Stacking the Shelves (46) + April Recap

Friday, May 1, 2015

This month's for-review haul made me cry. Yes, I know, HELLO GOODBYE AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!

For Review

Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith (ARC)
Duplicity by N.K. Traver
The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson
Something Real by Heather Demetrios
The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick
Denton Little's Deathdate by Lance Rubin
We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach (my review)
Burn by Sarah Fine and Walter Jury (ARC)
Deadly Design by Debra Dockter (ARC)
The Pirate Pig by Cornelia Funke (ARC)
5 to 1 by Holly Bodger (ARC)
The Fearless by Emma Pass (ARC)
Nightborn by Lou Anders (ARC)
The Disappearance of Emily H. by Barrie Summy
Jack: The True Story of Jack and the Beanstalk by Liesl Shurtliff
The Whisperer by Fiona McIntosh


An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir (ARC) (my review)


*signed* The Boyfriend Backtrack by Dawn Lanuza (my review)


Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King
Ask the Passengers by A.S. King
Reality Boy by A.S. King

Thank you to Novl, Jennifer E. Smith, Macmillan International, Simon & Schuster Children's UK, Putnam Juvenile, Penguin Random House, Faye of The Social Potato, Dawn Lanuza, National Book Store, and Fully Booked!


April Recap

Guys, April kicked my butt. I thought March was insane but obviously, April wouldn't let be beaten. I went somewhere for work where I labored A LOT but it was also fun because ALAS I AM NOT SURROUNDED BY MY CUBICLE AND THE MOUNTAIN OF PAPERWORK I HAVE. Anyway, here's the lowdown on my posts last month!



5 stars | Ready Player One by Ernest Cline | The Martian by Andy Weir | An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

4 stars | Kissing Ted Callahan (and Other Guys) by Amy Spalding | The Boyfriend Backtrack by Dawn Lanuza | Dating Down by Stefanie Lyons

3 stars | Hitched by Dawn Rae Miller

Playlist | The Boyfriend Backtrack by Dawn Lanuza

Under the Radar Friday | Author Sue Duff

Cover Reveals | Loving Dallas by Caisey Quinn | The Summer of Lost Wishes by Jessa Gabrielle | Bounce by Noelle August | Chaos by Jamie Shaw

Spotlight | Interim by S. Walden

Blog Tour Invites | Buqo YA 1: Taking Chances | Buqo YA 2: Sweet Complications | Buqo YA 3: Finding Fairytales

Announcements | Cora Carmack's All Closed Off

Campaigns | #SecretsofAttraction (for The Secrets of Attraction by Robin Constantine) | Hello World! (for Hello? by Liza Wiemer)

I want to share more about myself from now on so instead of just recapping my blogposts, I'm thinking of sharing whatever I listened to and watched in my monthly recap as well.


Since I started noting down songs I got obsessed to every day, I'm including my top songs for April!

Dojo Rising by Cloud Control

This isn't a new song (AT ALL) but I had a Cloud Control binge at the end of March + start of April and this music video guys. It's one of my all-time favorites AND it makes me cry.

Paralyse by Polarheart

I got to know Polarheart thanks to being a Pynch fanatic as their song Hypnotise was a Pynch song according to Maggie Stiefvater. (It really is.) I was so tempted to feature Hypnotise in here but it was the song for March and I really got into Paralyse this April.

Heart and Mind by Winterbourne

New discovery and new it band. AUSSIE + FOLKSY = DIANNE IS PUTTY

I Wanna Get Better by Bleachers

Wake Me by Bleachers was for last month as it was the new addition to the Pynch playlist. But the whole Strange Desire album is so good that I feel like cheating for only featuring one song out of it. But I Wanna Get Better is so anthematic and it's the kind of song you'll blast inside your car and just shout-sing along too. Love it.

Wash It All Away by San Cisco

So obviously, I'm still not done with San Cisco's newest album, Gracetown, as an earworm. It's still a constant feature in my listening queue. 

Raising the Skate by Speedy Ortiz

FOIL DEER IS NOW OUT ALL HAIL SADIE DUPUIS. This song is so feminist and girl power woo that I can't stop singing it.

I'm not bossy, I'm the boss
Shooter, not the shot
On the tip and fit to execute
I'm chief, not the overthrown
Captain, not a crony
So if you wanna row, you better have an awfully big boat


Ohmygod, you guys. I binged How to Get Away with Murder. I watched the first two episodes twice then I watched it every time I can. Then one Friday night, I marathon-ed episodes 7 to 15 from 12MN to 8:30AM. That is how much I can't stop watching it. However, I was a bit disappointed by the finale. Don't get me wrong, I still am hella curious about everything and I will certainly watch the second season. It's just that, I don't like the direction the show is going. This is how Revenge dug its own grave after the first season so sorry not sorry if I'm not particularly enthused about how they're gonna handle it.

How did your April go? Any film or TV recommendations? (I badly need TV recs, preferably cancelled/on-break shows because I have a series-commitment phobia.) More importantly, what great books did you read last April?


  1. So jealous! It's awesome that you got an ARC of Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between! I hope you love it!

    1. I'm sure I will because IT'S BY JEN! Thanks for dropping by, Chey!

  2. So many books!!! The Whisperer's spine totally caught my eye. It's gorgeous :)
    Happy reading!

    Haraiah @ Random Things In Action

    1. I know! The Whisperer's spine is attention-grabbing. Thanks for checking out my haul, Haraiah!

  3. Dianne... i think i'm finally ready to binge watch how to get away from murder. I've only seen the first two episodes but so many are out and i really want to now. but omg awesome book haul, SO many fantastic titles you received! hope you enjoy them all

    - Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf

    1. DO IT NOW, JUHINA! It's so fun to binge it because I can only imagine how even more crazy-making it is if I followed it week by week. But good luck to me for the next season because I'll be following it weekly!

      I know, so excited to read them all! Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Oh boy, what a fabulous haul! I bet you were jumping in joy when you got Hello, Goodbye, and Everything In Between! ;D

    I would totally recommend Empire (such a wonderful over-the-top show that rivals HTGAWM) and Daredevil (which is total love, but beware of blood and gore.

    1. Empire and Daredevil are actually on my must-watch! Too many friends have recommended it to me and I've read the raves on Twitter. Thanks for the recs, Cee!

      And I definitely jumped (and squealed and cried for real) when I got HGAEIB. Huhuhu

  5. Awesome haul, Dianne! So many ARCs!! Enjoy your books! ^__^

    1. Thank you, Julie! I hope April was good to you too, books-wise or otherwise.

  6. You are amazing! Enjoy! Liza @lizawiemer

  7. I really enjoyed both Something Real and Reality Boy, I hope you do too! I'm jelly of your ARC of The Fearless. That sounds like it's going to be an action packed book. Happy read this week!

    Emily @ Falling For YA

    1. I'm really looking forward to Something Real! Honestly, I haven't read The Fearless yet but I borrowed my friend's copy of Acid so I can get to it. Thanks for dropping by, Emily!

  8. ooh so many good books. I have read a few chapters of The Kiss of Deception and it is a good book. What have you started on? So many haha, happy reading :D

    Maura @

    1. I'm honestly so overwhelmed too that I don't know what to start reading! But I've read a bit of Duplicity so far. Thanks for checking out my haul, Maura!

  9. DIANNE GO WATCH iZOMBIE IT'S LIKE THE WALKING DEAD MEETS HTGAWM. YOU'LL LOVE IT. And thanks you for inadvertently giving me music recs -- I am in dire need of something new to listen to.

    1. Okay, you're like the nth person to recommend iZombie to me so ON THE QUEUE IT GOES. I love sharing music recs so listen away! Thanks for dropping by, Miguel!


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