Stacking the Shelves #36 - The Huge Super Awesome Haul

I got an absolutely spectacular haul this week! It was my birthday, yet no one gave me books except for one person :( But if you want to read about how I spent my birthday and the gifts I received, you can go here :D

If any of you did read my birthday post you will all know I went to the library on my birthday, that was lots of fun and I got some absolutely fantastic books there! And the postal truck came on my birthday and delivered two books to me, which was pretty ironic :p

All the physical books I've received this week
Library books! :D
Review books:
1. Etiquette and Espionage - Gail Carriger
I've seen this book in the blogosphere and it looks utterly fantastic! And the cover is gorgeous!
Etiquette & Espionage (Finishing School, #1)

It's one thing to learn to curtsy properly. It's quite another to learn to curtsy and throw a knife at the same time. Welcome to Finishing School.
Sophronia Temminnick at 14 is a great trial more interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper manners -- and the family can only hope that company never sees her atrocious curtsy. Her poor mother, desperate for her daughter to become a proper lady, enrolls the lively tomboy in Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.
But young ladies learn to finish...everything. Certainly, they learn the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but they also learn to deal out death, diversion, and espionage -- in the politest possible ways, of course. Sophronia and her friends are in for a rousing first year's education.
2. Timeriders: Pirate Kings - Alex Scarrow
I still must read this series...haven't gotten around to it yet *facepalm*.
The Pirate Kings (TimeRiders, #7)
Liam O’Connor should have died at sea in 1912.Maddy Carter should have died on a plane in 2010.Sal Vikram should have died in a fire in 2026.
But all three have been given a second chance—to work for an agency that no one knows exists. Its purpose: to prevent time travel destroying history...
Relocated to Victorian London, the TimeRiders joy-ride back to 1666 to witness the Great Fire of London. In the ensuing chaos, Liam and their newest recruit, Rashim, find themselves trapped between the fire and the Thames. They escape onboard a river boat, only to be confronted by an unscrupulous captain with his heart set on treasures of the high seas ...
Back in 1888, Maddy and the rest of the team are frantically trying to track them down. But with limited resources at their new base, can Liam and Rashim survive the bloodthirsty and barbaric age of piracy long enough to be rescued?
3. Wonder - R.J. Palacio
When this arrived at my front door, I was squealing like an I don't know what, I have been wanting to read this book FOREVER and I am so happy to have received it for review.
I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse.
August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He's about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you've ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie's just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them, despite appearances?
R. J. Palacio has written a spare, warm, uplifting story that will have readers laughing one minute and wiping away tears the next. With wonderfully realistic family interactions (flawed, but loving), lively school scenes, and short chapters, Wonder is accessible to readers of all levels.

4. Gravity - Melissa West
When I saw this was for sale as $0.99 on the Kindle daily deal, I knew I simply had to get it!
Gravity (The Taking, #1)
In the future, only one rule will matter:
Don’t. Ever. Peek.
Seventeen-year-old Ari Alexander just broke that rule and saw the last person she expected hovering above her bed — arrogant Jackson Locke, the most popular boy in her school. She expects instant execution or some kind of freak alien punishment, but instead, Jackson issues a challenge: help him, or everyone on Earth will die.
Ari knows she should report him, but everything about Jackson makes her question what she’s been taught about his kind. And against her instincts, she’s falling for him. But Ari isn’t just any girl, and Jackson wants more than her attention. She’s a military legacy who’s been trained by her father and exposed to war strategies and societal information no one can know — especially an alien spy, like Jackson. Giving Jackson the information he needs will betray her father and her country, but keeping silent will start a war.
5. The Ask and the Answer - Patrick Ness
After reading The Knife of Never Letting Go, I wanted to know what happened straight after I finished the book, so I was super ecstatic to find the second one at the library!
The Ask and the Answer (Chaos Walking, #2)
Fleeing before a relentless army, Todd has carried a desperately wounded Viola right into the hands of their worst enemy, Mayor Prentiss.
Immediately separated from Viola and imprisoned, Todd is forced to learn the ways of the Mayor's new order.
But what secrets are hiding just outside of town? And where is Viola? Is she even still alive?And who are the mysterious Answer?
And then, one day, the bombs begin to explode...
6. Monsters or Men - Patrick Ness
Same as the above :p
Monsters of Men (Chaos Walking, #3)
In the riveting conclusion to the acclaimed dystopian series, a boy and girl caught in the chaos of war face devastating choices that will decide the fate of a world. As a world-ending war surges around them, Todd and Viola face monstrous decisions. The indigenous Spackle, thinking and acting as one, have mobilized to avenge their murdered people. Ruthless human leaders prepare to defend their factions at all costs, even as a convoy of new settlers approaches. And as the ceaseless Noise lays all thoughts bare, the projected will of the few threatens to overwhelm the desperate desire of the many. The consequences of each action, each word, are unspeakably vast: To follow a tyrant or a terrorist? To save the life of the one you love most, or thousands of strangers? To believe in redemption, or assume it is lost? Becoming adults amid the turmoil, Todd and Viola question all they have known, racing through horror and outrage toward a shocking finale.
7. Switched - Amanda Hocking
I have heard so much about this series, so when I saw it sitting on the library shelf I immediately added it to my library pile waiting to be checked out. I'm currently reading it at the moment and I'm enjoying it!
Switched (Trylle Trilogy, #1)
Wendy Everly knew she was different the day her mother tried to kill her and accused her of having been switched at birth. Although certain she's not the monster her mother claimed she is, she does feel that she doesn't quite fit in. The new girl in High School, Wendy is bored and frustrated by her small-town life -- and then there's her secret, her mysterious ability -- she can influence people's decisions, without knowing how, or why ...When the intense and darkly handsome newcomer Finn suddenly turns up at her bedroom window one night, her world is turned upside down. He holds the key to her past, the answers to her strange powers and is the doorway to a place she never imagined could exist: Forening, the home of the Trylle. Among the Trylle she is not just different, but special. But what marks her out as chosen for greatness in this world also places her in grave danger. With everything around her changing, Finn is the only person she can trust. But dark forces are conspiring -- not only to separate them, but to see the downfall of everything that Wendy cares about...
8.Airhead: Runaway - Meg Cabot
I read the two books in the series last year and the year before and I have been meaning to finish reading the trilogy. So I checked it out and I am looking forward to reading it, as the other two books were fantastic!
Runaway (Airhead, #3)
Emerson Watts is on the run: from school, from her family and from herself. She's reeling from the shock that Nikki, the girl whose body her brain was forced to inhabit, is still alive. And she's furious. Manipulative Brandon plans to use Em to discover a secret that will ensure his success, whilst Christopher is out for revenge, fuelled by his jealousy. With everyone around her playing a dangerous game, maybe Em should just keep on running...
9. I Capture the Castle - Dodie Smith
I'm not actually sure why I took this out...I enjoyed reading her novel 101 Dalmations and its a classic, and I've been wanting to read more classics, so I suppose that's why!
I Capture the Castle
I Capture the Castle tells the story of seventeen-year-old Cassandra and her family, who live in not-so-genteel poverty in a ramshackle old English castle. Here she strives, over a six-month period, first in a sixpenny book, then in a shilling book, and, finally, in a splendid two-guinea book, to hone her writing skills. And it is within these pages that she candidly chronicles her encounters with the estate's new, young, and handsome American landlords, the effects of her sister Rose's marital ambitions, her writer's-blocked father's anguished and ultimately renewed creativity, and her own hopeless, first descent into love.By the time she pens her final entry, she has "captured the castle"--and the heart of the reader--in one of literature's most enchanting entertainments.
10. Crossed - Ally Condie
I actually took Crossed out at another library a few months ago, but I never got around to reading it. So when I saw it sitting there I decided to read it! :D
Crossed (Matched, #2)
Cassia and Ky both narrate their quests crossing the ochre mountainous Carving to reach their love. She seeks the resistance, The Rising led by the Pilot, but does he? New teen friends red-haired Indie, fishing Vic, and chatty Eli, join them. Nothing is as expected on the edge of Society, where crosses and double crosses make the path more twisted than ever.

11. The Way of the Warrior - Chris Bradford
I actually have the first five books on my kindle, but I saw the first one there and I thought "Why not?". Because, although I love my kindle, I do prefer physical books, so  seeing as one of my kindle books was sitting there in physical format, I decided to take out the physical copy :D
The Way of the Warrior (Young Samurai, #1)
Jack Fletcher is shipwrecked off the coast of Japan, his beloved father and the crew lie slaughtered by ninja pirates.Rescued by a legendary master swordsman and brought under his wing, Jack begins the gruelling physical and psychological training needed to become a samurai. Life at Samurai school is fraught with difficulty for Jack who is bullied and treated as an outcast.With his friend the remarkable, beautiful Akiko at his side and all the courage he can muster, Jack has to prove himself. Will he be able to face deadly rivals and challenges that will test him to his very limits?
12. Golden Filly: Collection 1 - Lauraine Snelling
I like horsey books and my one friend gave me this for my birthday! :D
Golden Filly Collection 1
Sixteen-year-old Tricia Evanston and her father share something very special: their love of horses. With Tricia as jockey and her father as trainer, the two have big dreams of winning the Triple Crown. Tricia has other pressures, too, like declining grades, a strained relationship with her mother, and the constant worry about her father's failing health. But Tricia's faith in God always gives her the strength to push her limits. Collection One includes The Race, Eagle's Wings, Go for the Glory, Kentucky Dreamer, and Call for Courage.


  1. Hey there! Great haul many pretty covers :) I hope you enjoy all your new reads.

    Happy Reading !TheBookFaerie

  2. The Airhead series is one of my favourites! Have fun reading Runaway :)
    My StS

  3. Wow, that's a whole lot of books! How many extra hours did you get for your birthday in order to know you'll have the time to read them all? :)

  4. I enjoyed Cross and hope you do too.
    Hope you enjoy.
    Brandi @ Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  5. Wonder is a great book, I hope you enjoy it! Great haul. Thanks for stopping by my STS.

  6. Agreed that the Etiquette and Espionage cover is gorgeous! I gotta read the Time Raiders series too! I just got the first book not too long ago. Great haul! <3

  7. Wow! So many books! I have wanted to read Wonder for like ever. I hope you enjoy all your reads.

  8. Such an interesting and diverse collection of books. have read some of them others I'd love to read - especially I Captured The Castle and Gravity.

    Thanks for bring them to my attention.

    You'll find my STS at:

  9. What a great haul. I hope you enjoy all of them.

    Here's mine

    ~Danica Page@Taking it One Page at a Time

  10. You picked up some really good books, Kyra! I love Airhead; Meg Cabot is one of my favourite authors. Happy reading! Enjoy all of your books! :)

  11. Thanks for stopping by my STS! I can't wait to read Wonder and Gravity! I still have to catch up on the Matched series. Great books =)

  12. I still need to read The Knife of Never Letting Go. I've heard so many great things about it.

    Gravity was nice. Very fast paced and rather short book. I could read a hundred more pages.

    Thanks for stopping by. :)

  13. WOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOW!!! So many awesome books, I don't know where to start! :D Happy birthday again, books are the best kind of present :)

    I really enjoyed Wonder, it was the book that got be out of my first ever blogging slump :) The writing is beautiful and the story is genius.

    I hope you enjoy the sequels to TKONLG as you loved that one. Switched looks great too! Happy reading! :) xx

  14. Horse books are the best! If slightly inaccurate sometimes. I haven't read one in ages! I'm getting all nostalgic.

    All your books look really interesting. And there's so many!

    Thanks for stopping by!

  15. People don't tend to buy me books on my birthday. I get book vouchers instead :) I love the Chaos Walking series. I hope you enjoy the rest of it. Happy reading and happy (late)birthday!

    Thanks for visiting my haul

    Becky @ A Reader’s Devotion

  16. Wow! You got some awesome books. I hope you enjoy them all.

    Thanks for stopping by my STS

    Sabina @ Delirious About Books

  17. I wish my library had goodies such as those! have fun! ;)

  18. I can't even tell you how amazing Wonder is. Really, definitely read that one. It's one of my favorite books.

    Happy reading :)

  19. Hi there, just stumbled across your blog! Hope you enjoy TimeRiders. FYI, it's a 9 book series, so if you enjoy this first book, you're in for a rollercoaster of a ride, Bookaholic 007!

    Also, if you're interested, I recently launched a new series called ELLIE QUIN - a thriller about a girl being chased across a colourful, funky universe. (Kind of 'HitchHikers Guide to the Galaxy' meets 'Bridget Jones') It's available only through Amazon (

    all the best

    Alex Scarrow (author - TimeRiders)

  20. Great haul! I've heard so many things about Wonder and it's a really good book. Hope you enjoy Airhead, perfect ending to the series :)

  21. Ohh, you have some great books there. I'm especially looking forward to read Etiquette & Espionage!

    Happy reading :D


  22. Ally Condie is an author who I keep meaning to read books from. Awesome haul!


  23. You got some great books this week! I really need to read the Crossed series. I cannot wait to read those. Enjoy

  24. Gravity looks so cool, seen a lot of great reviews too. Hahaha and Switched definitely doesn't look like it's about mermaids so I'm puzzled where I got that from :P

  25. Woah! Great haul! I have Crossed too, but havent read it yet.. I so badly want a copy of Etiquette & Espionage!

    Divergent Gryffindor Stacking the Shelves

  26. Great haul! I loved Patrick Ness' trilogy! I read the three one after the other and felt like a wrung sponge when I finished! Happy reading and thanks for stopping by my STS!

    brenda (proseandkahn)

  27. I really want to read Wonder. It sounds like a really interesting and sweet book plus I never read enough Middle Grade.

  28. Etiquette & Espionage! I can't wait to read it too, especially because the cover is amazing! :D
    And wow, that cover of Time Riders is just...creepy, in a way.
    Ohh, I love that cover of Switched. It's gorgeous.
    I already read Gravity, and it wasn't that good I'm afraid. ):
    Thanks for stopping by my STS! (:

  29. That is a Super awesome haul! So many great books. I'm sure Etiquette and Espionage will be awesome because I love every Gail Carriger book so far. I've read Gravity but I think I didn't enjoy it as much because I read an unfinished (or not completly edited) version of it. Thanks for stopping by Tynga's Reviews.

  30. Fantastic haul! I saw Etiquette and Espionage while shopping today, and it looks really good. I hope you enjoy all of your books, and thanks for stopping by!

  31. Oh how I want Etiquette & Espionage!!! Wonder has been flying off the shelf at my middle school! Everyone who brings it back has been LOVING it. Of course, it's been the adults but hopefully they'll start gushing to the kiddos and then the kiddos will start reading it too then! :) Great haul! Happy reading.
    Our Week in Books @Libby Blog

  32. So many wonderful books! I've heard many great things about Patrick Ness's series and I hope you enjoy it. Etiquette and Espionage looks awesome. Thanks for stopping by my STS.

  33. The Knife of Never Letting Go was awesome. I still need to pick up The Ask and the Answer though. And I enjoyed Switched, although I still need to pick up Torn. So many good books you just reminded me of. Happy reading! And happy belated birthday!

    Thanks for visiting my haul.

  34. Your birthday is one day before mine! Happy Belated Birthday. Don't fret I only got one book also. Any who nice haul you got from the library! Happy Reading!

  35. Wonder looks so good, I bought it recently but haven't had the chance to pick it up yet. The cover for the Gail Carriger is so pretty! I love me some purple! Great haul.

  36. Etiquette and Espionage looks SO amazing! Lol I can't believe you got Crossed I remember you saying that you really didn't like Matched! It doesn't get much better let me just tell you that ;P

    But I hope you enjoy it anyway!

  37. Wow. That's a lot of books and a lot of comments!

    I hope you enjoy The Ask and the Answer and Monsters of Men. For me, they were better than the first book so :)

  38. Soooo many goodies!!! I don't even know where to start! I loved Matched, so I'm definitely eager to continue on with that series. I've E&E is sooo great! Wonder looks really good and Gravity is one of those I'm hesitant to start because of the mixed reviews. I'm eager to see what you think of it. I hope you enjoy all of your goodies this week!! And happy birthday to you! :)

  39. great list of books. I really want to read Etiquette and Espionage. I have read Airhead and loved it. I also have Switched to read, I love the cover you have. my STS

  40. Great books! I'm currently reading Etiquette and Espionage and Gail Carriger does not disappoint. It's entertaining seeing characters from her Parasol Protectorate series, well, younger versions of them I suppose. Sophronia is a totally lovable protagonist. Enjoy all your pretties and thanks for dropping by our blog!

  41. Nice book haul!

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