Stacking the Shelves #34!

Posted March 12, 2022 by WendyW in Blogging, Book Blog Meme, bookblogger / 34 Comments

Stacking The Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and Reading Reality 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! And audiobooks. Don’t forget audiobooks!

Believe it or not, I have tried to slow down my requests on NetGalley. Most of the books I got this week, I requested weeks ago! And then I got one wish!


Publication Date: May 3, 2022

I was excited to see this on my NetGalley queue this week. I enjoy Mary Kay Andrew’s books.

Synopsis: Summer begins with MKA, in this delightful summer read about flipping houses, and finding true love.

Hattie Kavanaugh went to work restoring homes for Kavanaugh & Son Restorations at eighteen, married the boss’s son at twenty, and became a widow at twenty-five. Now, she’s passionate about her work, but that’s the only passion in her life. “Never love something that can’t love you back,” is advice her father-in-law gives her, but Hattie doesn’t follow it and falls head-over-heels for a money pit of a house. She’s determined to make it work, but disaster after disaster occurs, and Hattie’s dream might cost Kavanaugh & Son their livelihood. Hattie needs money, and fast.

When a slick Hollywood producer shows up in her hometown of Savannah, Georgia, she gets a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: star in a beach house renovation reality show called “The Homewreckers,” cast against a male lead who may be a love interest, or may be the ultimate antagonist. Soon, there’s more at stake than bad pipes and dry rot: during the demolition, evidence comes to light that points to the mysterious disappearance of a young wife and mother years before.

With a burned out detective investigating the case, an arsonist on the loose, two men playing with her emotions, and layers upon layers of vintage wallpaper causing havoc, it’s a question of who will flip, who will flop, and if Hattie will ever get her happily-ever-after.

Publication Date is May 31, 2022

I’ve enjoyed many other books by Susan Mallery, so I was excited to get this one. And It’s a Bookish Book.

Synopsis: From #1 New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery—a story of friends who become family, giving each other courage to start over….

When fate brings three strangers to a charming space for lease on the California coast, the Boardwalk Bookshop is born. Part bookstore, part gift shop, part bakery, it’s a dream come true for Bree, Mikki and Ashley. But while their business is thriving, their personal lives are…not.

Bree, wounded by brilliant but cold parents and her late husband’s ultimate betrayal, has sworn to protect her heart at all costs. Even from Ashley’s brother, a writer and adventurer who has inspired millions. He’s the first man to see past Bree’s barricades to her true self, which terrifies her. Mikki has this divorce thing all figured out—somehow, she’s stayed friends with her ex and her in-laws…until a new man changes how everyone looks at her, and how she sees herself. Meanwhile, Ashley discovers that the love of her life never intends to marry. Can she live without being a wife if it means she can have everything else she’s ever wanted?

At sunset every Friday on the beach in front of the Boardwalk Bookshop, the three friends share a champagne toast. As their bond grows closer, they challenge one another to become the best versions of themselves in this heartachingly beautiful story of friendship, sisterhood and the transformative power of love.

Publication Date is April 12, 2022

I was excited to get The No-Show as I enjoy books by Beth O’Leary. I had requested this weeks ago, and thought I wouldn’t get approved.

Synopsis: Three women who seemingly have nothing in common find that they’re involved with the same man in this smart new rom-com by Beth O’Leary, bestselling author of The Flatshare.

Siobhan is a quick-tempered life coach with way too much on her plate. Miranda is a tree surgeon used to being treated as just one of the guys on the job. Jane is a soft-spoken volunteer for the local charity shop with zero sense of self-worth.

These three women are strangers who have only one thing in common: they’ve all been stood up on the same day, the very worst day to be stood up—Valentine’s Day. And, unbeknownst to them, they’ve all been stood up by the same man.

Once they’ve each forgiven him for standing them up, they are all in serious danger of falling in love with a man who may have not just one or two but three women on the go….

Is there more to him than meets the eye? Where was he on Valentine’s Day? And will they each untangle the truth before they all get their hearts broken?

Publication Date is September 6, 2022

I enjoyed Mazey Eddings’s previous novel, A Brush With Love, so I thought I’d try this one too.

Synopsis: A two-night stand doesn’t go exactly as expected in this sparkling romantic comedy by Mazey Eddings.

Lizzie has made endless mistakes. Kitchen fires, pyramid schemes, bangs (of the hair and human variety), you name it, she’s done it… and made a mess of it too. One mistake she’s never made is letting anyone get closer to her than a single hook-up. But after losing yet another bakery job due to her uncontrolled ADHD, she breaks her cardinal rule and has a two-night-stand that changes everything.

Once burned, twice shy, Rake has given up on relationships. And feelings. And any form of intimacy for that matter. Yet something about charming, chaotic Lizzie has him lowering his guard. For two nights, that is. Then it’s back home to Australia and far away from the pesky feelings Lizzie pulls from him. But when Lizzie tells him she’s got an unexpected bun in the oven, he’ll do whatever it takes to be a part of his child’s life… except be emotionally vulnerable, obviously. He’s never going to make that mistake again.

Through a series of mishaps, totally “platonic” single bed sharing, and an underground erotic baking scheme, Lizzie and Rake learn that even the biggest mistakes can have the most beautiful consequences.

Publication Date is July 12, 2022

I requested The Best Is Yet to Come weeks ago, and it was only a wish. And today my wish was granted!

Synopsis: When a woman alone in the world bravely chooses to open her heart, two lost soulshave a new chance at belonging, in this intimate novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber.

A new beginning in charming Oceanside, Washington, is exactly what Hope Godwin needs after the death of her twin brother. There are plenty of distractions, like her cozy cottage with the slightly nosy landlords next door, and a brewing drama among her students at the local high school.

Despite having settled quickly into the community, something is still missing for Hope. That is, until her landlord convinces her to volunteer at his animal shelter. There she meets Shadow, a rescue dog that everyone has given up on. But true to her name, Hope believes he’s worth saving.

Like Shadow, shelter volunteer Cade Lincoln Jr., is suffering with injuries most can’t see. A wounded ex-marine, Cade identifies with Shadow, assuming they are both beyond help. Hope senses that what they each need is someone to believe in them, and she has a lot of love to give. As she gains Shadow’s trust, Hope notices Cade begins to open up as well. Finding the courage to be vulnerable again, Cade and Hope take steps toward a relationship, and Hope finally begins to feel at peace in her new home.

But Hope’s new happiness is put to the test when Cade’s past conflicts resurface, and Hope becomes embroiled in the escalating situation at the high school. Love and compassion are supposed to heal all wounds. But are they enough to help Hope and Cade overcome the pain of their past and the obstacles in the way of a better future?

Publication Date is August 2, 2022

Another Bookish Book. I did request this one this week.

Synopsis: A perfect storm of comedic proportions erupts in a DC bookstore over the course of one soggy summer week, punctuated by political turmoil, a celestial event, and a perpetually broken vacuum cleaner.

Independent bookstore owner Sophie Bernstein is burned out on books. Mourning the death of her husband, the loss of her favorite manager, her only child’s lack of aspiration, and the grim state of the world, she fantasizes about going into hiding in the secret back room of her store.

Meanwhile, renowned poet Raymond Chaucer has published a new collection, and rumors that he’s to blame for his wife’s suicide have led to national cancellations of his publicity tour. He intends to set the record straight—with an ultrafine Sharpie—but only one shop still plans to host him: Sophie’s.

Fearful of potential repercussions from angry customers, Sophie asks Clemi—bookstore events coordinator, aspiring novelist, and daughter of a famed literary agent—to cancel Raymond’s appearance. But Clemi suspects Raymond might be her biological father, and she can’t say no to the chance of finding out for sure.

This big-hearted screwball comedy features an intergenerational cast of oblivious authors and over-qualified booksellers—as well as a Russian Tortoise named Kurt Vonnegut Jr.—and captures the endearing quirks of some of the best kinds of people: the ones who love good books.

That’s all I have for this week. Have you read any of these books? What’s on your list to read? Comment below!

34 responses to “Stacking the Shelves #34!

  1. i got a copy of The No-Show, too, and I’m really excited about it! You got a wish granted?! Wow, I’ve never heard of that happening! Congrats!

  2. Bookish People caught my eye. I am a sucker for books about books and book places. I hope you enjoy all of these.

  3. Not a huge haul, but they all look like good ones. Enjoy them all, Wendy. I also got a few of these, but there are a few, I will have to get from the library. I love the new look of your blog.

  4. Great selection Wendy! I’ve been trying to slow down on my NetGalley requests too. I love the sound of The Home-Wreckers, The No-Show, and Bookish People! I hope you have a wonderful weekend! I love the new look of the website too! 🙂

  5. Janette

    Very jealous that you have been approved for No Show. My request is just sitting there as pending 😢 I like the sound of the bookish books. Bookshops are always great places for stories.
    Happy Reading.

  6. Hope you enjoy these Wendy. Bookish People is one I’m interested in. This week I added one nonfiction title The Normans via NetGalley and a children’s book of nature stories via Edelweiss. I have my eye on plenty more though.

  7. My excitement this week is receiving Mission Possible by Tim Tebow. He is such a strong, unashamedly faith driven man of God. His Tim Tebow Foundation does wonderful work through Night to Shine for the disabled to let them know God loves them, orphanages, medical needs, and his focus on human trafficking rescuing and restoring the victims.

  8. Wonderful haul Wendy! My wish was granted for Debbie Macomber too. I’m so excited for that one! I hope you love all of these when you get to them!

  9. I also have slowed way down on my requests. I requested one this week and opened my email this morning to find I was approved 🙂 I am going to look into Bookish People, I am a sucker for books about books.

  10. It’s hard because you slow down your requests, but then they message you with really good reads that you just *have* to get. Great book haul!

  11. I just got the No Show too and hope I get to it soon, along with all the other NetGalley ebooks. I read The Homewreckers, I think, and remember loving it.