Saturday, January 28, 2017

*Stacking the Shelves* 28 January 2017

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Stacking The Shelves is a feature/weekly meme created by Tynga’s Reviews in which you share the books you are adding to your shelves, both physical and virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical stores or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

Now, I already have a monthly post I do featuring the books I get in the mail (and it's a lot because I have a serious Goodreads First Reads giveaway addiction), and I'm going to try to start posting my monthly Read-A-Thon posts again too (even if none of the Platypires will be joining me), which will cover the books I receive through Netgalley. But I also go to my thrift store at least once a week, and often leave with a bag full of books. It's such a common occurrence that I'm known as The Book Lady to the frequent volunteers (and I suspect that they've started scheduling their $1 bag of books sales for Thursdays simply because that is the day I usually visit.) So my Stacking the Shelves posts are going to focus on my thrift store hauls, because this is my blog and I do what I want. 

On that note, here are the books I picked up this week.

The Way to Cook by Julia Child - Ever since reading My Life in France and Julie and Julia for book club, I've been a bit fascinated by Julia Child, and even got Mastering the Art of French Cooking as a birthday present from my husband two years ago. This should make a great complement to that. 
Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire - I'm a big fan of fairytale retellings, and I rather enjoyed Wicked, so picking this book up was a no brainer for me. 
Yes Please by Amy Poehler - This book has been on my Amazon wish list for ages. Snagging a hardback copy for 50 cents seemed like a great idea to me. 
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly - I feel like I've seen this book on a list somewhere, but I may just be imagining that. In any case, this copy came complete with a paper airplane bookmark. 
Unbelievable by Sara Shepard - This is book 4 in the Pretty Little Liars series, and while I'm not a Pretty Little Liars (the tv show) addict, I have seen a few episodes and will probably binge watch it at some point in the future. 
Wicked by Sara Shepard - I couldn't very well buy book 4 in a series and not also buy book 5 when it was sitting right there next to it could I? 
Nefertiti by Nick Drake - I love historical fiction and have a mild fascination with ancient Egypt, so this was a win win. I might even be able to convince my husband to read this one (because ancient Egypt is one of the subjects he's said he's actually interested in.) 
The Eternity Code by Eoin Colfer - I feel like this is one of those books that middle grade boys are supposed to be interested in reading, so it's going in my collection for my son (and daughter if she should choose to read it too.) 
The Brocaded Slipper and Other Vietnamese Tales by Lynette Dyer Vuong - I'm not sure how much diversity I have in my kids books at the moment, so adding this book seemed like a no-brainer to me. 
The First Collier by Kathryn Lasky - This is book 9 in the Guardians of Ga'Hoole series. I have book 1, and maybe book 2. Sure, I'm clearly missing some in between, but why pass up the chance to get this because of that?
The American Girls Handy Book by Lina Beard and Adelia D. Beard - I briefly flipped through the pages of this book, and it looks like it's the type of book that Laura Ingalls Wilder or Caddie Woodlawn would have had (or maybe something they would have inspired). Since I loved both Laura and Caddie in my youth, I wanted this book. It basically describes things a girl could do or create to amuse themselves in the 1800's. 
Katy by Jacqueline Wilson - Sure, the title character spells her name wrong, but this seems like an interesting book. It's got a blue cover that I find reminiscent of Pippi Longstocking. 
Sondok: Princess of the Moon and Stars by Sheri Holman - This book is part of a collection of books about influential women of history called The Royal Diaries. I actually got several of these books two weeks ago, I'm not sure why it took so long for this one to make it's way to the shelves. I hope my children will find them interesting.
Cleopatra VII: Daughter of the Nile by Kristiana Gregory - This is also from the Royal Diaries collection. Hopefully this makes my Royal Diaries collection complete. 
How to Speak Dragonese by Cressida Cowell - This is book 3 in the How to Train Your Dragon series. Much like The Royal Diaries series, I picked up the first two books a couple weeks ago. I wonder if the same family donated both series.
How to Twist a Dragon's Tale by Cressida Cowell - This is book 5 in the series. Obvs had to buy it too. 
How to Cheat a Dragon's Curse by Cressida Cowell - I believe this is book 4 in the series (my copy has a different cover style than the other two books listed, hence the reason these are totes out of numerical order.) 
Babymouse #3: Beach Babe by Jennifer L. Holm & Matthew Holm - This is a kids comic book, and while I'm not a fan of comic books myself, my son likes them. And if buying him comic books will get him to read more often on his own, I'm all for that. 
Babymouse #4: Rock Star by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm - I got several of these, but not all of them. 
Babymouse #5: Heartbreaker by Jennifer L. Holm & Matthew Holm - Do I need to keep adding commentary for these? I didn't think so either. 
Babymouse #8: Puppy Love  by Jennifer L. Holm & Matthew Holm - Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries.
Babymouse #12: Burns Rubber by Jennifer L. Holm & Matthew Holm - You silly English k-niget.
Babymouse #13: Cupcake Tycoon by Jennifer L. Holm & Matthew Holm - Come back here and I shall taunt you a second time.
Babymouse #14: Mad Scientist by Jennifer L. Holm & Matthew Holm - Brave Sir Robin ran away.
Babymouse #15: A Very Babymouse Christmas by Jennifer L. Holm & Matthew Holm - Bravely ran away, away.
Babymouse #16: Babymouse for President by Jennifer L. Holm & Matthew Holm - Brave Sir Robin turned about, and gallantly he chickened out. 
Barbie I Can Be Story Collection by Various Authors - This is a collection of Early Readers. Since I'm currently teaching my 5 year old daughter to read, it should come in handy, even though I already have a massive collection of level 1 and 2 early readers to begin with.
Barbie Story Collection by Various Authors - This is another collection of Early Readers. Same reason as above for buying it. 
Pixie Hollow Reading Adventures by Various Authors - My daughter currently LOVES Tinkerbell, so I had to snatch up this collection of Early Readers for her. 
Pinkalicious Fairy House by Victoria Kann - My daughter's favorite color is pink. This could be the most boring book in the world and she would still love it because there is so much pink in it. This Early Reader just made so much sense to buy.
Pinkalicious Pinkie Promise by Victoria Kann - You guys aren't stupid. You can surely make an educated guess as to why I bought this.
Pinkalicious Pink Around the Rink by Victoria Kann - Another Early Reader for my mini-me.
Pinkalicious Soccer Star by Victoria Kann - Nothing to see here. Move along. 
Pinkalicious School Rules  by Victoria Kann - A Llama once bit my sister.
Pinkalicious and the Pinkatastic Zoo Day by Victoria Kann - A 5 ounce bird could not carry a one pound coconut.
Left Behind: The Kids: Collection #3: Books 13-18 by Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LaHaye - I got books 1-12 a LONG time ago at the thrift store, so finding collections now was a major score. 
Left Behind: The Kids: Collection #4: Books 19-24 by Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LaHaye - It could be carried by an African swallow.
Left Behind: The Kids: Collection #5: Books 25-30 by Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LaHaye - An African swallow maybe, but not a European swallow. That's what I'm on about.
Left Behind: The Kids: Collection #6: Books 31-35 (-34) by Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LaHaye - Tis just a flesh wound.
Left Behind: The Kids: Collection #7: Books 36-40 by Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LaHaye - A flesh wound? Your bloody arms off.

This trip to the thrift store was a bit more expensive than last week. Only the kids books without stickers were $1 per bag, so this lot cost me a whopping $16.50. That's still a pretty good bargain for all these books since just one of the Left Behind Kids collections would cost me more than that on Amazon right now. Don't believe me, just check. - Katie 


  1. My goodness!! That's a lot of books! I really need to find a thrift store in my area :)

    Danica @ Shelves of Spines

    1. I have an unfair advantage. I live near a US military base in Germany, and when people are trying to make weight for moves back stateside, books tend to be one of the first things to go. That's not going to be what I get rid of, but it's why my thrift store is always so well stocked. - Katie

  2. Awesome haul of books this week. I hope you love all of your new books this week.

    Grace @ Books of Love

    1. Thanks. Most of them are actually intended for my children (for once.) But I'm pretty sure (hopeful) they'll enjoy them. - Katie

  3. I actually liked Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister MORE than Wicked back when I read them quite a few years ago. Hope you love it as well!

    1. I'm glad to hear that. Not that I had much doubt that I will probably enjoy the book in the first place. - Katie

  4. ....I really need to get back into the read a thon.

    1. Yes you do. I think we all kind of just stopped doing it for the last half of 2016. - Katie

  5. That's just your thrift book haul? Damn girl, you win. Where the hell do you put them all?

    1. Yep, this is just a thrift store haul. From one day.

      Currently they're getting stacked up on the stairs leading up to the door to the roof, which we're not allowed to use because the roof is considered our landlords there's not reason to keep the stairs clear. All my bookshelves are pretty much full at this point...although there is room for me to put books on the shelves of my kids loft beds, I just need to get around to doing it. - Katie

  6. Wow, all of that for $16.50? That's amazing! Thrift stores are honestly the best. There is one by me that has a really great selection of books... as if I didn't need more. :D I haven't read anything by Sara Shepherd but last year I got a copy of The Amateurs, which I am going to read, at some point. ;D I hope you enjoy all of your new books!

    Have a fabulous weekend, Katie. =)

    Check out my STS post!

    1. I love my thrift store. Sometimes the selection is lacking, but they also often have sales on books, so it evens out for me.

      Hope your weekend is wonderful. - Katie

  7. Oh my :0 You got more books this week, than I did in the past half year or so :p Great haul! How do you find the time to read them all?? Hope you'll enjoy them :)

    Yasmine @ Swissbookworm
    My Stacking the Shelves

    1. The short answer is I don't. I like having variety to choose from though. Where I buy my books at a thrift store, though, I have to grab them when I see them if I think they look at all interesting. And I'm also building a library of books for my kids to choose from as they get older and more proficient at reading.