Saturday, April 15, 2017

*Stacking the Shelves* 15 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.

A Creed Country Christmas by Linda Lael Miller - I'm kind of a sucker for cheese Christmas stories at Christmas time, it's all my mother's fault. But I can get the Christmas books cheaper at my thrift store if I find them before the immediate follow up to Christmas. 
My Antonia by Willa Cather - I feel like this book is on at least a few of those lists of the books everyone should read before a certain point in their life. My goal is to read it before I die. 
Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser - This is a classic (that I'd never heard of before) but I like to pretend to be a book snob sometimes and read the classics. It's also in immaculate condition minus some underlining in the book. I bet it belonged to an English major. 
The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf - Another classic, but an author that I know women at least are supposed to read at some point (although I don't recall this book making an appearance on any particular list).
The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins - This is a book that I know I read in college, or at least I was supposed to read it in college. It's one of very few books that I cannot remember what it was about, which means I probably didn't end up finding the time to do the reading most of the time. It must have been for one of Coyne's classes with that in mind. 
Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie - I know that there is controversy surrounding some of Rushdie's writing, so he's an author I want to read...And this just happens to be a book that I can read next month for Asian-Pacific Islander Heritage Month.
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins - So I think I already owned a copy of this book, but while I was at the thrift store, I couldn't remember for sure, so I bought it anyway just in case. If I have a duplicate, one of them will just go back to the thrift store. 
Genghis Khan: The Man Who Conquered the World by Frank McLynn - So I bought this book based entirely on the cover, it's pretty cool looking. I also think the title of the book may be slightly different in the US (my copy is from the UK it looks like) based on the cost of the book with this title on Amazon. 
The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo - Can you believe that I have never read this book or seen ALL of the Disney animated film by the same name? Both of them are true. I'm not sure why I never watched the Disney film though. 
Spare Brides by Adele Parks - I'm not sure if this book is no longer available for purchase new or if it just has a different title in America, and Goodreads was not much help figuring it out. It's set in the 1920s, and since I like historical fiction, I figured I'd give it a go. 
The Robber Bride by Margaret Atwood - The only book of Atwood's that I've read so far is The Handmaid's Tale, and I enjoyed it, so I'm steadily building my Atwood collection now to hopefully read soonish. 
Cat's Eye by Margaret Atwood - Again, this is part of building a collection. 
Beware, the Snowman by R.L. Stine - My son likes to read "scary" stories like the Goosebumps tales, and I loved Goosebumps as a kid, so I always buy any Goosebumps book I see at the thrift store. 
Monster Blood III by R.L. Stine - See above. 
Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray - It's a classic, so I had to add it to my shelves. 
Fart Powder: The Magical Fruit by Jo Nesbo - I bought two of these books last week I think, so I was happy to find this book this week. Now I'm just missing the 2nd book in the series. 
The Children's Book by A.S. Byatt - The cover of this book is blue, I think that's really all I need to tell you to explain why I bought it. It's just so pretty. 
Even More Short and Shivery by Robert D. San Souci - My son asked to get this book of 45 spine tingling tales, again because he likes to read "scary" books to help make himself more brave. 
Mommywood by Tori Spelling - I like celebrity memoirs and I'm pretty sure this is essentially one of those. 
The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer - This book has been on my wish list for ages, so I was kind of excited to find a copy at the thrift store. 
The Wife's Tale by Lori Lansens - This is an ARC copy of the book, a book that was released in 2010. It has the form letter in it though, and was apparently donated by a bookseller (so it either came from the buyer for the local PX, or it belonged to someone who used to work in a bookstore before moving to Germany.) I like that I'm not the only person who leaves my form letters in my books. 

And that is all of the books that I got this week. This haul cost me $5.50 because I did not manage to catch a bag of books sale this week, but that's still a bargain for what I got. 

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

P.S. Joood - Hooligan of Platypire reviews wants me to shame myself to y'all for not claiming an ebook that I'd won from her a couple years ago (I legit thought I had, and deleted the email) by adding it to this list...but I still haven't gotten the resent email, so apparently Amazon doesn't like me. 


  1. Looks like you had as an eventful week as I did this week. I hope the Tori Spelling book is good, I kind of always liked her and I wonder how the book goes. I'll have to keep an eye on your blog to see what you think!

    1. I'm personally kind of ambivalent about Tori Spelling myself, but I've been on a memoir kick lately, and am curious to read one dealing specifically with motherhood as a celebrity. I also really like the cover. :) - Katie

  2. Whew, what a week, right? I've heard good things about The Girl on the Train, though I don't think it's one for me. The Moonstone looks good - Penguin Classics are usually not TOO bad. :D I hope you enjoy all of your new books!

    Have a fabulous week, Katie. =)

    Check out my STS post!

    1. As a former English major and literature snob, I have a tendency to buy all the classics when I see them. And I fully intend to read them, eventually, but with all the new books out there, I just never seem to have time. - Katie

  3. I've read some of the classics years ago. Happy Reading! I'm visiting from the Reading with Beth blog.

    1. I read several just for fun back in high school, but there are so many of them that I know I'll have books to read for years to come (even if I read nothing but the classics.) - Katie

  4. You got such a great haul this week! I am way jealous. I can't wait to see all your reviews on these books. I have read a Jo Nesbo book and I enjoyed the book, so I hope you enjoy that book.

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    1. I actually bought the Jo Nesbo book for my kids (although maybe I should read it and fake outrage over how inappropriate the material is for children!) LOL. - Katie