Shelve It: Paperbacks + Amazon Stories (10/5/13)

weekly feature to share the books magan and estelle are adding to their bookshelves each week

Helloooo, friends! I haven’t done a v-log since Labor Day. That seems crazy to me. Now that I think about it, I must have bought more books but I honestly can’t remember. Beware: I kind of go on a tangent about Amazon in my video today, and talk a lot of nonsense maybe. But it’s fun! And there are some super fun titles I want you to be aware of!

Here ya go:

In the mail:

The Classroom Student Council Smackdown by Robin Mellom


Jim Henson: The Biography by Brian Jay Jones
A Map of the Known World
by Lisa Ann Sandell
Wide Awake by David Levithan
The Rule of Thirds by Chantel Guertin
Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pies by Jordan Sonnenblick
To All My Fans, With Love, From Sylvie by Ellen Conford

Info on Lizzie Skurnick Books (re-releasing young adult literature from 30s, 40s, 70s, 80s) and Melissa Walker’s (Unbreak My Heart) article on I Heart Daily about this super fun venture.

Oh, right, and the book that EVERYONE in the world is “making” me read: Nowhere but Home by Liza Palmer.


On the blog this week:

Getting into the Christmas spirit early with Christmas on 4th Street by Susan Mallery.

Raving raving raving over How to Love by Katie Cotugno.

Magan’s thoughts on Goodbye Rebel Blue by Shelley Coriell.

Chemistry, football, and funny grandmas in Wild Cards by Simone Elkeles.


What have you been buying or reading lately? We would love to hear about it!

Until next time, thanks for stopping in!

shelve it - books received from publishers, the library, or borrowed from other readers

Magan: Shelve It — August 12, 2012

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

Hello, friends! I’m tuning in for another Shelve It today. I apologize that I’m not doing a vlog for this one, but it’s a crazy, crazy weekend of work for me. I made another trip to the library and received a surprise book in the mail from Simon & Schuster this week…

shelve it - books received from publishers, the library, or borrowed from other readers

From Simon & Schuster:

Embers & Echoes (Wildefire #2) by Karsten Knight (Goodreads | Amazon) — I haven’t read the first book in the series, Wildefire, but it is on my TBR list. Embers & Echoes is released on August 28th, so I’d love to read both of these soon so I can share my thoughts with you guys.

From the library, I checked out:

Miracle by Elizabeth Scott (Goodreads | Amazon) — I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about this book. I put myself on the waiting list at the library and am pretty shocked I got it so quickly. I was expecting to wait a while because it was only on order when I requested it. Estelle also has this checked out, I believe, so you’ll probably be seeing a review from her.

Ditched by Robin Mellom (Goodreads | Amazon) — This involves two best friends who decide to go to prom together, but he ditches her. It sounds like the story is more complicated than the light-hearted cover alludes to. Nonetheless, I always love a good story about two best friends who (may) fall in love.

Freshman Year & Other Unnatural Disasters by Meredith Zeitlin (Goodreads | Amazon) — I saw a ton of buzz surrounding this book around it’s release date (March 2012). It’s another new addition to my library so I quickly picked it up. I’ve heard it’s hilarious and I think it’ll be fun to be whipped back to Freshman year of high school.

Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork (Goodreads | Amazon) — This one’s been on my trusty TBR list for a long time. I used the Goodreads app to go through my list while I was at the library and was excited to see this one available. It’s about a boy with autism who begins working at a “real” job as a mailman at his father’s company.

In between me typing the upper portion of this post and publishing, I checked the mail. I received a package from Mandee at VeganYANerds! She and I did a book swap for a few books that wouldn’t be published for a while in either Australia or the U.S. I cannot wait to read these books! Mandee — thank you so much for these wonderful books and gifts! You are such a sweet, sweet friend!

From Mandee at VeganYANerds:

An adorable souvenir keychain of a little kangaroo!

A gorgeous card with a lovely note — the butterfly wings pop out from the card. So pretty!

I’ll Tell You Mine by Pip Harry (Goodreads) — This is about a girl named Kate who is kicked out of her parent’s house. She harbors a big secret and is taking up residence at a boarding school where she is an outcast.

Holier Than Thou by Laura Buzo (Goodreads) — This is declared to be a tale of grief, and although sad, also funny. I’m drawn to the witty and confident character blurbed about!

 Travel Tales Re-Cap:

+ Alexa is doing a birthday giveaway!
+ Alexa wrote a review of A Mutiny in Time.
+ Alexa wrote about different types of transportation in books in From Here to There.
+ Elena wrote about places she’d like to visit in Harry Potter.
+ Estelle & I discussed books that really set the scene for us and made us want to go there.

Weekly Wrap-Up on RBR:

+ A review of The Best Night of Your (Pathetic) Life by Tara Altebrando
+ Travel Tales: Setting the Scene
+ The Big Kids’ Table, featuring adult and non-fiction upcoming releases
+ A review of The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg
+ We’re celebrating Marisa Calin’s Release day with a giveaway
+ A review of Call the Shots by Don Calame