Sunday, November 9, 2014

New Shelf Goodies & The Weekly Nutshell {108}

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)

I haven't posted a haul in a while but I've really had some great books come into my life so I wanted to give them some attention!  These are from the past three weeks, some in the mail, some from a recent trade show I attended, and one from the lovely book depo (which I'm so grateful for because they allow me to buy gorgeous books like that one in the middle there, that aren't released in the US until next year!)! ;)
SO. Freaking. Gorgeous. Illustrations enhanced with metallic ink!!

For review: 

So I'm just going to state a blanket "SO EXCITED" for all of these. But yea, Orphan Queen and Miss Mayhem, from two of my favorite authors---I grabbed those both at the trade show and both publishers got to witness me squealing and jumping up and down like a crazy person. No hiding my love for these two writers!!  But with it being NaNo month and me not reading hardly at all...I think I'm itching to read all of these even more because I'm "suppose" to be concentrating on other things. LOL

The Weekly Nutshell

Well, also because of NaNo, I haven't been posting much.  Do be sure to check out all the fantastic November releases & a giveaway here!  I am reading Darkest Part of the Forest and it's actually a bit slow for me. Maybe just a mood thing, but I'm not really loving it as much as I'd hoped.  My attempt at NaNoWriMo is going well---if not a bit slow. I've discovered I'm more a plotter than a pantser so I've put in a lot of time on plot and character outlining, figuring out where I want my story to go and how to get it there! :) If anyone missed my kick-off post, and are interesting in writing at all, you must check out Susan Dennard's writer's toolbox---it is chock full of invaluable writing advice. 

Don't know if any of you remember, but a few weeks ago I said I was taking on Macarons. My first attempt at baking these crazy-fickle cookies ending with Macarons-1, Becky-0. They came out cracked and hollow---fortunately they still tasted pretty good even as almost-flat wafers LOL. Stay tuned for round two! 

Have a great week, everyone! Happy Reading (and writing, for my NaNo'ers!):D


  1. Nice loot! The Sleeper and the Spindle has a beautiful cover. I also have A Wicked Thing to read. Red Queen doesn't just have an amazing cover, it is an a-mazing book. Enjoy!

  2. Oh my gosh. That is A LOT of amazing ARCs :D I wants all of them. <3 Sobs. I really hope you love them all sweetie :) I adored Monstrous. <3 just wishing I had print arc too ;p dying for The Orphan Queen too :D Happy reading Becky. <3

  3. OMG. You have the Orphan Queen. So lucky. I hope you love all those great looking ARC's that you got. Ember in Ashes has such a pretty cover. Great haul.

    Grace @ Books of Love

  4. i hope we both enjoy save me. awesome books this week becky! looking forward to reading your reviews, especially for red queen. i am trying to decide if i want to buy it eventually.

    -michelle @ Michelle & Leslie's Book Picks

  5. A wicked things was good and I finished Red Queen yesterday, it was amazing! The sleeper and the spindle looks gorgeous <3 Monstrous was a lot of fun, I was surprised by the ending. An ember in the ashes sounds good, I'm excited to give that one a try. Happy reading!

  6. Amazing stack of books! BUT, The Sleeper and the Spindle - STUNNING! Oh, how I neeeeed that book!!!
    Enjoy your new reads :)

  7. Oh Sleeper and Spindle, so jealous!

  8. OOOOOOOOOOH. I might just need The Sleeper and the Spindle--so preeetty, just in the picture! I get more and more excited to read Beastkeeper each and every time I look at it. :D

  9. What a great haul! I can't wait to see the reviews!