Sunday, March 4, 2018

Sunday Post & Stacking the Shelves- 3/4/18

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.

First off, is there anyway that if you're reading this post that you might be interested in completing this survey for me about your blogging and reading preferences??? I'd really appreciate it. I've got some ideas that I'm pondering concerning my blog but I'd really like to find out the answer to some simple questions before I take any steps.

Also something kind of cool. I received my first ever unsolicited hardcopy review book in the mail from a major publisher. I truly never expected this day to come. Now I might just be one of very many here and not be special at all, but it feels pretty special to me. I've received physical review books before, but they've either been ones where I've requested them for review or the author/publisher has contacted me regarding my interest level before sending it to me.

Not much else to report. This week was pretty normal and uneventful. Baby Boy and I did have chiropractor appointments on Friday. We tried watching a movie with Little Girl Friday night but her attention span is still too short. Funny how she can sit for as long as we'll let her to watch kids' videos on YouTube, but sit her down for one continuous movie and she's got to get up and move. Oh well. We try not to encourage too much TV watching at her age anyway. Baby Boy was moved to his crib for night sleep Friday as well. It didn't go great as he woke at 1:30, 3:30, 4:30, and 6 am, but he'll have to get used to it as will we.


Monday: Review of This Tiny Perfect World by Lauren Gibaldi (2.5 Stars)
Wednesday: Can't Wait for Hero at the Fall (Rebel of the Sands, # 3) by Alwyn Hamilton


Monday: Review of The Heart's Appeal (London Beginnings, # 2) by Jennifer Delamere
Tuesday: Top Ten Tuesday?
Wednesday: Can't Wait for Wednesday

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Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

Meet the Sky

By: McCall Hoyle

Publication: September 4th 2018 by Blink

256 pages

Genre: Young Adult

Source: Publisher via Edelweiss (Thank you!!)

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Goodreads description--From award-winning author McCall Hoyle comes a new young adult novel, Meet the Sky, a story of love, letting go, and the unstoppable power of nature.

It all started with the accident. The one that caused Sophie’s dad to walk out of her life. The one that left Sophie’s older sister, Meredith, barely able to walk at all.

With nothing but pain in her past, all Sophie wants is to plan for the future—keep the family business running, get accepted to veterinary school, and protect her mom and sister from another disaster. But when a hurricane forms off the coast of North Carolina’s Outer Banks and heads right toward their island, Sophie realizes nature is one thing she can’t control.

After she gets separated from her family during the evacuation, Sophie finds herself trapped on the island with the last person she’d have chosen—the reckless and wild Finn Sanders, who broke her heart freshman year. As they struggle to find safety, Sophie learns that Finn has suffered his own heartbreak; but instead of playing it safe, Finn’s become the kind of guy who goes surfing in the eye of the hurricane. He may be the perfect person to remind Sophie how to embrace life again, but only if their newfound friendship can survive the storm.

Praise for McCall Hoyle’s debut novel, The Thing with Feathers:

“Beautiful, touching, and bursting with hope.”

Pintip Dunn, award-winning and New York Times bestselling author

“Heartfelt and affecting. Hoyle tells a familiar story, but does so in a voice that is rarely heard, and that makes all the difference.”

Leah Thomas, William C. Morris Award finalist and author of Because You’ll Never Meet Me and Nowhere Near You

“The inspiring story of one girl’s struggle not to be defined by her illness, The Thing with Feathers soars as it explores what it means to live—and love—without fear.”

Kathryn Holmes, author of How It Feels to Fly

“A refreshing, quality debut—meaningfully woven and beautifully engaging, from the first page to the last.”

YA Books Central (5 stars)

The Astonishing Color of After

By: Emily XR Pan

Publication: March 20th 2018 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

480 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Magic Realism

Source: Publisher (Thank you!!)

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Goodreads description--Leigh Chen Sanders is absolutely certain about one thing: When her mother died by suicide, she turned into a bird.

Leigh, who is half Asian and half white, travels to Taiwan to meet her maternal grandparents for the first time. There, she is determined to find her mother, the bird. In her search, she winds up chasing after ghosts, uncovering family secrets, and forging a new relationship with her grandparents. And as she grieves, she must try to reconcile the fact that on the same day she kissed her best friend and longtime secret crush, Axel, her mother was taking her own life.

Alternating between real and magic, past and present, friendship and romance, hope and despair, The Astonishing Color of After is a novel about finding oneself through family history, art, grief, and love.

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 just requested Meet the Sky today. It sounds really good. I don't like to read physical books (my eyes are garbage), but it's awesome to get book mail, and that's a pretty hyped title too.

  2. It's great getting books in the mail. I'm always excited about it, even just something ordered. I've been wanting to read the Astonishing Color of After, I really like the cover. Have a great week!

  3. Astrid Vanilla & Spice BooksMarch 5, 2018 at 9:00 PM

    Meet the Sky has a beautiful cover!
    Congratulations on your first hard copy book! That's a little bit special <3

  4. Meet the Sky sounds good to me. I used to live in FL for many years and bad weather like that was always an issue to contend with. I like stories where the MC has to battle Mother Nature as well as other problems. Have a good week.

  5. Also Sandy, I tried to take your survey and couldn't get it loaded past the first page. Maybe something on my end? Sorry.

  6. Congrats on receiving a hardcover! That sounds great!
    Both books you mentioned have such stunning covers! Have a wonderful week and happy reading!

  7. I love it when I’m asked to review a book. I love it when a book arrives unexpectedly in the mail.

    The joys of book blogging.

  8. I agree to both Deb! Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

  9. I actually usually prefer reading on my kindle or phone for the one handedness (is that a word) since I'm a mom of two, two and under. I need as many free hands even when they're asleep as possible. :) Thanks for stopping by Sam!

  10. I agree. I love getting packages in the mail as well. And you're right, it does have a great cover! Thanks for stopping by Cricket!

  11. Haha, yes. It's funny because I'd seen this one on NetGalley and Edelweiss and chosen not to request it for review. And then they mailed it to me unsolicited. Then I decided to just check out the first chapter and I'm interested enough to plan to read it when I can. Unfortunately reading a physical book compared to reading on my phone or kindle is a lot more difficult these days. Thanks for stopping by Laura!

  12. It was a nice surprise. Thanks for stopping by and commenting Lynn!

  13. Oh yes, Florida has all kinds of weather issues. :) We live in Alabama so we're not far off from there. Oh thanks so much for the heads up. It wouldn't let me "test" the survey because I was the creator. But you did alert me to some tweaks I needed to make. If it isn't too much trouble I'd love for you to try to take it again if you have time. Thanks so much!

  14. It's always surprising and fun to get unsolicited books, except when it's a genre you clearly do not read. Such awesome book covers on your new books. I hope you love them both!

  15. Yeah, I've been blogging for almost 7 years and it's not exactly been a goal to reach this so I haven't been disappointed when others have received books and I haven't. But it was a nice surprise that perked me up a little bit. Thanks for stopping by Astrid!

  16. That is exciting! I am happy when I get book mail too and an unsolicited from a major publishing house is pretty cool!! 😀

    Are you guys cosleeping? We do and I am not looking forward to transitioning. 😯 Good luck with bedtime stuff! :)

  17. I’m so wanting to read The astonishing Color of After! I tried all sorts of things to get that ARC... At least it’s out soon! I’ll hit your survey now too!

  18. That's one of the few negatives about so much time travelling - I'm rarely at home for the post!
    Have completed your survey :-)

  19. Haha, yeah that's a pretty good description of how it feels. Thanks for stopping by and commenting Vi!

  20. I've only read the first 50ish pages so far, but I've really enjoyed it. Good writing so far. Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. And thanks for taking the survey!

  21. Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting Stephanie! And thanks for taking the survey. Yes, I'm sure there are quite a few negatives for traveling frequently.

  22. Thanks, it did feel quite nice.
    We didn't co-sleep exactly. He slept in a bassinet beside our bed. But he had such issues with gas and reflux in the beginning that he often ended up sleeping on one of our chests in the early am hours. The transition has gone better than I expected. The first night was rough, but after that he's done really well. I think it helped that I had him napping in his crib before night transitioning so he was familiar with the crib. Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. And good luck for when you do transition also!