In The Stacks (3)

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


Being Henry David by Cal Armistead

Being Henry David by Cal ArmisteadSeventeen-year-old “Hank” has found himself at Penn Station in New York City with no memory of anything –who he is, where he came from, why he’s running away. His only possession is a worn copy of Walden, by Henry David Thoreau. And so he becomes Henry David-or “Hank” and takes first to the streets, and then to the only destination he can think of–Walden Pond in Concord, Massachusetts. Cal Armistead’s remarkable debut novel is about a teen in search of himself. Hank begins to piece together recollections from his past. The only way Hank can discover his present is to face up to the realities of his grievous memories. He must come to terms with the tragedy of his past, to stop running, and to find his way home.

I received this as part of the Debut Author Challenge ARC Blog Tour. I already finished it and really loved it. There are a lot of feelings I have about Being Henry David and my review will be up tomorrow. 

Twerp by Mark Goldblatt

Twerp by Mark Goldblatt

It’s not like I meant for Danley to get hurt. . . .

Julian Twerski isn’t a bully. He’s just made a big mistake. So when he returns to school after a weeklong suspension, his English teacher offers him a deal: if he keeps a journal and writes about the terrible incident that got him and his friends suspended, he can get out of writing a report on Shakespeare. Julian jumps at the chance. And so begins his account of life in sixth grade–blowing up homemade fireworks, writing a love letter for his best friend (with disastrous results), and worrying whether he’s still the fastest kid in school. Lurking in the background, though, is the one story he can’t bring himself to tell, the one story his teacher most wants to hear.

Inspired by Mark Goldblatt’s own childhood growing up in 1960s Queens, Twerp shines with humor and heart. This remarkably powerful story will have readers laughing and crying right along with these flawed but unforgettable characters.

This is the first time I have been pre-approved for a title on NetGalley. So thank you Random House Children’s for the invite. I love middle-grade books and this looks right up my alley.


Griftopia: Bubble Machines, Vampire Squids, And The Long Con That Is Breaking America by Matt Taibi

Groftopia by Matt Taibbi

The financial crisis that exploded in 2008 isn’t past but prologue. The stunning rise, fall, and rescue of Wall Street in the bubble-and-bailout era was the coming-out party for the network of looters who sit at the nexus of American political and economic power. The grifter class—made up of the largest players in the financial industry and the politicians who do their bidding—has been growing in power for a generation, transferring wealth upward through increasingly complex financial mechanisms and political maneuvers. The crisis was only one terrifying manifestation of how they’ve hijacked America’s political and economic life.

Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi here unravels the whole fiendish story, digging beyond the headlines to get into the deeper roots and wider implications of the rise of the grifters. He traces the movement’s origins to the cult of Ayn Rand and her most influential—and possibly weirdest—acolyte, Alan Greenspan, and offers fresh reporting on the backroom deals that decided the winners and losers in the government bailouts. He uncovers the hidden commodities bubble that transferred billions of dollars to Wall Street while creating food shortages around the world, and he shows how finance dominates politics, from the story of investment bankers auctioning off America’s infrastructure to an inside account of the high-stakes battle for health-care reform—a battle the true reformers lost. Finally, he tells the story of Goldman Sachs, the “vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity.”

Taibbi has combined deep sources, trailblazing reportage, and provocative analysis to create the most lucid, emotionally galvanizing, and scathingly funny account yet written of the ongoing political and financial crisis in America. This is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the labyrinthine inner workings of politics and finance in this country, and the profound consequences for us all.

If you are looking for a hard-hitting journalist to explain the financial meltdown and current financial legislation in a way that anyone can understand, you have to read Matt Taibbi. I am already halfway through this book and enjoying his take on the US financial crisis.

The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour

The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour

Colby and Bev have a long-standing pact: graduate, hit the road with Bev’s band, and then spend the year wandering around Europe. But moments after the tour kicks off, Bev makes a shocking announcement: she’s abandoning their plans – and Colby – to start college in the fall.

But the show must go on and The Disenchantments weave through the Pacific Northwest, playing in small towns and dingy venues, while roadie- Colby struggles to deal with Bev’s already-growing distance and the most important question of all: what’s next?

I don’t read enough contemporary books and would like to change that.

All These Things I’ve Done (Birthright #1) by Gabrielle Zevin

All These Things I've Done by Gabrielle ZevinIn 2083, chocolate and coffee are illegal, paper is hard to find, water is carefully rationed, and New York City is rife with crime and poverty. And yet, for Anya Balanchine, the sixteen-year-old daughter of the city’s most notorious (and dead) crime boss, life is fairly routine. It consists of going to school, taking care of her siblings and her dying grandmother, trying to avoid falling in love with the new assistant D.A.’s son, and avoiding her loser ex-boyfriend. That is until her ex is accidently poisoned by the chocolate her family manufactures and the police think she’s to blame. Suddenly, Anya finds herself thrust unwillingly into the spotlight–at school, in the news, and most importantly, within her mafia family.

I have picked this one up and almost checked it out from the library about five times. This time, I thought why not? I really have not heard anything about All These Things I’ve Done but it sounds interesting enough.

The Silent Boy by Lois Lowry

The Silent Boy by Lois LowryPrecocious Katy Thatcher comes to realize what a gentle, silent boy did for his family. He meant to help, not harm. It didn’t turn out that way.

Lois Lowry is such a brilliant writer and I have no doubt that The Silent Boy will touch me like all of her other books.


Bloodlines (Bloodlines #1) by Richelle Mead

Bloodlines by Richelle MeadSydney is an alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of human and vampires. They protect vampire secrets – and human lives. When Sydney is torn from her bed in the middle of the night, at first she thinks she’s still being punished for her complicated alliance with dhampir Rose Hathaway. But what unfolds is far worse. Jill Dragomir – the sister of Moroi Queen Lissa Dragomir – is in mortal danger, and the Moroi must send her into hiding. To avoid a civil war, Sydney is called upon to act as Jill’s guardian and protector, posing as her roommate in the last place anyone would think to look for vampire royalty – a human boarding school in Palm Springs, California. But instead of finding safety at Amberwood Prep, Sydney discovers the drama is only just beginning…

I have not read any of the Vampire Academy books but the price was right on this one. I may get to it sometime in the next few years.

The Paladin Prophecy (The Paladin Prophecy #1) by Mark Frost

The Paladin Prophecy by Mark Frost

Will West is careful to live life under the radar. At his parents’ insistence, he’s made sure to get mediocre grades and to stay in the middle of the pack on his cross-country team. Then Will slips up, accidentally scoring off the charts on a nationwide exam.

Now Will is being courted by an exclusive prep school . . . and is being followed by men driving black sedans. When Will suddenly loses his parents, he must flee to the school. There he begins to explore all that he’s capable of–physical and mental feats that should be impossible–and learns that his abilities are connected to a struggle between titanic forces that has lasted for millennia.

Solid reviews plus an intriguing plot and cheap eBook price. Yes please!

What books did you pick-up this week?



  1. I hope you love The Paladin Prophecy! I adored that book! It’s like a mixture of Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, and Dan Brown! I love it!
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    • So glad to hear that you enjoyed it! It looks so good but I hadn’t heard much about it before downloading it.

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  3. I really, really want to read Being Henry David, and I plan to read Twerp in the near future. I quite liked The Disenchantments. It was totally worth the read. I hope you enjoy all your books (:
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    • I truly enjoyed Being Henry David. I don’t read as many contemporaries as I would like but this one really does stand out.

  4. Kathy Martin says:

    Bloodlines and The Paladin Prophecy were both good. I also read and enjoyed All These Things I’ve Done. I was offered Twerp too but had to decline because my review calendar is full. Come see what I got this week at Ms. Martin Teaches Media and Inside of a Dog. Happy reading!

  5. I think I received Being Henry David from netgalley, but I haven’t gotten to it yet. I’ve heard very good reviews on it though. 🙂 Enjoy your new reads!

  6. YAY for Bloodlines! I Love Richelle Mead! And I love Vampire Academy. And no surprise, I love Bloodlines too!!!!

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    • I really need to start the Vampire Academy series. It is one I have meant to get to forever but just haven’t.

  7. I have really liked the Bloodlines series so far. It’s really surprised me! Twerp has been on a few other blogs today, it has spiked my interest. I hope you enjoy your new books!
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    • So glad to hear that about Bloodlines. It is so cool when you enjoy a book so much more than you thought you would.

  8. It looks like you’ve got some brilliant books in your haul this week. Being Henry David and Twerp sound like really great reads – I will have to keep an eye out for them. all these things i’ve done is a really great book, and I loved reading it. I must admit that I hadn’t picked up any of the Vampire Academy books when I picked up Bloodlines either, and I really enjoyed it – though having the VA background does answer a few questions. I hope you enjoy all your books.
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    • I was wondering whether I would be at a huge disadvantage reading Bloodlines without having read the Vampire Academy books. I might just put it off and attempt to read the Vampire Academy books first but that will likely take forever.

      • To be honest, I didn’t feel at a disadvantage at all. I read Bloodlines way before I read any of the VA books – it’s what made me try them actually – and I loved the characters and the storyline. Reading the VA series will probably help you understand some of the jokes/politics going on in the book. And I will admit that reading the Bloodlines series first made reading the VA series a bit difficult because I could already guess how the plot twists were going to go -if you intend to read VA anyway, I’d suggest you read it first. But I have noticed that a lot of the people who read the VA first have some difficulty liking Sydney.
        Whatever you choose to do I hope you enjoy the series.
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        • That is really great to hear that I don’t have to read the Vampire Academy series to start Bloodlines. With an ever growing piles of books I am dying to read, it can be so daunting to start a new series, especially when the series is six books. It is pretty interesting that people have differing opinions on a main character based on whether they have read the Vampire Academy books or not. You’ve given me a lot to think about. 🙂

  9. Chyna Ngie says:

    I haven’t started on bloodlines yet :(( *Guilty*

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