Saturday, March 24, 2018

Stacking the Shelves 12


Stacking the Shelves is a weekly feature co-hosted by Tynga's Reviews and Reading Reality. It is a chance to showcase all the goodies you've collected in the last week, whether they're bought on-line or in-store, an ARC or a final copy, borrowed from a friend or the library, physical or digital, you get the idea. If nothing else, this treat shows how much of an addiction I really have when it comes to acquiring my precious books.

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The Durham
We are very lucky to have an absolutely stunning museum here that is housed in the old Union Station. In December of 2016 it was designated as a National Historic Landmark. The building alone is worth a trip, and the exhibits are always top-notch. My daughter, who will be five in July, will always choose the Durham first above all other fun places to go, even before the Children's Museum.

There are two awesome exhibits going on right now, and I can never resist snagging some books whenever we go. The first exhibit is Fighting for the Right to Fight: African American Experiences in WWII, which includes tons of artifacts and videos. The second is American Adventure 1607, which is an interactive role-playing adventure where you get to "be" one of the colonists from that first voyage to American and as you go through the maze, you make decisions that cause you to gain or lose health, wealth, food, and morale points. Based on those decisions, you live or die and at the end of the maze you can look up your colonist to see if that person really made it or not. Eleanor and I survived! Additionally, On Wednesday this last week, I went to a talk given by Agnes Schwartz, a Hungarian Holocaust survivor, so I picked up her book as well on this trip. You can read about the event HERE. It was incredibly powerful, and I will never forget it.

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What treasures did you haul this week?

Happy Reading!
Sarah

36 comments:

  1. Ooh, those Jamestown books look fun!

    This past week I bought two titles for Read of England -- one on Shakespeare, and the other a history of the Royal Navy. I've got a biography inbound from interlibrary loan, and next week there are a couple more titles I'm looking at. Should be a fun month, but I suspect history is going to edge out lit in this year's RoE.

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    1. Sounds good - what Shakespeare book did you get??

      The whole exhibit was great and I got a few Jamestown books for Eleanor too, but didn't share those. I'll probably end up reviewing them though. Jamestown is one of my fave topics in US history

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    2. "Shakespeare: The World as Stage". It's not too serious, I wouldn't think -- it's by Bill Bryson!

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    3. Ah yes, I read it a few years ago. I have a strange relationship with Bryson's work. Some I love and some I really, really, don't. I liked that one though. I did not write a review but gave it a four star rating, so I liked enough about it!

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    4. I'm about the same -- almost everything I've read of his in recent years is extremely crotchety. I have enjoyed his nonfiction, though, in "At Home", "The Mother Tongue", and "A Short History of Nearly Everything". There's generally less attitude there.

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    5. I've read The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid, Shakespeare, and The Mother Tongue. The only one I still have on my TBR is One Summer: America, 1927. Then I think I will be done with his work.

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  2. I'm always interested to look at your haul every week! Enjoy these books!

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    1. Thanks Chrissi, I am always glad when someone enjoys my book hauls besides me :)

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  3. The Durham sounds like a great place. The events sound like a good way to learn history. Enjoy your latest.

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    1. It truly is. There are constantly events and lectures, fantastic exhibits, both permanent and traveling, it is wonderful.

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  4. Just three novels this week - my Amazon order hasn't arrived yet... So:

    The Girl in the Ice by Robert Bryndza
    The Night Stalker by Robert Bryndza
    The Final Hour by Tom Wood

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    1. How long have you been waiting on this order now?? Is it the same one you were waiting on last week too?

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    2. No. That one arrived. I got notification for this new one on Thursday.

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    3. Oh good, I was about to say...that's really weird for Amazon to take that long.

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    4. I get most of my books on-line through re-sellers rather than through Amazon direct. Amazon pissed me off by using a courier service rather than the Royal Mail which meant that items had to be signed for. I'd rather postie just push the thing through my later box. If I have to wait a few extra days for it to get here so be it. It's not like I'm going to run out of books in the mean time!

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    5. That's true - I think we all have more than enough to hold us over until the next shipment! That's odd that they use a courier service, here packages come through our regular mail. I wonder why it is different in the UK.

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    6. Not sure. They *used* to use the regular mail but switched a while back. I'm guessing money - it usually comes down to money.

      I have quite a backlog as you might imagine. I think if a book is delayed by a year or three it wouldn't really impact on my reading much.

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    7. That would be my guess, it is almost ALWAYS about money.

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  5. That museum sounds amazing. I hope you love your new books! They look very educational.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. Hey AJ - It is fantastic! it is my favorite place in the city.

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  6. Sounds like an awesome museum! And I love th sound of that 1607 exhibit- how fun (and educational I'm sure)! Both of the Jamestown books look great.

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    1. It's really great, I love it. The first exhibit Eleanor saw (on her one month 'birthday') was Sue the T Rex and the second was Shakespeare's First Folio. The quality of exhibits is mind-blowing. They had a fantastic Prohibition one not long ago too. They had a really great one about spies too. I love that they usually have exhibits that are interactive for younger ones, in addition to ones being mainly geared towards adults. I recommend a visit to everyone who ever visits Omaha!

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  7. The exhibits sounds like a lot of fun! I do the same when I visit museums or exhibitions - if there's a book, I cannot stop but take it.

    Enjoy your new books!

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    1. Oh gosh, it is terrible! And because they always have multiple books available, I end up walking out with more than one, a lot of the time. Another great thing about the museum is that as the exhibit is getting near the end of its run, they start discounting the books. It is kind of a gamble though, to wait and see if they have any books left that I want. So, I end up buying the ones I really, really want and then leave the rest up to chance if there are any left for the discount.

      They have had so many great interactive exhibits, they're so much fun. I may have to post some photos of the exhibit, it was so fun.

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  8. The Library looks good!! Hope you enjoy your books!!
    http://justmeandmyblogreviews.blogspot.com/2018/03/stacking-shelves_24.html

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    1. Thank you Joann! I do have the digital copy but I am not-so-patiently waiting for the hard copy to arrive - I never get hard copies of ARCs, because I usually get offered books from UK publishers and they won't send hard copies to the US. I can't wait to get it!!

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  9. I like your haul, very historical :) enjoy!

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    1. As usual, right? :) This was an especially good one this week, because I've seen the exhibits and they're fantastic!

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  10. I like the cover for A Roll of the Dice. I guess you are a historian? Did you read Beneath the Scarlet Sky. OMG, I cried, maybe that is why I don't read history books - some stories are just to darn sad for me. Happy Reading this week!

    Mary my #SundayRoundup

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    1. Yes, I do love history and would definitely classify myself as a historian. My favorite is UK history but I am always open to a good story. I read non-fiction almost exclusively, so I have not read the book you mentioned. I looked at in on Goodreads though and would definitely be interested in any non-fiction texts about Lella's life. Happy Reading!

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  11. I keep meaning to watch the series Jamestown on TV. I usually like watching these historical drama series.

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    1. Is it only in the UK, or on a service like Netflix?

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    2. Seems to be on Sky1 (cable) but is getting bad reviews. Just started Season 2. I hadn't heard of it until recently.....

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    3. Bummer twice, that it is not here (yet) and that it may not be so good.

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  12. I haven't heard about any of these books but they look interesting. I can see most of these are about history? I guess you love that genre :)

    I hope you enjoy all of your new books :)

    My STS: http://flippingthruthepages.com/2018/03/stacking-the-shelves-20/

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    1. I love history, it is def my jam.

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