This week I’ll once again be taking part in Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. The idea of for Stacking the Shelves is to talk about the books you’ve bought, borrowed, etc. and show off and talk about your purchases and borrows. This is basically the perfect feature for me because I buy way more books, and read way more books, than I’ll ever be able to review. I’ll most likely talk about the stores I bought the books at as well, especially if they’re independent stores.
This week I purchased 15 books and received 2 books on NetGalley. Check them out below!
This week’s StS includes this past week and my entire holiday shopping spree as well so there’s going to be a lot of books! To start of with, I went to Barnes and Noble in Ellicott City and got a big haul, because I got over excited!
I picked up mostly stuff I’d been having a hard time finding back home. First I got A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall. I featured this in a WoW a little while back. This isn’t available in stores in Canada, only online, so I figured I’d just pick it up while I was here. Next I got 45 Pounds by K.A. Barson. I’ve been looking for this book for a while because I think it deals with an interesting issue, body image, and I’m curious to see how it’s handled. Then I got Wish You Were Italian by Kristen Rae. This “If Only” books have made me kind of curious because they sound like the kind of fluffy light reading I usually read after a heavy book, so I’m excited to read it, and was so excited to see a copy of it on shelves.
Next I grabbed some graphic novels I’ve been trying to find back home, all of them from First Second Books. First is Jim Ottaviani and Maris Wicks’ Primates. I have been trying to track this book down since it came out but it was never in stores back home. Then I grabbed two books by Gene Luen Yang. First was Level Up which has art by Thien Pham and the other was The Shadow Hero which is Yang’s most recent work with Sonny Liew. While I’m not Yang’s biggest fan I think his work is really good and generates a lot of discussion points for me.
Then I stopped in at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. On my last visit to the museum I picked up a few books, so this time I knew I would find some books and really struggled to pick just one, they have a really great selection of works about the holocaust (and many other topics).
I settled on another First Second book (most of the books I was trying to choose from were from First Second), Hidden by Loic Dauvillier, Marc Lizano, and Greg Salsedo. This is another book I’ve been having trouble finding, but I knew I’d find it at the USHMM.
Next, while I was in Baltimore I went to another Barnes and Noble, one of the prettiest ones I’ve ever been in, to see what else I could find.
I picked up Rebel by Amy Tintera. I read the previous book, Reboot, a few months ago and have been hemming and hawing about when to buy this. I like the series but there are other books I’ve always prefered to buy first. I finally caved though and picked it up. Then I got Like No Other by Una LaMarche. I have heard some great things about this book and am really excited to read it.
On the way back from Baltimore we stopped at an outlet mall near Pittsburgh, I think the store was called Oops? Anyway, it was a discount book store, I picked up 4 things.
First was Up Over Down Under by Micol Ostow and Noah Harlan. The S.A.S.S. series is kind of a guilty pleasure of mine, I think I’ve read 3 of the other books. Then I found a few more First Second books that I’ve been looking for. Refresh, Refresh by Danica Novgorodoff. I loved Novgorodoff’s The Undertaking of Lily Chen so I decided to check out some of her earlier work. Defiance (Resistance #2) by Carla Jablonski and Leland Purvis. I don’t have the first book in the series, so I’ll have to get that one, but I’m excited to read this series. Finally, I got Americus by M.K. Reed and Jonathan Hill.
Then this week I always started working at Chapters, so of course I picked up a book after my first shift.
I bought Guy Delisle‘s Even More Bad Parenting Advice. I am a huge fan of Delisle, I’ve read most of his stuff and his “parenting advice” comics are really funny. I had no idea that there was even a second book so I was pleasantly surprised to see it at work and picked it up.
Then I got something of an early birthday present. My birthday is tomorrow, but I got this gift on Thursday from my grandmother.
She bought me Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods by Rick Riordan and John Rocco. I’ve read the original Percy Jackson series, and plan to eventually read the second series, so getting this book is kind of a nice surprise. I hadn’t planned on getting it but I think the price was right so we agreed it would be my birthday gift. Excited to read it soon.
This week I received 2 books from NetGalley.
The first is Twitter Girl by Nic Tatano. This book sounded like it had an interesting plot. I’ve already read and reviewed it, you can read the review here. I wasn’t a big fan. This book was provided to me by NetGalley and HarperImpulse.
The second book I received from NetGalley and Bookouture is Pear Shaped by Stella Newman. This book was released originally 2 years ago, but is making its debut in North America this month. I’ve already finished reading it, my review will be up next week!
Have you read any of these books? Leave me a comment and let me know what you thought of them!
What did you add to your shelves this week? Leave me a comment and let me know!
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