Stacking The Shelves #35

stacking the shelves

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, that spotlights the books we are adding to our shelves; whether they be virtual of physical.

Most of my books came during the week, but there are a couple that are delayed because of the snow. We didn’t get snow but Amazon just couldn’t be a good little retailer and send all of my books in 1-2 shipments. I’m not mad because I’m glad they were able to get these out the door. I told you I went on a book-buying binge and if my fingers had not cramped up when they did, I might have went overboard. Now, I definitely have to get that bookcase I was looking at in the furniture store. No more procrastinating on that front because the piles on my floor in front of the shelf I currently have are getting out of hand and I have to keep my cat out of that room.

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Review: Bonita Avenue by Peter Buwalda

22237471Release Date: January 13th 2015

Publisher: Hogarth (first published in 2010)

Genres: Literary Fiction

Format: Hardcover

Source: Publisher via Blogging For Books

My Rating: 3 Umbrellas

Find It: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | Book Depository

 

Siem Sigerius is a beloved, brilliant professor of mathematics with a promising future in politics. His family—including a loving wife, two gorgeous, intelligent stepdaughters and a successful future son-in-law—and carefully appointed home in the bucolic countryside complete the portrait of a comfortable, morally upright household. But there are elements of Siem’s past that threaten to upend the peace and stability that he has achieved, and when he stumbles upon a deception that’s painfully close to home, things begin to fall apart. A cataclysmic explosion in a fireworks factory, the advent of internet pornography, and the reappearances of a discarded, dangerous son all play a terrible role in the spectacular fragmentation of the Sigerius clan.

 

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Stacking The Shelves #27

stacking the shelves

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews that spotlights books we are adding to our shelves, whether they be virtual or physical. After my one-click binge, I decided that I will not buy any more books THIS year. Though, I made it clear to everyone who will be buying gifts, that I only wish for books or bookish things. Haha! So we shall see what I get for Christmas. Here are the books I’ve added this week to my shelf.

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NetGalley

The Miracle Girl by Andrew Roe

Song of Blood & Stone by L. Penelope

Booklook Bloggers

Both of Me by Jonathon Friesen

Blogging For Books

Bonita Avenue: A Novel by Peter Buwalda

Hopefully, I will enjoy each of these books. What books did you add to your shelves this week?

ARC Review: How To Tell Toledo From The Night Sky by Lydia Netzer

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Title: How To Tell Toledo From The Night Sky

Author: Lydia Netzer

Release Date: July 1, 2014

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Format: eARC (352 pages)

Source: Net Galley

Genre: Contemporary/Literary Fiction

Rating: 4 Stars

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Pre-Order: Amazon


From Goodreads: Beyond the skyline of Toledo stands the Toledo Institute of Astronomy, the nation’s premier center of astronomical discovery and a beacon of scientific learning for astronomers far and wide. One of these is George Dermont, a dreamer and a man of deep faith, who’s trying to prove the scientific existence of a Gateway to God, and speaks to ancient gods and believes they speak back. Its newest star is Irene Sparks, a pragmatist and mathematician invited to lead the Institute’s work on a massive superconductor being constructed below Toledo. This would be a scientist’s dream come true, but it’s particularly poignant for Irene who has been in self-imposed exile from Toledo and her estranged alcoholic mother, Bernice. When Bernice dies unexpectedly, Irene resolves to return to Toledo, and sets in motion a series of events which place George and Irene on a collision course with love, destiny and fate.


George and Irene were born to be together. Literally. Their mothers, friends since childhood, hatched a plan to get pregnant together, raise the children together and then separate them so as to become each other’s soulmates as adults. Can true love exist if engineered from birth?


 

How to put this in simple words………

Two girls grow up together, plan out the lives of their children to be soul mates through science and astrology. Did you get that? Okay, moving on….

This has got to be the most bizarre, brilliant story I’ve read. It is absolutely perfect, and sad, and funny. How do you recover from reading about the strangest arranged marriage there ever was? George and Irene, the souls that are destined to be together.

You have to read this book. Not only did the author pull off this crazy, unbelievable story, but it makes you believe in something greater than this world we live in.

Filled with sadness, humor, unrequited love, science, and a whole lot of nerdy things, this is a book that you will not put down until the end. I had so many “what?” moments while reading this. Seriously, how did she come up with something like this? A very great book, and I definitely recommend reading it.

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