Digging Through the Stacks: January 22nd – January 28th

Hey, what’s this? A new feature? Yep. This is just some of the highlights I’ve encountered while digging through my Google reader feed, YouTube, Goodreads, and Twitter.

Reviews Worth Reading

Convincing, entertaining, well-written or all of the above, these reviews are worth your time.

I haven’t seen a lot of reviews for Ilsa J Bick’s Drowning Instinct, despite the fact that her other book, Ashes was all over the blogosphere. I finally came across a review written by The Elliott Review. I am convinced that I need to have this book now.

I’ve seen Cross My Heart by Katie Klein around the web, but I never really thought about picking it up. This review at Confessions of a Bookaholic made me change my mind.


Read All About It: Articles & Discussion

Helpful tips and tricks & interesting bookish debates, articles, and discussion on the blogosphere.

For those who need a bit of HTML help, the Authoress explains how to code your button code.

On one-star reviews at Write About Now. Great insight on what one-star reviews really mean.

Small Review discusses the Dark Side of Blogging: from misbehaving authors to plagiarism.


Ebook Deals on Nook! – $5 or Less

I love a good deal – especially on ebooks. All the Harper Collins 0.99 cents ebooks are still on sale. Grab them while you can. Here are some deals that I came across while scouring the Barnes and Noble website! (Last checked on Wednesday, January 25th):

Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz
Bumped by Megan McCafferty
Camille by Tess Oliver
Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally
Cross My Heart by Katie Klein
Entwined by Heather Dixon
Evermore by Alyson Noel
Forget Me Not by Colleen Murtagh Paratore
The Girl Who Was on Fire Anthology
The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Half-Blood by Jennifer L Armentrout
Hereafter by Tara Hudson
The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa
Kiss of Frost by Jennifer Estep
Living Violet by Jamie Reed
Marked by PC Cast
Once a Witch by Carolyn MacCullough
Ophelia by Lisa Klein
Ten Things We Did (And Probably Shouldn’t Have) by Sarah Mylonowski
Touch of Frost by Jennifer Estep
Vesper by Jeff Sampson

Added on GoodReads

What caught my eye on GoodReads and was added to the pile. After all the award buzz about this book, I just have to pick it up! … Eventually.

Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley

Just when seventeen-year-old Cullen Witter thinks he understands everything about his small and painfully dull Arkansas town, it all disappears. . . .

In the summer before Cullen’s senior year, a nominally-depressed birdwatcher named John Barling thinks he spots a species of woodpecker thought to be extinct since the 1940s in Lily, Arkansas. His rediscovery of the so-called Lazarus Woodpecker sparks a flurry of press and woodpecker-mania. Soon all the kids are getting woodpecker haircuts and everyone’s eating “Lazarus burgers.” But as absurd as the town’s carnival atmosphere has become, nothing is more startling than the realization that Cullen’s sensitive, gifted fifteen-year-old brother Gabriel has suddenly and inexplicably disappeared.

While Cullen navigates his way through a summer of finding and losing love, holding his fragile family together, and muddling his way into adulthood, a young missionary in Africa, who has lost his faith, is searching for any semblance of meaning wherever he can find it. As distant as the two stories seem at the start, they are thoughtfully woven ever closer together and through masterful plotting, brought face to face in a surprising and harrowing climax.

Complex but truly extraordinary, tinged with melancholy and regret, comedy and absurdity, this novel finds wonder in the ordinary and emerges as ultimately hopeful. It’s about a lot more than what Cullen calls, “that damn bird.” It’s about the dream of second chances.

Terrific Trailers

This trailer convinced me to add the book to my TBR pile!


  1. Love the new feature — especially the reviews worth reading section. I’ve read very little about those two books, but now I’m definitely curious about them.

    I will also be abusing the ebook deals, eeek.

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