Saturday, May 21, 2016

The “All The Books I Forgot To Show You” Book Haul

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. I get to show off all the books I’ve gotten recently.

So, I’m really bad at remembering to put books in my book hauls. I realize that forgetting to put books in a book haul sounds idiotic, but let me explain. I usually buy a bunch of books at once, chuck them on my TBR shelf, and write a book haul post weeks or months later. Sometimes, I accidently leave a few books out.

I was rearranging my TBR shelf and discovered that I have quite a few books that I don’t remember showing you. I’ve had some of these for almost a year. I guess this is a “better late than never” book haul post. Let me know if you’ve read any of these.

This Side of Providence – Rachel M. Harper

Arcelia Perez fled Puerto Rico to escape a failed marriage and a history of abuse, but instead of finding her piece of the American dream, she ends up on the wrong side of Providence. With three young children, Arcelia follows a rocky path that ultimately leads to prison and an agonizing drug withdrawal. But her real challenge comes when she’s released and must figure out how to stay clean and reunite the family that has unraveled in her absence. 
Through rotating narrators, we hear from the characters whose lives and futures are inextricably linked with Arcelia’s own uncertain fate: her charming, street-savvy son, Cristo, and brilliant daughter Luz; their idealistic teacher, Miss Valentin, who battles her own demons; and the enigmatic Snowman, her landlord and confidante.

Oranges are not the only fruit – Jeanette Winterson

This is the story of Jeanette, adopted and brought up by her mother as one of God's elect. Zealous and passionate, she seems destined for life as a missionary, but then she falls for one of her converts. 
At sixteen, Jeanette decides to leave the church, her home and her family, for the young woman she loves. Innovative, punchy and tender, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit is a few days ride into the bizarre outposts of religious excess and human obsession.

Rosemary’s Baby – Ira Levin

Rosemary and Guy Woodhouse, an ordinary young couple, settle into a New York City apartment, unaware that the elderly neighbors and their bizarre group of friends have taken a disturbing interest in them. But by the time Rosemary discovers the horrifying truth, it may be far too late!

Life as we knew it – Susan Beth Pfeffer

Miranda’s disbelief turns to fear in a split second when a meteor knocks the moon closer to the earth. How should her family prepare for the future when worldwide tsunamis wipe out the coasts, earthquakes rock the continents, and volcanic ash blocks out the sun? As summer turns to Arctic winter, Miranda, her two brothers, and their mother retreat to the unexpected safe haven of their sunroom, where they subsist on stockpiled food and limited water in the warmth of a wood-burning stove. 
Told in journal entries, this is the heart-pounding story of Miranda’s struggle to hold on to the most important resource of all—hope—in an increasingly desperate and unfamiliar world.

Brides of Eden – Linda Crew

When, in 1903, the fiery preacher Joshua arrives in sleepy Corvallis, Oregon, Eva Mae—and the whole town—is never the same again. 
Joshua is wonderful. He's charismatic. Insisting on simplicity, he commands his converts to burn their possessions. Demanding devotion to Christ, he tells them to abandon their personal ties. 
But there's a surge of violence rising, and before it's over, families will be ripped apart and lives will be destroyed. Eva Mae's gripping true story is a stranger-than-fiction tale of a turn-of-the-century apocalyptic cult.

UnBound – Neal Shusterman

In the latest installment of this sequence, Shusterman—along with collaborators Terry Black, Michelle Knowlden, Brendan Shusterman, and Jarrod Shusterman—explores even more aspects of a world that has accepted the unacceptable. These short stories examine the world of unwinding in a way we haven’t seen before, providing a fresh framework, new characters, and a different take on some events.


  1. I know how you feel. For some reason, there's always at least one book I forget to tell people I'm reading.

    I started reading Life As We Knew It because I was in the mood for an end of the world scenario, but decided to save it for another day. Instead I ended up reading The Road by Cormac McCarthy which was a pretty devastating story.

  2. This Side of Providence looks interesting. Hope you enjoy them all!

  3. Life As We Knew It is one of my favorite books!

    Enjoy your new books! :)

    Kyra @ Blog of a Bookaholic
    My Book Haul!

  4. Haha, you must buy tons of books if you forget to show some of them in book hauls. I thought I bought a lot of books, but not enough to forget about show some of them off. ;p

    I read a review for ORANGES ARE NOT THE ONLY FRUIT at The Book Satchel blog (do you follow?). It sounds like a great read.

  5. Ooo, Rosemary's Baby - a classic ;-)

  6. You always read such unique books. I look forward to seeing some reviews!

  7. I have been wanting to read Neal Shusterman for a long time. I hope you enjoy all of these!

    Carole @ Carole's Random Life

  8. I've never read Rosemary's Baby but picked it up for my Kindle last year. A funny story - my Mom HATES horror movies, books, etc (I get my love it them from my father). When she was pregnant, he took her to a drive-in to see Rosemary's Baby. She always jokes that she never forgave him. Hey, maybe that's why I love horror so much!

  9. Oh all of these are new to me. Hope you enjoy!
    Bambi's StS and Recap

  10. Ooooh! Rosemary's Baby is one that I would LOVE to read sometime! That and Life As We Knew It are both on my TBR list. Thanks for sharing!

    Tracy @ Cornerfolds