Stacking the Shelves: 06.03.2012

Stacking the Shelves: 06.03.2102

By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez

Stacking the Shelves really should be a monthly meme, but for book fanatics like myself (and most likely you), this just doesn’t seem realistic.

Is your library card tattered and torn or pristine from delicate handling and care?


Does your librarian recognize you and call you by name?

(Me as a librarian.) (c) Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez.


Do you stand outside just before your local bookstore opens on a Saturday hoping to beat out the crowd?


Do you have a book database like Goodreads or Library Thing that you actually update?


Do you accidentally purchase duplicate copies of books because you don’t realize you already own one?


Do you have a separate budget specifically set out for book purchases?


Does your partner sigh, roll his/her eyes when you show your newly-filled tote bag full of new book buys because well…you already own more than 1000+ books…and went book shopping—umm…yesterday?!?

“Oh, come on! Didn’t you already buy books YESTERDAY?!?!”


Do you frequent the book aisles with fervour and anticipation of a great find?


Are you a registered, subscribed, or book club member at a retail store?


Are you part of a book club?

The Little Book Club: M&M reading. (c) Photo by Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez. All rights reserved.


Does your email inbox flood with bookish promotions and book blogs?


Are you an obsessed faithful book blogger that maintaining your blog almost feels like a full-time job?

My creative, yet cluttered workspace used primarily to book blog and stay in touch with you! (c) Photo by Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez. All rights reserved.

Do you stalk your mailbox hoping for a new package delivery?

Do you gush at the mail-person because he or she has finally arrived?


Do you go as far as to wear bookish jewellery?


Do you make friends with other book bloggers because they are the only other people in the world who understand your book obsession?

Fellow bloggers I met at the Random House Blog Fest! (c) Photos and collage by Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez. All rights reserved.


Oh, dear—I could go on, but I’m keeping all of us away from our reading—and the stacking of our shelves!


So, you get my drift—or you think I’m absolutely nuts—about books. And yes, you’re right on both counts. Yay! I’m glad we’re on the same page here.


So, here’s my stack for the week:

Books that I bought:


Every Lost Country by Steven Heighton

I chose this book in consideration that I’m currently reading Steven Heighton’s collection of short stories, The Dead Are More Visible, which is excellent.

From the Chapters-Indigo website:

Lewis Book, a doctor with a history of embroiling himself in conflicts, and his daughter, Sophie, travel to Nepal to join a climbing expedition. One evening, as Sophie sits on the border between China and Nepal, watching the sun set over the Himalayas, she spots a group of Tibetan refugees fleeing from Chinese soldiers. When shooting starts, Dr. Book rushes toward the ensuing melee, ignoring the objections of Lawson, the expedition leader, who doesn’t want to get involved and spoil his chance to be the first climber to summit Kyatruk. Lawson is further enraged when Amaris, a Chinese-Canadian filmmaker recording the expedition, joins Book with her camcorder in hand. When the surviving Tibetans are captured just short of the border, Lawson and Sophie look on helplessly as Book and Amaris are taken away with them, down the glacier into China. From that point, Lawson continues his ascent, and the fugitives are caught in an explosive and thrilling pursuit that will test their convictions, courage, and endurance.

An Atlas of Impossible Longing by Anuradha Roy

I have always been a fan of Anuradha Roy, so when I discovered her new book, I had to buy it and add it to my collection.

From the Chapters-Indigo website:

On the outskirts of a small town in Bengal, a family lives in solitude in their vast new house. Here, lives intertwine and unravel. A widower struggles with his love for an unmarried cousin. Bakul, a motherless daughter, runs wild with Mukunda, an orphan of unknown caste adopted by the family. Confined in a room at the top of the house, a matriarch goes slowly mad; her husband searches for its cause as he shapes and reshapes his garden. As Mukunda and Bakul grow, their intense closeness matures into something else, and Mukunda is banished to Calcutta. He prospers in the turbulent years after Partition, but his thoughts stay with his home, with Bakul, with all that he has lost-and he knows that he must return.


The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

Okay, I must confess—I did an evil thing. I watched the movie first before reading the book. I couldn’t help it. It was movie night and the temptation was strong. (Might I also add that I think Michael Craig is sexy! Yes, in that

“I’m not classically good-looking, but I’ll charm you with my British accent and my grey eyes…” thing.)

Daniel Craig


Yes, that.

But, I’m a bibliotaphe, so I couldn’t resist picking up the book, too. I’ve been waiting a while to do so, so I’m ecstatic that the day finally came!

From the Chapters-Indigo website:

Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared off the secluded island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger family. There was no corpse, no witnesses, no evidence. But her uncle, Henrik, is convinced that she was murdered by someone from her own deeply dysfunctional family. Disgraced journalist Mikael Blomkvist is hired to investigate, but he quickly finds himself in over his head. He hires a competent assistant: the gifted and conscience-free computer specialist Lisbeth Salander, and the two unravel a dark and appalling family history. But the Vangers are a secretive clan, and Blomkvist and Salander are about to find out just how far they are prepared to go to protect themselves.


Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

Who can resist a (sexy) fallen angel doing a back-flip on a cover of a book? Who can resist the $4.99 price?!? Enough said. Hush, now—it’s okay. I bought the book!

From the Chapters-Indigo website:

For Nora Grey, romance was not part of the plan. At least, not until Patch came along. With his easy smile and probing eyes, Nora is drawn to him against her better judgment. But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora’s not sure who to trust-she can’t decide whether she should fall into Patch’s arms or run and hide from him. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth more unsettling than any feeling Patch evokes. For Nora stands amid an ancient battle between the immortal and those who have fallen-and choosing the wrong side will cost her life. 

Divergent by Veronica Roth

I’ve been out of my faction for a while now. All this hoopla about this book and rightly so. I peeked at a few pages and then had to pry the book out of my hands so I could continue reading my scheduled book for review. And when I say, pry, I mean PRY. I visited the bookstore often just to look (and touch) this book. I was spending more money in gas than I would if I had just picked up the book and bought it. So, that’s what I finally did.

From the Chapters-Indigo website:

In Beatrice Prior”s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue?Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is?she can”t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are?and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she”s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she”s kept hidden from everyone because she”s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.


Books I won:


A special thanks to Amber Scott for my win of her book, Irish Moon and Book Club Buddy for my won of The Uninvited Guests by Sadie Jones from Random House of Canada.


And a special thank you to Lesley Livingston for her generous book prize: The Wondrous Strange Trilogy!  Signed! YES—ALL THREE BOOKS!

Max and her new toys! (c) Photo by Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez. All rights reserved.


And even Max was lucky this week! It was her 11th birthday on April 23 and she won a birthday prize package from the awesome folks at! To see her featured on their site you can visit here.

Woof! Woof! She loves her new toys! Thanks from me and Max!


Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. To add your blog to the meme, you can visit here.


What did you stack your shelf with this week?



3 thoughts on “Stacking the Shelves: 06.03.2012”

  1. I’ve had The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Divergent sitting on my bookshelf for ages. I haven’t gotten around to reading them yet because I can’t seem to stay away from the library, lol. Happy reading!

  2. This is hilarious. I wandered over ’cause of your funny answer on my giveaway… to enter your giveaway back & got totally sidetracked.

    I keep trying to pretend that blogging is just a fun side-hobby, but it takes priority before any other job every morning. The pic of your corner is totally awesome.

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