Stacking the Shelves #2

Guys. I have been soooo bad this week.

95266-stssmallI’m back in Norwich, and I’ve been here for 7 days. I have picked up… 6 books. (Plus 3 library books.) “Oops” might be an understatement.

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews & Reading Reality. Each week, you post about the books that have joined your bookshelves!

Let’s start with the library books; I’m just going to list these real quick. The first is Full Metal Alchemist Volumes 1-3 by Hiromu Arakawa. I am loving this so far, I’m just about to start volume 3! I also picked up History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera, which came out… last year, I think? I’m kinda nervous and kinda excited to start this one. And then I picked up Selling Manhattan by Carol Ann Duffy, which is a poetry book and Duffy’s second collection. I loved her first, Standing Female Nude, so I figured that I would really enjoy this one, too!

Image result for the name of the windSo let’s get onto the books that have joined my shelves for the long term. Firstly, we have The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, which is a fantasy book that I’ve been side-eyeing for quite a while. I had a £10 Waterstones voucher, so figured why the hell not and picked it up! This is due to be a trilogy although there’s only two books out right now. Everyone I know who has read it has loved it, so that gives it a good standing so far.

Image result for sabrielNext up we have Sabriel by Garth Nix. I got this book, and the next two following, from a book exchange at my university. When you pick up a book, you can either exchange it for another book, or pop a donation into a box. The suggested donation is a pound, so I just put in at least a pound for these three books (and often a lot of spare change!). I’m really excited to read Sabriel as one of my favourite booktubers, Little Book Owl, raves about it!

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The next book is The Taxidermist’s Daughter by Kate Mosse. I don’t have a lot to say about this one – I read The Winter Ghosts by Mosse, and I didn’t think it was the most incredible thing in the world but it Image result for hollow citywas so deliciously creepy that I really was interested to read this one too. I’m assuming that this book is going to have lots to do with dead things, so I’m excited!

And next is Hollow City by Ransom Riggs. This is the second in the Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children trilogy. I really liked the first book but I’ve heard that the next books don’t live up to the hype, so I’ve been really hesitant about picking them up. Because this was so cheap however, I thought I would grab it. If I like it, I’ll pick up the third book, but if not, I’ll take it back to the book exchange!

The next book I received was The Message by Yan Vava. This got to me via my university newspaper, Concrete, and I thought I would give it a shot! There’s not much to say about this except that it seems to be told in many different ways (eg prose, transcript, poetry) and it’s indie!

Image result for exit west amazonAnd finally we have Exit West by Mohsin Hamid. This was actually the only book I “bought”, I suppose – it was from Waterstones, but it had £2 off, so cost me £12.99. However, it’s a Waterstone’s special edition, and it’s signed! This is a Man Booker Shortlist, I think, and I’ve been eyeing it up for ages! It’s a magical realism novel set in a war-torn country, where doors are appearing to different places like London and LA. I’m super excited to get to this one!

I am super excited for all the books that have joined my shelves! Some of them seem to be quite creepy, so will be perfect for October and the Spookathon which I’m planning on partaking in! I’m also really happy that I didn’t spend too much money on books this week. 6 in a week is a lot, especially as I haven’t really been reading this much, but I’m not planning on buying any more books! I’m going to be on a buying ban until October 1st – there are then two books which I am going to pre-order on October 1st. And then I’ll be on a ban until the Christmas holidays. 🙂

Thank you so much for reading this post! What’s joined your shelves this week? Are there any here that you think I should get to ASAP?

Until the next time,

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All book cover images from Amazon UK. 

Book Discussion: Libraries

Libraries are wonders of the universe. Isn’t it cool that a race as selfish as the humans can create things where you get free books (for a period of time, anyway)?! It’s just amazing.

I love libraries, and when I go down to my local one I always take out way more books than I should which is then annoying because I have to read them. For example, I have two due in 3 days. I haven’t read either. Oops.

BUT! Libraries are really cool not just for the vast array of fictional books on offer. They often have cool displays or exhibitions, or a child’s area with picture books, colouring pages and audio books.

Actually, let’s get on to all of the things that aren’t just books. There tends to be computers, audio books, DVDs, CDs, and people to talk to! What else does one person need?!

And if you actually want the books, then not only is there fiction, but also non-fiction. Ah, it’s wonderful.

I think we should appreciate libraries more and quell any person trying to shut them down. They’re valuable necessities to society.

How much do you love libraries?