In The Stacks (7)

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.


The Mystery Of Mercy Close (Walsh Family #5) by Marian Keyes

The Mystery Of Mercy Close by Marian KeyesAs the youngest of the five Walsh girls, Helen has had a tough time finding her way in the world—at thirty-three, she has her job as a private investigator that has proven less than fruitful and after losing her flat, she’s moved back in with Mammy Walsh. Her hunky new boyfriend, Artie, and his three adorable children are a great distraction, but his beautiful ex-wife lives a little too close for comfort. Meanwhile, Helen runs into her ex-boyfriend Jay Parker and reluctantly signs on to help him locate Wayne Diffney, the recently disappeared fourth member of Ireland’s biggest mid-nineties boy band, Laddz. Of the five Laddz, the Talented One has long gone on to better things, but the Cute One, the Gay One, and the Other One are all busily shunning carbs and rehearsing their reunion tour, and it’s Helen’s job to track down Wayne, the Wacky One. Wayne hasn’t left a trace, and Helen throws herself into the search wholeheartedly, leaving no stone unturned while watching her own life slowly fall apart, one unpaid bill at a time.

Finally! I feel like I have been waiting on this book for forever (plus it was released in September in the UK and I was forced to see people tweet at the author how much they enjoyed it.) I have been a Marian Keyes fan and a fan of the Walsh sisters for years and years. I actually did a happy dance when I spotted this in the book store.

Ender’s Game (Ender’s Saga #1) by Orson Scott Card

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race’s next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers. A brilliant young boy, Andrew “Ender” Wiggin lives with his kind but distant parents, his sadistic brother Peter, and the person he loves more than anyone else, his sister Valentine. Peter and Valentine were candidates for the soldier-training program but didn’t make the cut—young Ender is the Wiggin drafted to the orbiting Battle School for rigorous military training.

Ender’s skills make him a leader in school and respected in the Battle Room, where children play at mock battles in zero gravity. Yet growing up in an artificial community of young soldiers Ender suffers greatly from isolation, rivalry from his peers, pressure from the adult teachers, and an unsettling fear of the alien invaders. His psychological battles include loneliness, fear that he is becoming like the cruel brother he remembers, and fanning the flames of devotion to his beloved sister.

Is Ender the general Earth needs? But Ender is not the only result of the genetic experiments. The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Ender’s two older siblings are every bit as unusual as he is, but in very different ways. Between the three of them lie the abilities to remake a world. If, that is, the world survives.

Ender’s Game is the winner of the 1985 Nebula Award for Best Novel and the 1986 Hugo Award for Best Novel.

Ever have a book that you keep meaning to read, year after year? Ender’s Game is one of those books for me. With a movie coming out this year, I have to read it before I see it.

Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple

Where'd You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple

Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she’s a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she’s a disgrace; to design mavens, she’s a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.

Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette’s intensifying allergy to Seattle—and people in general—has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands. A trip to the end of the earth is problematic.

To find her mother, Bee compiles email messages, official documents, secret correspondence—creating a compulsively readable and touching novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter’s role in an absurd world.

I have been on the library waiting list for this book for about six months. I just can’t wait anymore! It recently came out in paperback, so perfect excuse to add it to my stacks.

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. Some riders live. Others die.

At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a young man of few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep, where no one else can see them.

Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. But fate hasn’t given her much of a chance. So she enters the competition — the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen.

Another book that recently came out in paperback. I have heard nothing but great things about The Scorpio Races and enjoyed Maggie Stiefvater’s previous books.

What did you add to your stacks this week?


All summaries and cover images from goodreads.


  1. Haven’t heard of any of these books yet, but I hope you enjoy! 😀
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  2. I hope you enjoy The Scorpio Races! I wanted to love it so much, but unfortunately I wasn’t a fan. Bummer! 🙁 I really hope you love it though, because the whole idea is so cool!
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    • I hate when that happens! Recently, Mila 2.0 was like that for me. I really wanted to like it but it just came up short.

  3. I still have to read The Scorpio Races, but Maggie Steifvater is brilliant. The rest of your books sound interesting. My brother raves about Enders Game.

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  4. My hubby loves Ender’s Game and hope you do too.
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  5. Where’d You Go, Bernadette looks like such a fun read! I love that cover! I hope you enjoy all you got 🙂

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  6. Where’d You Go, Bernadette? sounds interesting, I hope it’s good. That was an awfully long wait list, it must have been popular.

    Happy reading!
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    • Super popular! I am so lucky that my library will mail you the books when the come in but it can be frustrating when you know there are like 100 people ahead of you in line. I guess the bright side is that people read and use the library in my community.

  7. I still need to read The Scorpio Races. I can’t believe I have yet. I think I’ll read it via audiobook (I’ve heard it’s wonderful).

    Anyway, enjoy all your goodies. Happy reading 🙂
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    • That sounds nice! I want to listen to more audiobooks. The last one I listened to was Gone Girl and it was really fantastic.

  8. I loved The Mystery of Mercy Close (and all the Walsh books). I just checked out The Scorpio Races from the library–it’s on my StS this week, too.
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    • I hope you enjoy it!

      The Walsh family books are just so wonderful. Laugh-loud-funny to complete heartbreak. Just so much to love.

  9. I cannot wait to start Ender’s Game, I wanna see the movie! And people have been praising it a lot!

    Happy reading!
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    • So much praise for Ender’s Game plus I have to read books before I see the movie. Just seems wrong not to.

  10. The scorpio races sounds really good and I’ve heard great things about it 🙂 Happy reading!
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  11. Maggie is one of my favourite Authors, hope you enjoy your haul 😀

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    Have a great week!

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