Sunday, 23 July 2017

Stacking the Shelves #3

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 e-books!

After neglecting both my bookshelf and my blog for the past few months, I'm back with brand new books! A combination of being ludicrously busy at work and needing to cram for final exams have meant the only things I've been reading for the last few weeks are analysis reports and textbooks. Rock and roll! Fortunately though, my exams are done and my assignments are in - now begins the nervous wait for my results in September - so I can get back to reading what I love.

Books bought
The Evaporation of Sofi Snow - Mary Weber

It's finally arrived! After the delivery date on Amazon being pushed back every time I raced home and was disappointed to find no bookmail, I resigned myself to a long wait to finally get my hands on a copy of this book. A check last week gave the estimated delivery date to be 1-2 months away. So imagine my surprise when I almost tripped over a parcel on Saturday morning, only to find this beauty inside! I absolutley adored Mary Weber's Storm Siren trilogy (you can read my five star rave reviews here, here and here), so anything and everything she writes, forever and always, is going straight to the top of my TBR.

Aurabel - Laura Dockrill 

A sort-of sequel to Lorali, this book sold me on two words; steampunk mermaids.

Books borrowed
A Darker Shade of Magic - V E Schwab
Nod - Adrian Barnes

I inevitably walk away from my book club each month with more than one book! Someone brings along four books for the rest of us to pick next month's read, but there's always more than one that I like the sound of. Nod, by Adrian Barnes, a dystopian story about 99% of the world suddenly losing the ability to sleep and the resulting collapse of civilisation was the official choice by 6 to 5, but I ended up borrowing the runner up, A Darker Shade of Magic, as well. The person choosing the books this week said it was the closest she's come to loving another series as much as Harry Potter. High praise indeed!

Books for review
Heart of Mist - Helen Scheuerer
Show Stopper - Hayley Barker

I received an ARC of Heart of Mist from Helen Scheuerer a few weeks back, but had to wait until by last exam was done before I'd let myself started. Go sensible me! It's a good thing too, because the book would have distracted the hell out of me while I was trying to study. Seriously, it's so good! It's the kind of book where you can stop thinking about the characters even after you've put it down. It's got absolutely everything I love in a book; far away lands, women who kick ass, sisterhood, friendship, magic and mystery. I'd better stop now, because otherwise I'll end up posting an entire, gushing review here! I'll be posting an author interview early next week and an actual, coherent review (promise!) in late August when the book is released, so if you stop by my blog be sure to check them out. 

I won an ARC of Showstopper from Scholastic to my surprise and arm-flailing excitement. Seriously, I've never won any bookish giveaways before. I have the worst luck with that sort of thing! I'm getting serious Caraval vibes from this one, so I can't wait to get started.

It's been a good week for books! What's been added to your bookshelves?


  1. Ahhhh that's a really nice haul!
    I recently got the evaporation of sofi snow as well. I think the hardcover is soooo beautiful! And omg, I'm so excited to read this book! Laura Dockrill's books are still on my wishlist, but I'm very curious to her writing, hope I can buy some of her books soon!

    I've had a darker shade of magic on my shelves since October '16 and still haven't read it, whoops. I've only heard great things about the trilogy so far. Hope you enjoy it as well!

    I've added 8 new books to the shelves this week. A couple of them were found at a thrift store I visited last week and some new books I bought online, like
    * Another postcard by Elle Christensen which I've read for NetGalley and ended up loving so much I immediately bought the paperback as well
    * All the stars left behind by Ashley Graham, which was on my wishlist for quite some time now. I fell in love with sci-fi books after reading Illuminae so I'm always looking for more sci-fi reads with some romance in them and then I came across this one.

    So awesome you won an ARC of showstopper, hope you're going to like the book!

    1. Thanks Melissa! You should definitely check out Lorali by Laura Dockrill if you can (I've not read any of her others yet so I can't comment on the quality of those).

      Ha ha, I'm pretty much the same with ADSOM. People have been going on and on about it for ages, but it sort of passed me by, so it's about time I got to it.

  2. OOoh nice new reads! And congrats on the win! Remember seeing that around twitter and was intrigued with the sounds of the book! Hope you enjoy it!

    Here's my STS

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

    1. I know, I just entered on the off chance. I was genuinely surprised to actually win, I'd almost forgotten I'd entered!

  3. I really liked A Darker Shade of Magic, but I still haven’t read the third book in the trilogy. I hope you love your new books!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

    1. I've yet to meet someone who wasn't positive about ADSOM, so my hopes are high. Thank you!

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