Filling the Shelf is basically Mailbox Monday or the more recent Stacking the Shelves, but with a title that suits my blog! If you’re interested in joining the fun or seeing what other bloggers added to their shelves, I invite you to visit the two hosts!
Happy Monday readers!
How was your week? Did you manage to do any great reading?
My reading has been so slow this week. I am too stressed and excited by our move to be reading! My minds is constantly elsewhere, picking colors and decorating our new place, wondering what I should be packing next, whether we’ll have great weather on moving day. I won’t be preoccupied much longer though; we are getting the keys to our new place this Friday! We will be painting and cleaning, and then the following Friday, it’s moving time!
Meanwhile I have been getting rid of some of the stress by rewatching Alias. I love me some Alias! Season one is especially good. I think Sydney Bristow is my ultimate kick-ass girl; I’ve realized recently that very often, I imagine kick-ass female leads somewhat like her (especially in UF or thrillers).
On to the books now, shall we?
Lovely selection again this week, although right now I am filling a box rather than a shelf! Persepolis and Fun Home are two graphic novels that had long been on my radar. I read parts of both at the library and knew I had to have them. Dark Tide was a must have thriller for me, too; I read Into the Darkest Corner last year and quite enjoyed it, so I was curious to know what else Haynes had in her as an author. As for The River of no Return, I just couldn’t resist a book about time travel, especially with an historical touch and such a gorgeous cover!
What did you add to your shelves recently?
One of my favorite memories from last summer was my participation to the Standalong, a reading marathon of Stephen King’s The Stand. I had been putting it off for so long, and reading it with a group of readers was exactly what I needed for motivation. I ended up flying through it, chatting about it on blogs and twitter, writing a very positive review of it and I was looking forward to joining another similar experience.
There was the It-along, but I don’t do clowns. Murders, monsters, demons, gore, yes; clowns, nope nope nope!
Which is why I was so excited when I discovered this this morning :
A readalong for Under the Dome by Stephen King!!!
(let’s hope it’s clownfree)
I bought my copy of Under the Dome when it came out… that is, on fall 2009. That’s how long it’s been sitting on my shelves. Yikes, I know! But it’s just. so. huge! Over 1000 pages. That takes real commitment, and I can be sort of commitmentphobic when it comes to huge books, even though I do love them.
But today, I re-opened three packed boxes of books to find my copy. And good news, I did!
Not only does it sound awesome, it also has an amazing cover. I absolutely adore it. And all of this is even more amazing with the mini-series coming this June! Personally, I plan on reading, then watching the show on my DVR.
So, what’s the deal with this domealong thing, you ask?
Click here or on the banner at the top of the post to join officially or learn more about the event!
Have you read Under the Dome? Are on planning on joining the readalong?
What it’s about :
And yet, on a day that should be all celebrating and great fun, one woman ends up dead on the frozen lake, electrocuted. How and why, nobody knows. Called to Three Pines to investigate once more, Armand Gamache is determined to solve this strange mystery, all while struggling with enemies of his own past.
My Thoughts :
In 2011 I experienced something that always gives me an uncontrollable eyeroll when I read about it in YA and romance novels : insta-love. Except that my insta-love wasn’t for someone, but for a book : Still Life, the first novel in Louise Penny’s Armand Gamache series, which charmed me with great characters and a setting that was incredibly familiar to me. I started collecting the books without reading them, afraid they would either disappoint me or be so good they wouldn’t last me long. And so, it’s a year and a half later that I finally pushed myself to read the second book.
While Dead Cold wasn’t exactly as good as Still Life, it was fairly close. I love Armand Gamache’s attitude: he has a secret and a past, but he doesn’t act all broody and mysterious and tortured about it. He seems to have a wonderful relationship with his wife, which means he isn’t eyeing in a sexual manner every woman that crosses his path – something I have seen too many times in detective stories. He’s also quite good at deciphering people, which I always enjoy.
I was surprised, at first, not to hear anything about Yvette Nichols. Had they really gotten rid of her for good? Wouldn’t she have her redemption story? And then, she was back. And she is one of these characters that I just don’t get; I had no idea whether she was good or bad, playing everyone or trying to get forgiveness. She is complex, and the few last chapters certainly confirmed that.
Where the book revealed its flaws, in my opinion, was in the main story. I had a few guesses from the start on who the guilty one was, and my main guess was right on the money. I didn’t feel too bright for it though; the clues were a bit too obvious, and the hints not as subtle as I would have liked them to be.
This being said, I still very much enjoyed the book. Once again, the cast of characters was numerous and original, and gave me that small village ambiance I do enjoy so much. It was fun to meet again people from the first book, but also to meet a few more. Some of them play a huge part in the story, and their secrets contributed greatly to the twists of it.
With its cozy atmosphere and complex intrigue, Dead Cold was almost exactly what I had hoped it would be! While I do wish the story had had a bit more punch, there is no doubt in my mind I will be reading the next books. And it’s even better now that I have gotten my mother hooked on their French translation, too!
Series Reading Order :
- Still Life
- Dead Cold (U.S. title : A Fatal Grace)
- The Cruellest Month
- A Rule Against Murder
- The Brutal Telling
- Bury Your Dead
- A Trick of the Light
- The Beautiful Mystery
- How the Light Gets In (coming in 2013)
“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.
Two YA contemporary novels I am waiting for this week! I have already read some awesome reviews for You Look Different in Real Life so I am really looking forward to it. As for The Theory of Everything, I’ll admit I am quite charmed by the cover!
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The Theory of Everything by Kari Luna
(July 11th, 2013)
Sophie Sophia is obsessed with music from the late eighties. She also has an eccentric physicist father who sometimes vanishes for days and sees things other people don’t see. But when he disappears for good and Sophie’s mom moves them from Brooklyn, New York, to Havencrest, Illinois, for a fresh start, things take a turn for the weird. Sophie starts seeing things, like marching band pandas, just like her dad.
Guided by Walt, her shaman panda, and her new (human) friend named Finny, Sophie is determined to find her father and figure out her visions, once and for all. So she travels back to where it began—New York City and NYU’s physics department. As she discovers more about her dad’s research on M-theory and her father himself, Sophie opens her eyes to the world’s infinite possibilities—and her heart to love.
Perfect for fans of Going Bovine, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and The Probability of Miracles.
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You Look Different in Real Life by Jennifer Castle
(June 4th, 2013)
The premise was simple: five kids, just living their lives. There’d be a new movie about them every five years, starting in kindergarten. But no one could have predicted what the cameras would capture. And no one could have predicted that Justine would be the star.
Now sixteen, Justine doesn’t feel like a star anymore. In fact, when she hears the crew has gotten the green light to film Five at Sixteen, all she feels is dread. The kids who shared the same table in kindergarten have become teenagers who hardly know one another. And Justine, who was so funny and edgy in the first two movies, feels like a disappointment.
But these teens have a bond that goes deeper than what’s on film. They’ve all shared the painful details of their lives with countless viewers. They all know how it feels to have fans as well as friends. So when this latest movie gives them the chance to reunite, Justine and her costars are going to take it. Because sometimes, the only way to see yourself is through someone else’s eyes.
Smart, fresh, and frequently funny, You Look Different in Real Life is a piercing novel about life in an age where the lines between what’s personal and what’s public aren’t always clear.
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What are you waiting on this week?