Friday, January 20, 2017

*Stacking the Shelves* 21 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.

Modelland by Tyra Banks - I honestly didn't even notice who the author was when I grabbed this book, I just loved the cover. 
The World of the Crusaders by Joshua Prawer - I homeschool my children, and even though they're currently in kindergarten and 2nd grade, I like to snag educational books when I find them. You never know when they will come in handy. 
Doctor Sleep by Stephen King - I actually already had a hardback version of this book (at my parent's house in Kansas) and a paperback copy at my house here, but I like the cover on this one (it's got the picture of the girl on it.) 
The Greatest Generation Speaks: Letters and Reflections by Tom Brokaw - While I don't actually end up reading much non-fiction, I always mean to. I'm sure this will fall squarely into that category. 
The Romantic Novel in England by Robert Kiely - I'm fairly certain this was a textbook for some sort of college literature class...It was printed in 1973 so it has that lovely old book smell to it too. 
Best Recipes of the Great Food Companies by Judith Anderson - Who doesn't love a massive cookbook, especially one with recipes marked by the previous owner. 
East to the Dawn: The Life of Amelia Earhart by Susan Butler - Amelia Earhart is kind of a big deal in Kansas (I believe she was born in Atchison) and I'm from Kansas, so obviously she's kind of a big deal to me. Also it has the whole educational thing going for it. 
The Game of Sunken Places by M.T. Anderson - This just looked like a rather interesting middle grade book, and I'm always on the lookout for books that my son may enjoy when he's a little bit older.
The Merlin Conspiracy by Diana Wynne Jones - I always loved books about magic and Merlin when I was a kid (and that was pre-Harry Potter), so this book really caught my attention when I saw it on the shelf at the thrift store. 
If I Did It: Confessions of the Killer by The Goldman Family - This is a book that appeals to the reality tv addict in me I think. It's that aspect of my personality that is fascinated with the OJ Simpson case at the very least. 
The Weirdstone of Brisingamen and The Moon of Gomrath by Alan Garner - So on Amazon you can buy the two books together for Kindle and not separately, apparently...Fortunately I did actually get both of them at my thrift store this week. The covers made me think of Dumbledore and Greek mythology.
The Fool's Girl by Celia Rees - I really like books that at least resemble historical fiction, and this book apparently draws it's inspiration from Shakespeare's The Twelfth Night, so surely it must be good, right? 
Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy  by Karen Foxlee - The cover is blue, that's really all it took to draw my attention to this book. I imagine it's more likely to appeal to my daughter in the future than it is to my son.
Warriors #3: Forest of Secrets by Erin Hunter - I'm pretty sure I've managed to snag the first two books in this series at the thrift store in the past (I know for sure I have the first one). Who wouldn't want to read a book about warrior cats?
The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan - I feel like Percy Jackson and the Olympians books are pretty much required reading for middle grade children these days, so I try to snag them when I see them. 
Moldylocks and the Three Beards by Noah Z. Jones - How could I not buy a book with a title like that. Looking at the cover, I feel like this may be sort of like Captain Underpants "for girls." 
The Canterbury Tales  by Geoffrey Chaucer - So when I was in college, I actually took a Chaucer seminar class, so I own a copy of this book in Middle English, but I'm here to tell you, Middle English is almost like a foreign language, so it's nice to have a copy that's been translated into modern English. 
1,001 Books You Must Read Before You Die edited by Peter Boxall - Because I needed a massive book that would tell me what other books I should be reading. Duh. 
The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan - So funny story. I thought I was getting The Lost Hero (also by Rick Riordan) but apparently this book just has the wrong book jacket on it. (Glad I actually checked inside the cover before posting. How embarrassing would that have been?!)
The Brides of Chance Collection by Kelly Eileen Hake, Tracey V. Bateman, and Cathy Marie Hake - I'm a sucker for a good historical romance, getting six of them in a single book seems like a great deal to me. 
What Your 3rd Grader Needs to Know edited by E.D. Hirsch Jr. - Like I said before, I homeschool, and my son will be a 3rd grader next year, so this will help me ensure he has a well-rounded education, in theory. 

That is quite the list of new books if you ask me, and they cost me a total of $2.00. I LOVE my thrift store's bag of books sales so hard, but I would have bought most of these books even if they were at full price ($0.25 for paperback and $0.50 for hardback.) It's just icing on the fictional cake when I can stick them all in a bag or two and pay one low price. And I'm already fighting the urge to start reading a couple of these, but that would totes go against my #YearOfReadingFreely aspirations, even if getting all of these books for just $2 is basically the same thing as getting them for free. - Katie 


  1. That is a huge list! I've got a 9 year old and a 13 year old so we've read all of the Rick Riodan books and loved them. Enjoy them all and have a great week!
    Laura :)
    My Stacking the Shelves

    1. I have a wee bit of an addiction where books are concerned :) I'm glad to hear that the Rick Riordan books are good/enjoyable. I hope you have a great week as well. - Katie

  2. Haha, I need the 1001 books you must read before you die.

    1. I've been thinking about maybe picking one of the books each week to spotlight on the blog...or maybe I should try to read one each week, and when I do I can mark it as one of the books. I mean, I have that book now, so clearly I have to read the others. - Katie

  3. How, how, you ever choose where to begin? They all sound lovely.

    1. When I need a new book to read, I go judge by covers...Whichever one calls to me most at that point in time is the winner. - Katie