Saturday, December 6, 2014

New Shelf Goodies & The Weekly Nutshell {110}

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)

Here's my haul for the past couple of weeks since I did one of these posts!
 For Review:
Mystery, dark family secrets...interesting!
Oooh high fantasy, dragons, looks good!!
already had a copy of this from when I met the author earlier this year! Keep an eye out for a giveaway! 
Eeeeeeep!!  Hope this is as good as Of Beast & Beauty!!
Any huge fans of this series out there? I'd like to pass this one on to someone who really really wants it! Shoot me an email if that's you! :)

Library Find:
The hazards of working at the library---good looking books come through and I just can't resist bringing them home. I hope I can make time for this one!! :D

The Weekly Nutshell  
 {Monday} What's New December YA Releases & Giveaway 
{Tuesday} Waiting on Wednesday: The Wrath & The Dawn 
{Saturday} Cover Story

Well I hope everyone's December is starting off well!! Mine is rolling right along, but honestly nothing new or noteworthy going on.  Work, read, sleep, work, read, sleep.  Oh, in case anyone was wondering, with NaNoWriMo being over---I thought I did pretty well! LOL Ok, so I didn't "win", far from it actually. But I did start something fun, got a lot of writing done (for having tons of life things that just can't be shoved aside, darn those kids lol) I did get in 16,500 words. And I, of course, plan to keep chipping away at my fun little story.  And then another story idea kind of popped into my head, so I'll likely be chipping away at both! :) Oh for those of you still craving a little guided writing time, but much less pressure: Cat Hellison (author of Beastkeeper) is doing this fun thing on her blog called Not Your NaNo. Check it out!
 Still, I missed my dedicated hours of reading during NaNo so I'm very glad to be back to it.  This past week I finished This Shattered World (SO different from These Broken Stars, but still really, really good) and practically tore through The Last Time We Say Goodbye (I haven't decided yet---review this early or wait until publication month?..hmmm). I will say that Cynthia Hand made me even more solidly a fan.  Now reading Love, Lucy---starting out good so far!!

It's been lovely and rainy here lately! Time to bust out the hot chocolate and marshmallows!
Have a great week, everyone!


  1. Even when you didn't 'win' NaNo I think you did a great job with 16.500 words! And ahhhh, Princess of thorns! Happy reading :D

  2. ChristinaBookAddictDecember 7, 2014 at 5:40 AM

    Awesome job with 16.000+ words for Nano. It's such a commitment. I participated as well and really missed reading! Can't wait to read more this month. I will keep my eyes out for your thoughts on Last Time We Say Goodbye. I also got Stolen, but may host a giveaway….I don't have the time to start a new series! Enjoy all of your books!

  3. Liz @ Planet PrintDecember 7, 2014 at 6:10 AM

    Congrats on your NaNo! It's great that you're going to continue working on it too. Some lovely books this week as well! Princess of Thorns looks so so good, can't wait to hear what you think of it. I should probably read Of Beast & Beauty first though, I've been meaning to for ages! Happy reading :).

  4. I think that 16,000 Words is impressive. You should feel proud even though you didn't win. You got a few that I'm not familiar with. Great job.

    Grace @ Books of Love

  5. I only got about 25K during NaNo so I didn't "win" either but all of my words were good ones since I heavily edit while I write. That should count for something =P

    Princess of Thorns and Girl on a Wire both sound amazing - I hope you enjoy all your new reads =D

  6. I read Love Lucy and really liked it! There's not a ton of books releasing in December that I want to read so I'm hoping to finally start and marathon The Throne Of Glass series. Still waiting for Winds Of Winter from George RR Martin so I need a fantasy series in my life.

  7. Congrats on your NaNo! And Princess of Thorns looks good, hope you will enjoy it :)

  8. I'm glad you had lots of fun with NaNo. I need to get back to my story too. That daily word count goal really helps me - I haven't done any writing since NaNo ended. Ooops!

    I've heard great things about Little White Lies - it released over here a while back but I haven't gotten around to reading it yet. I like the US cover you have there!