June 21, 2014

Stacking The Shelves #1

Stacking The Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews. Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual.

Yesterday I went to my favorite book fair and I set myself a budget and a book limit and it was actually the first time I could resist buying more (but that's only because I'm leaving to Australia for three months soon and there's only so much I can bring along). Here are all the books I bought (and added to that books I need to buy because a couple of books I bought are parts of series). (also, looking at the price tags I think you can guess why I love this book fair so much)

Title: How To Kill A Rock Star
Author: Tiffanie DeBartolo
Release date: September 1, 2005
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Genre: NA, Contemporary, Music
Buy On: Amazon | Book Depository | B&N
Written in her wonderfully honest, edgy, passionate and often hilarious voice, Tiffanie DeBartolo tells the story of Eliza Caelum, a young music journalist, and Paul Hudson, a talented songwriter and lead singer of the band Bananafish. Eliza's reverence for rock is equaled only by Paul's, and the two fall wildly in love.

When Bananafish is signed by a big corporate label, and Paul is on his way to becoming a major rock star, Eliza must make a heartbreaking decision that leads to Paul's sudden disappearance and a surprise knock-your-socks-off ending.
This book... this book has been on my wishlist since November 2012. I've been wanting to get this book for SO long, but I am a typical Dutch (a.k.a. cheap) and it was too expensive for my taste, and I could never find a second hand version of it. And there it was, for only €1,99! I didn't think twice and just grabbed it. Now I just hope I am going to enjoy this book.

Title: The Secret Diary of Ashley Juergens
Author: Ashley Juergens
Release date: June 4, 2010
Publisher: Hyperion
Genre: YA
Buy On: Amazon | B&N

ABC Family's hit show "The Secret Life of the American Teenager" focuses on the Juergens family and how they deal with the unexpected pregnancy of fifteen-year-old Amy. Younger sister Ashley is the no-drama outsider, and despite her age (thirteen in the first season), she is in many ways more observant and thoughtful than Amy-she caught on to their parents' separation, she provided comfort throughout Amy's pregnancy, and she is independent beyond her years. Ashley keeps a diary in which she unveils various secrets and plot points about how each character spent their summer vacation at the end of season one and cliffhangers from season two. Questions that will be addressed include:

-What happened at Grace's pre-med summer program?
-The mystery behind Ben's trip to Italy and his Italian girlfriend.
-Did Madison and Jack hook up at their Dead Parents Club sessions?
-Who is baby Robie's father? George or David?
-Amy's real feelings for Ricky
I have watched the first two seasons and a bit of the third season of The Secret Life of the American Teenager and I have to say, Ashley was a great character. I have to re-watch the first two seasons again and then I will read this book and hope it will give me some fun insight from a different perspective.

Title: Freaks Like Us
Author: Susan Vaught
Release date: September 4, 2012
Publisher: Bloomsbury UK
Genre: YA, Mental Health, Mysery
Buy On: Amazon | Book Depository | B&N

‘You’re just a freak. You’re just a stupid freak. Freaks don’t speak. Freaks shouldn’t speak. Don’t talk out of your head or the swirly clouds will eat you because sometimes clouds have teeth.’

Jason’s best friend, Sunshine, has vanished. If only Jason could push through all the voices in his head, he’d know what happened; he’d tell everyone; he’d find her. But then people don’t always listen to kids like Jason ...

A funny and compelling thriller about a boy on the edge of mainstream society.
I always find books with mental illnesses interesting, because everyone has a different way of dealing with them and there are so many different sorts of illnesses. Excited to read this one.

Title: While He Was Away
Author: Karen (Halvorsen) Schreck
Release date: May 1, 2012
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Genre: YA/NA, Chick Lit
Buy On: Amazon | Book Depository | B&N

One year--he'll be gone for one year and then we'll be together again and everything will be back to the way it should be.

The day David left, I felt like my heart was breaking. Sure, any long-distance relationship is tough, but David was going to war--to fight, to protect, to put his life in danger. We can get through this, though. We'll talk, we'll email, we won't let anything come between us.

I can be an army girlfriend for one year. But will my sweet, soulful, funny David be the same person when he comes home? Will I? And what if he doesn't come home at all..?
I have a love-hate relationship with chick lit. Usually it is really bad and I wonder every time why I try chick lit again. But this subject sounds interesting: war. Will your partner come back from war and will he be the same person? The answer to either of them is probably no, because everyone who goes to a war zone gets affected one way or another. Curious to read the story and see what the writers has done with it.

Title: Virtuosity
Author: Jessica Martinez
Release date: October 18, 2011
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Music
Buy On: Amazon | Book Depository | B&N
Now is not the time for Carmen to fall in love. And Jeremy is hands-down the wrong guy for her to fall for. He is infuriating, arrogant, and the only person who can stand in the way of Carmen getting the one thing she wants most: to win the prestigious Guarneri competition. Carmen’s whole life is violin, and until she met Jeremy, her whole focus was winning. But what if Jeremy isn’t just hot…what if Jeremy is better?

Carmen knows that kissing Jeremy can’t end well, but she just can't stay away. Nobody else understands her—and riles her up—like he does. Still, she can’t trust him with her biggest secret: She is so desperate to win, she takes antianxiety drugs to perform, and what started as an easy fix has become a hungry addiction. Carmen is sick of not feeling anything on stage and even sicker of always doing what she’s told, doing what’s expected. Sometimes being on top just means you have a long way to fall…
I love me some Music books. This is actually a book I've seen a lot in my Goodreads recommendations, though with a different cover. I didn't recognize it all when I saw it at the book fair! But even though I've seen it a lot, I never actually put it on my wishlist. Now I'm going to give it a try though.

Title: Before the Storm
Author: Diane Chamberlain
Release date: June 1, 2007
Publisher: Mira
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Contemporary
Buy On: Amazon | Book Depository | B&N
Fifteen-year-old Andy Lockwood is special. Others notice the way he blurts out anything that comes into his mind, how he cannot foresee consequences, that he’s more child than teenager. But his mother sees a boy with a heart as open and wide as the ocean.

Laurel Lockwood lost her son once through neglect. She’s spent the rest of her life determined to make up for her mistakes, and she’s succeeded in becoming a committed, protective parent—maybe even over-protective. Still, she loosens her grip just enough to let Andy attend a local church social—a decision that terrifies and infuriates her when the church is consumed by fire. But Andy survives…and remarkably, saves other children from the flames. Laurel watches as Andy basks in the role of unlikely hero and the world finally sees her Andy, the sweet boy she knows as well as her own heart.

But when the suspicion of arson is cast upon Andy, Laurel must ask herself how well she really knows her son…and how far she’ll go to keep her promise to protect him forever.
 I love me some drama. Even though this falls out of my comfort zone, since it's adult fiction it does seem like a really good story. Curious to read it.

Title: Exchange
Author: Paul Magrs
Release date: November 1, 2008
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
Genre: YA
Buy On: Amazon | B&N
Following the death of his parents, 16-year-old Simon moves into his grandparents' claustrophobic bungalow, which quickly becomes a refuge from his bullying peers. United by their voracious appetite for books, Simon and his grandmother stumble across the Great Big Book Exchange—a bookshop with a difference. There they meet impulsive, gothic Kelly and her boss, Terrance—and the friendships forged in the Great Big Book Exchange result in startling and unsettling consequences for all of them.
This seems like a good read, and hey: books about books are always great. Seems to be a dramatic read though, so wonder how it will play out.

And here the books I need to read and/or buy other books for to read:

Title: One More Little Problem (Zelah Green #2)
Author: Vanessa Curtis
Release date: July 5, 2010
Publisher: Egmont UK
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Buy On: Amazon | Book Depository | B&N

In order to read this, I first need to read Zelah Green.
My name is Zelah Green – and I’m still here.

Summer’s supposed to be good, right? But I’m stuck at home with a lousy laptop, stacks of homework to start and dad being more useless than ever. And then Caro turns up out of the blue, all heavy metal and piercings and attitude and my boring summer’s turned upside down. It’s like she knows just what to say to wind me up, sending my OCD right out of control...
 Another Mental Illness book, and the first book also sounds very interesting!

Title: Missing Me (Girl, Missing #3)
Author: Sophie McKenzie
Release date: September 1, 2012
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's
Genre: YA, Mystery
Buy On: Amazon | Book Depository

In order to read this, I first need to read Girl, Missing and Sister, Missing.
Six years have passed since the end of Sister, Missing and Madison is now a teenager. During a visit to her older sister Lauren, Madison learns that their biological father was an anonymous sperm donor and sets out to track him down. Her search bears fruit sooner than she expects, but is the father she discovers all he seems? As Madison gets drawn into a mysterious investigation involving missing girls and secret hideaways, she finds herself in more and more danger. A tense and thrilling end to the bestselling series, not to be missed!
For someone who doesn't like mystery too much, it seems like I picked quite some mystery books up. And also having it cost only €0,99 may have something to do with the fact I bought it.

Title: Evercrossed (Kissed by an Angel #4)
Author: Elizabeth Chandler
Release date: March 8, 2011
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Genre: YA, Paranormal
Buy On: Amazon | Book Depository | B&N

In order to read this, I first need to read Kissed by an Angel, The Power of Love and Soulmates.

It’s been a year since Ivy’s boyfriend, Tristan, died. They’ve both moved on—Tristan to the other side of the afterlife, and Ivy to sweet, dependable Will. Now Ivy’s heading to Cape Cod, hoping to leave the horror of last summer behind. She wants nothing more than to lie on the beach, sip lemonade, and hang out with her friends.

But then a car crash ends Ivy’s life.

As she floats to the beyond, looking down on the life she’s left behind, Tristan breathes life back into her with a passionate kiss. She wakes up in the hospital, surrounded by Will and her family, but all she can think about is the love that she lost.

But memories aren’t all that’s come back from the past. And this time, Ivy’s not sure love will be enough to save her.
Besides Mystery, I am also starting to get more into Paranormal books, as you can see here. Before looking on Goodreads, I had a feeling I could read this as a stand alone, but I am doubting and want to read the stories before this one. I also think the whole things of Angels and afterlife is something special and amazing. Seems like a good one!


  1. I admire you for having restraint, I can never stick to a budget when it comes to books. Some of these look really fun!

    My StS.

    1. Haha, thanks! I knew I had to, because there is so much I can bring in a suitcase to Australia (and I still need to pay quite some bills, so money is tight too :P) Excited to read them and really hope they are fun!

  2. I've seen so many good reviews for "How to Kill a Rock Star" and it has been on my wish list for a long time too. I hope you love it. Happy reading!

    Tsuki’s STS

    1. Thank you, can't wait to get started on it! I hope it won't let me down, though, because sometimes when I've wanted to read a book for so long I get my hopes up too much.

  3. Great haul. I prefer YA fiction but I actually love Diane Chamberlain's books and really enjoyed Before the Storm when I read it. Freaks Like Us sounds really interesting, might need to add that to my own TBR list. I hope you have a great reading week and enjoy all of your new additions :) Here's my STS.

    1. I normally prefer YA fiction, too, bur 'Before the Storm' caught my eye and I just had to buy it. Thank you and you too!

  4. I love that title, How to Kill a Rockstar, yes I would definitely pick that one up.
    Those price tags seem familiar, did someone shop at the Boekenfestijn ;)

    My additions this week ;)

    1. Ah yes! LOVE the Boekenfestijn! Too bad the one closest to home quit (Zwolle). Normally I would go two times a year, but now I can only go one time unless I want to drive for a very long time :( And yess great title, one of the things that attracted me to it the first time I saw it :)

  5. I've never heard of any of these books before but they all look good! Happy reading and have a great weekend! :D
    Stacking the Shelves
    Free to Fall

    1. That's why I love the book fair! All these unknown books are there, just waiting for me to buy them! :) thank you and you too!

  6. When I go to book sales I have to go in with a certain amount of cash otherwise it becomes to much. You got some great books enjoy and have fun in Australia

    1. I have the same thing, so I made sure I had a certain amount on my debit card; there was no way to overspent! Thank you :)



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