Stacking the Shelves #30

I’ve been really busy for months that I often forget to post my book hauls here. The last one I did was back in February so this is going to be a massive one.

LOCAL BOOKS HAULED:

Dare To Love by C.P. Santi
Keep The Faith by Ana Tejano
Playing Autumn by Mina V. Esguerra
Sounds Like Summer by Six Delos Reyes
If The Dress Fits by Carla de Guzman
Smaller and Smaller Circles by F.H. Batacan
Summer Crush by Six Delos Reyes, Tara Frejas, and Jay E. Tria

ARCS HAULED:

The Secret History of Us by Jessi Kirby
This Is How It Happened by Paula Stokes
Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy
Like Water by Rebecca Podos
Optimists Die First by Susin Nielsen
Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith
The One of Us Is Lying by Karen McManus
Antisocial by Jillian Blake
Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley
Welcome Home by Eric Smith
What To Say Next by Julie Buxbaum
The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

FROM GIVEAWAYS:

Blacksouls by Nicole Castroman
The Inconceivable Life of Quinn by Marianna Baer
The Creeping by Alexandra Sirowy
A Psalm for Lost Girls by Katie Bayerl

BOOKS BOUGHT:

History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
I Was Here by Gayle Forman
Pivot Point by Kasie West
Split Second by Kasie West

I have also received some signed bookmarks from Kara Thomas and Jay Kristoff (Thanks Kate! <3)

Now that I’m finally finishing college (just waiting for graduation this month!!) I can finally have more time to read so I do hope I could squeeze these in before I go on a job hunt haha!

As usual, big thanks to HarperCollins International, Abrams Books, Penguin Random House International, Simon Pulse, Bloomsbury, #romanceclass authors, Katie and Marianna, JM of Book Freak Revelations, Kate of The Bookaholic Blurbs and Jay Kristoff, Kara Thomas, Nicole Castroman, and Rebecca Podos!

Which books did you get this week? Have you read any of these books? Let me know!

Gossip Girl Book Tag ♥

Hi darlings!!!!!!!!!! So I’d been tagged twice for the Gossip Girl Book Tag, and I’m taking on the challenge! :P

I actually can’t explain why I have so much love for this show, but I just do. It’s not really perfect or anything, but you have to admit, a series showcasing the lives of the wealthiest kids from New York is bound to grab the attention of viewers.

I really, really enjoyed the setting, plus majority of the characters in this series are so attractive and are just incredibly well-dressed. I’ve also appreciated the schemes, the manipulations, the twist and the turns, because it keeps the show interesting. You’d also admire the strong(ish) friendships and fighting for true love (Blair & Chuck is my forever!!!!).

I’d also like to share that Gossip Girl is the first series I’ve ever finished (completely!), and that this is my first time doing a book tag. Weeeeee. ♥ So for the Book Tag Answers! Here we go!

Serena Van der Woodsen – The “It” book of Young Adult Fiction

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I’m thinking Illuminae by Amie Kaufman  and Jay Kristoff because it’s such a fabulous book, and it has a fabulous cover. I think bookworms around the world are anticipating its release, everybody just wants it, and judging from the reviews I’ve read, it deserves the hype. ♥

Blair Cornelia Waldorf – A book/character you love to hate 

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I don’t know how this happened but whenever someone asks me about books I didn’t like, How to Love by Katie Cotugno is the first thing that comes to my mind. Many people loved it so much for all the feelings it brought them, but I just cannot feel that because for one thing I cannot, I did not, and I will not like Sawyer. I just don’t see any redeeming qualities in him. And I just pity Reena because when it comes to Sawyer, she’s the ultimate pushover, like where did her brain go? *Sorry for this guys! I’m trying to be honest, maybe you can check my review to understand me more*

Charles Bartholomew “Chuck” Bass – A roller coaster ride of a book

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I basically felt everything in the emotion spectrum when I read Hopeless by Colleen Hoover, and just like a roller coaster and Chuck Bass, after everything that happened you still love all the feeling s it gave you. 

Nathaniel “Nate” Archibald – A book cover eye candy

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I’m pretty much a minimalist, I like simple and elegant covers so I’m thinking the “Book Cover Eye Candy Award” goes to Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard!  Oh my goodness this book’s cover is so gorgeous. I’m saving up so I could buy my own copy, this would totally make my bookshelf look better. ♥

Daniel “Dan” Humphrey – A book you think deserves more love than it gets 

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I might hate Dan forever (because he disappoints me again, and again, and again), but I do love Almost by Anne Eliot, and it deserves to be read by everybody!

Jenny Humphrey – A character that went through a drastic transformation, for better or worse

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OMG the cutest transformation I’ve ever read is from the Unmaking of Hunter Kennedy by Anne Eliot! So imagine Hunter, an iconic lead singer from a very famous boy band becoming Dustin, a dorky (but still cute) and pretty awkward high school student with retainers and glasses. It’s a must read!

Vanessa Abrams – A book that doesn’t have a lasting impression

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Oh my goodness I’m sorry to the fans of The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler, but the book did not do anything for me, not even a teenzy weenzy kilig, and I only dragged myself to finish this book, it was like a pass-through book for me. I’m considering to read it again though.

Lily Van der Woodsen and Rufus Humphrey – An OTP that could have been 

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Definitely  Liesel Meminger and  Rudy Steiner from The Book Thief by Markus Zusak! These two are the cutest pair, they’re best friends for starters, and also partners in crime. I think they had a strong and solid friendship, which would sooner or later lead to ♥♥♥ … but then Rudy died, and I’m still licking my wounds from is death, I may never recover.

Georgina Sparks – A villain who’s killing it with villainy 

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Because Mockingjay Part 2’s movie release is nearing, I’d choose President Coriolanus Snow from the Hunger Games series because he is such a pain in the arse! He is the cruellest, heartless, most manipulative person in Panem, plus he’s so creepy with his bloody rose breath and all.

Dorotha Kishlovsky – A favorite sidekick character

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This is a hard one, but I’m choosing Jughead from the Archie Comics, because he is one of the funniest person in Riverdale, he loves FOOD, and he’s pretty allergic to girls which is cute, he also gives pretty damn good advice, and during times of trouble, he’s usually the most logical. I’m giving plus points for the adorable hat. ♥

Ivy Dickens – A book you always mistake for something else 

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Go Set a Watchman (Harper Lee’s new book) cover looked so much like the If I Stay cover if it’s flipped, lol! I can’t think of anything else, I’d been thinking for a few days and I give up. Gaaaah. XD

Lola Rhodes – A book/character you wanted to love more than you actually did 

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I intended to love Things We Know By Heart by Jessi Kirby, but because of the lingering theme of misery and guilt, plus I read it while finishing my thesis, I ended up not liking it as much as I thought I would have.

Prince Louis Grimaldi – A Prince-Charming-turned-A-plus-jerk character

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This is so Harrison Shaw (from How I Fly by Anne Eliot). To be honest I was charmed by Harrison from the beginning, and I even proclaimed that his meet-cute with Ellen was the most adorable ever, but when Cam came back to the picture, and Harrison’s true colors, the psycho inside him, showed itself immediately after.

There we go, my complete answers! I have so many Anne Eliot answers because I swear her books are so, so good! ♥ And I’m tagging these pretty ladies, hope you’re up for the challenge! Tag you’re it!

I want to thank JM of the Book Freak Revelations and Miel of Bookish and Awesome, for tagging me! I really, really, took much pleasure in doing this! Sending some love to you guys and to all the Gossip Girl lovers out there. <3 <3 <3

You know you love me, xoxo. ♥

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Things We Know by Heart by Jessi Kirby (ARC)

17571215Title: Things We Know by Heart
Author: Jessi Kirby
Publication Date: April 21st 2015 by HarperTeen
Rating:★★★★★
Amazon // B&N // Book Depository // Goodreads

Synopsis

When Quinn Sullivan meets the recipient of her boyfriend’s donated heart, the two form an unexpected connection.

After Quinn loses her boyfriend, Trent, in an accident their junior year, she reaches out to the recipients of his donated organs in hopes of picking up the pieces of her now-unrecognizable life. She hears back from some of them, but the person who received Trent’s heart has remained silent. The essence of a person, she has always believed, is in the heart. If she finds Trent’s, then maybe she can have peace once and for all.

Risking everything in order to finally lay her memories to rest, Quinn goes outside the system to track down nineteen-year-old Colton Thomas—a guy whose life has been forever changed by this priceless gift. But what starts as an accidental run-in quickly develops into more, sparking an undeniable attraction. She doesn’t want to give in to it—especially since he has no idea how they’re connected—but their time together has made Quinn feel alive again. No matter how hard she’s falling for Colton, each beat of his heart reminds her of all she’s lost…and all that remains at stake

 

I’ve never read Jessi Kirby’s previous books, nor heard of her before I came across this title in Edelweiss. I browsed the title and I was captivated by the blurb.

I was on a reading slump when I picked up this title and I am very glad I did because I read it in less than a day. I was in awe of how incredible Kirby’s style of writing is. I vowed to read her other books. The book is incredibly honest and heartfelt. I was very much attracted by the start and it’s caliber never faded throughout the end. I just fell in love with this book from the start.

“I feel guilty for knowing a part of his life that he doesn’t realize I do…”

Quinn’s character is very easy to love and empathize with. It speaks of loss, longing and grief. Her character just made its way into my heart immediately. I felt so connected to her.

I have to say I fell in love with Colton’s character from the first time he appeared in the book. His character is just so adorable, sweet and ideal. He gripped my heart so tight. His chemistry with Quinn is spot on and very real.

“You can’t be sorry for something you had no control over.”

Another thing I loved from this book is that the chemistry wasn’t banked on insta-love. I saw it grow between them, which is really great because it felt like I’m seeing them fall in love in my own eyes.

I love how this book speaks of grief but at the same time it showcases how one can find him/herself in dark times and come back stronger and a million times better because of the power of love. Cheesy as it may sound, but it’s true isn’t it?

“That was a pretty dark time of my life and you… You’re like light, after all that.”

I think I’m one of the few early readers of this novel and I am very much excited to share the wonders of this book. I’ve seen some reviews of this book and we, very much, agree that this book is well-written and we cannot wait for its release!

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