Stacking the Shelves: Yard Sale & I Got A Surprise Edition

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Last Saturday was the day that my town does their yard sales. I usually don’t get up and go, but this year my dad wanted to go around and see if he could find anything interesting. He unfortunately didn’t find anything that he wanted, but I did and he was awesome enough to buy them for me. Which is crazy. My dad usually gets a bit annoyed whenever I bring home books. He is always saying I have too many. So the fact that he was not only willing to buy me books, but he bought me 15 of them, is just amazing! Only 14 of them really matter because I actually already own the one book, but I had to get it to get a deal. It was weird. They would only give us the deal if we bought 6 books, but everything was either the 20th+ book in a series or was a book I already owned. So we ended up just grabbing one I already have and I will probably give it to my mom. Anyways, here are the 14 books I got.:)

So after I finished this post, my mom told me she had a surprise for me. It’s at the bottom after all the yard sale books. I love it.

Yard Sale Haul:

Surprise From My Mom:

Doctor Who 12 Doctors 12 StoriesDoctor Who: 12 Doctors, 12 Stories

To celebrate the arrival of Peter Capaldi on to our screens as the newly regenerated Doctor, this collection of Doctor Who short stories, each written by a different author, now includes an extra, brand-new twelfth adventure as part of the 12 Doctors, 12 Stories paperback anthology. Offering the perfect addition to the top-selling series, the twelfth story, “Lights Out,” has been penned by self-professed Doctor Who fan and best-selling female sci-fi writer Holly Black.

Stories Included:

A Big Hand For The Doctor by Eoin Colfer, starring One (William Hartnell).

The Nameless City by Michael Scott, starring Two (Patrick Troughton).

The Spear of Destiny by Marcus Sedgwick, starring Three (Jon Pertwee).

The Roots of Evil by Philip Reeve, starring Four (Tom Baker).

Tip of the Tongue by Patrick Ness, starring Five (Peter Davidson).

Something Borrowed by Richelle Mead, starring Six (Colin Baker).

Spore by Alex Scarrow, starring Eight (Paul McCann).

The Beast of Babylon by Charlie Higson, starring Nine (Christopher Eccleston).

The Mystery of the Haunted Cottage by Derek Landy, starring Ten (David Tennant).

Nothing O’Clock by Neil Gaiman, starring Eleven (Matt Smith).

Lights Out by Holly Black, starring Twelve (Peter Capaldi).

 

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Stacking The Shelves

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For My Birthday:

Doctor Who The Secret Lives of Monsters Justin RichardsDoctor Who: The Secret Lives of Monsters by Justin Richards

A unique, in-depth look into the hidden lives and mysteries of the monsters from the hit BBC series Doctor Who—a fully illustrated color compendium that reveals proof of the existence of alien life out there and among us, packaged with removable artwork commissioned exclusively for the book.

For years, world governments and multinational organizations like the secretive UNIT have suppressed the truth. In this book, leading alientologist Justin Richards finally blows the lid off the biggest conspiracy to radically alter our world since The Scarlioni Incident.

Not only is there proof that alien life exists. The aliens are already here. Based on exclusive access to classified UNIT and Torchwood files—shocking information that has been suppressed for centuries—The Secret Lives of Monsters reveals the terrifying truth behind the rumors and legends.

Packed with iconic photographs, eyewitness accounts, diagrams and illustrations, and sixteen removable color prints, The Secret Lives of Monsters offers background details on a diverse range of alien species—including planetary and genetic origins, habits, social organization, and first human contact. If you want to know why the Sontaran’s probic vent is his weak point or what it is used for; how Daleks reproduce; or how to determine whether your best friend is a Zygon, the answers—as well as everything you need to know to survive future invasions—are here in The Secret Lives of Monsters.

Goodreads Win:

The Assistants Camille PerriThe Assistants by Camille Perri

A wry and astute debut about a young Manhattanite whose embezzlement scam turns her into an unlikely advocate for the leagues of overeducated and underpaid assistants across the city.

Tina Fontana is the hapless but brazen thirty-year-old executive assistant to Robert Barlow, the all-powerful and commanding CEO of Titan Corp., a multinational media conglomerate. She’s excellent at her job and beloved by her famous boss—but after six years of making his reservations for restaurants she’d never get into on her own and pouring his drinks from bottles that cost more than her rent, she’s bored, broke, and just a bit over it all.

When a technical error with Robert’s travel-and-expenses report presents Tina with the opportunity to pay off the entire balance of her student loan debt with what would essentially be pocket change for her boss, she struggles with the decision: She’s always played by the rules. But it’s such a relatively small amount of money for the Titan Corporation—and for her it would be a life-changer . . .

The Assistants speaks directly to a new generation of women who feel stuck and unable to get ahead playing by the rules. It will appeal to all of those who have ever asked themselves, “How is it that after all these years, we are still assistants?”

 

Wishlist Wednesday: Doctor Who: Time Lord Fairy Tales

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Doctor Who Time Lord Fairy TalesDoctor Who: Time Lord Fairy Tales by Justin Richards

Details: Hardcover, 240 pages
Published: November 3rd 2015 by BBC Childrens Books
Buy it: Book Depository

Synopsis: A stunning illustrated collection of dark and ancient fairy tales from the world of Doctor Who. These captivating stories include mysterious myths and legends about heroes and monsters of all kinds, from every corner of the universe. Originally told to young Time Lords at bedtime, these twisted tales are an enchanting read for Doctor Who fans of all ages. Written by Justin Richards and illustrated by David Wardle.

Review: Shroud of Sorrow by Tommy Donbavand

17162397Doctor Who: Shroud of Sorrow by Tommy Donbavand

Details: Paperback, 256 pages
Publication: April 2nd 2013 by Broadway Books
Source: I got it for Christmas
Buy it: Book Depository
My Rating: 4 Stars

Summary: It is the day after John F. Kennedy’s assassination and the faces of the dead are everywhere. PC Reg Cranfield sees his recently deceased father in the mists along Totter’s Lane. Reporter Mae Callon sees her late grandmother in a coffee stain on her desk. FBI Special Agent Warren Skeet finds his long-dead partner staring back at him from raindrops on a window pane. Then the faces begin to talk, and scream… and push through into our world. As the alien Shroud begins to feast on the grief of a world in mourning, can the Doctor dig deep enough into his own sorrow to save mankind?

Review: Even though I haven’t read that many Doctor Who books, out of the four or five that I have read, I think this one might be my favorite.

I couldn’t put it down and read it in one sitting. There were just so many funny moments. Out of the few Doctor Who books I’ve read, the Doctor always seems a little off to me, but in this book, to me at least, he seemed to be a lot like he was on the show.

The only reason I didn’t give this one five stars, was the fact that at times when the American characters were talking or thinking, they would say or think things that just didn’t seem right. At least I didn’t think they sounded right. I mean I don’t live in America, I live in Canada and I wasn’t alive in the 60’s so maybe I’m wrong. Like at one point Warren is backing up and it says that “He felt the back of his legs bump against something hard. The front bumper of the ambulance. He reached back to feel around on the vehicle’s bonnet with his fingertips, trying to work out which door he was closet to.” Bonnet? Am I wrong about this? Do some Americans say bonnet? Maybe I just read it all wrong. Maybe I’m completely clueless.

Overall it was a great read. However, I am now out of Doctor Who books. I must get more. 🙂

Review: Beautiful Chaos by Gary Russell

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Doctor Who: Beautiful Chaos by Gary Russell

Publication Date: December 26th 2008
Details: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: BBC Books
ISBN: 9781846075636
Source: Library

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Buy Doctor Who: Beautiful Chaos:
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Summary: Donna Noble is back home in London, catching up with her family and generally giving them all the gossip about her journeys. Her grandfather is especially overjoyed – he’s discovered a new star and had it named after him. He takes the Doctor, as his special guest, to the naming ceremony.

But the Doctor is suspicious about some of the other changes he can see in Earth’s heavens. Particularly that bright star, right there. No not that one, that one, there, on the left…

The world’s population is slowly being converted to a new path, a new way of thinking. Something is coming to Earth, an ancient force from the Dark Times. Something powerful, angry, and all-consuming…

The Doctor and Donna battle an ancient force from the Dark Times – the latest in the bestselling Doctor Who fiction range from BBC Books.

Review

I love Doctor Who and was super excited when I found this book at the library. Unfortunately I ended up being completely disappointed in it. It didn’t take me very long to read, but I couldn’t wait to finish it. It was pretty boring. There were a few time it made me smile but other than that I just thought it was okay. If it wasn’t for those few times, I may have actually given it only one star. I never thought I would ever rate a Doctor Who book under three stars.

If you are like me and want to read every single Doctor Who book, than give this one a go. If that isn’t something you want to do, you might want to just skip this one.

Note: This is an older review. So I don’t feel like I can get more into what I liked and disliked about it. Maybe someday I will re-read Beautiful Chaos and do another review. Better reviews (hopefully) in the future.

2 out of 5 stars