Sunday, August 18, 2013

New Shelf Goodies & The Weekly Nutshell {58}

For New Shelf Goodies, I'll be showing you what lovely books I acquired this week, whether from publishers, or the library, or from whatever half-crazed book-buying binge I happened to go on. :D (Inspired by Tynga's Stacking the Shelves) The Weekly Nutshell will be just week here at Stories & Sweeties, in a nutshell. (inspired by Ginger @ GReads and her recaps at the end of the TGIF posts)

SO excited for everything that landed on my doorstep this week. I may have gotten a bit swoony over a couple of these!
For review:
Anyone read The Thirteenth Tale?  I LOVED that book, and I've been waiting years for the author to write again!
It's Rachel Hawkins--that's really all I need to know.
It's Jackson Pearce---again, all I needed to know.
Ditto again.  I've never been disappointed with this author's work. 
This story looks cool and the cover? Love it, and it gives you a perfect idea of what the story's about. 
My friend thought this might not be her cup of tea---so I gladly took it off her hands! :D 

 Huge thanks to Atria Books and Penguin for the lovely goodies!

The Weekly Nutshell:

So, this week, I had a real bummer happen.  I missed a book signing with the fabulous Stacey Jay, whose new book Of Beast & Beauty is my new favorite book of this year.  It was an hour and 20 minute drive away already, and then we got stuck in STOPPED traffic about a quarter of the way there. We checked reports and found there was nearly solid traffic almost all the way there. We would have been so late that we decided to just turn around.  I was so bummed because I was hoping to get my copy signed and get another copy signed to give away. But it just wasn't meant to be, I guess. 
On the bright side---we were stuck in Napa for awhile, as there was traffic both ways, so we decided to seek out Sift Cupcakes and cheer ourselves up with these lovelies:
These were so YUMMY.  The cakes were just a little more dense than I like, but the frostings (my favorite part, anyhow), OH, the frostings were AMAZING.  I can see why they serve tiny frosting shots of just the frostings alone!  There is an almond cupcake with blueberry tequila filling (and wooo, you can definitely taste that tequila!), a raspberry cupcake with champagne frosting, a pina colada cupcake with the BEST strawberry buttercream I have every experienced, and a beer cupcake with a brown sugar buttercream that I am now completely obsessed with.  If you're ever in the Napa Valley area---Sift Cupcakes.  GO.  And another plus: there is the cutest little indie bookstore right across the way from it.  Ironically, it's another branch of Copperfield's Books, the store we didn't make it to *sigh*.

Have a great week, everyone!



  1. You got Rebel Belle! I'm so excited for that book. I love Rachel Hawkins' writing.
    I agree about the cover for Minders. It's gorgeous. I'll be sure to check out your review when you read it.
    The Burning Sky was fabulous. I loved it and I hope you enjoy it too.

    It's such a shame you couldn't get to the signing. I would love to meet Stacey Jay! :)
    But still, at least you got to eat cupcakes! ;)

    Enjoy your lovely books! :)

  2. Ahh! Print ARC of The Burning Sky! WANTS :D Loved the book. Hope you enjoy everything that you got this week :)

  3. I loved, LOVED The 13th Tale but I am concerned about this blurb. It like does nothing for me. Which makes me sad because I was waiting for her to write again too! Oh well. I am crossing my fingers.

    Those cupcakes are epic looking!

  4. Those cupcakes look amazing. Good frosting is hard to come by! And loads of great books this week! I love the sound of The Burning Sky, can't wait to read it. Same with Rebel Belle, that's been on my wishlist for ages! Happy reading :).

  5. Cool haul. yummy! :)


  6. Sorry you missed the signing but those cupcakes do look amazing. I like your new books too. Come see what I got this week at Inside of a Dog and Ms. Martin Teaches Media. Happy reading!

  7. A cupcake stop? I love it. Way to make up for traffic. Sorry you missed the signing.

    Great stack btw!

  8. Gah! I'd be going all swoon-y on a few of these, too. I haven't read the 13th Tale (although I own it), but Bellman & Black looks intriguing. Minders and Rebel Belle look awesome and I'm dying to get my hands on Tsarina. Awesome haul this week!

  9. Yay for Rebel Belle! I love Rachel Hawkins so I really hope this makes it's way over to the UK.

  10. CUPCAKES!!
    Nice book haul! Rebel Belle looks really good. Enjoy your books!

  11. All of these books make me wanna jump up and down! So exciting!
    My STS

  12. Very jealous of the cupcakes, Rebel Belle, and The Burning Sky! They ALL look soooo good! Hope you love everything you got last week! Happy reading!

  13. Those cupcakes look so awesome! Rebel Belle looks fantastic. Actually, all the books look amazing. Great haul this week! Enjoy your books (:

    Bookmunchies' Sunday Post & STS and giveaway

  14. Nice haul! The burning sky is one that I want to read at some point. Fragile spirits also looks really good. Happy Reading!
    Here are my newest additions.

  15. Tsarina looks amazing! Hope you enjoy all your new books! :)