In The Stacks (20)

What I added to my stacks (and stacks and stacks) this week. I am linking up with Stacking The Shelves by Tynga’s Reviews.

Keeping it low key on the book buying front. I went crazy requesting review titles on NetGalley but have not heard anything. Oh well, I really need to tackle my bookshelf of shame.


The Ocean At The End Of The Lane by Neil Gaiman

The Ocean At The End Of The Lane by Neil Gaiman

Sussex, England. A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. Although the house he lived in is long gone, he is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock, and her mother and grandmother. He hasn’t thought of Lettie in decades, and yet as he sits by the pond (a pond that she’d claimed was an ocean) behind the ramshackle old farmhouse, the unremembered past comes flooding back. And it is a past too strange, too frightening, too dangerous to have happened to anyone, let alone a small boy.

Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper and resonated in unimaginable ways. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie—magical, comforting, wise beyond her years—promised to protect him, no matter what.

This one is at the top of my TBR stack. Once I get through a review book (that is very long and very boring), this one will be in my hands. It is short enough to read in a sitting and has gotten such wonderful reviews.

The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau

The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau

Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. Isn’t that what they say? But how close is too close when they may be one in the same?

The Seven Stages War left much of the planet a charred wasteland. The future belongs to the next generation’s chosen few who must rebuild it. But to enter this elite group, candidates must first pass The Testing—their one chance at a college education and a rewarding career.

Cia Vale is honored to be chosen as a Testing candidate; eager to prove her worthiness as a University student and future leader of the United Commonwealth. But on the eve of her departure, her father’s advice hints at a darker side to her upcoming studies–trust no one.

But surely she can trust Tomas, her handsome childhood friend who offers an alliance? Tomas, who seems to care more about her with the passing of every grueling (and deadly) day of the Testing. To survive, Cia must choose: love without truth or life without trust.

I was approved for this one on NetGalley but never got around to downloading it. It is popping up on some best-of lists and the premise is really interesting.



The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot

The Princess Diaries (The Princess Diaries #1) by Meg Cabot

She’s just a New York City girl living with her artist mom…

News Flash: Dad is prince of Genovia. (So that’s why a limo meets her at the airport!)

Downer: Dad can’t have any more kids. (So no heir to the throne.)

Shock of the Century: Like it or not, Mia Thermopolis is prime princess material.

Mia must take princess lessons from her dreaded grandmére, the dowager princess of Genovia, who thinks Mia has a thing or two to learn before she steps up to the throne.

Well, her father can lecture her until he’s royal-blue in the face about her princessly duty–no way is she moving to Genovia and leaving Manhattan behind. But what’s a girl to do when her name is Princess Amelia Mignonette Grimaldi Thermopolis Renaldo?

I have read very little Meg Cabot, which is kind of sad. My library always has the other books in this series but never book one. So I had to take matters into my own hands, so I can read this series.

Scott Pilgrim Precious Little Life 1 by Bryan Lee O'Malley

Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life (Scott Pilgrim #1) by Bryan Lee O’Malley

Just when you thought you knew all there was to know about Scott Pilgrim comes Scott Pilgrim Color Hardcover Volume 1: Precious Little Life! The first in a series of brand-new hardcover editions, this remastered, 6″x9″ hardcover presents Scott’s first “evil ex” battle as you’ve never seen it before – in full-color! Plus, previously unpublished extras and bonus materials make this mighty tome one that’s required reading for Scottaholics everywhere!

I am so not a graphic novel reader but really wanted to try one. I loved the Scott Pilgrim movie, so I decided to give it a shot.

What did you add to your shelves this week?


  1. I’ve heard good things about these books! When I was younger I used to read (and enjoy) the Princess Diaries but at the time, they weren’t all out, and I don’t really remember much about them. ): I’m also dying to start reading some graphic novels for when I don’t have lots of time so I might just give Scott Pilgrim a try! Enjoy your books and happy reading 🙂
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    • Scott Pilgrim seems like a good way to ease into reading graphic novels. I would also like to read The Walking Dead, those are supposed to be amazing.

  2. Ooh, Neil Gaiman, I want that book as well. 🙂 I really love your haul!
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  3. Yes, you need to read Meg Cabot! I love her! She’s so funny, and her main characters are so likable. The Princess Diaries is super cute, but my favorites are All-American Girl, Teen Idol and How to Be Popular. Oh and I really liked Queen of Babble, too.

    Obviously, I have a hard time picking a fav Meg Cabot book. She’s the best. Anyway, enjoy all your goodies and happy reading 🙂
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    • You’ve sold me! I actually have a copy of the first Queen Of Babble books that I keep meaning to get to.

  4. I really liked The Testing, even though some people keep comparing it to The Hunger Games and find it lacking. That will be the case with any book! Have fun reading!
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    • Comparing books can be dangerous. I like to judge things as they are and not in comparison to something else.

  5. I am soooo envious of Testing! I really really want to read that book because it sounds amazing! Great books this week! Check out my STS monthly wrap up at

  6. I really liked Scott Pilgram vol. 1. I loved the movie and was surprised how closely they really did follow the comic. I have Ocean at the End of the Lane checked out from the library, but haven’t gotten to it yet. Great haul!
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  7. I’ve been meaning to start The Testing! It looks so interesting! Enjoy all you got this week! Thanks for sharing and happy reading!

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  8. I’ve seen the movie version of The Princess Diaries but haven’t read the book. The movie was cute.

    I understand all too well about the shelf of shame, though mine is actually the stacks of shame. 😛
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  9. Nice haul, I absolutely loved both The Testing and The Ocean At The End of the Lane! Enjoy your new books and happy reading 🙂
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  10. Wow! Amazing haul. I haven’t read The Princess Diaries yet, but I did love the film. I usually have it the other way round!

  11. Very nice haul! Scott Pilgrim I have real vol 1 of. The other 3 are books I want to read. Hope you enjoy your new books and Happy Reading!
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  12. You got some really awesome books this week. I love the cover of The Ocean at the End of the Lane. It’s very pretty. Nice haul and happy reading. 🙂
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  13. I really liked The Princess Diaries! I hope you enjoy all your new lovlies! I’m not familiar with the rest of the books mentioned though The Testing looks very interesting. Happy reading! I hope if you have a few minutes you’ll stop by my first ever STS post as a new book blogger 🙂
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    • I thought the Princess Diaries would be a fun read and am a sucker for pretty much any $1.99 books for the kindle.

  14. I LOVED the Testing! It was a great read. And Scott Pilgrim is fun as well.
    Enjoy all the new reads!

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  15. I love Scott Pilgrim, I chose my pseudonym to be it after watching the movie and reading the graphic novels! I love both the graphic novels and the movie equally! Enjoy 🙂
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    • Very cool! I loved the movie so much and heard how similar the graphic novel is. That plus being on sale for $2.99 are the only push I need.

  16. Nice haul. Heard good things about The Testing. Come check out my stack
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  17. Ohh, a Neil Gaiman book!
    I’ve also heard that The Testing is VERY similar to The Hunger Games.
    Enjoy all your lovely books! (:

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  18. Ooh Neil Gaiman is coming to the city, but it got sold out for tickets 🙁 I hate waiting for approvals from NetGalley too. Don’t worry, they’ll come through 😛
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  19. I love the cover from Gaiman’s book <3 Happy reading!
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