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Shelve It: July 15, 2012

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

Happy, happy Sunday, friends! I hope you’ve had an awesome weekend so far. Saturday was one of THE BEST Saturday’s we have had – it was a complete day off full of relaxing, meeting up with friends, going to our neighborhood pool, and planning for a new project we want to do on a wall in our bedroom (Pinterest will be the death of me!).

I’m spotlighting a few books that I purchased this week at Half Price Books and a few that I’m really looking forward to reading in the coming weeks.

Half Price Books Purchases

  • Perfect Chemistry by Simon Elkeles (Goodreads | Amazon) — I’m a newbie to this series, but have heard nothing but rave reviews about it. It’s contemporary, but a bit darker, and after reading Pushing the Limits (Goodreads) I’m aching to fill the void with some beautifully broken characters.
  • Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins (Goodreads | Amazon) — I’ve heard really great things about this series. I always check ratings and reviews for books quickly when I’m at bookstores or the library and almost everyone of my friends on Goodreads rated this a 4 or 5 star book.
  • Party by Tom Leveen (Goodreads | Amazon) — Highly recommended to me by Karen at For What It’s Worth after she saw how much I enjoyed Zero (review), Leveen’s new book.

Books I’ll Be Reading Soon (Received at ALA or TLA)

  • Through to You by Emily Hainsworth (Goodreads | Amazon) — It’s about an apparition, secrets, and death. Sounds intriguing!
  • Who I Kissed by Janet Gurtler (Goodreads | Amazon) — Samantha tries to make someone jealous by kissing another boy… who happens to have a peanut allergy. He dies in her arms. How will she forgive herself?
  • Adaptation by Malinda Lo (Goodreads | Amazon) — Hello, gorgeous cover! There’s an accident, memory loss, and lives unraveling. Boy, do I love me some mystery and suspense…
  • Insignia by S.J. Kincaid (Goodreads | Amazon) — Highly, HIGHLY recommended to me by the fabulous trio — April at Good Books and Good Wine, Anna at Anna Reads, and Sash at Sash & Em. Pretty sure if I didn’t read this one, it would be like committing a mortal sin. And, Anna might ALL CAPS me (again).

Currently Reading

  • The Forsaken by Lisa M. Stasse (Goodreads | Amazon) — It’s caught my attention so far; things are happening quickly and Stasse is wasting no time throwing me into the midst of the drama (even though I’m only 26 pages in).

Standout Awesome Posts This Week…

  • Mandee did an AH-MAZING RECAP of the author signing she attended with Melina Marchetta [insert major envy here]. I’ve never read as thorough a recap as this one! (Thanks so much, Mandee, for kicking ass and doing such an amazing job!)
  • Our friend Tara’s blog turned TWO this week and she’s doing a fantastic giveaway to celebrate her blogoversary!
  • Have you seen the new series our friends Sash & Em are doing? Clothing InspirYAtion — books paired with freakin’ adorable outfits created by these lovely ladies! (GENIUS, I tell ya.)
  • Check out our girl Jamie at The Perpetual Page-Turner and how stinkin’ adorable she is in her engagement photos (and wedding dress)!

What We Were Up to Around the Blog…

  • I felt a little sad and depressed after I finished The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan.
  • Estelle said Intentions by Deborah Heiligman was a great representation of your teenage years when things are coming at you from all angles.
  • ONE OF MY FAVORITE non-book review posts by Estelle – Tune in Tuesday with music to depict a high school relationship of hers.
  • We wrote a list of books that y’all need to read ASAP — books that are excellent but not given nearly as much attention as they deserve.
  • I fell in love with Cindy C. Bennett’s writing in Geek Girl – a story about a goth girl trying to turn a geeky boy bad.

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday! Thanks so much for stopping by for this week’s Shelve It! What are you excited to be reading this weekend?

July 17, 2012 - 9:29 pm

Markella - I need need to read The Forsaken! The cover really drew me in! Can’t wait to hear what else you thought about it.

Thanks for stopping by my post 🙂

July 16, 2012 - 3:51 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - M, you are SO ADORABLE. Like seriously! And the books you got this week all sound great. I’m especially jealous of Perfect Chemistry – so many people have been recommending it to me!

Also, I’m reading Who I Kissed soon too. We MUST chat about it!

July 16, 2012 - 9:30 am

Amy @ Book Loving Mom - I have been wanting to read the Perfect Chemistry series for a while. It sounds really good. Hex Hall too. The Forsaken sounds awesome, can’t wait to see what you think. Thank you for stopping my my blog. 🙂

July 16, 2012 - 6:33 am

VeganYANerds - Ooops! Forgot to thank you for the lovely shout out 🙂 <3

July 16, 2012 - 6:31 am

VeganYANerds - Sounds like you had a really great weekend, hun!

I think Simone’s books are quite fun, and a bit cheesy but that’s part of the appeal. And I have read SO many good reviews of the hex Hall series, I am determined to read them this year.

Your books from ALA sound good, especially Through to Me and Insignia – I got it this week too and while it doesn’t sound like something I’d normally choose, I keep reading about how good it is!

July 15, 2012 - 10:34 pm

elena - YAY FOR SLEEPING IN!! I <3 Half Price Books too, sad that there isn't one here though. My cousin always jokes I should just own a HPB. I LOVE HEX HALL and I really hope you will too! I think Demonglass was what made me really love the series though. I agree about the authors thing, the power of technology! Also hmm, Who I Kissed has a certainly interesting summary. I've heard good things about Insignia, can't wait to read it. I think The Forsaken has a really pretty cover. I hope you had a fantastic weekend, Magan! x

July 15, 2012 - 10:17 pm

sarah@catchingbooks - Awesome books this week!! I hope you enjoy them all 😀

Happy reading and thanks for stopping by!!

July 15, 2012 - 8:43 pm

Tara - How sweet are you to mention my giveaway?! xoxoxo love you girls!

I can’t wait to hear what you think about Hex Hall… that’s a book I’ve had sitting on my shelf for ages and for some reason have never picked it up.

July 15, 2012 - 5:39 pm

Sharon - A wonderful haul! I loved Perfect Chemistry & Hex Hall, I hope you do as well 🙂 I can’t wait to read Insignia, it sounds amazing..

Happy reading & thanks for stopping by.

Sharon @ Obsession with Books

July 15, 2012 - 5:32 pm

Alison - I’ve heard good things about Hex Hall as well but haven’t read it yet. I hope you enjoy it as much as everyone else does!

July 15, 2012 - 3:17 pm

Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life - Ah, Half Price Books. That store will be the death of my parent’s wallets!! 😉 Anyways, I loved Hex Hall, I am sure you will fall in love as well, Magan! I can’t believe you haven’t read it already!! I’m excited to see what you think about Insignia and Through to You- both look totally amazing. I’ll keep an eye out for your reviews. =)

Enjoy all those books, Magan! <3

July 15, 2012 - 2:52 pm

Christy - The Forsaken and Through to you looks really interesting. Thanks for stopping by my Stacking the Shelves

July 15, 2012 - 2:33 pm

manda-rae - Hex Hall and Perfect Chemistry; I will pick those two up one day (it’s all about will power). And I’ve heard a lot of good things about Insignia from multiple people, but I still don’t know if I’m sold on the book’s premise enough to read it. I’ll be on the lookout for your review.

Thanks for visiting my haul.

July 15, 2012 - 2:21 pm

Olivia @Nerdy Book Reviews - This looks like a great haul of books. I’ve heard lots of things about Hex Hall, so I hope you enjoy that one in particular.

Some of the others aren’t quite as familiar to me, but have a good week and happy reading too! 🙂

July 15, 2012 - 1:27 pm

Sash from Sash and Em - 1. Insignia, YAY!!!!!!! So good!

2. dawwwwwh – thanks for mentioning the inspriYAtion stuffz!! 🙂 can’t wait to see what E has for her guest post!!!!


July 15, 2012 - 10:58 am

Melissa - Half Price books! You can’t go wrong there!! And I really need to try out the Hex Hall books too!!

Thanks for stopping by My Added to the Bookshelf Post!

♥ Melissa @ Melissa’s Eclectic Bookshelf

July 15, 2012 - 10:19 am

Anna - okay you are officially lowercased again xoxo

July 15, 2012 - 5:03 am

Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl - Hi Magan! Always nice to watch your Shelve It posts! I love your bookshelf, by the way! So organized!

I featured Insignia in my Sunday post as well! I just met S.J. Kincaid at the Dark Days signing in SLC on Wednesday, and she told me all about her book. It sounds like a lot of fun, and she is super nice. I’m excited to read my copy as well! We’ll have to compare notes. 🙂

I’m still working my way through Flirting in Italian. You’ve intrigued me enough with the train wreck of an ending, that I’ve decided to trudge through it to see what happens. Then I’ll be starting in on Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown.

Have fun reading!

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