New on the Stack || February Edition

The Deliberate Reader is hosting a monthly link-up to share what you’ve added to your reading piles in the past month. I’m always drooling over new (or new-to-me) books, so this link-up is a perfect match for me!

Extraordinário (Wonder) by R.J. Palacio
How I got it: I bought it at Livraria Cultura.
Why I got it: Reading The Silkworm in Portuguese is a liiittle too hard for me at the moment, so I decided to shelve it for a while. I still need to read every day, so I decided to pick up something that interested me—YA lit—and was a little easier. It turns out this is perfect because it's dialogue-driven, and before, I was having trouble with descriptions.

A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
How I got it: I checked out the audiobook from the library.
Why I got it: The cover attracted me (sue me: I am a chronic judger-by-the-cover), and I like Japanese fiction (or in this case, Japanese American fiction). The narration and prose are beautiful.

Cleo by Lucy Coats
How I got it: e-ARC from Netgalley
Why I got it: The cover, mostly. But also because when I was younger I went through an intense period of loving historical fiction set in Ancient Egypt, and clearly, I still have trouble resisting.

Fragile Bones: Harrison & Anna by Lorna Schultz Nicholson
How I got it: e-ARC from Netgalley
Why I got it: I was kind of interested in it based on the typography on the cover, but I decided to request it after I read a good review on a book blog (I'm sorry I don't remember where I read it!).

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
How I got it: I got a sneak preview from Netgally and am in line at the library to borrow the full e-book. I hope those other people know how to return an ebook early.
Why I got it: It looked intriguing, and boy was my hunch correct.


  1. How do you do with the slang/colloquialisms when you're reading? Back when I was really working on learning another language and I tried reading fiction in it, I kept running into various expressions that were not in my dictionary. Or not in a way that made any sense in the story.

  2. I wondered about Fragile Bones - saw it on NetGalley as well. I look forward to your thoughts.... "expert in staying awake till sunrise to finish a book," may be my favorite about phrase ever seen on a blog by the way :)

  3. <----- this. The dictionary I have on my phone is pretty decent, but when in extreme need go here. It translates words and phrases, but the real gold is it compares phrases and their translations, so you can see how other people have translated it.

  4. Thank you very much for the compliments! Ugh unfortunately Fragile Bones is near the bottom of my pile so it will be a while before you see a review.

  5. no worries :) I have a stack taller than I am too!

  6. Lol.

    One time my friend was like, "Let's go to the used bookstore. I print out my want-to-read list on Goodreads arranged alphabetically by author and carry that with me so I can stay focused." I thought, "That's such a brilliant idea!" So then I went to print off the list and got a page count preview.... Yeeeah I don't have money to print that many pages.