Stacking the Shelves [1]

stacking the shelves

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. It is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

I’ve wanted to do this meme since I saw it but I’ve been so busy lately. Anyway, I can finally do it now so here are a few addition to my to-be-read pile.



Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling


A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

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Raven (Chronicles of Steele #1) by Pauline Creeden

Title: Raven (Chronicles of Steele #1)23206075

Author: Pauline Creeden

Genre: Young Adult, Steampunk, Fantasy

Format: Ebook

Published: October 2014 by AltWit Press

Summary from Goodreads:

Human life has value.
The poor living in the gutter are as valuable as the rich living in a manor.
The scoundrel is no less valuable than the saint.
Because of this, every life a reaper takes must be redeemed.

Raven has lived by this first tenet since she was trained by her father to become a reaper. But since his death, she’s been spending years redeeming the lives she’s taken. By her count, she’s even and it’s time for that life to end. If she settles down and becomes a wife, she might just feel human again. But on the way to the life she thinks she wants, the baron of New Haven asks her to complete a task which she cannot ignore… Just when Raven decides to give up on her life as an assassin, she’s pulled right back in.


I would like to thank Kathy of I Am a Reader for sending me a copy of Raven.

Can we just take a moment to admire the cover? By the cover alone, we are already charmed by Raven. I have not read and enjoyed a fantasy novel as captivating as this since Graceling. Raven is a compelling book that is action-packed and deals with love, trust, loyalty, romance, and redeeming one’s happiness.

The Plot: Don’t you just love it when the book is about bad-ass female assassins wanting to have peace after a lifetime of danger and bloodshed? No? Well, it is the kind I love. On her way to her childhood friend Gregory’s house, Raven had witnessed an accident resulting in her rescue of a young boy from drowning. It turned out that the boy was the younger son of the duke, Baron Darius. She was then entrusted with his life by the request of his older brother Baron Solomon. In this adventure of Raven and Darius, we see how the pair had learned and grown to trust and love other people. Although there is a hint of romance, Creeden had done a great job staying in the plot by focusing on redeeming Raven’s happiness since the death of her father by finally accepting that it was not her fault and that after everything, she still deserved to be happy. Continue reading →

Salwa’s Reading Solace | An Introductory Post


“WHY READING SOLACE?”, you may ask.

I haven’t always been a reader. My form of escape from reality when I was a kid was anime. I read manga but novels used to bore me. Oh, the torture of reading all those words, a naive younger Salwa used to think. (She missed out on a lot of amazing books but OH WELL.) It wasn’t until I was in sophomore year of high school that I read and finished a book. And then another; then another; and then the rest is history.

Now it’s my number one form of escape. I read whenever I’m bored or happy or whenever I just want to visit another world. Mostly, I read a LOT whenever I’m sad. There was a time a year ago when I was feeling so down. I didn’t think it was depression but it came close to it.

Anyway, reading books had been my only comfort at the comfort. Also, my name Salwa – سلوى is an Arabic word and it has numerous English translations, including a kind of bird called ‘Salwa’ and “solace” (synonyms are: “consolation” or “comfort”), among other things. So after four years of going by “voguishperuser”, I finally changed my handle to “readingsolace” since I thought it fits me and my blog best. ❤


I’m Salwa and I love reading fantasy books. I’ve started reading young adult fantasy in 2015 and have loved them since. I’ve started reading adult books two years ago because I realized that my reading tastes have changed (but I still love YA Fantasy!). I am also an absolute anime geek *wink wink* and I love romantic ships. Book couples are my children. 

I guess that’d be all for now. I’ve been blogging for almost four years now (with a two-year hiatus) and I’m still a newbie and I know I should post often but I’m taking baby steps. Also, I guess it’s easier to rave about books on twitter. I always find myself intimated by writing long posts LOL. So yes, I’m more active on twitter. You can also find me on instagram. You can find the links below and on the sidebar, if you’re interested!

So, first things first. My name’s Salwa; I’m a twenty year-old college fangirl from the Philippines and I am too lazy for my own good very used to procrastinating. I like to waste my time on twitter and instagram. Just recently, I’ve harbored an affection towards books. My love for reading though had started five years ago. I mostly read romance, chick lit, and fantasy. Now some of my favorite genres are YA, NA, fantasy, and sci-fi. My love for books has escalated since I created a bookstagram, an instagram account dedicated for books only. Because of that, I found my way to book blog reviews and voila! It interested me enough to get me to start my own.
I’m looking forward to posting/sharing my reviews and I hope I can keep this place running. Thanks for your time! 😉

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