Book Haul #13

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly event hosted on Tynga’s Reviews.  The Sunday Post is a weekly event hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer.  Here we can share what new books we’ve picked up this past week as well as other interesting book news.

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Book Haul 13

From the Library:

Still Star-Crossed by Melinda Taub
I’m not really a huge Romeo & Juliet fan, but this looked interesting, and it was checked in, so I grabbed it.

Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock
This one’s been on my TBR list since before it was released.  And I am desperate for some new reading materials.  So I grabbed it off the shelf.

That’s it for me.  I put some other books on hold, so I hope them come in soon.  What goodies did you pick up?

Life Tidbits

  • I saw a baby sloth born at the zoo!  Yep, it was crazy, and kind of gross, and totally amazing.  I was at the zoo for a meeting, and the zoo employee that runs the committee I’m on was showing us the new Octopus and some other animals, and when we got to the sloth exhibit, we all commented on how active they were.  Then a few minutes later, tons of zookeepers were rushing into the exhibit, and we all knew something was going on, and then – BABY SLOTH!
  • I’m sort of in a reading slump.   I want to read, but I can’t seem to find a book that matches my mood.  I’ve read so many contemporaries this summer, but now I am kind of sick of them.  But fantasy isn’t really calling my name, either.  I need something that feels contemporary, but has some fantastical elements.  It’s so frustrating.  I hate when I feel like this.
  • I cannot believe it is August!  The summer is half over already, and I feel like it just started.
  • I’m trying to eat really low carb two days a week, and it isn’t going so well.  I’ve only done it two days, so far, but my stomach is always growling, even though I’ve eaten.  I’m hoping it will get used to it, because I could stand to lose some weight.  🙂
  • I watched Elf for the first time yesterday (Friday).  It was pretty cute.  I also watched Teen Beach Movie, which was cute, but no high school musical.  A couple SYTYCDers in the cast, though!

About Quinn

I'm a twenty-something children's librarian at a public library in Central New York. I've long left my teen years behind me, but I love to read YA and children's books. I have two adorable dogs. Ginger is a mix between a poodle and havanese, and Daphne is Bichon Frise. Other things I love: Favorite Movie: Singing in the Rain Favorite Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Favorite TV Show: Monk
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45 Responses to Book Haul #13

  1. Tsuki says:

    I totally get the whole book funk thing. I was in one about a week ago but I read a bunch of Harlequins and a Maya Banks and now I think I’m better. I hope you find something amazing to get you out of it too. Happy reading!

    Tsuki’s STS

  2. Merin says:

    Have you read The Art of Wishing by Lindsay Ribar? It would DEFINITELY fit your “contemporary with fantastical elements” request. Also, maybe The Theory of Everything by Kari Luna. I liked both of those books a lot. 🙂

    My StS post

    • Quinn says:

      Thank you for the recommendations! The Art of Wishing is on my To-Read list, so I think I will pick that one up! Maybe the Theory of Everything, too 🙂

  3. ChrissiReads says:

    Ooh I like the look of Still Star-Crossed. Looks like a lot of fun! Happy Reading 🙂

  4. Lexi says:

    I haven’t read either books you got (although I’ve heard of them) and the Hemlock cover is so pretty! DID SOMEBODY SAY BABY SLOTH?! They are so cute. :’) Hopefully you can get out of your reading slump soon! ❤

    My STS, in case you want to check it out! (:

    • Quinn says:

      Haha. Well, seeing a baby sloth being born maybe isn’t the cutest thing ever, but it was pretty awesome. I do think sloths are cute though. Did you know they only have to go to the bathroom ONCE A WEEK!? I just learned that this week. Crazy.

  5. I want to see a baby sloth being born!! That is amaaaazing! The closest thing I’ve ever seen at the Zoo is 2 tortoises mating.

    • Quinn says:

      Haha. It was crazy. It was just being in the right place at the right time. I did see two lions mating – although technically they were siblings, so no babies for them. 🙂

  6. Awesome haul! Hemlock sounds pretty good. I hope you enjoy everything. :b

  7. Nicehaul. I understand the need to lose weight. Hemlock was very good. Come visit me as well

  8. Hemlock was a really interesting read! I hope you end up enjoying it!
    A baby sloth! How awesome! 😀
    Enjoy your books and I hope you get out of your reading slump soon! 🙂

    • Quinn says:

      I’m so glad to hear that Hemlock is good. It was awesome seeing the baby sloth. And I also hope I get out of this slump soon. Ugh. Stupid reading slumps.

  9. Charlotte says:

    Hey there, Quinn. Pretty nice haul. Hemlock has actually been recommended to me but I’m quite intimidated by its title. Yay!

    Thoughts and Pens

  10. I hadn’t heard of Still Star-Crossed, but it definitely sounds interesting! I’m not much of a fan of historical fiction, so I’ll probably end up skipping that one but I hope you enjoy it!

    And right?! It’s already three days into August. Time goes by so quickly!

    • Quinn says:

      I actually really like historical fiction, but I’m kind of picky about it. I’m not a dystopian fan, though, so I get not liking a particular genre.

  11. I haven’t heard much about Still Star-Crossed, but it does look interesting. And I’ve heard mixed things about Hemlock, so I hope you enjoy!

    I’ve also been in a bit of a reading slump lately, but since it’s already August, the end of my summer, I’m going to force myself back into it, haha. Going to try and read as much as I can because I won’t be able to soon. Hope you break out of it soon!

    • Quinn says:

      That’s what I tend to do, too. Force myself out of the slump. It takes a little push, but then I can usually get into the flow of reading again.

  12. I have never done well with the low carb diet..I get way too hungry as well! I have heard mixed review of Hemlock, some love it and others hate it.
    I purchased Code Name Verity yesterday btw!

    • Quinn says:

      Seriously! It’s only two days that I am supposed to eat low carb, but I end up starving the whole day! I’m really trying to stick with it, but it’s so hard.

      And YAY for Code Name Verity. I really think you’ll love it.

  13. Aman says:

    I have a HUGE Romeo and Juliet fan and I can’t believe I don’t know about Still Starcrossed. Definitely going to check it out! I don’t like it either when I can’t find a perfect book for my mood. I can’t recommend anything because I’m in a contemporary zone right now, but I hope you get out of your slump soon 🙂 Thanks for stopping by.

    • Quinn says:

      Still Stat-Crossed is a new release, I think. So maybe that’s why. I do love the cover. It’s actually about what happens after the deaths of Romeo and Juliet.

  14. Reading slumps are the worst! I hope your wonderful new books bring you out of it 🙂

    Thank-you for stopping by my StS & happy reading!

  15. Kat Morrisey says:

    Have you read Kate SeRine’s Transplanted Tales series (the first is RED)? I reviewed the first one last week and immediately bought the next two. It is such a fun series and I love the world she created by combing the “Tales” in the “here and now”.

    Hope you find something to get out of your reading slump. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

  16. Heather Wood says:

    Thanks for stopping by my STS! I’ve been seeing Hemlock a lot lately, I have to get to the series soon. Enjoy!

  17. Jess says:

    Baby sloths for the win!

    One book you might want to consider for August/September to get out of your slump: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. It’s a contemporary, but it has a lot of LOL fantasy moments, in the shape of the fanfiction that the main character writers.

    Also, thank you for stopping by my blog! 🙂 ❤

    • Quinn says:

      I have Fangirl from Netgalley, and I CANNOT WAIT TO READ IT. I love Rainbow Rowell. I have been trying to wait closer to the release date, but not that it’s August, I think now would be a perfect time. Thanks for the rec.

  18. Hemlock always interested me. Happy reading.

  19. Jillyn says:

    I need to get around to reading Hemlock soon. It’s been on my list for ages! Happy reading!

    My STS.

  20. I’ve been kind of in the same place. I was reading full speed ahead until I hit a brick wall. I took a break from Thursday night to this morning on reading just to kind of clear my head and relax a little.

    On the low carb thing…I don’t know what your specific meal plan is, but beans, while technically being a carb, are “slow burning.” They help you feel fuller longer. Black beans, pinto beans. Those are great options for low carb meal plans.

    Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know

  21. Oh, I can relate to the diet anguishes…I’ve done so many over the years…and some work better than others. Hunger is a hard one to combat.

    Enjoy your week…and here’s MY SUNDAY UPDATES/MAILBOX MONDAY POST

  22. jeneaw0716 says:

    that pretty great about the zoo. I love the Elf movie! Enjoy the books too.

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever’s Sunday Post

  23. Cyn says:

    Unfortunately Hemlock ended up not being my thing and I kinda left it hanging ): but hopefully it works out for you!
    The Zoo! That sounds exciting! I hate when your stuck in a book slump! Hopefully that perfect book comes along soon (:

    Bookmunchies’ Sunday Post & STS

  24. That is so cool about the baby sloth!
    Bookwise-Hemlock looks interesting. Happy Reading!
    Here are my newest additions.

  25. LOL about seeing a baby sloth born that was good timing. Very cool. And low carb is hard, I feel your pain.
    Hemlock looks really interesting, hope you enjoy and that it pulls you out of your reading slump.

  26. Danielle says:

    Still Star Crossed sounds cool! I know how you feel, I’ve been in a slump for the last couple of weeks and I have soooo many awesome books waiting. Low Carb is hard but lots of protein should fill you up, the weight thing sucks, I’m working hard at it too but boy is it tough!

  27. The romeo and Juliet type book looks really interesting. nice haul 🙂

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