Aug 24

Added to the Bookshelf – 8/24/14

(Inspired by Mailbox Monday, IMM, Clock Rewinders and the like)

Notes From Melissa:

August 20th was my third Blogoversary and I’m so happy to still be a part of this amazing community.  Check out my celebration giveaway below:

3rd Blogoversary Giveaway @ Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf

Recently on Melissa’s Eclectic Bookshelf:

What I Read Last Week:

  • Storms of Lazarus (Shadows of Asphodel #2) – Karen Kincy

What I Am Reading Today:

  • NOS4A2  – Joe Hill (Audiobook) 
  • Shipwreck Island – S.A. Bodeen

Ongoing Giveaways:

3rd Blogoversary Giveaway @ Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf

♥ $25 Amazon Gift Card (Intl) (8/26)
♥ Copy of VESSEL & $10 GC (8/28)
♥ E-Copy of CRYSTAL MAGIC (9/3)

Added to the Bookshelf Last Week:


For Review:

Title: The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic
Author: Emily Croy Barker

An imaginative story of a woman caught in an alternate world—where she will need to learn the skills of magic to survive

Nora Fischer’s dissertation is stalled and her boyfriend is about to marry another woman. During a miserable weekend at a friend’s wedding, Nora wanders off and walks through a portal into a different world where she’s transformed from a drab grad student into a stunning beauty. Before long, she has a set of glamorous new friends and her romance with gorgeous, masterful Raclin is heating up. It’s almost too good to be true.

Then the elegant veneer shatters. Nora’s new fantasy world turns darker, a fairy tale gone incredibly wrong. Making it here will take skills Nora never learned in graduate school. Her only real ally—and a reluctant one at that—is the magician Aruendiel, a grim, reclusive figure with a biting tongue and a shrouded past. And it will take her becoming Aruendiel’s student—and learning magic herself—to survive. When a passage home finally opens, Nora must weigh her “real life” against the dangerous power of love and magic.

For lovers of Lev Grossman’s The Magicians series (The Magicians and The Magician King) and Deborah Harkness’s All Souls Trilogy (A Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Night).


Title: Just One Day (Just One Day #1)
Author: Gayle Forman

From the New York Times bestselling author of If I Stay

Allyson Healey’s life is exactly like her suitcase—packed, planned, ordered. Then on the last day of her three-week post-graduation European tour, she meets Willem. A free-spirited, roving actor, Willem is everything she’s not, and when he invites her to abandon her plans and come to Paris with him, Allyson says yes. This uncharacteristic decision leads to a day of risk and romance, liberation and intimacy: 24 hours that will transform Allyson’s life.

A book about love, heartbreak, travel, identity, and the “accidents” of fate, Just One Day shows us how sometimes in order to get found, you first have to get lost. . . and how often the people we are seeking are much closer than we know.

The first in a sweepingly romantic duet of novels. Willem’s story—Just One Year—is coming soon!


That’s all for me this week!
What new goodies have arrived on your doorstep?
Leave me a link in the comments and I’ll come check out your post!

A leafy divider

28 thoughts on “Added to the Bookshelf – 8/24/14

  1. Booketta says:

    Happy Blog Anniversary 🙂

  2. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz says:

    Enjoy your new books….I’m especially interested in Just One Day.

    And Happy Blogoversary!

    Here’s My Week!

  3. Marina Sofia says:

    Happy third anniversary! Your two new books look rather intriguing and tempting. Look forward to hearing what you think of them!
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  4. Red Iza says:

    Happy blogoversary ! Enjoy your book haul and have a great week 🙂
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  5. I need to read the Just One Day! Hope you enjoy and have an upcoming week.
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  6. UGH! You’ve just reminded me how I need to read Just One Day!!! But I’m so afraid that she writes sad endings and I’ll bawl my eyes out – I soooo don’t need that 😀 You wouldn’t happen to know and be able to give me a hint, do you 😉

    Happy Blogoversary!!! Glad you’re sticking around!!!! …and you know, you NEVER have to return the favor and visit me, EVER!!! I never worry comments 🙂
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    1. Melissa says:

      Actually I don’t know how this one ends…hopefully we won’t both end up bawling!

  7. The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic is one of my all-time favorite books, and I’m not sure exactly why, but it sucks you in and keeps you attentive and entertained through the whole chunky book. I am so looking forward to the sequel– I emailed the author after reading this, and she assured me she was working on one 🙂
    Happy happy blogoversary again! Very generous giveaways too.
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  8. Happy third Melissa! Don’t give up! I just opened a help wanted ad and the response has been great so far. Something you should ponder on. I got control issues too but between my baby and that, I pick my baby! LOL
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    1. Melissa says:

      I don’t blame you one bit! And I am seriously considering doing the same!

  9. Greg says:

    Happy blogoversary! Hope it’s a great week. I like how you broke your 3 years down into stats, that’s kinda neat.

    Shipwreck Island sounds pretty good.
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  10. Happy blogaversary!
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  11. Lauren says:

    The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic looks SO good, and the cover is beautiful! Just found your blog, I’m a new follower 🙂 Here is my Showcase Sunday post for this week. I picked up four new ones

  12. Happy blogoversary! I like the look of The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic! I’ve been enjoying more magical books lately and this looks like a good one to try. Have a great week!
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  13. Yvonne says:

    Happy Blogoversary!

    Just One Day looks really good.

    Have a great week!
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  14. Marcee says:

    Happy Blogiversary! I keep seeing The Real Women’s book, can’t wait to see a review!
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  15. Jillyn says:

    I’ve heard great things about Just One Day. Enjoy it 🙂

    Jillyn @ Bitches n Prose

  16. Mary says:

    Just One Day sounds good. Nice win!
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  17. Happy Blogoversary! Thanks for the generous giveaways. I am curious about The Thinking Women’s Guide to Real Magic and will look forward to your review. Have a great week.
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  18. HARVEE says:

    Just One Day looks like a fun one!
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  19. Ahhh! HAPPY BELATED BLOGOVERSARY MELISSA!!!! *throws confetti* And I still desperately need to read something by Gayle Forman, I feel like one of the only book lovers in the world who hasn’t. Fail!
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  20. Lucy says:

    Congrats on your win! I just love Gayle Forman’s books. The Guide to Magic also looks very cool. Happy reading & have a great week.
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  21. Happy blogoversary! And what wonderful books you received.

    Just One Day looks appealing to me, having recently read (and seen the movie) If I Stay, by this author.

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  22. Serena says:

    Happy Blogiversary! And I really loved If I Stay, so I’d love to see how her other books are!
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  23. Have a great day and a great reading week.
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  24. Elizabeth says:

    Happy Blogoversary. Blogging is so much fun.

    The woman’s guide should be good. 🙂

    ENJOY your week.

    Silver’s Reviews
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  25. Lauren says:

    I’ve heard a lot of good things about Just One Day, but I’m not sure its my type of book. I hope you enjoy it.
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  26. Missie says:

    I am excited for Just One Day!
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings
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