STACKING THE SHELVES (#12): April 21-27

Wow, it’s been another pitiful week and my sad, sad Stacking of the Shelves saga continues. It seems like all I spend money on these days are uni course books. Ugh. I’m finishing up a huge presentation that has kept me from reading for the the past THREE WEEKS and once that is done tomorrow, I will get all those reviews I wrote up and scheduled. Sigh. I can’t wait. Anyway, here’s the three books that I managed to buy that didn’t have anything to do with Mozart or discourse analysis or whatever uni has in store for me ALL. THE. FREAKING. TIME. I hope you guys had a lot more time to enjoy your lovely books than me this week! Cheers!

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The D.U.F.F. by Kody Keplinger

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Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe, Half Bad by Sally Green

WAITING ON WEDNESDAY: Beowulf by J.R.R. Tolkien

You guys don’t understand how epically excited I am over the release of J.R.R. Tolkien‘s Beowulf translation on May 22 through HarperCollins. I feel like I’ve waited ages for this to happen, and now that I have my preorder notice in my mailbox, I am beyond thrilled. One of the hardest uni exams I ever had to take was an oral exam in medieval studies, and a great portion of it featured Beowulf amongst other literary works of its time in both original and translated versions. Ever since, Beowulf has always had a special place in my heart because it was the only epic poem that I actually had fun with while delving into its verses and history. However, I always held out for a greater translation, for something that would move my heart a little bit more than the ones I had worked with before. So now to have its translation by my favourite writer of all time finally in such close proximity, it kind of feels like a miracle to me to have it featured in a Waiting On Wednesday post. I adore the cover so much, too! It’s so simple yet fits perfectly and is worthy of the content. Anyway, YAY! The wait isn’t long now! This book will make me so, so, so happy!

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The translation of Beowulf by J.R.R. Tolkien was an early work, very distinctive in its mode, completed in 1926: he returned to it later to make hasty corrections, but seems never to have considered its publication. This edition is twofold, for there exists an illuminating commentary on the text of the poem by the translator himself, in the written form of a series of lectures given at Oxford in the 1930s; and from these lectures a substantial selection has been made, to form also a commentary on the translation in this book. From his creative attention to detail in these lectures there arises a sense of the immediacy and clarity of his vision. It is as if he entered into the imagined past: standing beside Beowulf and his men shaking out their mail-shirts as they beached their ship on the coast of Denmark, listening to the rising anger of Beowulf at the taunting of Unferth, or looking up in amazement at Grendel s terrible hand set under the roof of Heorot. But the commentary in this book includes also much from those lectures in which, while always anchored in the text, he expressed his wider perceptions. He looks closely at the dragon that would slay Beowulf snuffling in baffled rage and injured greed when he discovers the theft of the cup ; but he rebuts the notion that this is a mere treasure story , just another dragon tale . He turns to the lines that tell of the burying of the golden things long ago, and observes that it is the feeling for the treasure itself, this sad history that raises it to another level. The whole thing is sombre, tragic, sinister, curiously real. The treasure is not just some lucky wealth that will enable the finder to have a good time, or marry the princess. It is laden with history, leading back into the dark heathen ages beyond the memory of song, but not beyond the reach of imagination.
Sellic spell, a marvellous tale , is a story written by Tolkien suggesting what might have been the form and style of an Old English folk-tale of Beowulf, in which there was no association with the historical legends of the Northern kingdoms.

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STACKING THE SHELVES (#11): April 14 – 20

ALL the preorders came in during the week (well, not all, but the majority of my purchases were preorders – as in 3 in 5), so this will turn out to be an amazing Easter Weekend for me! Coming home to books you’ve been super excited about is probably the best reward for a stressful week at uni, right? I intend to roll around in bed with my books, food (aka tons of chocolate and the likes) and lots of sleep all day today, so I’m keeping this post short and sweet! Here’s my Stacking of the Shelves for this week! Yay! Happy reading to everyone! 🙂

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Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella, If I Stay by Gayle Forman, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han, Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout, What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick

WAITING ON WEDNESDAY: Oblivion by Kelly Creagh

ImageI am super giddy over my pick for Waiting on Wednesday, the very amazing weekly feature hosted by Breaking the Spine, this week!

The love I have for Kelly Creagh‘s Nevermore series is endless. Seriously, both first instalments of the trilogy, Nevermore and Enshadowed, respectively, have been favourites of mine ever since I started delving into the young adult categories and found these underrated little gems in the Kindle store. They are perfect autumn reads with their eerie atmosphere, but I’ve caught myself rereading them in every season at least once. Creagh’s books were inspired by none other than Edgar Allan Poe, one of my most favourite writers, and his terror tales and are based in a universe where uncanny and terryfing forces go a-creeping as a result of an introverted and misunderstood teenage boy’s imagination. I love Creagh’s characters and how peculiar and creepy they are (Pinfeathers, I want to marry you!) and how well her phantasmal world works with the normal life female protagonist Isobel is caught up in.

I feel like I’ve been waiting ages for the final book in the series, Oblivion, which now has an expected release date of August 26th through Atheneum Books for Young Readers. Just look at that beautiful cover and get acquainted with the first two books here and here to compensate for the lack of a synopsis as of yet! 😉

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TEASER TUESDAY (#10): Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

Teaser Tuesdays hosted by Should Be Reading are back! This week, I decided on a teaser from Pushing the Limites by Katie McGarry to celebrate the amazing sequel news of Noah and Echo’s story in Breaking the Rules to be released December 30th. If you haven’t yet checked this author out, be sure to do so if you love a really, really great contemporary romance. McGarry’s characters are the real deal, and the book is an incredibly hopeful and encouraging read for everyone who’s ever felt anxious about their future or felt trapped in their past. It helped me a lot on how to deal with grief and other obstacles thrown in your way and is one of my favourite books in this genre, so I can only ever recommend it! 🙂

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two “teaser” sentences from that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists!

NImageo matter how I tightened my grip, the strands kept falling from my fingers, a shower of water from the sky. I rested my forehead against hers.

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STACKING THE SHELVES (#10): April 1 – 13

I’m back with the amazing Tynga’s Reviews feature of the Stacking of the Shelves! Yay!

I didn’t think uni would completely boycott my will for free time once the summer semester started, but looks like there isn’t going to be much of anything but class work in my near future until the end of probably July. So while I got overly overwhelmed the past couple of weeks, I’ve somehow gotten my schedule under control and have finally been able to plan some blog business. I am back with my regular schedule from now on! Another yay! I am so behind on my personal reading, it’s frustrating, so I haven’t really felt like picking up that many new books (evidently eBooks are a whole different thing, as you can see, but that loney, lonely single paperback just breaks my heart). I can’t really pick up a lot of real copies while classes are ongoing because I’m at my apartment during the week and then heading to my parents’ house over the weekends, and I am a tiny person, so no heavy lifting for me. Thank God for eReaders! I also finally managed to try out my local library’s eBook rental, so let’s see how Ward’s series kicks off!

Anyway, enough with the rambling, here are my newest bookish acquisitions! (I can’t wait to get to read them over Easter Weekend!)

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The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

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Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher, Dark Lover by J.R. Ward, Reasonable Doubt: Volume 1 by Whitney Gracia Williams

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Toxic Heart by Theo Lawrence, Out of the Shallows by Samantha Young, We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

READ IN: March

Oh well, it’s not like I didn’t see it coming. I read a devastating 11 books this month. There’s really not a whole much to say about this debacle other than that I hate you even more now, studying! Real life is quite audacious, taking away my reading time. Ugh. Anyway, here’s the books I’ve managed to squeeze into my schedule (despite music theory being a pain in my ass), their ratings and Goodreads links! Enjoy!

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4 Stars
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

3 Stars
Ringer by C.J. Duggan (ebook), The Underdog by Markus Zusak, Sean Griswold’s Head by Lindsey Leavitt (ebook), Can You Keep A Secret? by Sophie Kinsella

2 Stars
The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski, In Honor by Jessi Kirby (ebook), Easy by Tammara Webber (ebook), See Me by Wendy Higgins, Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

1 Star
The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski (ebook)