Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Book Swap - An Update

Back towards the beginning of January, I mentioned that I was going to start trying new blog-ish things and first on my list was participating in a book swap.  Hosted by the lovely ladies at Chaotic Goddess Swaps, the concept was simple -- sign up, get matched up, and get books.  Easy peasy.

I was lucky enough to get matched up with Katie from Spirit of Children's Literature -- she was super nice and funny and the emails started flying.  I can't imagine a better first swap partner!

I sent her three books...she sent me three...and if she didn't live so far away and if it didn't border on the edge of being creepy, I'd probably get in my car and drive to her house to hug her. 


 (and those pics don't even include the yummy goodies that I've already hidden away from my kids)

Where the Stars Still Shine - Trish Doller  

Stolen as a child from her large and loving family, and on the run with her mom for more than ten years, Callie has only the barest idea of what normal life might be like. She's never had a home, never gone to school, and has gotten most of her meals from laundromat vending machines. Her dreams are haunted by memories she’d like to forget completely. But when Callie’s mom is finally arrested for kidnapping her, and Callie’s real dad whisks her back to what would have been her life, in a small town in Florida, Callie must find a way to leave the past behind. She must learn to be part of a family. And she must believe that love--even with someone who seems an improbable choice--is more than just a possibility.

Trish Doller writes incredibly real teens, and this searing story of love, betrayal, and how not to lose your mind will resonate with readers who want their stories gritty and utterly true

Mariana - Susanna Kersley

The first time Julia Beckett saw Greywethers she was only five, but she knew that it was her house. And now that she’s at last become its owner, she suspects that she was drawn there for a reason.

As if Greywethers were a portal between worlds, she finds herself transported into seventeenth-century England, becoming Mariana, a young woman struggling against danger and treachery, and battling a forbidden love.

Each time Julia travels back, she becomes more enthralled with the past...until she realizes Mariana’s life is threatening to eclipse her own, and she must find a way to lay the past to rest or lose the chance for happiness in her own time.

My Name Is Memory - Ann Brashares

From the New York Times-bestselling author of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and The Last Summer (of You and Me) comes an imaginative, inspired, magical book-a love story that lasts more than a lifetime.

Daniel has spent centuries falling in love with the same girl. Life after life, crossing continents and dynasties, he and Sophia (despite her changing name and form) have been drawn together-and he remembers it all. Daniel has "the memory", the ability to recall past lives and recognize souls of those he's previously known. It is a gift and a curse. For all the times that he and Sophia have been drawn together throughout history, they have also been torn painfully, fatally, apart. A love always too short.

Interwoven through Sophia and Daniel's unfolding present day relationship are glimpses of their expansive history together. From 552 Asia Minor to 1918 England and 1972 Virginia, the two souls share a long and sometimes torturous path of seeking each other time and time again. But just when young Sophia (now "Lucy" in the present) finally begins to awaken to the secret of their shared past, to understand the true reason for the strength of their attraction, the mysterious force that has always torn them apart reappears. Ultimately, they must come to understand what stands in the way of their love if they are ever to spend a lifetime together.

A magical, suspenseful, heartbreaking story of true love, My Name is Memory proves the power and endurance of a union that was meant to be.

Thank you, Katie!  Thank you, Chaotic Goddess Swaps!  I can't wait to start reading :) 


  1. Those are such good lookin' books! I'm so glad you loved them and hit it off with your partner! :D

    1. Katie is amazing -- she doesn't know it yet, but she won't be able to get rid of me :)

  2. I enjoyed My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares. It was a good read.

    1. I hadn't heard of it until it arrived...but it looks really really good. I love the premise :)

  3. Loving the covers on these books!

  4. Those are lovely covers. I am a victim of lovely covers often, if it looks good I want it.

    1. I am the same way. I totally judge a book by the cover :)

  5. Wow...those ARE gorgeous! YAY! So glad you joined us for this swap, and Katie is definitely an awesome gal (and blogger, and swap partner)!

  6. Love your blog swap reveal!! Fabulous!! I'm just getting mine up now! Can't wait to hear what you think of My Name is Memory. I really want to read the other two now!

  7. a fun haul! so glad i participated in this swap too!

  8. My Name is Memory is soooooo good. I want to read a sequel to that! I love all of Joanna Kearsley's books. You received three great books!

    Linking from Books 'n' Bloggers Swap,
    Ricki Jill