Saturday, July 29, 2017

Stacking the Shelves

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly series created by tyngas reviews where I talk about the books I've recently added to my ever growing bookshelf.

It's another electronic week over here y'all. My plans to go to the local library this past weekend got shifted around and, per usual, this week has been packed. It's so lovely to be able to browse my library's shelves from the comfort of my own couch. I picked up two e-books, and put holds on a couple more ((hopefully they don't all come in at once like holds have a habit of doing)).


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The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black || Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld 


I saw The Darkest Part of the Forest on someone's blog....I should make notes whenever that happens because I have no clue which blog I was reading! But someone wrote a really good review-- not overly praising the novel, but acknowledging its strengths and weaknesses and I was persuaded to give it a go. 

As the cover says,  Eligible is a retelling of Pride and Prejudice and I have a lot of opinions on it. Opinions that I will keep to myself until I finish the book (it's a quick read) and then I'll post a detailed review. I'm a fan of retellings, I think it is really interesting to see how authors interpret the context in which the novel was written and try to create something new that presents the same idea in a totally new context (spoiler alert: I'm going to write a post soon all about adaptations and retellings! stay tuned). 

That's it! Just two books for me-- I finished my two e-books from last week, so I allowed myself two books this week because I still have two real honest to goodness paper books from the library that have been wasting away on my shelves. I need to stop being distracted by shiny new books! 

What about you? /What books did you pick up this week? What's your favorite adaptation (brownie points if it's The Lizze Bennet Diaries)

16 comments:

  1. I plan to read Eligible next month. I don't have high expectations, but I hope it will be an entertaining read.

    The Lizzie Bennet Diaries is just the best right?!?! I need to rewatch the series soon. I also love the 1995 Sense and Sensibility, the 2009 Emma, and both the BBC and the 2005 P & P. But I pretty much love all Austen adaptations...

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    1. What I'll say is that Eligible is a quick read-- I have a whole post coming up about why I didn't like it but it was quick.
      I'm so happy to find another LBD fan!!! I think it's just the best thing ever :)

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  2. I really enjoy Holly Black and I read The Darkest Part Of The Forest quickly. No one does Faeries like Holly Black! Have a great time reading them.

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    1. Isn't she just amazing? I just finished the book and am going to write a fan-girling review soon.

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  3. I enjoyed The Darkest Part of the Forest -- hope you enjoy it too!

    My STS.

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    1. I definitely did! I'm glad I gave it a go, YA novels typically aren't my cup of tea.

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  4. Oh, The Darkest Part of the Forest looks really intriguing. I hope you enjoy it. - Katie

    Here's my STS --> http://justanothergirlandherbooks.blogspot.de/2017/07/stacking-shelves-29-july-2017.html

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  5. Great post! Hope you enjoy your books!

    I gave your Bloglovin' a follow! Check out my STS at El's Book Reviews

    - El @ El's Book Reviews

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  6. I would like to read Eligible :) I've seen it around the blogs, and it seems as long as I don't take it too seriously, I could like it :)

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    1. Yeah I think there's a certain mindset you need to go in with but if you're looking for a quick read, it definitely qualifies.

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  7. I love my library's digital site! That's how I get most of my audio books and it's the best. I'm so curious about Eligible. I've heard it's really cute. Have a great week!

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    1. In my experience, libraries are great about adapting with technology. Have you ever tried Hoopla? It's just like overdrive but sometimes it has audiobooks overdrive doesn't.
      Ummm...you'll see all my unadulterated feelings about Eligible soon but I didn't think it was very good.

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  8. I've been seeing Eligible around quite a bit. Anxious to hear your thoughts.

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    1. I hadn't realized it was so well-known! I'm not sure how I first heard about it...

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