What is Stacking The Shelves all about?
We are all book lovers and the need to share our enthusiasm is sometimes overwhelming. Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!
My Stack This Week
My stack haul this week has been very, very small. With being as ill as I have been, I’ve barely made it to the library! Plus, my shortlist TBR and currently reading lists are so overloaded, I think I would get stressed out if I added much more to them. In fact, my goal this last week has been to get as much off my currently reading list as possible! Thus, in some ways I’m glad this haul is so small, but it’s also kind of sad!
I grabbed When The Sea Turned to Silver when my hold came in because I knew I was going to need to it soon. It’s my current car audiobook and my previous one, Peter Pan, was almost finished by the time this arrived. I’m getting close to finishing it, so a few days ago, I grabbed Brown Girl Dreaming as my next car audiobook. I’m a bit nervous about how I’ll like a story told in verse in audiobook format, but I decided there was only one way to find out!
This month I have three book clubs and Rebecca was our pick for my friend book club. For my regular library book club, we are reading, The Other Einstein, which I’ve already read. But, for some odd reason, I feel like I should read a book that the group read this year before I joined, which is how I ended up with Necessary Lies in my haul. Honestly, with how heavy my shortlist TBR and currently reading lists are, I probably won’t get to it and will just return it instead. Have you read it? Is it worth it?
I am on a book buying ban for the year, but that doesn’t mean books don’t end up appearing on here for a variety of reasons. For one, the book buying ban only applies to books I spend actual money on and not the freebies I come across. Second, I sometimes join Audible during free trials or when their running a membership promotion, so I don’t count this toward my book buying ban. Lastly, occassionally if there’s a really good sale or it’s a book I’ve been wanting for a long time, I have gone ahead and made an exception. But I have to be careful here – it’s way to easy to simply make endless exceptions!
I already own The Fifth Season, in both paperback and ebook, but Audible was having a sale on the audiobook and I broke my buying ban to snatch it up. I obviously don’t need another copy, but I plan on re-reading this again at some point (I’ve already read it twice) and I thought listening to it might be a great way to experience as new all over again! I also broke my buying ban to buy Literary Yarns, which I am super excited about and you will be too! In the book are crochet patterns for literary characters and I plan on making them to post on this blog. I am so excited to review a book and then post little amigurumi literary characters from the book! I don’t feel too bad about breaking this buying ban since I used points for the purchase instead of real money. Not my greatest month for my book buying ban, but not my worst either!
Both Dunaway’s Crossing and Daughters for a Time were free through the Samsung book deals program where once a month, Samsung users are able to buy one of 4 Kindle books for free. Most of these, I never get around to reading, but sometimes I do when I just need something light. I have mixed feelings about whether I should buy these books and I sometimes forget to claim my free book, but I have come across a few gems and thus, I end up hoarding ebooks. Do you also hoard ebooks?
I went a bit over board with ARCs this week. I won’t be requesting more for quite awhile. I have too much of a backlog to get through! I listened to Lydia Kang’s other book, A Beautiful Poison, and greatly enjoyed it. I enjoyed the storyline and while there was a predictable element, there were some surprises along the way. It was a fun read. When I saw her second book, The Impossible Girl, on Netgalley, I immediately requested it. I expect this to be another fun read! I saw other reviews on Goodreads review Confessions of the Fox and those glowing reviews made me scoop up the eARC of this book. I am excited to read it as it will diversifying my reading! Concerto in Chroma Major grabbed my attention with the beautiful, artistic cover. But the description is what made me request it. I am a sucker for a well done music story and I’m hoping this one won’t disappoint!
I wasn’t sure whether to put Imaginary Things in ARCs or purchases. I am part of a short summer book club where we first read Andrea Lochen’s first book, The Repeat Year. At that book club, we were given a free copy of Imaginary Things. There’s no expectation of a review, but I decided to treat it more like a ARC than a purchase since I do feel a bit of an obligation to review it. Her first book, The Repeat Year, was out of my book genre comfort zone, so I was glad to diversify my reading. Imaginary Things might also do that, though I am not sure as I haven’t full read the back blurb!
What books did you add to your stacks this week? Let me know by either commenting or linking your Stack the Shelves blog post below!