Saturday, January 25, 2014

Stacking the Shelves: The Why-I-Can't-Be-Trusted-In-A-Bookstore Haul

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly Saturday book meme from Tynga's Reviews, all about sharing the books you've added to your shelves over the course of the week.

Well, we had a three day weekend for MLK Day, so I decided to return home for the weekend, seeking some R and R... and in spectacular Savannah fashion, I saw the opportunity to go back to King's Books, and took it. What resulted was almost an hour spent holding my mother and sister hostage within the bookstore while I aimlessly browsed for whatever titles suited my fancy in every nook and cranny (including a science fiction and fantasy section I had never before encountered, oooohh). Me at my worst: after having noticed the kid sister wasn't looking for her own books anymore, I assigned her to scout out specific authors in other sections, and report back to me on what works were there available, while I was still looking on my own. It's not something I'm proud of, but just look at the goodies that came out of it! 


Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Just in case any of you guys like watching a high speed bandwagon with me attempting to throw myself at it as hard as I possibly can, you've got that to look forward to.

Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford
The incomparable Jamie Ford - whose first novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, broke my heart and opened my eyes to more of Seattle's history - has got another book out, and it's also about Seattle. And opera. And it's Depression-era. So, go, Jamie, go!

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
You've just got to give props for a kick-ass cover... this futuristic novel comes highly recommended and has a Kiera-Knightley-and-Carey-Mulligan-helmed motion picture to its name, and apparently packs one hell of a plot twist.

The Keep by Jennifer Egan
Jennifer Egan is my fiction-writing-lady-crush. I said last year that her award-winning A Visit from the Goon Squad was one of my absolute favorite novels and I'm disappointed to say that I haven't read more of her work yet. I originally sought out Look at Me for my sophomore reading effort, but they had this one instead, so I went for it.

The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
Every good bookstore trip needs a classic (or two). One of my mom's favorites.

The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens
(Aforementioned second classic of the shopping trip). One of my English 333 professor's favorites.

The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley
I've been looking for some solid fantasy to get into recently, and I recognized the name of the author, due to the fact that I've gotten several recommendations for their work via my Goodreads account, so I just figured, why the hell not?


London Falling by T.A. Foster
My first attempt at reading New Adult, and I'm so excited! A shmoopy romance about a college senior whose Communications partnership turns out to be more than expected. What's wrong with shmoopy novels, every once in a while?

Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
Just in case you were wondering, yes, I do oftentimes automatically make up my mind for purchase of a novel when it happens to have Seattle in the plot blurb. I love Seattle.

Perfect Ruin by Lauren deStefano
Young adult dystopian post-apocalyptic science fiction ... with an interesting and original plot premise? Shut the front door.

What books did you get this past week?


  1. Hah, I love the title of your post, since I'm the exact same way!

    Enjoy ALL of them - you're going to be in for a crazy ride with all of these books. :)

    My StS

  2. I've had Cinder for a while now, need to get to it. Enjoy your reads! :)

  3. I hope you enjoy all of these! I'm actually pretty bad at any bookstores, even if it's just a grocery store with book section in it. It drives my boyfriend insane!!

  4. That is one great haul you have! I hope you enjoy all of your books!

    Check our STS of this week.

    Leydy @ OUaT & Redcarpetendings

  5. You got Cinder!! Awesome!!! I hope you can stop by mine.

  6. CINDER!!! Best. book. ever! (Well, apart from Scarlet. I also love Scarlet. XD) And I love your blog's header! It's fabulous! My StS!

  7. Ahh, don't worry, I went into town with my cousin and we kind of stayed in Waterstones for over an hour...and then moved into one of our indie stores...but I was scouting out Greek Mythology, so it's a perfectly good excuse ;). I haven't picked up Cinder yet and people keep shouting at me to. Happy reading! :)

    Here's mine

    Kirsty @ StudioReads

  8. Never Let Me Go is just...beautiful. It's a gorgeous novel, but have some tissues handy!


  9. I adored Cinder, and I can't wait for Cress. Happy reading! My STS

  10. I've seen the Never Let Me Go film, but I haven't read the book. The book is supposed to be better than the movie, in this case. I actually enjoyed the film, which is very disturbing.

    Cinder is on my TBR - I need to read both books in this series before Cress comes out.

    Stephanie @ Inspiring Insomnia

  11. Awesome bunch of books! I love The Hero and the Crown and Never Let Me Go. And I've been meaning to read Cinder and Perfect Ruin, so I'll be interested to know if they're worth it.