Sunday, August 24, 2014

Sunday Post - 111 & Stacking the Shelves - 77

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ The Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~this meme was inspired in part by ~ In My Mailbox~ It's a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

Wow this has been one LONG and CRAZY week. Husband says that everything that happened this week was designed to test my patience. I think I can agree with that. Even with being off work on Friday day didn't exactly go how I planned. BUT I'm not complaining about that. Friday night, my SNL and I went to see If I Stay. Movie review will be coming soon. Oh I also received a jury summons on Friday for two weeks from now. *sigh* Saturday, I made mashed potatoes for the first time ever--well not from a box anyway. I think they turned out quite delicious. We also celebrated my sister's birthday with a pool day. Her birthday isn't until next weekend, but that's college football opening weekend. And around here...even birthdays can't compete with that. (Not for me...for other people.) Also, temps have broken 100 this week so pool time seemed the only way to survive.


Monday: Review of Lick (Stage Dive, # 1) by Kylie Scott (4 Stars)
Tuesday: Top Ten Books Others Say Are Must Reads
Thursday: Review of Taking Control (Kerr Chronicles, # 2) by Jen Frederick (3.5 Stars)
Friday: Series DNF # 2


Monday: 2014 Series Enders Reading Challenge - August Wrap Up & If I Stay - Movie Review
Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Really Want to Read But Don't Own Yet
Wednesday: Waiting on Wednesday
Thursday: Review of Shatter (True Believers, # 4) by Erin McCarthy
Friday: Review of In Her Wake (Ten Tiny Breaths, # 0.5) by KA Tucker

Don't forget to sign up for the 2014 Series Enders Reading Challenge! Each month there will be a giveaway for those participating with a BIG giveaway at the end of the year! Click on the picture below or the link above to find out more!

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

The Iron Trial (Magisterium, # 1)

By: Holly Black & Cassandra Clare

Expected Publication: September 9th 2014 by Doubleday Children's Books

295 pages

Genre: Middle Grade, Young Adult, Fantasy

Source: Publisher via NetGalley (Thank you!!)

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Goodreads description--From NEW YORK TIMES bestselling authors Holly Black and Cassandra Clare comes a riveting new series that defies what you think you know about the world of magic.

From two bestselling superstars, a dazzling and magical middle-grade collaboration centering on the students of the Magisterium, an academy for those with a propensity toward magic. In this first book, a new student comes to the Magisterium against his will -- is it because he is destined to be a powerful magician, or is the truth more twisted than that? It's a journey that will thrill you, surprise you, and make you wonder about the clear-cut distinction usually made between good and evil.

That's it for my shelves and recaps of my past and upcoming week. What did you add to your shelves this week? Any bookish news you want to talk about? Let me know!


  1. I made mashed potatoes this week too, I love that ! The iron trial is very tempting, hope it'll turn out as good as it looks. Have a great, easy, zen week ;)

  2. I'm really not sure about the Iron trial. I think I requested it which I'm regretting now, I think I'll wait till it's out and see what people think before reading it myself. (if I haven't been accepted that is haha)

    Happy reading :)

  3. I love mashed potatoes and they turn out so much better if you make them yourself. My mom always made them from a package where you only had to add milk, I always thought those tasted nice, but you really taste the difference if you make them yourself.

    The temperatures have been going down here and it's getting a bit chilly, even though it's supposed to be summer. I really wonder what's up with the weather sometimes, but i am not complaining, it's nice to have some cooler weeks after all those warm weeks we had.

    Enjoy your new book and have a nice week!

  4. Holly Black and Cassandra Clare beginning a new series together--wow! My eldest granddaughter is in middle school and reads above her grade level, so I will recommend this book to her.
    Lol about mashed potatoes. I have made them since forever, but when I married my husband, who is Irish, I used to give him the job to make them and he did a very good job. Somewhere along the lines I was given the job of having to do them.
    Have a good week! Enjoy your pool party and your football!

  5. I've heard great things about Cassandra Clare, I've been wanting to read The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices for such a long time!! I need to get to that!

  6. Ah busy week! Glad it was full of fun stuck and not just crappy stuff ;) I wish the weather was a bit warmer here (but maybe not as hot as you guys!), it seems summer has run away from me ): Hope you enjoy your new book! I like the cover, though I can't seem to get into Holly Black.

  7. You can keep the temps! I'm chilling here in the 70s. I've never attempted to make mashed potatoes. They are one of my absolute favorite things. I'm questionable with anything Cassandra Clare. I tried to read City of Bones and couldn't finish it. I've yet to read anything by Holly Black. Hope your week gets better.

  8. The Iron Trial looks interesting. I've heard good things about Clare and Black. I love mashed potatoes but they can be so finicky! I've started using the Pioneer Woman's recipe because she bakes them so you can make them ahead of time and it softens any lumps. Have a great week!

  9. Hahaha, the beginning of football trumps just about everything else in my house too! I guess we can be happy it's not a year-round things, at least. :)

    Ooh, The Iron Trial! I'm really curious about it, though I've got too many other books on my plate, but I'll be curious to see what you think of it! I'm not sure I've read anything of Holly Black's before.

  10. I have a killer make ahead recipe mashed potatoes that I make every Thanksgiving! :)

    It's warmed up here in Iowa as well. Just as school is getting underway, summer weather is starting. Have a good week.

  11. That's too funny! Mashed Potatoes are just so yummy! :) Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

  12. I hate when that happens--when I request a book and then kind of end up hoping that I don't get approved. Maybe the reviews will be good and you'll enjoy it! Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting Stacie!

  13. Mashed Potatoes are the best. :) And I completely agree, homemade is so much better than the box kind. Glad you've been enjoying the cooler weather there. I love summer, but I also love fall. Thanks for stopping by and commenting Lola!

  14. I haven't read Holly Black before. She's been on my TBR list for a while, so I'm excited to see her collaborating with Cassandra Clare. Don't you love how you miraculously end up with some tasks over the years? Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

  15. I've loved both The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices series. I hope you get to read them both at some point! Thanks for stopping by Carla!

  16. Nope not really crappy stuff at all. :) I definitely don't think anyone really wishes for 100 degree weather, but thankfully it hasn't been that way every day. It was in the 80s today. That's just how it works here. I haven't tried Holly Black yet, but her books have been on my TBR list for a while. Thanks for stopping by Cyn!

  17. I hope we both like it too Stormi! Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

  18. Haha...thanks Angie. Thankfully it was only in the 80s here today. The mashed potatoes were much easier to make than I thought. And they turned out really well. I loved The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices, but I can understand by City of Bones might not be everyone's cup of tea. thanks for stopping by and commenting Angie!

  19. Oh great! I hope we both love it! Thanks for stopping by Jillyn!

  20. I've enjoyed every book by Cassandra Clare that I've read. However, I haven't read Holly Black yet. I love the Pioneer Woman. Making them ahead of time sounds nice. Thankfully they turned out quite yummy this weekend! Thanks for stopping by and commenting Katherine!

  21. YES! Definitely thankful that it doesn't last year-round. That would be rough.

    I totally understand what you mean. I've GOT to get some of the books off my list. I really need to put myself on a ban. I actually haven't read anything by Holly Black yet either. She's been on my TBR list for a while though. Thanks for stopping by Rachel!

  22. I love the idea of a make ahead recipe. That takes so much of the pressure off. Thanks for stopping by and commenting Terri!

  23. I'ts ok, I had a look on Netgalley and i didn't request it so crisis averted haha. I'm sure it's going to be a good book, it's just not one I'm sure I want to read just yet :). You are very much welcome Sandy :)

  24. Oh *wipes sweat off forehead*. Glad that worked out for you! :)

  25. Oh wow! Thanks Terri! I'll definitely check out that recipe next time I go to make mashed potatoes! :)