Stacking the Shelves/Sunday Post: The Week of Thrillers, eBook Deals, & Way Too Much Rain

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews and focuses on new books that were received/bought/borrowed this week while the Sunday Post is hosted by the Caffeinated Book Reviewer and focuses on recapping your week. 

New Books: 

For Review: 

Every Time You Go Away by Beth Harbison
Sold on a Monday by Kristina McMorris 
Mr. Nice Guy by Jennifer Miller & Jason Feifer 
Dive Smack by Demetra Brodsky 

Thanks St. Martin's Press, The Fantastic Flying Book Club, Demetra, & Sourcebooks!  


The Ones Who Got Away by Roni Loren 
Jesse's Girl by Miranda Kenneally 
Defending Taylor by Miranda Kenneally 
Coming Up for Air by Miranda Kenneally 

Books Read this Week:

Not Her Daughter by Rea Frey: I expected to like this, but I never expected to love it as much as I did. Rea completely pulled at my heartstrings here, and I loved that the problems in this book were layered and complicated. The ending may be a bit too happy given the situation but still an enjoyable read regardless. 

Lies by T.M. Logan: Wasn't a huge fan of this at first but the more I read the better it got. The twist toward the end actually threw me for a loop, which was a huge plus, and I liked that T.M. made social media such a huge part of the plot. 

The Banker's Wife by Christina Alger: SO GOOD! Christina perfectly ties together the POVs & the mystery is gripping as well as intricate. Surprisingly enough, I also loved the setting - the dark side of the banking industry. 

The Disappearance of Sloane Sullivan by Gia Cribbs: One of the best YA thrillers I've read AND another twist I didn't see coming! (It must be keep-Lauren-guessing week). If you've loved books like One of Us is Lying, The Truth Beneath the Lies, and We Were Liars, you're sure to love this!   

What I'm Currently Reading:

Onyx and Ivory by Mindee Arnett: It's taking me a while to get through this, but now that I've hit the 50 percent mark it's starting to speed up (thankfully!). It's an interesting concept and the characters are likable but I just feel the set-up took forever. 

Furyborn by Claire Legrand: Even though reviews had been incredibly mixed, I still had high hopes for this; however, I've been disappointed more times than not so far. I'm not a huge fan of the characters and the two POVs sound exactly the same. It doesn't help that having the time periods 1000 years apart makes things more tiresome than interesting...Basically this may end up being a DNF unless it greatly improves in the next few chapters. 

Life Update: 

I didn't get nearly as much read as last week, but the books I did read were high quality. I can't even pick a favorite - I loved all of them for very different reasons. 

The books I'm currently reading have been slowing down my speed a little, but I'm hoping to finish Onyx & Ivory soon (hopefully by the end of the long weekend!). Honestly, it's gotten a lot better, and while the set-up was a little tiresome, it was important. Furyborn, on the other hand, is slowly becoming one big snooze-fest :( 

When I got a Sourcebooks Fire email about the Miranda Kenneally eBook deals, I couldn't resist. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the Hundred Oaks series, and considering the three books I haven't read were on sale just seemed like fate. I HAD to buy them, right? AND The One I Can't Forget was a big steal ($1.99!!) so that was irresistible as well. Thank goodness for gift cards! 

In non-bookish news, this week has been busy. I've been staying at my parents's house for the last couple of days, and because of all the rain in Northeast PA, the house's drainage system wasn't working as well as it should've been. The back patio flooded and  the basement got a little water in it. So I spent all of Wednesday waiting for the drainage guy to come only to have him call at 4 pm and say he wasn't coming...don't you hate when that happens?! Thankfully, he showed up early on Thursday morning & the problem was fixed. I'm also moving to my new apartment this weekend (I'll be back near Philly again and I seriously can't wait!) so that's kept me busy. I picked my keys up on Friday, and the ride down quickly reminded me why I never travel on holiday weekends. The traffic was miserable. 

The next few days I might be slightly MIA with unpacking. Plus I don't have wifi set up yet so that's making things a little difficult, but I'll try my best to comment back (it just may take a while). 

Have a great week everyone!! 


  1. Good luck with your move. I hope the weather is kind to you. Saturday was so hot, and now it's been raining for hours. Usually PA gets the same weather as me. I won an ARC of Sloan Sullivan, and am glad you found it high quality. I need to make some time for that one. I love the Hundred Oak books. I have a few I still need to read, but I loved the final book. It was gift to us fans.

  2. This rain needs to STOP! It's too much, our yard is a swamp. Good luck with the move and enjoy the holiday weekend!

  3. You can send some of that rain to AZ for me! I'd gladly take it off your hands if I could. Good luck with the move! I'm glad I'm not the only one feeling mixed on Furyborn. I've been trying to read it but I'm just having trouble really staying interested.

  4. It rained way too much last week! And this week, sheesh. A town nearby - historic Ellicott City - flooded again. It's a shame!

    I see you stocked on Kenneally's books. Good for you! I hope you enjoy all of your new books!

    Have a lovely week, Lauren. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

  5. I still need to read the Hundred Oaks series. I haven't read any yet but I've been meaning to for forever. I really love The One Who Got Away. I just finished the sequel yesterday and it was also good. And I hear ya on Onyx and Ivory. It's long and the set up really feels it too but overall I enjoyed it. Maybe the sequel will be better without so much of that setup. :)


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