Where did September go? I feel like I’ve blinked and it’s suddenly over. But that does mean Halloween is getting closer – yay!
I’m looking forward to curling up with some hot chocolate and working my way through my TBR pile. I’ve tried to be good and not buy any new books until I’ve at least read some from the pile, but these were free downloads, or gifted. So basically, I found a loophole to my own rule!
Survival of the Christmas Spirit by Aimee Horton
“Cooking for nineteen people will be a cinch!” Ever-optimistic Dottie Harris is preparing for the biggest and best Christmas celebration ever, and nothing—not even unexpected guests or running out of gin—will get her down.
But as always, things don’t run smoothly for Dottie, and it’s not long before her two energetic children, hapless husband and a nasty stomach bug wreak havoc on her carefully planned spreadsheets.
Can Dottie throw the perfect family Christmas (without so much as a swig of gin to help her through) or will preparing for the festivities get the best of her? One thing’s for sure: This will be a Christmas to remember!
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Survival of the Christmas Spirit is currently FREE as an Amazon Kindle download! My friend writes these Dottie Harris books and this is a standalone holiday special.
Genesis (The Legend of Glory Book 3) by Devin O’Branagan
In this paranormal thriller, eighteen-year-old Glory Templeton has returned from a time travel event pregnant with a child named Genesis whose DNA is predicted to save the world from genocide. However, evil forces of both natural and supernatural origins want Glory’s baby for their own purposes. Meanwhile, Genesis’ father, Zane, struggles to find his way back to Glory after nearly two centuries of living in darkness. Angels, witches, vampires, and demons come together to do battle, and the human race is the prize. A moving tale of love, courage, and fighting the good fight against evil.
Genesis was a free download. I haven’t read the first two books in the series, but the Amazon page says it works as a stand alone novel so I’ll see how that goes.
Harley Altmyer should be in college drinking Rolling Rock and chasing girls. He should be freed from his closed-minded, stricken coal town, with its lack of jobs and no sense of humor. Instead, he’s constantly reminded of just how messed up his life is.
With his mother in jail for killing his abusive father, Harley is an orphan with the responsibilities of an adult and the fiery, aggressive libido of a teenager. Just nineteen years old, he’s marooned in the Pennsylvania backwoods caring for his three younger sisters, whose feelings about him range from stifling dependence to loathing. And once he develops an obsession with the sexy, melancholic mother of two living down the road, those Victoria’s Secret catalogs just won’t do the trick anymore. He wants Callie Mercer so badly he fears he will explode. But it’s the family secrets, the lies, and the unspoken truths that light the fuse and erupt into a series of staggering surprises, leaving what’s left of his family in tatters. Through every ordeal, the unforgettable Harley could never know that his endearing humor, his love for his sisters, and his bumbling heroics would redeem them all.
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You might have heard of this book before – it was part of Oprah’s Book Club in 2000. I was in England back then and that show isn’t big over there, so I hadn’t heard of Back Roads until recently. So how did I hear about it? Well, it’s written by my husband’s cousin! After I found out we had an author in the family, I emailed her right away and she very kindly sent me an autographed copy. It sounds so intriguing, I can’t wait to dive in.
Through The Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
In 1872, in reaction to the universal acclaim *Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland* received, Dodgson (aka Lewis Carroll) published this sequel. Nothing is quite what it seems once Alice journeys through the looking-glass, and Dodgson’s wit is infectious as he explores concepts of mirror imagery, time running backward, and strategies of chess-all wrapped up in the exploits of a spirited young girl who parries with the Red Queen, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, and other unlikely characters. In many ways, this sequel has had an even greater impact on today’s pop culture than the first book.
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Currently FREE as an Amazon Kindle download! Through The Looking Glass is one of my Mom’s favourite books. She read it to me when I was little, but unfortunately I don’t remember much about it. So she sent me my own copy and I can’t wait to read it!
Mr. Men The Night Before Christmas by Roger Hargreaves
It was the night before Christmas, and all through the land, not a Mr. Man was stirring . . . not even Little Miss Chatterbox! Join the residents of Mr. Men Land on Christmas Eve as they prepare for Santa Claus and Mr. Christmas to arrive. But Little Miss Late (in typical fashion) didn’t send her letter to Santa until just that morning! Will he visit her anyway?
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Hehehe! This is also from my Mom. The Mr. Men books were a big part of my childhood, and she’s kept the collection going all these years by buying random ones as a “joke” gift if she sees something I don’t have. I’m not going to lie, I’m looking forward to reading this lol!
So that’s my TBR round up this week! I’ll be taking part in Stacking The Shelves, and also The Sunday Post. Check out some of the other posts to find great reads 🙂
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21 thoughts on “Stacking The Shelves #178”
I was reading the description of Back Roads and thinking that it sounded really familiar. Then I saw the Oprah note and realized I read it way back then. It was really good, I think you’ll enjoy it. 🙂 125pages.com
Oh nice 😀 I’m glad you enjoyed it. I’m hoping to start it soon.
Awesome books. I see that you got a christmas book. A few of your books are new to me.
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Genesis sounds full on. Love the Mr Men books! Enjoy.
Ooo, starting in with the christmas books already 🙂
I know, I felt weird talking about Christmas books in September lol!
I’m so excited about starting to read Christmas books soon, nothing like getting into the Christmas mood curled up with a nice book <3
Through the Looking Glass is one of my favorites!! (Your mom's got great taste haha) That one she got you is beautiful!
Thank you so much for sharing these! ^-^
Lipstick and Mocha
Nice haul, Natalie! I am not ready for Christmas stories just yet, even if I love them. My mind is still partly stuck in summer…
Have a fantastic week ahead and happy reading.
I’m with you – it’s weird talking about Christmas so early. I didn’t realise I had such a festive theme going until I proof-read the post hehe!
That edition of Through the Looking Glass is beautiful. I have never really read it fully – I remember being read to these shorter versions as a kid. I probably should check it out as some point, but to be honest, it has never been one of those stories I have had a lot of interest in.
I am so happy Christmas is looming ahead – I have always been such a Christmas person that I already feel like buying decorations to my apartment 😀
Looks like a fun little haul! Hope you enjoy ’em.
Thanks for the Christmas book rec, I already downloaded it, so now I’m all set with 3 books for the Ho Ho Ho challenge. You’re very lucky to know authors in your real life.
Awesome! I hope we both enjoy it 🙂
Curling up with hot chocolate and a stack of books sounds lovely. I just read Through the Looking Glass for the first time and I have mixed feelings about it. I think I would’ve enjoyed it much more if I’d fallen in love with it as a child. Have a great week!
Love that edition of Alice, so gorgeous! I’ve been trying to cut down on book buying recently too, as I haven’t had a lot of reading time and haven’t been doing a lot of reading lately. Good luck with the buying cut down!
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Ahh that copy of Through the Looking Glass is gorgeous. I can’t remember if I read it or not when I was younger.
Ah–it’s so hard to avoid buying books. My loophole is the library. I see that free Christmas stories are now showing up. I’ll keep my eyes open for them.
I love that you’re getting Xmas books already! Hope you enjoy all your goodies 🙂
I’m 36 and I still love the Mr Men books, they are so cute, enjoy this one!
I haven’t heard of any of the books you got this week, but the Christmas ones look like a lot of fun! Have a great week 😀
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Oh my goodness, the Mr. Men book is SO cute! I loved them too, and my daughter has a few now too. It’s so sweet that your mom still buys them 🙂 And seriously, September DID fly by! Hope you enjoy the new books!!