Saturday, April 14, 2018

Book Haul: Why Are These Books So Big?

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. I get to show off all the books I’ve gotten recently. Somehow I ended up with giant hardcover editions of these books. I’m not complaining. I love hardcovers, but fat bastard books take up a whole lot of shelf space.

The “Why Are These Books So Big?” Book Haul

Brown Girl Dreaming – Jacqueline Woodson

Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement.

Allegedly – Tiffany D. Jackson

Mary B. Addison killed a baby.

Allegedly. She didn’t say much in that first interview with detectives, and the media filled in the only blanks that mattered: A white baby had died while under the care of a churchgoing black woman and her nine-year-old daughter. The public convicted Mary and the jury made it official. But did she do it? She wouldn’t say.

Mary survived six years in baby jail before being dumped in a group home. The house isn’t really “home”—no place where you fear for your life can be considered a home. Home is Ted, who she meets on assignment at a nursing home.

There wasn’t a point to setting the record straight before, but now she’s got Ted—and their unborn child—to think about. When the state threatens to take her baby, Mary must find the voice to fight her past. And her fate lies in the hands of the one person she distrusts the most: her Momma. No one knows the real Momma. But who really knows the real Mary?

Arcadia – Iain Pears

In Cold War England, Professor Henry Lytten, having renounced a career in espionage, is writing a fantasy novel that dares to imagine a world less fraught than his own. He finds an unlikely confidante in Rosie, an inquisitive young neighbor who, while chasing after Lytten's cat one day, stumbles through a doorway in his cellar and into a stunning and unfamiliar bucolic landscape—remarkably like the fantasy world Lytten is writing about. There she meets a young boy named Jay who is about to embark on a journey that will change both their lives. Elsewhere, in a distopian society where progress is controlled by a corrupt ruling elite, the brilliant scientist Angela Meerson has discovered the potential of a powerful new machine. When the authorities come knocking, she will make an important decision—one that will reverberate through all these different lives and worlds.

In A Handful Of Dust – Mindy McGinnis (Not A Drop To Drink #2)

Lucy’s life by the pond has always been full. She has water and friends, laughter and the love of her adoptive mother, Lynn, who has made sure that Lucy’s childhood was very different from her own. Yet it seems Lucy’s future is settled already—a house, a man, children, and a water source—and anything beyond their life by the pond is beyond reach.

When disease burns through their community, the once life-saving water of the pond might be the source of what’s killing them now. Rumors of desalinization plants in California have lingered in Lynn’s mind, and the prospect of a “normal” life for Lucy sets the two of them on an epic journey west to face new dangers: hunger, mountains, deserts, betrayal, and the perils of a world so vast that Lucy fears she could be lost forever, only to disappear in a handful of dust.

Thunderhead – Neal Shusterman (Arc Of A Scythe #2)

Rowan has gone rogue, and has taken it upon himself to put the Scythedom through a trial by fire. Literally. In the year since Winter Conclave, he has gone off-grid, and has been striking out against corrupt scythes—not only in MidMerica, but across the entire continent. He is a dark folk hero now—“Scythe Lucifer”—a vigilante taking down corrupt scythes in flames.

Citra, now a junior scythe under Scythe Curie, sees the corruption and wants to help change it from the inside out, but is thwarted at every turn, and threatened by the “new order” scythes. Realizing she cannot do this alone—or even with the help of Scythe Curie and Faraday, she does the unthinkable, and risks being “deadish” so she can communicate with the Thunderhead—the only being on earth wise enough to solve the dire problems of a perfect world. But will it help solve those problems, or simply watch as perfection goes into decline?

Have you read any of these? What did you think?


  1. I was just looking at Brown Girl Dreaming earlier today, and it looks really good!
    Enjoy your new books, AJ.
    Have a wonderful weekend and happy reading.
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

  2. Still howling over "fat bastard books." Allegedly sounds so interesting but I'm not sure if/when I'll pick it up.

  3. Big books scare me...the more pages, the longer I leave it to read it!

  4. Wow! Great haul you got here! Hope you enjoy all your books!

    Here’s my STS!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

  5. They are all new to me, though I have seen some of those covers. But never read those authors. Thanks for sharing and happy reading.
    Best wishes

  6. I've seen Allegedly around for a couple of months now and I reaally need to pick it up! It sounds wondeful!

    My Stacking the Shelves!

  7. Brown Girl Dreaming sounds really interesting, I'll have to add that. I listened to Allegedly on audio and enjoyed it, I may consider purchasing it. Enjoy all your new books AJ, and have a wonderful day.

  8. I have heard of a few of these books! I really hope that you enjoy them! :-)

  9. I would read Allegedly, that sounds interesting. I hope you enjoy these books.

  10. Seems like a fantastic collection of books to dive into.

  11. Allegedly was soo good! It was a wild ride. I hope you enjoy all your new books.

  12. Arcadia sounds interesting. I've read the others, and would probably say Thunderhead and In a Handful of Dust were my favorites, with both Brown Girl Dreaming and Allegedly not quite living up to the hype. But I'm in the minority on that, so I hope you enjoy ALL of them!

  13. You definitely got a variety of books--I haven't read these yet, but especially hope to read Brown Girl Dreaming and Allegedly.

  14. What a cracking variety of books:). I really like the look of Arcadia, although my TBR is teetering - and I haven't helped matters recently by some imprudent additions...

  15. Allegdly is one I have heard a lot about and a lot of intense things about. I want to read it too. I have read Brown Girl Dreaming and thought it was alright. But I can see why so many people love it too :)

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  16. I haven't read any of those, but I think Brown Girl Dreaming and Allegedly look good

  17. In a Handful of Dust caught my attention...and I'm also thinking about Brown Girl Dreaming, since I read and enjoyed Another Brooklyn.

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  18. I have not read any of them, but I have the same question about Arcadia - it's on my wishlist but the size of it quite scares me.

  19. Nice haul! I haven't read any, but got Thunderhead too! But you know that b/c you stopped by my stack. Let's compare notes when we finish!


  20. I have Thunderhead and Scythe but need to read both of them. You are right, they are rather big. I think Allegedly sounds good and I'm going to see if my library has that one.

  21. I have not read any of those books, but a couple of them are on my "I need to get those books" list. Looks like a great haul for you, even if the books do take up an obscene amount of shelf space.

    Have a great week. - Katie

  22. Well, you know I LOVED me some Thunderhead! I also adored In a Handful of Dust. I am super curious about Allegedly, hope it's good too!

  23. Ooo... Allegedly sounds like it could be quite a good read. Enjoy!

  24. In A Handful of Dust looks interesting. Hope you enjoy your reads!

  25. I will shriek to the ends of the earth for you to read Allegedly. I honestly don't remember it being that long, I think because it sucks you in so immeidately!

    A Handful of Dust is depressing af. You need to be a in certain mood for that book!

  26. I read Allegedly, and despite other opinions--I thought it was written excellently. I hope you enjoy these!

  27. Enjoy all of these! I still need to read Scythe.

  28. Great haul! Hardcovers do look pretty on your shelves though. ;) I hope you will enjoy these!

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