In The Stacks (8)

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

Slow week! I am focusing on actually getting through my review books and not requesting new ones.


The Spirit Level by Kate Pickett & Richard Wilkinson

The Spirit Level by Rickard Wilinson and Kate PickettA groundbreaking work on the root cause of our ills, which is changing the way politicians think. Why do we mistrust people more in the UK than in Japan? Why do Americans have higher rates of teenage pregnancy than the French? What makes the Swedish thinner than the Greeks? The answer: inequality. This groundbreaking book, based on years of research, provides hard evidence to show how almost everything—-from life expectancy to depression levels, violence to illiteracy-—is affected not by how wealthy a society is, but how equal it is. Urgent, provocative and genuinely uplifting, The Spirit Level has been heralded as providing a new way of thinking about ourselves and our communities, and could change the way you see the world.

I have heard the authors speak about their research on a few radio shows and found the research fascinating. The concept on inequality is such a huge problem, I think it is essential to have a better grasp on the why. I am very politically active in my community and am always looking for great information to share with others.

The Secret Life Of Pronouns: What Out Words Say About Us by James W. Pennebaker

The Secret Life Of Pronouns by James W. Pennebaker

We spend our lives communicating. In the last fifty years, we’ve zoomed through radically different forms of communication, from typewriters to tablet computers, text messages to tweets. We generate more and more words with each passing day. Hiding in that deluge of language are amazing insights into who we are, how we think, and what we feel.

In The Secret Life of Pronouns, social psychologist and language expert James W. Pennebaker uses his groundbreaking research in computational linguistics-in essence, counting the frequency of words we use-to show that our language carries secrets about our feelings, our self-concept, and our social intelligence. Our most forgettable words, such as pronouns and prepositions, can be the most revealing: their patterns are as distinctive as fingerprints.

Using innovative analytic techniques, Pennebaker X-rays everything from Craigslist advertisements to the Federalist Papers-or your own writing, in quizzes you can take yourself-to yield unexpected insights. Who would have predicted that the high school student who uses too many verbs in her college admissions essay is likely to make lower grades in college? Or that a world leader’s use of pronouns could reliably presage whether he led his country into war? You’ll learn why it’s bad when politicians use “we” instead of “I,” what Lady Gaga and William Butler Yeats have in common, and how Ebenezer Scrooge’s syntax hints at his self-deception and repressed emotion. Barack Obama, Sylvia Plath, and King Lear are among the figures who make cameo appearances in this sprightly, surprising tour of what our words are saying-whether we mean them to or not.

The summary sounded so intriguing. I, as most readers do, love words and how we use them.

Pretty Little Liars (Pretty Little Liars #1) by Sara Shepard

Pretty Little Liars by Sara ShepardThree years ago, Alison disappeared after a slumber party, not to be seen since. Her friends at the elite Pennsylvania school mourned her, but they also breathed secret sighs of relief. Each of them guarded a secret that only Alison had known. Now they have other dirty little secrets, secrets that could sink them in their gossip-hungry world. When each of them begins receiving anonymous emails and text messages, panic sets in. Are they being betrayed by some one in their circle? Worse yet: Is Alison back? A strong launch for a suspenseful series.

This is a series I have meant to pick up for years. All it took was a cheap Kindle price to push me over the edge.

The Namesake by Steven Parlato

The Namesake by Steven Parlato

Gifted artist? Standout student?

All his teachers are sure certain that Evan Galloway can be the graduate who brings glory to small, ordinary St. Sebastian’s School.

As for Evan, however, he can’t be bothered anymore.

Since the shock of his young father’s suicide last spring, Evan no longer cares about the future. In fact, he believes that he spent the first fifteen years of his life living a lie. Despite his mother’s encouragement and the steadfast companionship of his best friend, Alexis, Evan is mired in rage and bitterness. Good memories seem ludicrous when the present holds no hope.

Then Evan’s grandmother hands him the key–literally, a key–to a locked trunk that his father hid when he was the same age as Evan is now. Digging into the trunk and the small-town secrets it uncovers, Evan can begin to face who his father really was, and why even the love of his son could not save him.

In a voice that resonates with the authenticity of grief, Steven Parlato tells a different kind of coming-of-age story, about a boy thrust into adulthood too soon, through the corridor of shame, disbelief, and finally…compassion.

I love, love, love coming-of-age stories (hello, adult who reads lots of YA books) and the idea of a parent committing suicide could be very powerful.

What did you add to your stacks this week?


All cover images and summaries from goodreads.


  1. Great haul! Hope you enjoy all the books! =)

    Here’s my STS!

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  2. I haven’t read the Pretty Little Liars series either, but I’ve heard it’s a fun read. The Namesake sounds like a intense, coming of age story. Enjoy!
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  3. The Namesake looks good, hope you enjoy
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    • Thanks! I think learning about our parents as people can be so powerful. It should make for an interesting read.

  4. I haven’t read any of these yet, but I hope you enjoy them all. Have a great weekend! 😀
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  5. Okay, those first two books sound fascinating! Will you review them?

    “Slow week! I am focusing on actually getting through my review books and not requesting new ones. ” – I’ve been trying to do that too, with mixed success. Good luck to you!
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    • I want to. I really do read a decent amount of non-fiction. I also write a health and fitness blog where I occasionally review books about food and healthy living.

      Good luck getting through your review books. 🙂

  6. The Namesake looks great. I hadn’t heard of it yet. I read the Pretty Little Liars series through the six or seventh book before surrendering. The first 4 were decent. I’ve actually heard a few people say they prefer the show, but I haven’t watched it. Happy reading!
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    • Sometimes when a series goes to five, six plus books the quality can really suffer. The Sookie Stackhouse books are like that and I am so relieved that the final book comes out soon.

  7. Nice books. I hope you enjoy them and happy reading.

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