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Magan: Shelve It — September 9, 2012

weekly feature focusing on the books we bought, borrowed, and received from publishers

Hi friends! Thanks for stopping by for this week’s Shelve It. As you can see below, no vlog from me today. I’m currently lookin’ a mess and selling things on Craigslist. The husband and I have been hard at work on an amazing new house-related project this weekend. This has resulted in me deciding enough is enough with us keeping things we don’t need. I stayed up ridiculously late last night posting things on Craigslist. I’m now cleaning everything and sorting lots of stuff into keep / goodwill / donate-to-library piles.

Now do you see why I probably look a little ridiculous today? As if you needed further proof, here’s what I look like right now — no make-up, crazy hair:

magan rather be reading blog

Okay, I get it. You’re here for the books. I racked up a fine at the library because surprise, surprise I forgot to renew my books on time. I decided not to check more out for now because I still have a few that I want to get to. I did renew them and am thankfully not accumulating more fines.

Hachette Book Group surprised me with an awesome package this week! They gifted me finished copies of Adaptation by Malinda Lo and Fathomless by Jackson Pearce. I’m currently reading Adaptation and thoroughly enjoying it! This is my first Malinda book. Thank you so, so much to Hachette!

For those of you who’ve read Jackson’s series, do I need to read the first two books in the Fairytale Retellings series before moving on to Fathomless?

books received unsolicited from the hachette book group

My amazing co-blogger, Estelle, sent me an AWESOME package stuffed with all kinds of goodies for my birthday last week. She sent me a copy of one of her favorite books, Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech, a copy of one of my favorite books (that I didn’t yet own), The Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta, and a copy of Somebody to Love by Kristan Higgins. I’ve talked to Estelle a whole lot lately about how I love the look of watercoloring and was really wanting to try it out. She included lots of goodies in her box, but I ADORED that she remembered our watercoloring talks and included a mini sketch book, a set of watercolors, and brushes.

Estelle, you are simply the best! Thank you so much for making me feel so loved and celebrated on my birthday! xoxoxo

goodies and books received from estelle for magan

Last, but certainly not least, is the awesome surprise gift I received in the mail from my lady love, Jess, at Gone With the Words. Jess gave me a copy of City of Bones by Cassandra Clare, book one in The Mortal Instruments series. You guys are going to GASP when I admit this to you: I haven’t read a Cassie Clare book yet. I know, I know! Jess is working to remedy this. Thank you so much, Jess! This was so kind of you and I can’t wait to read it!

the mortal instruments series

Rather Be Reading Recap:

> A List of September 2012 Young Adult (YA) Book Releases
A Review of Where You Are by Tammara Webber
> A Review of All Summer Long by Susan Mallery
> A Review of Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian
> Travel Tales: A Round Up
> A Review of Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally

And that wraps up this week’s Shelve It. I’m going to continue scaring Craigslisters with my no-make-up face. Enjoy your Sunday!

September 12, 2012 - 2:14 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - Ooh, fun books that you picked up this week, so yay!

1. Fathomless – READ IT! I don’t think it matters if you haven’t read the first two. I’m saying read it now because I’m reading it now and you know I LOVE discussing books with you.

2. Estelle’s package is made of awesome. Then again, she’s pretty awesome and we both know that 😉

3. I need to do a Cassie Clare re-read. It’s been AGES since I read the books!

September 10, 2012 - 5:47 am

Hemborgwife - I just have to say that the cover for Adaptation is super creepy, like if I was reading it I would have to cover it up lest I get nightmares creepy!

September 9, 2012 - 9:09 pm

Kristen Evey - Aw, yay for good friends! That’s an awesome birthday package! Hope you enjoy all the books and get some good watercoloring done! 😀

September 9, 2012 - 8:39 pm

Tara - First off, I wish I looked as good as you do without makeup!

I just finished Adaptation and loved it – I can’t wait to hear what you think!

September 9, 2012 - 6:42 pm

Aneeqah - Happy belated birthday Magan! I hope you had a fun filled day. <3 I think Fanthomless is a companion to the first two books in the series, so I don't think it's necessary to read the first two. And Estelle sent a seriously awesome package! She is so awesome. 😉 And Magan, you seriously need to read City of Bones!! Cassie is a total genius. You need to experience the awesomeness of her books. Seriously.

Fabulous haul!! Enjoy all your books! <3

September 9, 2012 - 5:52 pm

VeganYANerds - Ha, you are adorable, Magan! And good luck with all your home stuff, I hope you sell everything and the project goes well!

Estelle sent you such a lovely package, I think the US paperback cover of TPS is perfect!

I’ve sort of given up on Clare’s books but I did enjoy the first 3 when I read them years ago, so I hope you do too!

September 9, 2012 - 4:15 pm

April Books & Wine - You actually look fine without make up I AM SO JEALOUS OF YOUR PRETTY SKIN SO JEALOUS.

Also, that’s so sweet of Estelle to send you such a thoughtful package. Happy birthday!

September 9, 2012 - 2:30 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - Happy birthday again! What wonderful book-ish birthday surprises! I hope that you enjoy City of Bones as much as I did. I don’t think I was fully prepared for how addicting the series would be, but once I started I couldn’t stop! Enjoy =)

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