Stacking The Shelves #110 – April 4th

Stacking The Shelves is hosted at Tynga’s Reviews and is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

Soooo… What has been the ARC damage since my last STS post two weeks ago? I guess I’ve been bad again… There were some NG titles I just couldn’t resist, and those include Emily Carpenter and K.L. Slater’s newest books. I was also over the moon to be approved for one of my most anticipated 2020 releases: the new Eddie Flynn! Guess who is going to do an Eddie Flynn series binge-read in May? So far for getting that pending NG ARC number below 5 again… xD

I also couldn’t resist joining up for two May Orenda blog tours; I’m excited to finally try Helen Fitzgerald’s work and The Creak On The Stairs is all on Eva and Kelly! Yes, I blame you both for wanting to read that one. ūüėČ And I also signed up for the blog tour for the new Kay Hunter, Turn To Dust, in July, but as there is no cover or blurb yet I’ve not mentioned it below. I’m so excited to meet up with one of my favorite detectives again though! ‚̧

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YVO’S SHORTIES #154 – Love And Other Words & The Storied Life Of A.J. Fikry

Time for another round of¬†Yvo’s Shorties! This time around two contemporary reads I’ve been meaning to read for a while… And both¬†Love And Other Words¬†and¬†The Storied Life Of A.J. Fikry¬†turned out to be excellent reads.


Title: Love And Other Words
Author: Christina Lauren

Genre: Contemporary, Romance
First published: April 10th 2018
Publisher: Gallery Books
Finished reading: March 16th 2020
Pages: 433

“It never occurred to me that love could be anything other than all-consuming. Even as a child, I knew I never wanted anything less.”


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I think most of you will probably know by now that contemporary romance and me don’t really tend to get along, but there are a select few authors that can make me enjoy the genre. I guess I can now add the¬†Christina Lauren¬†duo to that list too! My first experience with their work back in January, The Unhoneymooners, was a success and I had the exact same result with¬†Love And Other Words. Despite the sexy scenes definitely not being for me, I fell in love with the characters and their story… The writing style made it really easy to keep turning those pages, and I like how the story switches back and forward between then and now, slowly letting you get to know the current and past Macey and Elliot. The question of what happened between them to cause such a rupture all those years ago added a level of intrigue to the story, and while the final reveal was a bit of an anticlimax for me mostly, I think the development of the plot and characters in general was well handled. I loved both characters as well as the bookish elements in the story… Sexy scenes and love triangle aside, I think this might be a new favorite Christina Lauren, and that is 100% thanks to both the characters and the writing in general. Fans of the genre will without doubt adore this book!


Title: The Storied Life Of A.J. Fikry
Author: Gabrielle Zevin

Genre: Fiction, Contemporary
First published: April 1st 2014
Publisher:  Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Finished reading: March 23rd 2020
Pages: 320

‚ÄúWe read to know we’re not alone. We read because we are alone. We read and we are not alone.‚ÄĚ


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I’ve had¬†The Storied Life Of A.J. Fikry¬†on my radar for a long time now, and I even bought a physical copy last year in the hope I would actually pick it up sooner. I guess that didn’t happen, and I’m definitely kicking myself now because I have found myself a new favorite nowI love bookish books and this story is without doubt filled to the brim with most wonderful bookish references. And that is not the only bookish thing about this book: most of the story takes place in a bookstore and we have a bookstore owner and publisher sales rep in the spotlight as two of the important characters. Talk about heaven if you love bookish books! The writing is wonderful and I really liked the plot and plot development as well. The main focus is on bookstore owner A.J. Fikry of course, and it is his quirky and grumpy personality as well as his personal development that really make this story special for me. The characters in general are so easy to like and my heart ached for them as the story continued… Sad moments are combined with more happy ones, and The Storied Life Of A.J. Fikry¬†will most definitely play with your emotions. It’s a story that will stay with me for quite some time, and I already know I will want to reread it in the future!


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