Stacking the Shelves (9 April 2016)


(Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, which is all about sharing the books that you’ve acquired in the past week – ebooks or physical books, and books you’ve bought or borrowed or received an ARC of.)

This week I’ve bought a few new books:

They Are Trying to Break Your Heart by David Savil 

I can’t remember where I first heard about this book but it’s been on my wishlist for ages as I waited for publication day. I couldn’t resist buying it yesterday and I really hope to read it soon.

The Boy on the Bus (Meet Cute) by Katey Lovell and The Boy With the Boxes (Meet Cute) by Katey Lovell

These are the latest two short stories in the Meet Cute series and as I had them pre-ordered they were there on my Kindle when I switched it on yesterday. I expect I’ll be reading these very soon as I have adored all the previous stories in the collection. You can read my reviews of the earlier stories here:  The Boy in the BookshopThe Boy at the Beach and The Boy Under the Mistletoe

The Privileged by Emily Hourican

I just happened to spot this on Amazon yesterday and when I read the synopsis I just couldn’t resist buying it. It sounds like a brilliant read and it’s another one that I really hope to get to soon.

The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick

I’ve seen this book reviewed on quite a few blogs that I love recently and so I decided to pre-order this novel. I hadn’t realised that it was due out yesterday so it was a lovely surprise to find it had arrived on my Kindle!

The Midnight Watch by David Dyer

I can never resist books (be they fiction or non-fiction) about the Titanic so when I read Carrie at Carries Book Reviews fab review  I simply had to pre-order the book! This is one of those books where I just want to start reading it right away but I must catch up with some of my review books first. This will be high on my list of books to read after that though!

Somewhere Inside of Happy by Anna McPartlin

I’ve heard such a lot about this novel and about her previous novel but I’ve yet to read anything by Anna McPartlin. I’ve treated myself to this book as it sounds great, albeit a weepy but that’s ok, and I really hope to read it in the coming weeks.

The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald

I used to own a print copy of this novella but it’s got lost somewhere over the years. I hadn’t realised that there was also a kindle version so I treated myself to it and as this is a short read I plan to squeeze a re-read of it in soon. 

The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock

This is another book that I’ve seen on quite a few blogs and on twitter in recent weeks and the synopsis really appealed to me. 

Where Love begins by Judith Hermann

This was another impulse by this week when it came up on Amazon on the if you liked this then you might also like this page. I read a few pages of the sample and it sounds like it’s going to be a really good read.

The Quiet Ones by Betsy Reavley

This is free for Kindle Unlimited members at the moment so I decided to download it. It sounds fab so I hope I get a chance to read it soon.

The Girl Who Walked in the Shadows by Marnie Riches

I pre-ordered this a while ago so have been anticipating it arriving on my Kindle. I definitely want to start reading this series as soon as I can.


Books I received for review:



The Museum of Us by Carys Bray

I adored Issy Bradley and have recently bought Carys’ short story collection Sweet Home (which I’m going to read soon) so I was THRILLED when Carys offered me a copy of her new novel as part of the blog tour. The Museum of You isn’t out until June so I feel very lucky to have an advanced copy and I can’t wait to read it.

Shame by Ravinder Sanghera

I requested this  on book bridgr a while ago as  it sounds like a fascinating read. 

Twisted River by Siobhan MacDonald

I was offered the chance to review this book a couple of days ago and when I read the synopsis there was no way I was going to turn it down. I’m going to be reading and reviewing this book for the blog tour later this month so I plan to read this book very soon!

Perfect Weddings by Lynda Renham

I was offered a copy of Perfect Weddings a while ago and this week my copy arrived. I’m looking forward to reading this.



This week I also won a copy of The Santangelos by Jackie CollinsI read my first Jackie Collins book way back when I was a teenager and have always remember those books and those days fondly. I was thrilled to win a copy of Jackie’s final book this week, I’m going to save it to read in the garden in the summer for nostalgia’s sake. This edition of the book also contains the very last interview that Jackie gave so that will be emotional but I’m glad to be able to read it.

The Santangelos by Jackie Collins (My Pic)




I’m currently running an international giveaway where you have the chance to win a brand new hardback copy of The One-in-a-Million Boy by Monica Wood. You can read my review and enter the giveaway here.



So, that’s all of my new books from the past week. Have you bought any new books recently? Tell me all in the comments below, or if you have a stacking the shelves post on your blog feel free to post the link below too. 🙂 

My weekly wrap up post will be on my blog tomorrow so please look out for that.


36 thoughts on “Stacking the Shelves (9 April 2016)

          • I loved The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes but somehow missed that there was a new book due. I’ve been trying to avoid NetGalley in an attempt to get my review list down. Never works for long 🙂

          • I still haven’t read The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes but it’s on my Kindle. I love the sound of her new book. I’m trying really hard to get my NetGalley percentage up and only request books that I really, really want and can read soon but I’m so easily tempted!

          • I did reach the magical 80% before Xmas,but it’s been downhill since. Got back up to 77%, but if today’s requests come through it’ll take a dent again. I am trying to restrict to future publications so I can try and catch up my backlog. I only get books from NetGalley & Bookbridgr so in theory I am in control. But like you, I’m easily tempted, especially on a Saturday when I see what everyone else is adding.

          • You’re doing so well! I’ve never got to 80%, I think I’m at around 55% at the moment but I’ve really restricted my requests lately so hopefully I can get my percentage up soon. I only request from NG and BB too but often get offered books and it’s so hard to resist if it’s a book I’ve been wanting to read.

    • I know, I had a bit of a book buying splurge this week! It’s an intriguing title, isn’t it? I’ve kept seeing it around and couldn’t resist it when I saw it was published on Thursday. Hope you have a great weekend too.

  1. Loads of books there!! I’ve had a fantasy week this week! The first two books in The Australia Trilogy thanks to Hodder Books, and I bought myself The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon, Recurve by Shannon Mayer, and White Mountain by Sophie E Tallis! I am currently reading Omen Operation by Taylor Brooke which is very Sci-Fi!!

    • Sounds like you’ve had a good bookish week too. I’ve got The Bone Season on my TBR. I don’t read a lot of sci fi these days but used to love it so maybe should give it a go again. I hope you enjoy all your new books. 🙂

  2. Oh, I loved those Jackie Collins books about the Santangelos, but stopped somewhere along the way, before I finished them all…and now I must have this one! I am also curious about The Smell of Other People’s Houses. Thanks for sharing and enjoy.


    • Me too – I read a lot of them when I was a teenager and have such nostalgic feelings about the series. I’m sure I’ve missed some books along the way but I’m still looking forward to reading this final one, although it’s very sad that there won’t be anymore after this.

    • They’re short stories but they’re such feel-good stories, I love them. I can’t wait to read The Smell of Other People’s Houses either, it’s right near the top of my TBR, just need to catch up on a few more review books first. Happy reading to you too.

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  4. What a nice batch of books! I think those first four all have nice covers and look very interesting. I’ll have to take a closer look at those.

    • Thank you! They are great book covers, aren’t they? The two in the middle by Katey Lovell are short stories and are fab. I hope to read the two novels soon, just need to catch up on some review books first.

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