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Stuffing the Bibliotaphe Closet

06.23.2014

By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis

It’s been a few days into our official summer, which means as the summer vacation nears as does the higher temperatures, we’re all afforded the privilege of being outside.

Wherever I am, especially when I’m out, I rarely fail to bring a book with me—just in case. For those moments I’m left waiting—waiting for a bus, waiting in line, or waiting in a reception room. Or for that unexpected moment when I spot a quiet place like a corner table at my favourite cafe, or a bench under a large oak tree. These are not bookish clichés, but real places in which I savour reading.

And so, summer really is the best time for me to stock up on my personal book collection. Even if it means bursting my budget to its already-tight-and-stretched-out-seams.

That said, I, nor this blog would exist, nor be called bibliotaphic if this wasn’t my compulsion—I mean, disposition.

Here’s how The Bibliotaphe Closet has been stuffed this week:

Books for Review:

A special thanks to Random House of Canada for providing me with a copy of The Quick by Lauren Owen for review.

The Quick by Lauren Owen

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A special thanks to Simon & Schuster Canada for an Advanced Review Copy (ARC) of A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing by Eimear McBride.

A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing by Eimear McBride

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Books I (Busted My Wallet Out For) Bought:

Plain Truth by Jodi Picoult

plain truth***

My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

my sister's keeper***

Waking the Dead by John Eldridge

waking the dead***

The Salesman by Joseph O’Connor

salesman***

Who By Fire by Diana Spechler

who by fire***

Astrid & Veronicka by Linda Olsson

astrid and veronicka***

The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers

heart is a lonely hunter***

The City of Falling Angels by John Berendt

city of falling angels***

At the Full and Change of the Moon by Dionne Brand

at the full and change of the moon

Open City by Teju Cole

open city***

Mr g by Alan Lightman

mr g***

The Secret Book of Frida Kahlo by F.G. Haghenbeck

secret book of frida kahlo***

The Fecund’s Melancholy Daughter by Brent Hayward

fecund's melancholy daughter***

Entice by Jessica Shirvington

entice***

Children of the Jacaranda Tree by Sahar Delijani

children of the jacaranda tree***

Books I Won:

A special thanks to Penguin Canada for a copy of The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair by Joel Dicker, which I won through a Twitter contest.

The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair by Joel Dicker

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Of all the books listed above, which ones are you most interested in reading?

What does your Summer TBR book list look like?

Did you receive any new books for your collection this week?

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Stuffing the Bibliotaphe Closet. 12.17.2013

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Stuffing the Bibliotaphe Closet

12.17.2013

By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis

It’s been a while since I’ve posted about my book inventory and in the absence of blogging, I’ve lost track of a number of books I have either bought or received from publishers either for review or as prizes. (I think I might be getting coal this year for Christmas.)

That said, I do have books that I just recently received, which I’m more than happy to share with you.

Books for Review:

Happier at Home by Gretchen Rubin

happier at home

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Happiness. Everyone wants it. Not everyone enjoys it. Me? Well, I know I could be happier. What better way to start than at home?

A special thanks to Random House of Canada on behalf of Anchor Canada for sending me a copy of this book for review. It comes out in paperback on December 31.

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The Start Here Diet by Tosca Reno

start diet

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I’ve always struggled with my weight—except for the time when I was a long-distance runner and a member of my school’s track team. But, it’s been a long time since I’ve pounded the pavement and after two babies and a million donuts later…well…my body isn’t what it should be. That said, I’m grateful to be able to review this book in time for the New Year. I’ll not only get to review it, but maybe be able to shed a few pounds as well. I’m not great with diets (I love my bread and cheese too much), but I have to start somewhere.

A special thanks to Random House of Canada on behalf of Appetite for sending me a copy of this book for review. It publishes on December 31.

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Prizes I Won:

Iron Man Hulk: Heroes United DVD by Marvel

iron man hulk dvd

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Anything that has to do with LEGO, Transformers, DC, or Marvel, will always grab my attention—for the sake of my awe-inspired and obsessed nine-year-old son. He lives and breathes LEGO, Transformers, DC, and Marvel as if he created these toy/comic brands himself. He absolutely LOVES them. Because of that, I didn’t hesitate to enter a contest hosted by Nickelodeon DVD on Twitter. Lucky me (and my son), I won!

A special thanks to Nickelodeon DVD for this great prize! We both look forward to watching it together over the Christmas holidays.

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What have you found in your Bibliotaphe Closet today?

Are you a DC Comics fan or a Marvel Comics fan? Who do you prefer, Iron Man or Hulk?

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Stuffing the Bibliotaphe Closet. 10.21.2013

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Stuffing the Bibliotaphe Closet

10.21.2013

By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis

This meme “Stuffing the Bibliotaphe Closet” was inspired by the original meme that I participated in and which many of you may be familiar with: “Stacking the Shelves” hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. My posts will take the format of books and bookish items (including SWAG) that I have:

  • received from publishers and/or authors for review
  • purchased
  • received as a gift or prize through winning a contest

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Books for Review:

(c) Photo by Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez. All rights reserved.
(c) Photo by Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez. All rights reserved.

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A special thank you to Random House of Canada for:

I’m Your Man: My Life of Leonard Cohen by Sylvie Simmons, published October 29, 2013

The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri, published September 24, 2013

The Harem Midwife by Roberta Rich, published October 29, 2013

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Books I Bought:

(c) Photo by Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez. All rights reserved.
(c) Photo by Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez. All rights reserved.

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Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel, published September 16, 2009

A Good Man by Guy Vanderhaeghe, published May 29, 2012

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(c) Photo by Zara D, Garcia-Alvarez. All rights reserved.
(c) Photo by Zara D, Garcia-Alvarez. All rights reserved.

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Brief Interviews with Hideous Men by David Foster Wallace, published April 1, 2000

The Film Club by David Gilmour, published September 13, 2007

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(c) Photo by Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez. All rights reserved.
(c) Photo by Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez. All rights reserved.

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Dreams of Joy by Lisa See, published February 7, 2012

February by Lisa Moore, published February 1, 2010

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(c) Photo by Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez. All rights reserved.
(c) Photo by Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez. All rights reserved.

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Little Bird of Heaven by Joyce Carol Oates, published November 20, 2012

The Folded Earth by Anuradha Roy, published April 24, 2012

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Books I Won:

(c) Photo by Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez. All rights reserved.
(c) Photo by Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez. All rights reserved.

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The Midwife of Venice by Roberta Rich, published March 26, 2013

Worst. Person. Ever. (Galley) by Douglas Coupland, published October 8, 2013

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(c) Photo by Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez. All rights reserved.
(c) Photo by Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez. All rights reserved.

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Disappearance of Emily Marr by Louise Candlish, published August 1, 2013

Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens, coming February 25, 2014

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(c) Photo by Zara D, Garcia-Alvarez. All rights reserved.
(c) Photo by Zara D, Garcia-Alvarez. All rights reserved.

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The Cartographer of No Man’s Land by P.S. Duffy, coming October 29, 2013

Chasing the King of Hearts by Hanna Krall, published by Peirene Press

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What bookish goodies did you get this week?

Out of the titles listed above, which ones would you be most interested in reading and why?

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Stuffing the Bibliotaphe Closet. 07.09.2013

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Stuffing the Bibliotaphe Closet

07.09.2013

By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis

This meme “Stuffing the Bibliotaphe Closet” was inspired by the original meme that I participated in and which many of you may be familiar with: “Stacking the Shelves” hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. My posts will take the format of books and bookish items (including SWAG) that I have:

  • received from publishers and/or authors for review
  • purchased
  • received as a gift or prize through winning a contest

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Books for Review:

Sisterland

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the village kiss me first

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A special thanks to Random House of Canada

for the following books for review:

Sisterland by Curtis Settenfeld

The Village by Nikita Lalwani

Kiss Me First by Kottie Moggach

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with all my love a house in the sky

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lost luggage

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A special thanks to Simon & Schuster Canada

for the following books for review:

With All My Love by Patricia Scanlan

A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout and Sara Corbett

The Great Calamitous Tale of Johan Thoms by Ian Thornton

Lost Luggage by Jordi Punti

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Books and Prizes I Won:

Thanks to Little Brown & Company for The Feud as my Father’s Day prize on Twitter.

the feud

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Thanks to Harper Teen for In the After by Demitria Lunetta for my prize from Twitter.

in the after

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Thanks to Razorbill Canada for Creeps by Darren Hynes for my prize from Goodreads.

creeps

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Thanks to CBC Canada Writes for my Canada Writes leather journal for my prize as a Strong Beginning Twitter Challenge winner.

canada writes journal

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And thanks to HarperCollins Canada for the HCC coffee mug for my prize as one of the winners of the HCC Facebook Fan contest.

harper collins mug

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What bookish goodies did you win this week?

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Stuffing the Bibliotaphe Closet. 05.27.2013

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Stuffing the Bibliotaphe Closet

05.27.2013

By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis

This meme “Stuffing the Bibliotaphe Closet” was inspired by the original meme that I participated in and which many of you may be familiar with: “Stacking the Shelves” hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.

My posts will take the format of books and bookish items (including SWAG) that I have:

  • received from publishers and/or authors for review
  • purchased
  • received as a gift or prize through winning a contest

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It’s been a while since I’ve posted about my latest book haul, so I’ve been fortunate enough to let my book piles grow. Here are the latest additions to my reading closet:

Books for Review:

the aftermath

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constellation

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americanah

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A special thanks to Random House of Canada

for providing me with copies of:

The Aftermath by Rhidian Brook

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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mrs poe

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A special thanks to Simon & Schuster Canada

for an Advanced Reading Copy (ARC) of Mrs. Poe by Lynn Cullen

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Books I Bought:

book haul 1

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The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes, winner of the Man Booker Prize.

A Secret Between Us by Daniel Poliquin, a Scotiabank Giller Prize finalist.

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Books I Won:

everything is perfect when youre a liar

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A special thank you to HarperCollins Canada

for my prize, Everything Is Perfect When You’re a Liar by Kelly Oxford, through a Twitter contest!

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invisibility

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invisibility signed

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A special thank you to Penguin Books Canada

for my prize, a SIGNED copy of Invisibility by Andrea Cremer and David Levithan!

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What great book titles did you add to your collection this week?

Of the titles listed above, which book are you most interested in reading and why?

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Stuffing the Bibliotaphe Closet. 04.29.2013

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Stuffing the Bibliotaphe Closet

04.29.2013

By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis

This meme “Stuffing the Bibliotaphe Closet” was inspired by the original meme that I participated in and which many of you may be familiar with: “Stacking the Shelves” hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.

My posts will take the format of books and bookish items (including SWAG) that I have:

  • received from publishers and/or authors for review
  • purchased
  • received as a gift or prize through winning a contest

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My mailbox has been generous to me this week. Here’s how The Bibliotaphe Closet has been filling its shelves:

Books for Review:

Thank you to Random House of Canada for the following books for review:

hungry ghosts

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The Hungry Ghosts by Shyam Selvadurai, published April 2, 2013

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woman upstairs

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The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud, published April 30, 2013

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blind mans garden

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The Blind Man’s Garden by Nadeem Aslam, published April 30, 2013.

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Books I Bought:

vanessa and virginia

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Vanessa & Virginia by Susan Sellers published by Mariner Books, November 8, 2012.

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starting out in the evening

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Starting Out in the Evening by Brian Morton published by Harcourt, December 2, 2012.

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amaryllis in blueberry

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Amaryllis in Blueberry by Christina Meldrum published by Gallery Books, December 2, 2012.

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Books I Won:

railway confessions

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Thanks to author, Carolyn Moncel, for a print copy of her short story collection, Railway Confessions.

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What bookish goodies did you stack up this week?

Out of all the titles above, which are you most interested in reading?

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Stuffing the Bibliotaphe Closet. 04.03.2013

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Stuffing the Bibliotaphe Closet

04.03.2013

By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis

This meme “Stuffing the Bibliotaphe Closet” was inspired by the original meme that I participated in and which many of you may be familiar with: “Stacking the Shelves” hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.

My posts will take the format of books and bookish items (including SWAG) that I have:

  • received from publishers and/or authors for review
  • purchased
  • received as a gift or prize through winning a contest

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And because I haven’t be able to post since my hospitalization, there are a number of books I have received on account that my mailbox was filled to the brim in my absence!

Books for Review

review set 1

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A special thank you to Random House of Canada

for a copy of:

The Watch by Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya, published March 12, 2013

Mount Pleasant by Don Gillmor, published March 26, 2013

Season of the Rainbirds by Nadeem Aslam, published March 26, 2013

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review set 2

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A special thank you to Simon & Schuster Canada

for a copy of:

The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman, published March 5, 2013

The Silver Star by Jeanette Walls, to be published June 11, 2013

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review set 3

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A special thank you to House of Anansi

for a copy of:

Bone & Bread by Saleema Nawaz, published March 30, 2013

Clear Skies, No Wind, 100% Visibility by Theodora Armstrong, published March 4, 2013

The Truth About Luck by Iain Reid, published February 25, 2013

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Books I Won:

review set 4

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A special thanks to Simon & Schuster for my book prizes:

Swimming at Night by Lucy Clarke, published March 12, 2013. Contest won through The Yummy Mummy Club.

Perdita by Hilary Scharper, published April 16, 2013. Contest won through Twitter.

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review set 5

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Thanks to Penguin Canada for a copy of The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards by Kristopher Jansma. published March 26, 2013.

Thanks to Source Books for a copy of A White Wind Blew by  James Markert, published February 26, 2013.

Thanks to The Book Nerd on behalf of Michael Northrop for a copy of Trapped by Michael Northrop, published December 1, 2012.

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prizes - swag

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Thanks to Pretty in Fiction for this generous prize pack of Rae Hachton swag that includes signed bookmarks, stickers, and buttons!

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What have you added to your bibliotaphe closet today?

Out of the books listed above, which one would you most like to read and why?

Happy reading everybody!

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Stuffing the Bibliotaphe Closet. 02.20.2013

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Stuffing the Bibliotaphe Closet

02.20.2013

By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis

It’s been an abundant Valentine’s week where I received not only great gifts from my husband who wooed me with my favourite kind of goodies—a lamb plush toy and a set of China Glaze and Nicole O.P.I. nail polishes—I received a number of book greats this week!

lamb plush toy
Valentine’s Gift #1: a lamb plush toy from my husband. Because my daughter pronounces “lamn” as “lem,” she decided to call this little guy, “Lemon.”

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Valentine's Day gift #2: Nicole O.P.I.: Hard Kourt Fashionista.
Valentine’s Day gift #2: Nicole O.P.I.: Hard Kourt Fashionista.

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Valentine's Day gift #2: China Glaze nail polish set: #648 - Unplugged, #934 - Swing Baby, #87 - Long Kiss
Valentine’s Day gift #3: China Glaze nail polish set: #648 – Unplugged, #934 – Swing Baby, #87 – Long Kiss

This meme “Stuffing the Bibliotaphe Closet” was inspired by the original meme that I participated in and which many of you may be familiar with: “Stacking the Shelves” hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.

My posts will take the format of books and bookish items (including SWAG) that I have:

  • received from publishers and/or authors for review
  • purchased
  • received as a gift or prize through winning a contest

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Here are this week’s new items, which continue to help make The Bibliotaphe Closet provocative.

Books for Review

book set 1

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A special thanks to Random House of Canada

for The Lion Seeker by Kenneth Bonert

Wave by Sonali Deraniyagala

An Unquenchable Thirst by Mary Johnson

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Books I Bought

book set 2

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The Empty Family: Stories by Colm Toibin

Waiting for Columbus by Thomas Trofimuk

The Last Woman by John Bemrose

(All published by McClelland & Stewart)

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Books I Won

discovery of witches

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A special thanks to Penguin Canada

for my prize, A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness!

(This was on my wish list for a while.)

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What bookish goodies did you get this week?

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Stuffing the Bibliotaphe Closet.01.14.2013

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Stuffing the Bibliotaphe Closet

01.14.2013

By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis

It’s a New Year and a new week, which is why I like to start with opening the doors to The Bibliotaphe Closet to my readers by introducing new books and bookish items that I’ve been lucky enough to add to my library collection.

This meme “Stuffing the Bibliotaphe Closet” was inspired by the original meme that I participated in and which many of you may be familiar with: “Stacking the Shelves” hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.

My posts will take the format of books and bookish items (including SWAG) that I have:

  • received from publishers and/or authors for review
  • purchased
  • received as a gift or prize through winning a contest

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Here are this week’s new items, which continue to help make The Bibliotaphe Closet provocative.

Books for Review

set 1

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Thanks to Vintage Canada for

In One Person by John Irving, to be published in trade paperback January 29, 2013.

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Thanks to Corsair for

Among Others by Jo Walton, to be published March 21, 2013.

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Thanks to Simon & Schuster Canada for

The Flame Throwers by Rachel Kushner, to be published April 2013.

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Books I Purchased

set 2

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God Was a Rabbit by Sarah Winman, published by Headline Review.

See the Child by David Bergen, published by Harper Perennial.

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set 3

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Tiger, Tiger by Galaxy Craze, published by Black Cat.

In the Company of the Courtesan by Sarah Dunant, published by Virago.

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set 4

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The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White, published by Scholastic.

Stuart Little by EB. White, published by Scholastic.

Bridge to Terabithia by Kaherine Pateron, published by HarperEntertainment.

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Books I Won

set 5

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Thanks to Cecille Lumba

for The New Adventures of Curious George (hardcover) by Margaret and H.A. Rey, published by Houghton Mifflin Company.

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set 6

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Thanks to CBC Canada Reads for

Virginia Wolf by Kyo Maclear and Isabelle Arsenault, published by Kids Can Press.

Noisy Poems for a Busy Day by Robert Heidbreder and Lori Joy Smith, published by Kids Can Press.

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How do you decide which books to buy when you go to your local book store?

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Stuffing the Bibliotaphe Closet. 12.11.2012

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Stuffing the Bibliotaphe Closet

12.11.2012

By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis

It’s that time of year when we stuff our trees with ornaments, our stockings with little gifts, and our bellies with edible treats!

And The Bibliotaphe Closet continues its tradition of “stuffing” itself with more books!

Here are this week’s goodies:

Books for Review

book pile 1

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Thanks to Skip Hofstrand and Outskirts Press

for sending me a copy of Tears for Nanertak for review.

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book pile 2

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Thanks to Random House of Canada

for providing me with a copy of Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo for review.

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Books I Bought

book pile 3

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Perfect Match by Jodi Picoult

Before I Wake by Robert J. Wiersema

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book pile 4

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Certain Girls by Jennifer Weiner

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jennifer Han

Size 14 Is Not Fat Either by Meg Cabot

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Books I Won:

book pile 5

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Walrus Magazine

Brampton: The Flower City Story by Dale O’Hara

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book pile 6

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Thanks to 49th Shelf and Brick Books

for a copy of Hooked (poems) by Carolyn Smart

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Thanks to Jill Archer

for a copy of her book Dark Light of Day

and a bag of Fireball candies!

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Thanks to Nina @ Death, Books & Tea

for a copy of Rapture by Lauren Kate

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book pile 7

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book pile 8

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Thanks to Jean @ Jean Book Nerd

for my signed SWAG bundle!

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What are you looking forward to receiving this Christmas holiday?

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