Saturday, April 22, 2017

*Stacking the Shelves* 22 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 Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving - I know this is a book that ends up on lists of great books or books that everyone should read, so I needed it. 
The Princess Plot by Kirsten Boie - I feel like this book would appeal to my daughter. The cover is almost entirely pink, and she really likes pink. 
A Gathering of Old Men by Ernest J. Gaines - My son actually suggested this book. Based on the cover, it definitely qualifies as a diverse read I think, so I bought it. 
The Portable Beat Reader edited by Ann Charters - This is a classic, so I needed it. 
My Horizontal Life by Chelsea Handler - So I really wish I would have flipped through this book before buying it, because some asshole censored it. It's fucking Chelsea Handler talking about one night stands. There is supposed to be fucking cursing damnit. 
Mattimeo by Brian Jacques - I have bought a few of the Redwall books, so I'm trying to get the entire collection. 
The Beet Queen by Louise Erdrich - I'm not really sure why I bought this book. I think something somewhere made me feel like I'm supposed to read Erdrich, but I don't know for sure.  SaveSave
Tales of Burning Love by Louise Erdrich - There were a few Erdrich books at the thrift store this week, so I snagged most of them. 
The Bingo Palace by Louise Erdrich - So I really liked the cover of this book. My copy has what looks like a circus tent outlined in Christmas lights under the aurora borealis. It's quite pretty. 
The Revenge of the Shadow King by Derek Benz and J.S. Lewis - So I honestly thought that this would be a sequel to some YA fantasy story. It's not. It's the first book in the series. So that's a bonus. 
Conspiracy by S.J. Parris - First of all, the cover for this book is awesome. Second, it's historical fiction set in the 1500s. 
How to Conquer the Tri-State Area by Heinz Doofenshmirtz (with Ellie O'Ryan and Dan Povenmire) - Phineas and Ferb is one of the few kids shows that I actually enjoy watching with my children, so this was a no-brainer. 
The Truth Behind A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lois H. Gresh - I have several of the books from the Series of Unfortunate Events series, so this seemed like a good book to buy to go with those. 
The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp by Rick Yancey - Someone wrote "awsome" inside the front cover in lime green marker. I took that as an endorsement for the book. 
Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman - I own several of Gaiman's books...One of these days I will actually read one of them. 
Demigods and Monsters edited by Rick Riordan - I bought this book thinking it was written by Rick Riordan. It's not. It's written by other people (one of them Jenny Han) about Riordan's Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. It will likely still be entertaining.
The Dinner by Herman Koch - I'm like 93.7% sure that this book appears on some sort of list, although looking at the cover on Amazon, it might be one of those lists of books to read before the movie comes out. 
The Wednesdays by Julie Bourbeau - The cover is like this deep aqua green color, and looks a bit creepy. My son likes to read "scary" stories to help him be more brave. This could come in handy. 
The Life List by Lori Nelson Spielman - My copy of this book has a cartoony cover (which if you read my recent Top Ten Tuesday post you know that gets me). It's also a blueish-green color (which also gets me). I'm guessing it falls pretty solidly in the women's fiction category. 
A Rotten Person Travels the Caribbean by Gary Buslik - The cover of this book made me think of Jimmy Buffett. My mother-in-law loves Jimmy Buffett. It is probably in no way, shape or form connected to Jimmy Buffett, but that doesn't really matter. 
Slave Girl by Sarah Forsyth - I sometimes enjoy reading true-crime books. And one of the topics that both horrifies and fascinates me in that arena is human trafficking. I imagine this will be a thought provoking read.

So that's all the books I got this week. And because my thrift store was having a bag of books sale when I was there, this haul only cost me $2. One of these days I'm going to have to stop book shopping at the thrift store because I'm going to run out of room for all my books.

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


  1. Phew! Katie, you should open your own library. This is a lot! The only one I recognize is the Riordan one - he has so many books published! Interesting that Jenny Han contributed to the compilation.

    I hope you enjoy all of your new books! Have a great weekend, Katie. =)

    Check out my STS post!

    1. I could, at least an informal library. I also actually have no qualms about letting my friends borrow books as it is. I'm probably lucky that they've always returned them in the condition they got them in (so nothing worse than broken spines because I'm a serial spine breaker). - Katie

  2. Woah! Envious of your haul! I love Thrift store hauls!! And book sale hauls, and every other haul I guess. LOL
    This week I have Book Sale haul post so its fresh on my mind lol.
    Here's my STS

    1. We're heading into PCS season right now, so my thrift store is going to be pretty well stocked up for the next 4-5 months...With luck, I'll have a lot of great hauls during that time. - Katie