Sunday, December 28, 2014

Stacking the Shelves *42*

Stacking the Shelves

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly feature hosted by Tynga's Reviews showcasing new books we've gotten a hold of (bought/given/gifted/trade/for review).

Hi all! I hope everyone had a magical holiday season :D  I was unusually organized this year and got all my shopping and preparations done early, which is a nice change from my usual Holiday rush. Then I was able to relax and take in the festivities ♥  I'm still sort of recuperating from all the socializing and overindulging, so if you were wondering why the blog was a bit quiet lately...that would be why.

This Stacking the Shelves post is a bit of a pre-holiday edition - despite it going up post-holidays. I ordered myself a few goodies before the Holidays, since I'd been really good not buying ALL the books this year. Mostly I just ordered some hardback replacements for paperback/ARC editions I already had. When it comes to favorite books/series, I get especially obsessive about having matching sets. Some of these had been on my list for a looong time, so I figured it was time...I was just a bit lazy whipping up this post.


The Way of Kings (hardback) by Brandon Sanderson (The Stormlight Archive #1), Throne of Glass (hardback, autographed) by Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass #1), Scarlet by Marissa Meyer (The Lunar Chronicles #2)

I'd ordered The Way of Kings back when all I'd read from Sanderson was the first Mistborn book. Needless to say once, I read it, I promptly pre-ordered the sequel, Words of Radiance (in hardcover). As soon as I was all caught up, I added to matching hardcover TWoK to my wishlist. Guys, these books are STUNNING, with full colour maps, artwork and are gorgeously bound.


Now. I have a story for you: those of you who follow me on Twitter, or remember past StS posts, might be aware that I've been on the hunt for the hardback edition of Throne of Glass with the *NEW* cover to match the rest of the series since BEFORE the publisher announced they were releasing it.  Yeah.  I had an ARC which I tried to replace and ended up with a stupid, ugly library bind-up edition >.<  I asked the publishers at BEA this year and made no progress that way either. BUT. I didn't give up! Once Bloomsbury announced that they were  releasing the matching hardback edition, I thought my struggles were over. I ordered a copy from Amazon only for them to send me the old, original cover. I got in touch with them and was assured they had the right version in stock and that they would gladly replace mine. And then the replacement arrived and it was once AGAIN the old, original cover. Gah! O.O  After contacting other book outlets, Canadian publishers, distributors, etc...Bloomsbury themselves came to the rescue and pointed me to Books of Wonder, a NYC indie bookshop.  Books of Wonder promptly reached out and told me that they did indeed stock the new Throne of Glass hardback! Eep! And the best part? It was autographed by SJM herself!! Cut to me freaking out and obviously placing an order the very next day. Needless to say, when it arrived I was ECSTATIC. Life? Complete.


Finally, (and on a much simpler note), I replaced my ARC of Scarlet with a shiny new hardback to match Cinder and Cress!

Oh, and before I wrap up this particularly babbly and picturific StS post, I also got a few ARCs to share with you:


Adventures through an alternate London? Yes Please! Illusionarium promises parallel worlds + humor and I can't wait to see how that will work! And even though I still haven't cracked open my copy of Cruel Beauty, I couldn't resist requesting Crimson Bound.  Who could resist something that sounds SO amazing...and looks like that ^^

That's it for me this week  ~ but there's more holiday treats to come!
Stay tuned! And don't forget to link me up to your haul posts :)

27 comments:

  1. Awesome hardbacks, my plan is to have my faves in HB as well! :) Yay for ToG especially, still waiting to get that one myself. :)
    I just bought myself Cruel Beauty, looking forward to reading it. :)
    Happy reading!

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    1. We can't help getting all the pretties right? Even though we've read them already XD And yeah, I was especially psyched for ToG (no big surprise there haha) Yay for Cruel Beauty, hopefully we both read it around the same time! Thanks love xxxx

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  2. That's awesome that you finally got your actual, beautiful hardback of Throne of Glass, Micheline! And it was signed! That's worth waiting for, right?
    I'm glad you've enjoyed Christmas, and that you still have some relaxing to do.
    Happy New Year!

    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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    1. Totally worth all my struggles, you're right Lexxie :D Thanks hun and happy new year to you!!

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  3. OMG! So jealous of those ARCs!!! I intend to finally read Cinder in January. Great haul this week. Thanks for stopping by my Christmas post earlier. I hope you have a great New Year as well!
    Check out my STS

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    1. Ooooh I hope you LOVE Cinder Lisa! Thanks and happy new year to you!!

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  4. Signed ToG hardcover- wheeee!!! I'm so happy you were finally able to track one down- and it was signed by SJM! I love the cover for Illusionarium, too; I definitely like the sound of the premise. Wonderful haul, Micheline! :D

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    1. Believe me, so was I haha! :D It's the precioussss to me. And I agree, sounds pretty unique, can't wait to see if it delivers! Thanks love ♥

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  5. The Stormlight Archives in hardcover are a must...not only are they gorgeous books, it's just impressive to see such gigantic tomes on your shelf :)

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

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    1. Yup, I could not agree with you more! They are stunning and I've been staring at the set on my shelves ever since :D Thanks for stopping by Mogsy!

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  6. Yay for Sanderson! Looks like you got some amazing books!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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  7. OMG THAT ToG STORY. The troubles. I've got the UK covers just because I adore the white. BUT that original cover should kind of be burnt (i'm sorrrrry but no) I can't. THE NEW HARDCOVER IS SO SHINY AND PRETTY THOUGH AND SIGGGNEEDD WOOOHOOO At least the search wasn't in vain!

    and " I'm still sort of recuperating from all the socializing and overindulging" You've put my life in one sentence. My blog is all silent as well. BUT STUFF IS STILL HAPPENING AND LIFE GOES ON AND IM GOING WITH IT and well, the blog is suffering a bit haha

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    1. hahaha awww, your comment made me LOL: 'the troubles.' :D I adore the white UK covers too but I NEEDED hardbacks for my set to match. And yes the original cover should never have been born. Just no. But I totally agree, all my struggles paid off in the end *whew*

      Yeah, I think there's a lot of that going on. But no worries, we'll get back into the swing of things in the new year ;)

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  8. Wow, you went through quite the process to get the hardback version of ToG! That is some serious persistence, so glad it paid off finally! And a huge YAY for Crimson Bound and Illusionarium, I cannot wait for either of those!!!!

    I sent you a tweet, but I just wanted to say thank you again for all your comments about Gatsby. It's been a rough time for us and they've meant the world:)

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    1. haha yeah, I wasn't kidding when I said I was obsessive >.< Totally paid off though :D Agreed, Crimson Bound and Illusionarium sound wonderful!!

      Awww, don't mention it dear, I understand what you're going through all too well *hugs*

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  9. Haha, what a story! I'm so happy you finally found the right (signed) copy to add to your collection :D I can't wait to read Crimson bound, but I'm forcing myself to read it in the new year (so it can count for my fairytale challenge, haha, and it sounds like the perfect book to start 2015, seeing Cruel beauty was my first one in 2014 & turned out to be one of my fav books this year)

    Happy reading :D

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    1. LOL I know right?! I am too Mel :D You're one of the people that got me so excited about Cruel Beauty...and even though they're just companion novels, I still want (need) to read that one first, before I jump into Crimson Bound XD Thanks doll xxx

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  10. Awesome! Congrats on that find :D You've got such a great and pretty haul here. The Lunar Chronicles is one of my all-time favorites. I haven't read the Throne of Glass series yet, but it's a definite WANT and has been on my to-read list for quite some time. Glad to hear you love it so much...makes me want to get to it sooner. Love the pics! Jaclyn @ JC's Book Haven.

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    1. Thanks Jaclyn, I adore the Lunar Chronicles too but OMG YES you MUST read the ToG series, it's one of my ALL-TIME favorite series!! Thanks and happy new year!! x

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    1. Well, like I said in the post^^ I already owned and read an ARC version (which I loved) I just ordered a hardback version to match my set ;)

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  12. First off, oh wow! You have such a beautiful blog! I cannot believe I have just discovered it! And, secondly, OH MY GOD, you lucky woman! Signed by Sarah J. Maas? heee
    WOOT, enjoy Crimson Bound, heard it is a great companion to Cruel Beauty - which I loved!

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    1. Thank you so much Lola! YES! ToG pretty much made my year ♥ And glad to hear you loved both Crimson Bound and Cruel Beauty - I can't wait to dig in :D

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  13. You got so many great books!! And you got a hardback edition with the beautiful cover, I'm so jealous :). At first I was fine with my old hardcover edition of Throne of Glass, because when it sits on your shelf you can't really tell its a different edition just by looking at the spines, but I've seen the new hardback edition on a lot of blogs and it looks to pretty not to have!!

    Crimson Bound has such a pretty cover! And if I have this right, you don't need to read Cruel Beauty before reading Crimson Bound. I think they're just companions of each other, like the Anna and the French Kiss series, but I might be wrong.

    I hope you like all of your new books :D

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    1. Thanks Kimberly! I know what you mean about the old ToG hardcover edition, another friend said the same thing but I WOULD HAVE KNOWN the truth >.< and I couldn't stand it...something's wrong with me LOL

      Thanks what I've heard too for Crimson Bound and Cruel Beauty but I kind of still feel like I want to read them in order...just because haha ;) Thanks hun xx

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  14. Books of Wonder is the absolute best! Living in NYC I go there whenever I can. They are always so helpful and their signed stock is amazing. So glad you were able to get your hands on that pretty! Happy reading =]

    Teresa @ Readers Live A Thousand Lives

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