Stacking the Shelves #172

I am really excited to participate in Stacking the Shelves, a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews and Reading Reality.

My Life
Things are looking better but busier than ever!  My daughter completed her last day of school and we have jumped right into graduation festivities.  Thursday night, we attended the Senior Awards ceremony where the students were dressed in cap and gowns.  My daughter was awarded the Band departmental award and two scholarships.  On Friday, she had her cap and gown back on for a photo shoot with her band friends and to walk through the halls of her grade school.  She is using the cap and gown again today for an individual photo shoot.  She officially graduates Tuesday night and then we can hang up the cap and gown for good!
I will also be spending some time today working on a cake for my niece and nephew who turned 5 yesterday.  We decided on Toy Story and I have a pretty ambitious plan.  Hopefully, I will be able to share a photo next week if it doesn't look too bad.  My husband is scheduled to start his new job next week so I have my fingers crossed that things will work out with that.

Thank you to all of my followers that have stuck with me while I have been off in my own little world.  I really do appreciate each and every one of you and hope to get back to everything very soon.

Books Added
Sapphire Flames by Ilona Andrews (NetGalley/Edelweiss)

I may have made a rather embarrassing sound when I was approved for this book.  Of course, I put everything aside and started reading this one right away.  You is fabulous!

Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger (Purchased)

I picked this audiobook since I have had a review copy of this book for years.  I am about halfway through and it has just been okay for me.

In at the Deep End by Kate Davies (Bookish First)
29 Seconds by T.M. Logan (Publisher)

Stella decided to help model the newest books that have been sent to me by the publisher.  Okay, she was actually annoyed that I invaded her space and started taking photos but at least I got a good shot.  These both sound like they are going to be great reads.

What books do you add to your shelves this week? 
Let me know in the comments and be sure to leave a link to your own STS post!


  1. Lol, oh I have made those sounds too when I have gotten a book I truly wanted

  2. I'm so pleased that you finally received news about Mr Carole starting his job! I wish him all the luck in the world with it!

  3. Yay for your daughter and I agree with you for Andrews. Loved it! Happy reading!

  4. Haha, the dog in that photo looks bored and confused. Congratulations to your daughter and happy birthday to the little kids. Good luck with the cake and husband’s new job. Have a great week!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  5. Nice! Glad things are picking up for you! Congrats to your daughter and your husband too!!

    Nice new reads! I remember liking Etiquette and Espionage. It was a cute series, but nothing overly special. I much enjoyed Gail's Parasol Protectorate series that was published before this one, but in the timelime occurs after this one!

    Happy Reading!

    My STS will be up tomorrow, so stop by then if you can!

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  6. Glad things are looking up! Woohoo on grad celebrations.

    Yeah, I might have done some odd sounds when I got a great book approved. :)

    We adore you, too, Carole.

    Have a great week, Carole!

  7. glad you had a great week! it's cool when books get approved

  8. I also made a rather loud noise when I got Sapphire Flames. I am upset I can't sit down and read it and ignore everything else. But I am in Maine on vacation, driving to places and eating seafood. So I have to wait until I get home. I'm having enough trouble reading the books for this upcoming week. Sigh. But I finally got 4 of my June audiobook ARCs so I can listen to those on the drive home to NC.

    Anne - Books of My Heart Here is my Sunday Post   

  9. I am so happy to hear that you are loving Sapphire Flames so much. I hear great things about it.

  10. So happy to hear your husband starts his job, good luck to him. I look forward to seeing pictures of the cake.

  11. Sounds like your very busy!! I have been known to make a squealing sound when I get a book I really want! :) To bad your not enjoying Etiquette & Espionage more as I liked it but like a lot of series I failed to continue. I have been trying to fix that this

  12. Congrats to your daughter! Hope you enjoy all your books!

    Here’s my Stacking the Shelves!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

  13. Congratulations to your daughter! What am amazing way to end this chapter in her life. Good luck to your husband. I hope the new job goes well.

  14. yay congrats to your daughter Carole! How wonderful! Also such a busy week, but hopefully wasn't too stressful
    Nice new additions to your reading. Andrews book cover is just so gorgeous.

  15. Congratulations on your daughters graduation.

  16. Stella looks like a star! And congrats to your daughter. Sounds like you have been busy. I just finished Magic Slays and love each book just a tad bit more than the last. So glad I decided to conquer Kate Daniels this year.

  17. Congratulations to your daughter. I hope you show your Toy Story cake. I seriously need to get my Hidden Legacy fix soon. Not caught up at all.

    JoLee @ Wickedly Delicious Book Blog
    My Weekly Recap

  18. Aw cute pic with Stella! And congrats to your daughter graduating! Happy reading !

  19. Congratulations to your daughter! Our high school has started doing the grade school visits, too. I think it's fabulous. Maybe things will will start to calm down a bit now. I hope you had a god week. 👍✨

  20. I would love to see the Toy Story cake! That sounds amazing and I love that you are doing it. Congratulations to your daughter for being finished!! And yay for all the celebrations :D Sounds like a full but fun week.


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