Welcome to the latest volume of Stacking The Shelves! This meme is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may those books be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in a physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts, and e-books.
Allegiant by Veronica Roth (YA Dystopian / Science Fiction): The final book in Roth’s Divergent Trilogy caused loads of controversy after its release last year – one of the biggest reasons being that fans were disappointed and enraged by the ending. So, yes, I already know how Allegiant ends; discussion abound everywhere on the blogosphere and beyond. But I have to give this shot. At the very least, I want to try and finish this series, which has pleasantly surprised me so far (even though it’s been far from perfect). Right now, my plan is to wait until after the film version of Insurgent comes out next year before reading Allegiant.
The Tea Companion: A Connoisseur’s Guide by Jane Pettigrew (Food & Wine / Health & Lifestyle): If you’ve visited this site before, you might already know that one of my freelance ventures is tea reviews. That’s why a friend of mine thought I’d be interested in reading this book. It’s all. About. TEA. 😀 The history of tea, different types of tea (black, oolong, green, and white), tea cultivation, all methods of brewing tea, cultural uses and traditions using tea – in short, The Tea Companion is incredibly informative. The entire second half is an in-depth index of all of the countries that produce tea, and what kinds of tea they produce. The Tea Companion also contains dozens of gorgeous photographs and images from the past and current-day. This copy shown above was printed in 2004 and is now out-of-date, so I recommend any tea lovers to check out the most recent version here. I know I’ll get myself a copy after Christmas – this would be a fantastic reference to have for future tea reviews!
How about you? What books did you recently buy or acquire? Have you read Allegiant or The Tea Companion? If you did, what did you think of either story (or both)? (I probably just opened a HUGE can of worms by asking for people’s opinions about Allegiant. *gulp*)