Stacking the Shelves

Hello April. I hope the month has started well for you all. We’ve had a couple of changes around here.
Poor Watson was so lonely and was crying almost every night. None of us had been sleeping very well. We decided to let him try to live with Sherlock for a bit and see if that works out. So far he doesn’t cry anymore and they are becoming fast friends. I’ll have to post some pictures of the two of them together because they are entirely too cute. I was heartbroken to part with Watson but we’ve already visited him and he just seems so much happier with a doggy buddy. I guess it is fate that Watson and Sherlock be room-mates.

To book related things-I’ve started Ann Brashares The Here and Now and House of Ivy and Sorrow. Neither book has really gripped me so far. I hope to finish both soon and have their reviews up this next week. We will be doing The Kiss of Deception as our Lego Cover Art this month–so excited to see how it will turn out. I have been trying desperately to think up a discussion post but I keep coming up with nothing.

I don’t have many book requests out and I’m trying to stay away from requesting books on Netgalley and Edelweiss because I feel like my piles are growing to a level I’m not going to be able to manage. I’m actually 6 (!!!) books behind on my Goodreads reading challenge.

Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga’s Reviews is a weekly meme where you show what books you’ve purchased, gotten from the library, received from giveaway, as gifts or for review. So excited about this book haul:

For Review (sent from the publisher):


Grim edited by Christine Johnson and The Queen’s Choice by Cayla Kluver

Gift (thank you Anya!):

 Maid of Secrets (Maids of Honor, #1)The Red KnightHexed (Hexed, #1)

Maid of Secrets by Jennifer McGowan, The Red Knight by Miles Cameron and Hexed b y Michelle Krys

Which books did you get this last week?


  1. Sofia says:

    Grim seems so amazing! I just added it to my TBR list. How did I not know that such book existed?? Great haul – enjoy your books and have a great weekend! :)

  2. I hope Watson and Sherlock get on well and that you catch up on your GR challenge! I’m dying to see the Lego cover of KoD, have a great weekend!
    -Scott Reads It!

    • Kristen says:

      Thanks Jon. So far the two pups seem to be getting along just fine. I hope to take the pictures this weekend for the KoD Lego Cover. Super excited about it.

  3. Aw…Watson and Sherlock really ARE meant to be together. :)

    Grim sounds interesting! Hope you enjoy.

  4. Kelly says:

    Ohh, poor Watson. Some breeds need that constant attention and then it ends up like having a baby in the house. We have a Cavalier, and the first night we brought him home at six weeks, he cried and cried, I kept getting up. But as tiny as he was, he scaled a knee high play pen fence in our lounge and made it to our bedroom. Three years later, and he’s Bern sleeping in here ever since. It was the only way we’d get any sleep. He sounds like he needed his litter mate, can’t wait to see the photos.

    Great haul. Better stop before i ramble off the page.
    My latest Stacking the Shelves

    • Kristen says:

      Yep, poor Watson just needed someone to be there 100% of the time. I hope the move to Sherlock’s works out for him. Cavaliers are so cute! And that is super impressive that he scaled a knee high fence–they are escape artists aren’t they?

  5. I also really want to read Grim! I haven’t heard anything specific about it yet but I’ve seen the book around A LOT. You should definitely take a picture of Sherlock and Watson together, those names are just so cute!

    Great haul!
    My Stacking the Shelves

    • Kristen says:

      Thanks Valerie! I don’t usually read short stories but I’ve seen decent reviews for this one so hoping it will be wonderful (at least the majority of stories).

  6. Kelly L. says:

    I’ve heard tons of mixed things about Grimm and The Queen’s Choice – I hope you end up enjoying it Kristen!
    And ohh, I love the cover of Hex; all the colors! <3
    Enjoy all your lovely books! (:

    • Kristen says:

      The review for The QUeen’s Choice are grim (haha I had to). I’m pretty scared to even start it but I will give it a try since I was sent a copy (unrequested).

      Hexed has a great cover. I’d say I’m most excited to read it out of the bunch.

  7. Aw, poor Watson! I hope he likes being back with his buddy. :) Can’t wait to see the Lego cover for TKoD! You guys are so awesome. :D And I guess I should probably stay away from NG and EW, too, because my “pile” is already totally unruly, but then again, I wouldn’t have that copy of The Midnight Thief if I had. Lol. Hope you enjoy all your new reads!

    • Kristen says:

      I’m happy you didn’t stay away from NG/EW since now I know Midnight Thief is on there. I requested the physical arc so I might wait to see if I get a copy before requesting digital. I tend to enjoy fantasy in physical format so much more.

  8. Milka says:

    I just added Hexed to my TBR last night – it sounds super good! :)
    I hope you enjoy all of these – happy reading and have a good weekend!

  9. Carina Olsen says:

    I have not read any of these books, but they look pretty awesome. <3 And I do own Grim as well :) I hope you enjoy everything sweetie. <3 But omg. I am SO SORRY about Watson. *Hugs* <3 Though I'm sure, as you say, that it is best for him to be with Sherlock :) And you can always visit. <3 :)

    • Kristen says:

      I’m very sad about Watson but the poor pup was not doing as well as I’d hoped. Hoping him and Sherlock get along and that can be his permanent home. Thanks for stopping by!

  10. Anya says:

    Yey, I’m glad the books made it :D . Awwww, I’m so sorry about Watson :(

  11. Hexed looks like a good witch book! I love the cover from The queen’s choice and I can’t wait to read Maid of Secrets, I like historical fiction :D Happy reading!

  12. Alex says:

    I have seen Grim around a couple of times! I am gonna have to check it out.

    I don’t recognise the other novels so I will have to peep at them!

    Thanks for sharing your haul this week! :) Mine isn’t up till tomorrow…

    Alex @ The Shelf Diaries

  13. Our first dog use to get really lonely when we were at work so when we got our cat, he seems so much better, when he died we always felt like the Cat was so lonely and she would never come out and hide all day. Then we got our dog Dexter, At first the cat hated him but now I don’t think either of them can handle being alone. I know it will work out for Watson and Sherlock and I think it’s adorable that one couldn’t be without the other!

    Can’t wait to see the lego cover of The kiss of deception :) Enjoy all your new reads. Looking forward to see what you think of Hexed.

    Have a great week :)

    • Kristen says:

      Thank you Michelle! I guess some critters just really need a friend. I hope that Sherlock and Watson can get along well and be best buddies. So far they are doing pretty well so fingers crossed it stays like that.

      I can’t wait to get started on the new cover art. So excited because I think the cover is so pretty.

  14. Pili says:

    Well, it seemed fate that Watson & Sherlock would end up as room-mates! I can’t wait to see photos of both!
    I hope you’ll enjoy Grim, it was a very interesting read! And I’m quite envious of you having Hexed already!!
    Happy reading, Kristen!!

    • Kristen says:

      there have been some dominance issues but hopefully that’ll be worked out and they can be best buds. I’m sort of holding my breath about the whole thing.

      I hope (and think) I’ll enjoy Grim–especially because you did.

  15. Discussion posts can be so difficult and time consuming, but I think they’re worth it! I hope you come up with a fun topic… maybe you could even rehash an old one if you think you have some new insights!

    • Kristen says:

      With the few discussion posts I’ve done I felt incredibly inspired to do them. I have just been lacking that inspiration as of late. Hopefully, it’s a small slump and I can get back into the swing of things soon. Thanks so much!

  16. I haven’t heard really good things about House of Ivy and Sorry yet… :( ( It’s on my really-wish-list so I’m keen to know what you think of it!! Yay! I’m SO looking forward to the new lego art! My StS!

    • Kristen says:

      HoIaS is just so not as good as I wanted it to be. I’m very sad because that cover and summary are excellent. The first bit of the book was really good too. I thought I was going to really enjoy it. Now at 50% I’m just meh.

  17. I’ve had Maid of Secrets on my TBR since it came out, and Hexed looks really good too. I hadn’t heard of the The Red Knight, but I’ll definitely be checking it out. And I hope you have more luck with both of the books your currently reading than others have had . . . I haven’t read either of them myself, but I’ve not heard many good things :(

    Jessica @ Rabid Reads

    • Kristen says:

      Me too about Maid of Secrets. I’m not in love with the cover but I’ve seen pretty good things about it. Ugh, the current reads are not going well. I am this close to DNFing House of Ivy and Sorrow. The Here and Now is just a tad dull and feels like I’ve read it all before.

  18. The first two months with our puppy were really tough. I was so exhausted between the nighttime whining and the daytime potty training that those weeks were a blur of exhaustion. I was the one crying half the time. I slept on an air mattress next to his crate, then as soon as he was potty trained, he started sleeping in our room and then in my bed. Yes, I, who always insisted that my kids needed to be in their own beds, have a dog in my bed…
    Pictures please! Watson is cuter than Benedict Cumberbatch, so can’t wait to see furry Sherlock….
    Jen @ YA Romantics

    • Kristen says:

      I imagine so! After just 2 weeks I was pulling my hair out and wanting to cry. I promised my hubby there would be no sleeping in our bed. I never knew it was so difficult to raise a puppy.

  19. Aww, poor pooch! I know that the crying is hard, but we kennel trained our first dog and it worked wonders. Only a week of whimpering/barking and now he loves it. 2.5 years later and he goes in on his own every night still. You just can’t give in though that first week. Use earplugs! We put it in our bedroom so he felt close by. Having a spot like a kennel or cave like area is good for dogs because it becomes their safe place.

    • Kristen says:

      Yeah, we did the crate training for 2 weeks and his crying persisted. Poor guy. Even if I was in the same room as him but not playing/holding him he’d cry. That’s wonderful that yours ended up loving his crate so well. Watson would sleep in there during naps, etc. Just anytime he was awake he was crying.

  20. Missie says:

    I really want to read Hexed!
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

  21. Ooo, I’ve actually heard of most of these! It’s always hit or miss with me lol. I actually really disliked The Queen’s Choice, but that was me. Perhaps you will love it – nothing wrong with that! I cannot wait to see your Lego post with The Kiss of Deception! Have an awesome week, Kristen!

    Thanks for visiting my blog!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    • Kristen says:

      Alyssa, I’m not overly optimistic about The Queen’s Choice. I’m going to attempt it but from what I’ve seen didn’t seem like anyone loved it :-( Maybe I’ll be the black sheep. We’ll see.

  22. Oh yeah, Grim!! I really want to see how that is because I love retelling and that book sounds like just my cup of tea. I haven’t seen many reviews for it around though, so hopefully I can get some insights once you post your findings :)
    Angel @ Spare Reads

  23. I hope you find some enjoyable stories in Grim. There were some good ones! I wish I was more familiar with Grimm’s Fairy Tales, because I only made a couple of connections to the source material.

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