Saturday, April 1, 2017

*Stacking the Shelves* 1 April 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.

Winnie the Pooh's Bedtime Stories by Bruce Talkington - My son actually asked if we could buy this book because he wants to read it. I would legit buy just about any book he asked for if it meant he was reading. 
Disney 365 Bedtime Stories by various authors - Each story in this book is a single page long...there are some nights where I'm just really too tired to read when it's the kids bedtime, so this will come in handy for nights like that. 
Sesame Street Goodnight Stories by Liza Alexander - My son asked for this book too. Seriously, couldn't say no. 
The Land of Elyon Book #4: Stargazer by Patrick Carman - Alright, so I don't have books 1-3 in this series, but this book looks pretty interesting to me (and it appears to feature a dragon, which would help me to complete a side-challenge for the #BeatTheBacklist Hogwarts mini-challenge, so...) 
The Thirteen Ghosts by Geronimo Stilton - I say that I'm buying all these Geronimo Stilton books for my kids, but you just wait, I'm probably going to end up reading all of them this year (because they're short and I can totally write 250 word reviews on them to earn more points for #BTB). 
Kingdom Keepers: Disney After Dark by Ridley Pearson - The cover of this book is wicked awesome...and it seems to be like Night at the Museum meets Walt Disney World. 
Chasing Magic by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen - This is a Merida chapter book. I'm hoping that it will appeal to at least my daughter when she's ready to start reading chapter books here in the near future.
Beauty and the Beast: The Only One Who Didn't Run Away by Wendy Mass - This is a Twice Upon a Time book, so kind of a fairy tale retelling, I think. 
Rapunzel: The One With All the Hair by Wendy Mass - This is also from the Twice Upon a Time series. 
The Yellow House Mystery by Gertrude Chandler Warner - I always buy Boxcar Children books when I find them, I was pleased to find a couple at the thrift store this week. 
West From Home by Laura Ingalls Wilder - So these are letters written by Laura Ingalls Wilder from San Francisco apparently. I loved the Little House on the Prairie books when I was younger, so I'm intrigued by this. 
Burning Bright by Tracy Chevalier - I almost bought this book last week, but decided not to. When it called to me again this week, I figured that was a sign. 
Mike's Mystery by Gertrude Chandler Warner - Another Boxcar Children book. 
Scooby-Doo and the Zombie's Treasure by James Gelsey - My kids have always liked Scooby-doo, so this should be a winner with them. 
Europe Central by William T. Vollmann - The blurb made me think this book would be sort of like All the Light We Cannot See, so I was intrigued. 
The Japanese Fairy Book compiled by Yei Theodora Ozaki - I'm a big fan of Eurocentric fairy tales, it would be interesting to see how Japanese fairy tales compare. 
Bunnicula Strikes Again by James Howe - I think these books look so fun...I mean, it's a rabbit with sharp, pointy teeth. 
Four Mice Deep in the Jungle by Geronimo Stilton - Do I really have to keep explaining these? You're smart people right? 
From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg - I feel like this is a book that most grade school children read, but I'm not sure I ever did. I should rectify that. 
The School Carnival from the Black Lagoon by Mike Thaler - These look like the kind of books that would appeal to young boys, so I try to buy them when I see them for my son. He has yet to show any interest in them, but maybe. 
Attack of the Dragons by Geronimo Stilton - More of the mouse adventure books. 
The Peculiar Pumpkin Thief by Geronimo Stilton - Same as above. 
Wild by Cheryl Strayed - I actually already owned a copy of this book, it's hardcover and I believe the Oprah's Bookclub edition, but I don't really like reading hardback books if I can keep from it (they're just too heavy), so snagging this copy for a quarter seemed like a great idea. 
Doctor Proctor's Fart Powder by Jo Nesbo - It's a book about fart powder. It's sure to be appealing to boys right?
Who Cut the Cheese? by Jo Nesbo - This is the third book in the Doctor Proctor's Fart Powder series. It would have been foolish to not buy it since I was buying the first book in the series right? 
The Trouble with Germs by Jennifer Frantz - This is a beginner reader book based on the Sid the Science Kid series. 
Winter Festival by Ruth Benjamin - A My Little Pony beginner reader.
The Rescue Mission by Kate Howard - A Ninjago beginning reader book. 
Attack of the Nindroids by Kate Howard - Another Ninjago beginner reader. 
The Titanium Ninja by Kate Howard - You guessed it. Another Ninjago beginner reader.
Techno Strike by Kate Howard - Do I have to say it?
Spy vs. Spy by Kate Howard - This is the last Ninjago beginner reader.
Need for Speed by Trey King - This is a Lego City beginner reader.
The Joker's Ice Scream by Donald Lemke - A Batman beginner reader.
Time-Travel Trouble by Bill Wrecks - A Mr. Peabody and Sherman beginner reader.
Penny of the Pyramids by Frank Berrios - Another Mr. Peabody and Sherman beginner reader.
Kiss the Frog by Melissa Lagonegro - A Princess and the Frog beginner reader.
Princesses and Puppies by Jennifer Liberts Weinberg - A Disney princess beginner reader.

So that's all the books that I picked up this week at my thrift store. This haul cost me a whopping $14 because the beginner readers cost $0.50 each and that adds up kind of fast for no bigger than they are, but it's still quite the bargain if you ask me. And I just realized that almost all of the books I grabbed this week are "for my children." 

What books did you add to your shelves this week? - Katie 


  1. Nicely done, as usual! I need a thrift store like yours. o_o I remember reading so many Boxcar Children books when I was younger! I bet I still have some too! Which is crazy. :D I hope you enjoy all of your new books!

    Have a fabulous weekend, Katie. =)

    Check out my STS post!

    1. Just get stationed at a military base overseas...That's the trick to the awesome thrift store :) I read a lot of Boxcar Children as a kid too, but I think they all got lost when we moved my freshman year of high school...otherwise they are in boxes in my parents basement now, which is still rather far away from me at the moment. - Katie

  2. My kids have tons of Scooby Doo books and movies. I'm a big fan too :)

    Have a great week!

    My STS

    1. I'm kind of partial to Scooby myself. Especially compared to some of the other kids shows out there these days. :) - Katie

  3. WOw. I never have much luck with thrift stores. I hope your son loves Winnie the Pooh, he's one of my favorites.

    1. I'm fortunate to be stationed overseas with my family. The thrift store on base always has LOTS of books in stock and they're constantly getting more from people PCSing. My hauls should get regularly cheaper here soon as we enter the major PCS season. - Katie

  4. What is the Goodreads First Reads giveaway? I am very active on Goodreads, but I don't know where that section is on the website. Do tell me, please! You area serious bargain hunter to get all those books for $14, fantastic! Have a wonderful week.

    1. To get to the Goodreads First Reads giveaways, you have to be on a computer or using the web browser on your mobile device (it doesn't work through the Goodreads app, so you have to be sure to be using the full site version of Goodreads if you're on a phone.) Then go to the Browse button on the menu and from the pop down menu you'll see "Giveaways." It's pretty self-explanatory from there I think :) - Katie

  5. OMG, you never read Bunnicula?? My brother, who was NOT a reader, loved those books. We nicknamed my one bunny Bunnicula b/c she was that much of a brat sometimes, and she liked to bite when she was pissed at you.

    1. Nope. Bunnicula never crossed my radar. I think it would have been right up my alley if it had because I loved all the ghost stories and "scary" books when I was younger. Kind of makes me sad that it didn't. - Katie

  6. I don't think I could refuse my child a book either, much to my husband's chagrin. :-) These all look awesome and I hope your family enjoys them. Have a great week!

    1. Thank you. My husband is often not thrilled with my book buying either, but I think he's come to accept it and has even started enabling the addiction some. He's kind of a keeper. - Katie

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    1. Yep. My "kids" should have plenty to read for a while. :) - Katie

  8. Ugh. I wish my thrift store books were this cheap!!! :( Even 50 cents for the beginning reader books isn't much.

    Side note: When we get married, we're going to have a big castle right? So that all of our books can have their own rooms?

    1. The only reason my book store offers books so cheap is because they always have lots of them, and they need to get them off the shelves. I'm also pretty sure many books pass through the store more than once because most people are willing to purge their book stash to make weight for moving. I'm not most people, all my books are coming back to the states with me (well except for the duplicates that I've ended up with.)

      And maybe on the when we get married thing. Although I was thinking more of a mansion because castles tend to be rather cold and drafty, which is not good for book preservation. We're totes going to have a massive library though. - Katie