Saturday, June 8, 2013

What's Happening + Stacking the Shelves June 8th

I reviewed Born of Illusion by Teri Brown and gave it 3.75 stars

I reviewed Linked by Imogen Howson and gave it 3 stars

I talked about how I’ll be slowing down on the blog for the summer
In Distractions from Reading I talked about the reasons I haven’t been reading as much lately 

On my personal blog I shared my tips (along with a bunch of photographs) for DIY maternity photography; I talked about visiting Toronto and going up in the CN Tower; this week was week one of my new feature called Gilmore Girls Mondays; and I talked about being in the delivery room when my nephew was born


I'm an aunt again! My very first niece, Maddison, was born Thursday morning at 4:43am. She weighed 9 pounds, 12 1/4 ounces and she's all roley poley and crazy dark hair. We went to visit her in the hospital, and since the visiting hours on the maternity ward are pretty lenient, we ended up staying for four hours. I got to hold her for about two hours on and off (talk about aunty heaven!), and we got to see her big brothers seeing her for the first time (my nephews are 3 and 10). I'll be talking about it more and sharing more pictures on Lost and Found this weekend. 

Also, this happened:

Sarah Dessen has been one of my favourite authors since I was 16 and first read Someone Like You, so this was pretty exciting for me! A new long-awaited Sarah Dessen book (see below), a niece, and a tweet from Sarah all in the same week! :-D

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews

I got a ton of great books this week - a couple for review, won one, got a few ebooks, and I went to my local Alzheimer's Society book sale and got a bunch of books. Here's my haul for this week:


To Be Perfectly Honest (A Novel Based on an Untrue Story) by Sonya Sones {GoodReads}
Georgetown Academy Season 1 (books 1-4 in the series) by Jessica Koosed Etting and Alyssa Embree Schwartz {GoodReads}

From Ashley at Ashley Loves Books
Let the Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger {GoodReads}

The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen {GoodReads}
The Forsaken by Lisa M Stasse  {GoodReads}
The MacGregor Grooms by Nora Roberts {GoodReads}
The MacGregors: Serena and Caine by Nora Roberts {GoodReads
The MacGregors: Daniel and Ian by Nora Roberts {GoodReads
The Calhouns: Catherine, Amanda, Lilah by Nora Roberts  {GoodReads
Dance of the Gods by Nora Roberts {GoodReads
Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon {GoodReads}
Voyager by Diana Gabaldon {GoodReads}
The Witches of Willowmere by Alison Baird {GoodReads}
Atonement by Ian McEwan {GoodReads}
From the Ground Up: U2360 Tour Official Photobook {GoodReads}*
On Every Street by Karina Halle {GoodReads}
Hopeless by Colleen Hoover {GoodReads}

*The U2 photobook was this year's subscriber perk. It's a huge book with pictures from the 360 tour (which I went to), four lithographs, 4 bookmarks and a CD

*A big thank you to Simon & Schuster Canada, Coliloquy, and Ashley*

What books did you get this week? Tell me in the comments below or post a link to your Stacking the Shelves/Book Haul/In My Mailbox/Showcase Sunday, etc. Happy reading! <3


  1. Congrats on the niece! Maddison is beautiful! Just looking at her makes me want to go find a baby to hold. And super awesome that Sarah Dessen tweeted you back!

  2. Wow you had a lot of great news! Congrats.

    Happy Reading!

    Tsuki’s STS

  3. The Moon and More, ahhhh! WANT. AND MORE GABALDON BOOKS OMG YAY! Love them so so much.

  4. The Forsaken was so amazing! It was like a mixture of all my favorite books!! I hope you enjoy everything. :b
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopianv

  5. Nice haul! Hope you enjoy all them. You can see the books I got this week here.
    Tasha @ A Trillian Books xxx

  6. I. Am. So. Jealous. That you got To Be Perfectly Honest. I ADORE SONYA SONES. <3 Even though I haven't read this one, based on my love of the other books I've read of hers, you are probably going to LOVE it. Enjoy!!!

    PS: Congrats again! ;)

  7. Maddison is beautiful and I love the MacGregors family! Fantastic haul and congrats Auntie Marie!

  8. Congratulations on your new niece :) She is simply precious!! Your book haul is amazing :) So many awesome books - I hope you enjoy all of them :) Thanks so much for stopping by my post, Happy Reading!!

    Lauren @ Lose Time Reading

  9. Nice Haul! I was recommended Diana Gabaldon but have yet to read her books. Congrats on the niece!
    Here are my newest additions


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