March 3, 2013

February: On My Shelves + In Review

Sarah Hearts
Did it feel like February flew by to everyone else? Despite hating the cold weather, I love the month because my birthday is the 1st. My shelves are sighing in contentment! Here are the books that my birthday brought me, as well as happened on So Obsessed With in February.

On My Shelves

After doing a few weeks of Stacking the Shelves, I decided to just include this information in my monthly recap post. So, this was obviously inspired by that meme, but it's going to be a little bit different for me. Also, it looks like I spent a ton of money on books this month, but they were almost all purchased with gift cards and birthday bucks!


Purchased for Kindle: The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons and The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan

For Review from NetGalley: Jennifer by Dee Henderson, Quintana of Charyn by Melina Marchetta, A Noble Groom by Jody Hedlund and The River of No Return by Bee Ridgway
Gifted/Gift Cards/Birthday Bucks
Bought at a Signing: Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi, Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi and Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

Brand New & Can't Wait to Read: A Future Arrived by Phillip Rock, The Circles of Time by Phillip Rock, The Passing Bells by Phillip Rock, The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende, The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey, Reclaiming Your Heart by Denise Hildreth Jones, Secrets Over Sweet Tea by Denise Hildreth Jones and Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Read on Kindle But Wanted For My Shelves: There You'll Find Me by Jenny B. Jones, For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund, Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers and Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Already Read But Wanted to Own: Vampire AcademyFrostbiteShadow Kiss, Blood Promise, Spirit Bound and Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead

Can't Wait to Read: Bloodlines, The Golden Lily and The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead
Purchased Because Marchetta on My Kindle Wasn't Enough: Jellicoe Road, Looking for Alibrandi, The Piper's Son and Saving Francesca 

Because I Obviously Love Me Some Austen: The Complete Novels of Jane Austen Box Set

Books I Read

15. The Aviator's Wife - Melanie Benjamin
16. Where'd You Go, Bernadette - Maria Semple
17. Me Before You - Jojo Moyes
18. Boundless - Cynthia Hand
19. The Tin Horse - Janice Steinberg
20. Boston Jane: An Adventure - Jennifer L. Holm
21. Boston Jane: Wilderness Days - Jennifer L. Holm
22. Boston Jane: The Claim - Jennifer L. Holm
23. Destroy Me - Tahereh Mafi 
24. Unravel Me - Tahereh Mafi
25. The Truth About Forever - Sarah Dessen
26. Bloodlines - Richelle Mead
27. Finnikin of the Rock - Melina Marchetta
28. Attachments - Rainbow Rowell

On The Blog

I reviewed: The Aviator's Wife by Melanie Benjamin, Me Before You by Jojo Moyes, MWF Seeking BFF by Rachel Bertsche, The Tin Horse by Janice Steinberg, Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta, The Piper's Son by Melina Marchetta, Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi



I quoted: Jane Austen {1} and {2}


I hosted: Finnikin of the Rock Read-Along - Week One / Week Two / Week Three 

31 comments:

  1. You got lots of amazing goodies! Happy belated birthday! Gift cards are always fun!

    Unravel Me has to be my favorite book of the year so far! I'd die if I got to meet Tahereh, she's amazing!

    Yay for Vampire Academy! I hate the covers, but I wouldn't mind owning my own set, since I do want to reread it at some point. I'd probably go with the Kindle editions though.

    Happy reading! :D

    Here's Mine @ Pinkindle Reads & Reviews

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    1. Thanks! I did get some great things, and I LOVE getting gift cards. So fun to spend time picking out books!

      Unravel Me was amazinggggg, as was meeting Tahereh. Hope you get a chance to meet her!

      I hate the covers, too, so I almost bought the Kindle editions too. The only reason I didn't was that I was able to get them a lot cheaper in hard copies (a box set from Walmart), so I figured I would go with whatever cost me less :)

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  2. whoa new layout!! as a fan of minimalism, I like.

    this is such a pretty post! love the cover for The River of No Return. also omg SO MANY MELINA MARCHETTA BOOKS, I am jealous. I really hope you enjoy Eleanor & Park! and umm, I totally want that Jane Austen box set now. it's so lovely! xo

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    1. Haha yeah, the new layout/design was on a total whim! I was doing it at like midnight thinking, "Am I going to regret this in the morning?"

      Isn't that cover AMAZING?! Oh my, I wanted to read that book solely for the gorgeousness that is the cover. And MELINA! WOOHOO! I have them all on my Kindle, but I knew I needed to have them on my bookshelf. I just finished Attachments the other day and LOVED it, so I fully expect to love Eleanor & Park. And the Austen box set is beautiful! I'll definitely be reviewing it soon with lots of pictures.

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  3. I don't even know where to start with the awesome! I think I'm one of five people in the entire world to still not have read the Vampire Academy series, and the same for anything by Melina Marchetta. Bad blogger! I have got to read Eleanor & Park as well after hearing so many people raving about it. I hope you enjoy all of your amazing books!

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    1. Haha you're not a bad blogger! I only read both in the second half of last year, so they are still really recent reads for me. You should definitely try to read them at some point, especially Melina Marchetta. She's one of my VERY favorite authors now!

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    1. I know! I'm in LOVE with it :) I'll definitely review it with lots of pictures in case people want to see more.

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  5. Wow! So many great things in this post. I do now need to have that Austen box set. I want to check out Melina Marchetta because your love is transferring right through the air waves to me.

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    1. The Austen box set is amazing! I'm going to write a review of it with some pictures so that people can see the quality/size/etc. And yayyyy for the Melina love reaching through the computer to you! I ADORE HER!

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  6. Oh my gosh, SO MANY BOOKS! Your birthday was GOOD to you! :D

    The Jane Austen box set is so pretty! And all that Marchetta -- I have GOT to start reading her books.

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    1. My birthday was good to me! And the box set is even prettier in person :) I'll definitely do a post with more pictures of it. AND YES - please read Melina Marchetta soon!

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  7. I keep seeing Jellicoe Road popping up all over the place -- I'm going to have to check this author out!

    I also got River of No Return from NetGalley -- it sounds sooo good! I haven't started it yet, but I'm looking forward to seeing if you like it :)

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    1. You MUST check out Melina Marchetta! Her books are a little confusing at first, but the payoff is so worth it. I love her characters so much!

      Doesn't it sound awesome AND have an amazing cover?! Excited to compare thoughts on it!

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    2. Yes, the cover is amazing -- It's one of those books where if I really like it, I would definitely want a print copy of it!

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  8. First of all, I LOVE the new look of your blog. Simple, yet gorgeous.

    Secondly, wow - I'm so impressed by how many books you read in a month! When you took your little hiatus last year, did you end up blogging about all the books you read during that time? Just curious...I've fallen behind in writing about some of the books I read from months ago, but I can't bring myself to just "let them go..." :)

    Thirdly - I'm pretty sure we have the exact same countertops! ;)

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    1. Thank you, Brie! I'm so glad you love the new look. It was a spur of the moment decision, but I'm really loving it.

      One book was an e-novella and three were middle grade - so there were definitely a few that were easier and faster reads than the others!

      I have been blogging about some of the books I read during my hiatus. In fact, most of the reviews I've posted this year have been for books I read the months I wasn't blogging. I've been able to pick and choose what books I wanted to review, as well as build up and schedule out reviews for the future. This week actually begins my reviews from books I've read this year. I didn't review everything I read during my hiatus, and I won't be reviewing everything since the beginning of the year. It's been SO nice - I have loved being "behind" because I've actually been able to schedule reviews for the future & am not always stressing about needing to read more to have more reviews.

      And haha love that we have the same countertops! And love that you noticed it :)

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  9. 1. LOVE your new layout! Not that I didn't like the old one, because I did, but this is just so...elegant! It's great.

    2. Holy wow, that Jane Austen set looks amazing. How do you like the books themselves? Good quality, easy to hold open, etc? I've wanted an Austen set for years, and that one looks like a winner...

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    1. Ah thank you so much, Anna! I changed the layout on a total whim - I just had that feeling of needing something completely different. I'm glad you love it because I do, too. I love how it's clean and simple :)

      And as I mentioned on Twitter, I'll post a review of these so I can answer all of your questions with accompanying photos. You'll totally want them! :D

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  10. Wow, this is an amazing collection of books you included here! I especially love the Jane Austen set. And seeing that you bought all those Richelle Mead books makes me very curious about her stuff. I haven't read anything of hers yet but I've been meaning too.

    AND.. love the new layout! :)

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    1. It was definitely a great month for my bookshelves! The box set is really beautiful in person - I'm going to write a post about it so that I can include more pictures and possible questions about the set. And I really love what I've read from Richelle Mead, and I didn't expect to at all. It was such a nice surprise, and the books were so addicting! I read them so quickly, and now I want to reread so I can catch any details I missed the first time.

      And glad you love the new layout! I'm in love with it, too, so I'm glad to hear that others like the change :)

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  11. That Jane Austen box set is absolutely beautiful!

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    1. Isn't it lovely?! I was so excited to find it!

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  12. I WANT THAT JANE AUSTEN BOX SET. It's absolutely gorgeous and I'm off to add it to my Amazon wishlist. Thanks for sharing about it!

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  13. so many great books!!! i can't get over how beautiful those jane austen books are- geeeze!! :) i got me before you this month-- am really excited to read it, especially since it will be a breather from my usual YA! the new look is great btw!

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    1. I love the Austen ones - probably the prettiest books I got this month! LOVE. And yayyyy for Me Before You. I really loved that book, and I hope you do too. It really was such a nice refresher from all the YA. And glad you like the look :)

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  14. I really can't stop staring at the pretty that is your Jane Austen box set. It's so gorgeous! Actually, all the books you bought this month... VA! Eleanor & Park! UTNS! Shatter Me! <333

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    1. Wasn't it an awesome book month? Birthdays are seriously THE BEST!

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  15. Oh my goodness, there are so many books here. I want to comment on them all but it would be novel-length, OF COURSE, because I'm me. But seriously, that is a lot of books.

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    1. Haha I love that you're you! I wouldn't have you be any other way. And yes, it is a lot of books. Hooray for a book-filled birthday! Ha :)

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