 2015

This month’s Stacking the Shelves post is pretty modest, considering it includes Christmas. Since losing Peedee last month, we’ve had a hard time getting into the holiday spirit; and the only presents I exchanged with anyone was the dogs. So the only books I acquired this month were the ones I bought or won. Which is still more than I can read in a month – at least in my current jello brain state – so that’s okay! Receiving more books for Christmas when I still haven’t gotten to all of last year’s gifts probably would have made me feel a wee bit guilty anyway.

Also, I just started reviewing again after a two-month hiatus, and seeing as I’m struggling with a moderate backlog, I resisted the urge (and it was a strong one!) to request any more e-galleys this month. My trigger finger’s feeling mighty itchy, though.

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Just in time for Christmas, I received this lovely illustrated book of poetry, written from the point of view of Farm Sanctuary’s rescue animals. Signed by author Maya Gottfried, who graciously gave away three copies of Our Farm on twitter.

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I scored a few used Tamora Pierce titles on BookMooch! Maybe I should join readwritelove28’s Tamora Pierce reading challenge after all?

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I’ve been looking forward to this one forever: Amy Lukavics’s Daughters Unto Devils, courtesy of @HarlequinTeen and The Irish Banana! Posed next to my weirdo hybrid Halloween-Christmas decorations because SPOOKY.

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2015 Dive Into Diversity & LGBT Reading Challenges: November Recap

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

This month’s Dive Into Diversity & LGBT Reading Challenge roundup comes with the usual disclaimer: In several instances, I’m not 100% certain that the book’s diverse enough to be included in the challenge (for example, how to judge a book of short stories? Is one or two diverse tales out of a dozen or more acceptable?) – so I’ve included a brief note about each book’s qualifications at the end of the post, so you can judge for yourself.

Pro tip: these notes may contain spoilers.

 

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2015 Real Book Challenge: November Recap

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015


 

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  • Those Left Behind (Serenity #1) by Joss Whedon, Brett Matthews, and Will Conrad (2006); reviewed here

     

  • Stacking the Shelves: November in Books

    Sunday, November 29th, 2015

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    @SourcebooksFire sent me an ARC of All the Winters After, and I was thrilled to win Chelsea Pitcher’s twitter giveaway – a $10 Amazon certificate, as well as a copy of The Last Faerie Queen and some swag!

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    From St. Martin’s Press, a very timely ARC of investigative journalist Jeffrey Stern’s The Last Thousand: One School and the Future of Afghanistan.

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    I was lucky enough to win a copy of Underneath Everything on YA Interrobang. It’s a thriller (? drama?) about toxic female friendships and sounds like just the sort of escape I need right now.

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    So here’s one I’m really looking forward to: Front Lines (Soldier Girl #1), an alt. history title that sees women fighting in WWII. I KNOW, RIGHT. Harper Collins, you know me so well.

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    2015 Dive Into Diversity & LGBT Reading Challenges: October Recap

    Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

    This month’s Dive Into Diversity & LGBT Reading Challenge roundup comes with the usual disclaimer: In several instances, I’m not 100% certain that the book’s diverse enough to be included in the challenge (for example, how to judge a book of short stories? Is one or two diverse tales out of a dozen or more acceptable?) – so I’ve included a brief note about each book’s qualifications at the end of the post, so you can judge for yourself.

    Pro tip: these notes may contain spoilers.

     

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    2015 Real Book Challenge: October Recap

    Wednesday, November 4th, 2015


     

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  • Bitch Planet, Vol 1: Extraordinary Machine (Bitch Planet #1-5) by Kelly Sue DeConnick (2015)
  • Blood and Salt (Blood and Salt #1) by Kim Liggett (2015)
  • Mad Max: Fury Road (Mad Max: Fury Road – Prequels #1-4) by George Miller, et al. (2015); review coming soon
  • Dr. Horrible and Other Horrible Stories by Zack Whedeon et al. (2010)

     

  • Stacking the Shelves: October in Books

    Saturday, October 31st, 2015

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    Lucinda Riley was nice enough to give away a copy of her latest novel, The Seven Sisters, on her Facebook page, and I won! This book traveled all the way from the UK to be with me, you guys.

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    Check out this awesome Banned Book day prize pack I won from @Simon Teen – a whole set of Ellen Hopkins’s YA titles. Enough to keep me busy for at least a month.

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    Shelf Awareness sent me a copy of You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost), signed by Felicia Day herself!

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    The latest in Library Thing spoils: an audio version of Devoted, courtesy of Recorded Books. I really enjoyed Jennifer Mathieu’s first book, The Truth About Alice, and have been looking forward to this one as well!

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    Books for Trade #1

    Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

    I’m cleaning house and these books need to go! Anything not traded will eventually be donated.

    I don’t have a whole lot of trades under my belt, but I briefly traded on YA Book Exchange before it shut down. You can also find me in the GR group Books for Trading!.

    Here’s my wishlist on Goodreads. I’m really not fussy about format (ARC vs. finished book) or condition, as long as it’s readable. I may also be willing to accept $4.99 ebooks in trade. US only (sorry!).

    Leave a comment, email me at kelly [dot] garbato [at] gmail [dot] com, or tweet me (I’m @vegandaemon). I’m happy to answer questions about specific books. Most are in new/very good condition. Mine is a non-smoking home with dogs and cats.

     

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    ARCs

  • Prisoner of Night and Fog (Prisoner of Night and Fog #1) by Anne Blankman
  • Her Dark Curiosity (The Madman’s Daughter #2) by Megan Shepherd
  • The Walled City by Ryan Graudin
  • American Elsewhere by Robert Jackson Bennett
  • The Shark Curtain by Chris Scofield
  • The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich
  • Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel
  • The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins
  • Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey
  • Ruby by Cynthia Bond
  • Artemis Awakening (Artemis Awakened #1) by Jane Lindskold
  • The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  • The Underground Girls of Kabul by Jenny Nordberg
  • The Marauders by Tom Cooper
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    Stacking the Shelves: September in Books

    Saturday, October 3rd, 2015

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    The special Queers Destroy Horror! edition of Nightmare Magazine arrived on October 1st – right on the dot! (Rennie is uncharacteristically unimpressed.) Now I’m just waiting for Queers Destroy Fantasy, which comes out in December.

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    September was a huge month for pre-orders! Amazon “only” messed up 40% of them: The Golden Compass was late (thanks USPS!), so they gave me a free month of Prime; and Amazon packaged Buffy with two other, completely unrelated orders – one of which was a two-pound bag of arrowroot powder – and of course the cover got all scuffed up in transit. Like, who wouldathunkit? One scathing email later and I got a refund on all the three items. Which is pretty rad, I won’t lie, but all I really want is for them to up their packaging game. It seems like I have a problem ever fourth or fifth order at this point. ARGH.

    Remember when they shrink-wrapped books to a sturdy cardboard backing? Those were the days…

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    Soooo excited for this one! I almost requested it on NetGalley, but the crafty-book-is-crafty, interview-style format made me nervous. (I had such awful luck with Illuminae; even on the iPad, the “scanned documents” were nearly unreadable. I ended up just preordering a finished copy.) Luckily Shelf Awareness came through for me!

    (By the by, there aren’t any graphics in the ARC, so it looks like it should do okay on an e-reader.)

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    2015 Dive Into Diversity & LGBT Reading Challenges: September Recap

    Thursday, October 1st, 2015

    This month’s Dive Into Diversity & LGBT Reading Challenge roundup comes with the usual disclaimer: In several instances, I’m not 100% certain that the book’s diverse enough to be included in the challenge (for example, how to judge a book of short stories? Is one or two diverse tales out of a dozen or more acceptable?) – so I’ve included a brief note about each book’s qualifications at the end of the post, so you can judge for yourself.

    Pro tip: these notes may contain spoilers.

     

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    2015 Real Book Challenge: September Recap

    Thursday, October 1st, 2015

     

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  • Plumdog by Emma Chichester Clark (2015); reviewed here
  • A Cup of Water Under My Bed: A Memoir by Daisy Hernandez (2015); review coming soon

     

  • 2015 Dive Into Diversity & LGBT Reading Challenges: August Recap

    Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

    This month’s Dive Into Diversity & LGBT Reading Challenge roundup comes with the usual disclaimer: In several instances, I’m not 100% certain that the book’s diverse enough to be included in the challenge (for example, how to judge a book of short stories? Is one or two diverse tales out of a dozen or more acceptable?) – so I’ve included a brief note about each book’s qualifications at the end of the post, so you can judge for yourself.

    Pro tip: these notes may contain spoilers.

     

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    2015 Real Book Challenge: August Recap

    Tuesday, September 1st, 2015


     

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  • Learning to See Creatively, Third Edition: Design, Color, and Composition in Photography by Bryan Peterson (2015); reviewed here
  • The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich (2015); review coming soon
     

  • Stacking the Shelves: August in Books

    Saturday, August 29th, 2015

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    Thank you @PrimeBooks for the copy of Ghost Summer: stories by @TananariveDue!

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    Book mail from @DuttonBooks (The Courtesan) and Blogging for Books (Q&A a Day for Creatives).

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    Sonia Manzano – who recently retired from Sesame Street, where she portrayed Maria for 44 years (!) – has a new memoir coming out, and Scholastic Books sent me a copy!

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    I was lucky enough to discover the Kickstarter for Among the Shadows before it closed (for a change!), and received my e-copy this month (yay!). Goodreads currently has five copies up for grabs (hint, hint).

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    Stacking the Shelves: July in Books

    Saturday, August 1st, 2015

    This month has been pretty slow, book mail-wise. Which is probably a good thing, since my shelves are stuffed enough that I’m actually thinking about the possibility of maybe one day doing a purge. The odds are 50/50 at this point.

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    St. Martin’s Griffin sent me an ARC of Marie Marquardt’s upcoming contemporary issues romance, Dream Things True.

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    I won a copy each of Feuds and Torn, from Avery Hasting’s Feuds duology (?), courtesy of Paper Lantern Lit. Don’t they look so purrrty together?

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    Last but not least, I won ARCs of the upcoming titles Zeroes and Forever for a Year in an online giveaway from @sajdao.

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    Oh! I almost forgot! My #BookLove #bookmail from @randomhouse’s 16 Days of Summer giveaway!

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    2015 Dive Into Diversity & LGBT Reading Challenges: July Roundup

    Friday, July 31st, 2015

    This month’s Dive Into Diversity & LGBT Reading Challenge roundup comes with the usual disclaimer: In several instances, I’m not 100% certain that the book’s diverse enough to be included in the challenge (for example, how to judge a book of short stories? Is one or two diverse tales out of a dozen or more acceptable?) – so I’ve included a brief note about each book’s qualifications at the end of the post, so you can judge for yourself.

    Pro tip: these notes may contain spoilers.

     

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    2015 Real Book Challenge: July Roundup

    Friday, July 31st, 2015


     

    Long story short: I finally signed up for NetGalley and Edelweiss this spring, and ooops! There goes my Real Book Challenge. In the past three months, I’ve only managed to read one physical book. (In Wilderness, my sole contribution for July.) I guess the good news is that I was so far ahead to begin with that I’ve only fallen one book behind – and hopefully I’ll soon be able to make those numbers up, now that I’m almost caught up on all those digital galleys. (*fingers crossed*)

    If not … there are always comic books. (Cue evil laughter.)

     

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  • In Wilderness: A Novel by Diane Thomas (2015); reviewed here

     

  • 2015 Dive Into Diversity & LGBT Reading Challenges: June Roundup

    Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

    This month’s Dive Into Diversity & LGBT Reading Challenge roundup comes with the usual disclaimer: In several instances, I’m not 100% certain that the book’s diverse enough to be included in the challenge (for example, how to judge a book of short stories? Is one or two diverse tales out of a dozen or more acceptable?) – so I’ve included a brief note about each book’s qualifications at the end of the post, so you can judge for yourself.

    Pro tip: these notes may contain spoilers.

     

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    Stacking the Shelves: June in Books

    Saturday, June 27th, 2015

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    At the beginning of the month, my rewards for the QUEERS DESTROY SCIENCE FICTION! kickstarter began to roll in. Along with the June 2015 Queers Destroy Science Fiction! Special Issue of Lightspeed, I received enough credits to choose six back issues from the Lightspeed store.

    Also coming are the special issues Queers Destroy Horror! (October) and Queers Destroy Fantasy! (December). In the meantime, I also got to choose three back issues each of Nightmare Magazine and Fantasy Magazine. Among my top picks? The special Women Destroy issues of each from last year. (I was totes late to that party.)

    As if this prize package isn’t epic enough, I also received electronic copies of the annual gay and lesbian speculative fiction anthologies Wilde Stories and Heiresses of Russ. I KNOW RIGHT!

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    As for book mail, I was lucky enough to win an autographed copy of Paige McKenzie’s The Haunting of Sunshine Girl, courtesy of Teens Wanna Know!.

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    And brand new just this morning: book mail for review and for pleasure from @penguinrandom and @StMartinsPress: In Wilderness: A Novel, by Diane Thomas (won through Library Thing) and Torn (The Feuds Series #2) by Avery Hastings.

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    2015 Dive Into Diversity & LGBT Reading Challenges: May Roundup

    Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

    This month’s Dive Into Diversity & LGBT Reading Challenge roundup comes with the usual disclaimer: In several instances, I’m not 100% certain that the book’s diverse enough to be included in the challenge (for example, how to judge a book of short stories? Is one or two diverse tales out of a dozen or more acceptable?) – so I’ve included a brief note about each book’s qualifications at the end of the post, so you can judge for yourself.

    Pro tip: these notes may contain spoilers.

     

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