Saturday, February 18, 2017

*Stacking the Shelves* 18 February 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.

GI Brides by Duncan Barrett & Nuala Calvi - I bought this book because I needed a book featuring a kiss for an upcoming Instagram challenge, and I didn't want to have to find one amongst the books I already own. But I also like WWII era historical fiction, and this book basically fits that. 
Kris Jenner...and All Things Kardashian by Kris Jenner - I have a probably unhealthy fascination with the Kardashian's, headlines about them are one of the few things that gets me to buy gossip rags at the store (and I know those things are full of lies and speculation.) 
Watermelon by Marian Keyes - I'm not sure now which of my blogging friends likes Marian Keyes, but I think it's one of the Platypires, so I buy her books any time I see them even though I haven't read anything by her yet. 
When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit by Judith Kerr - It's actually odd that I haven't already read this book, because I read many notable WWII era historical fiction books targeted towards children as a child. I've always had a fascination with the Holocaust and learning about peoples lives during it. 
Ghosts Don't Eat Potato Chips by Debbie Dadey and Marcia Thornton Jones - I feel like I read a lot of the Bailey School Kids books when I was younger, this particular one was copyrighted when I was in 2nd or 3rd grade, so it's very possible these made up a portion of the hauls that I'd get after every book order. With that in mind, I've been buying these for my kids to read. 
The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby by Dav Pilkey - My son likes comic books, so this will likely be right up his alley. 
Confessions of a Sponge by Sarah Willson - I like Spongebob Squarepants, and I like to at least pretend that my children do too. 
Chuckle and Cringe by David Lewman - This is a book of Spongebob's embarrassing stories. It's a nice short book for a reluctant reader. 
Charlie Bone and the Time Twister by Jenny Nimmo - This book made me think of Harry Potter, so I felt it was worth buying to see if it would be appealing in a similar way.
Charlie Bone and the Castle of Mirrors  by Jenny Nimmo - I think I was able to get most of the series all in one go. 
Midnight for Charlie Bone by Jenny Nimmo - If you want to read this series, this is the book you should start with. It's #1. 
Charlie Bone and the Invisible Boy by Jenny Nimmo - I hope this series isn't just a cheap knockoff of Harry Potter. That would make me sad. 
The Beach House by Jane Green - I think Jane Green was one of the featured authors for BookSparks a couple years ago when I was trying to take part in some challenge, so ever since then I've bought any of her books I've come across. 
The Heroic Sagas of Neuschwanstein by Markus Richter - This book doesn't appear to be available on Amazon (it's probably only sold at Neuschwanstein Castle and in the town of Hohenschwangau in Germany. I've been to Neuschwanstein though, so I wanted the book. 
Isle of the Dead by Emily Rodda - The cover of this book is shiny. That's all it took to appeal to me. Please don't judge. 
The Key to Rondo by Emily Rodda - The cover of this book looks like a cross between The Wizard of Oz and Frozen. I'm intrigued. 
Lament by Maggie Stiefvater - I think I've heard good things about this author, so the book was worth a shot. 
Ballad by Maggie Stiefvater - I couldn't buy Lament and not buy Ballad too when they were sitting right next to each other. 
Charlie Bone and the Hidden King by Jenny Nimmo - Obviously this should have been listed sooner, but that's not how it ended up being bagged when I was shopping. 
The Guardian by Nicholas Sparks - I'm really not a very big Nicholas Sparks fan, but I know his books are good for when I need a truly heartwarming read that will also make me cry like a little girl. 
The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling - I love love love Harry Potter but have no actually read any of Rowling's other work. It's probably high time I remedied that.
The Real Boy by Anne Ursu - It's becoming quite apparent to me that I have it in my head that my children are going to love to read (or I will MAKE THEM!!!) Since we homeschool, they don't have the benefit of getting Scholastic book orders, so this will just have to do.
Sister of My Heart by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni - I try to buy books about diverse life experiences when I find them. 
Blaze the Ice Dragon by Adam Blade - It looked like a relatively easy read for a young reader (like my kids) and I might be able to use it to help score some points for the #BeatTheBacklist #HogwartsMiniChallenge too.
Stealth the Ghost Panther by Adam Blade - Again, looks like an easy but exciting read for my kids.
Revenge of the Living Dummy by R.L. Stein - My son has started to show an interest in Goosebumps books, so I will continue to buy them when I find them. 
Frankenstein Doesn't Plant Petunias by Debbie Dadey and Marcia Thornton Jones - I think the Bailey School Kids books look interesting. 
Scooby-Doo and the Carnival Creeper by James Gelsey - My kids have enjoyed watching Scooby-Doo on DVD, so I hope that will translate to wanting to read the books.
Scooby-Doo and the Masked Magician by James Gelsey - Same explanation as above. 
Scooby-Doo: The Case of the Lost Lumberjack by Jesse McCann - I've got a lovely bunch of coconuts.
Spongebob Squarepants Trivia Book by David Fain - I fully intended for my children to get this book, but see what people are charging for used copies on Amazon, I think I might wanna' sell it instead! 
Spongebob Naturepants by Terry Collins - I guess my kids can keep this one. It's available on Kindle for not a whole lot. 
Laugh'n'ride by David Lewman - This is a Spongebob Squarepants joke book...surely it's funny right?
Dear Spongebob by Steven Banks - This is basically a Spongebob Squarepants Mad Lib book. 
Spongebob Squarepants: Joke Book by David Lewman - I think this is self-explanatory.
Hall Monitor by Annie Auerbach - This is just a Spongebob Squarepants chapter book. 
Spongebob Superstar by Annie Auerbach - Another Spongebob chapter book.
Adventures in Bikini Bottom by various authors - This is a collection of read to read books. 
The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas - I really like the cover of this book. 
The Story of My Life by Helen Keller - I feel like this is a good educational book, the kind of thing I would have had to read as a child, so naturally in intend to require my children to read it. 
Best Friends Forever by Jennifer Weiner - I buy all of Weiner's books when I see them...One of these days I'll read at least one of them. 
My Dearest Mr. Darcy by Sharon Lathan - A continuation of Pride and Prejudice, sign me up. 
Mr. and Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy by Sharon Lathan - So, this should have been listed before the previous book. Pretend that's what I did.
Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife by Linda Berdoll - Wait, a different Pride and Prejudice continuation...I'm probably going to get quite confused. 
Darcy & Elizabeth: Nights and Days at Pemberley by Linda Berdoll - Yes, going to get quite confused indeed. 
Home Front by Kristin Hannah - Ever since reading The Nightingale, I've bought every Kristin Hannah book I've found. 
Sexual Selection by Malte Andersson - Can't find this book on's a science book that maybe will be useful at some point. 
Winter of the World by Ken Follett - I probably don't have the first book in this series, but I might...I have at least two other Follett books, I think...maybe. 
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov - I've done those writing style analyzer thingies online, and they consistently say that I write like I should probably read him at some point. 
DK Eyewitness Books: Mammal by Steve Parker - This book is absolutely for school purposes.
Star Wars Episode 1 Journal: Queen Amidala by Jude Watson - My kids like Star Wars, so they may enjoy this. 
Sandy's Rocket by Steven Banks - It's another Spongebob chapter book. 
Scared Silly by David Lewman - Spooky Spongebob jokes.
Lights! Camera! Action! by Jenny Miglis - This is another Spongebob Mad Libs style book.
Laughapalooza Joke Book by Kitty Richards - Phineas and Ferb jokes. This is one of the few current kid shows that I actually enjoy, so I fully encourage my kids to watch it.
Monkey Me and the Golden Monkey by Timothy Roland - I just thought this looked like an interesting kids book.
Treasure in the Graveyard by Roberto Pavanello - I always loved scary stories as a kid, so I try to provide them for my kids as well.

And that is all the books that I bought at the thrift store this week. This haul cost me a whopping $8.75, so it was kind of an expensive week for me, but I got a LOT of books, and most of them are even for my children. What did your book haul look like this week? Let me know in the comments. - Katie 


  1. Wow, what a collection! I hope you enjoy these books. I enjoy Marian Keyes!

    1. Thanks. Most of them are actually for my kids, although I'm probably going to read the Charlie Bone books because the covers and titles make me think of Harry Potter. - Katie

  2. Dude, how big is your house? Where do you put all the books?

    1. Well, we live in a decent sized house...and German houses tend to have what is known as a mother-in-law suite, which allows MIL to live with you to help care for the children or whatever, but still have her own space...Our MIL Suite houses our game room in what would normally be her sitting room/living room...and the small room that would be her bedroom is my library...Although I'm getting to the point where the library is going to start looking like a room from an episode of hoarders with books stacked from the floor to the ceiling.

      We also have loft beds with shelving underneath in both kids rooms, which provides a fair amount of space for all the kids books I buy, and a lot of the books on this list are around 50 pages long, so not really very big to begin with. - Katie

  3. Also, my haul was a whopping 3 books.

    1. You are much more likely to read your haul in a timely fashion than I am. I just have a serious problem. - Katie

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    1. Thanks...I was really excited about it when I found them...I'm slightly less excited now that I realize they're by two different authors and from two different series. - Katie

  5. So many books such an amazing haul! I love thrive shopping. Enjoy all your books.

    Megan @reading away the days

    1. Thank you. It was a really big week for books for me. - Katie

  6. WOW. That... that is amazing. All of that for under $10? Such a great deal. Quite the variety too! I'm sure you and your kids will be busy for months. I hope you enjoy all of your new books!

    Have a lovely week, Katie. =)

    Check out my STS post!

    1. Thank you. This is just one week...we've already got books for YEARS...I have a slight addiction. - Katie

  7. What an amazing haul. I hope you love all of your new books.

    Grace @ Books of Love

  8. I think we read The Story of my Life in school at one point, and I actually really enjoyed it...or maybe it was a play. Hmmm...

    1. I think we watched a movie or video of it when I was in school. I definitely remember learning about it, but I don't think it was through reading because I have a strong memory of seeing a girl holding her hand under a stream of water from a spigot, and I typically remember words rather than images from reading. - Katie

  9. Wow what awesome finds. You got some great titles. I never have that good of luck. Enjoy!

    1. I am affiliated with a military base overseas. Books are often discarded to make weight for shipping when moving to a new base, so I have a distinct thrift store advantage right now. - Katie