Stacking the Shelves (4 Feb)


(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.)


It was my birthday last weekend and I received 21 new books as gifts! I wanted to do a book haul for those books separate to my Stacking the Shelves post but if you want to know what other books I got this week please check out my Birthday Book Haul post.

This week I’ve bought 2 new print books:

How to Suppress Women’s Writing by Joanna Russ

A friend recommended this to me many years ago when I was doing my English Lit degree but I never did get around to borrowing it from the library. I’ve had it on my wish list for ages but as it’s out of print it’s always really expensive for a second-hand copy. I got lucky this week when I spotted it being sold in very good condition for £3.00 plus postage. This is a book that won’t be on my TBR for very long as I’m really keen to read it!

The Way I Used to Be by Amber Smith

This was another bargain I spotted this week. I got a second-hand hardback copy on Amazon  Marketplace for £2.81 including the postage. I’ve had this on my wish list ever since I first heard about it so hope to read it soon.

I also got 6 new ebooks:

The Good Immigrant by Nikesh Shukla (ed.)

I’ve been wanting to read this since I heard about it around the time it was published last year. I noticed it was available on ebook for £2.99 this week so I snapped it up. I’ve already started reading and it’s very good. I’ve just been reading one essay at a time and then putting it down for a while as it’s a book that makes you think and I want to take my time with it.

The Unseeing by Anna Mazzola

I’ve had this book on my wish list since it came out but have kept putting off buying it for some unknown reason. Then this week I saw a brilliant review on a blog and I knew I had to get a copy. I plan on reading this in the next couple of weeks.

Flamingo Land: and Other Stories by Ellah Wakatama Allfrey

I’ve seen this book being hauled on a few YouTube channels recently and I’ve been intrigued by it. When I saw that it was available as an ebook I decided to take a chance on it. It’s a short story collection, and I really want to read more short stories this year, so I don’t think this will be on my TBR for very long!

Gut Symmetries by Jeanette Winterson

I spotted that this was available as part of Kindle Unlimited at the moment so I immediately downloaded it. I’m not sure that I’ll get to it in the immediate future but I do want to read it fairly soon.

Reader, I Married him by Tracy Chevalier (ed.)

This is another book that I’ve been aware of since it was first published but I couldn’t decide if I wanted to read it or not. Anyway, it’s currently in the kindle sale for £1.99 so I thought it was worth taking a chance on.

Watch Me by Angela Clarke

I really enjoyed the first book in this series, Follow Me, when it came out so have been eagerly awaiting the second book. I think this might be next up to be added to my currently reading pile!

And 3 new audio books:

The Gustav Sonata by Rose Tremain

I love Rose Tremain’s novels, I’ve found all the ones I’ve read before to be so beautiful so I’ve been wanting to get this latest one. It was an Audible deal of the day one day this week so I immediately bought it and can’t wait to listen to it!

H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald

I’ve actually owned this book on ebook for ages now and while it’s one I feel sure I’ll love it just never seems to get to the top of my TBR. I spotted the audible book in a recent sale and the idea of listen to it really appealed so I bought it.

The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge

I’ve been aware of this book for ages but wasn’t sure if it was for me or not. I’ve heard so many good things about it though so decided to grab the audible book in the recent sale on their website. I think it’ll be a nice, easy listen and I’m looking forward to it.


Books I received for review:


The Trophy Child by Paula Daly

I love Paula Daly’s novels so was thrilled to be approved on NetGalley to read this new one by her. I’m really looking forward to it and am planning on reading it very soon.


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.

25 thoughts on “Stacking the Shelves (4 Feb)

  1. Happy Birthday Hayley! I’ll definitely have to check out your birthday book haul 🙂 Isn’t it nice when people ‘get’ you like that?
    Your new books here look great too, it’s nice that you got your hands on some books you’ve had on your TBR for a long time 🙂
    Have a wonderful weekend and happy reading.

  2. I love Paula Daly’s books and enjoyed The Trophy Child. I recently bought The Unseeing and really looking forward to it

    • I can’t wait to read it – a friend recommended it to me a Uni but it was really expensive second-hand so when I spotted it recently for a good price I snapped it up. I hope it lives up to my expectations after all this time.

  3. So many new books! Happy belated birthday! I haven’t read any Angela Clarke yet but she’s coming to do a talk at my library next month so I really need to!

  4. You’ve certainly got lots of great reading ahead of you! And such a nice variety of books, too. I’m particularly interested in what you think of the Russ, so I’ll be looking forward to your review of that one.

  5. Happy birthday to you! It is wonderful that you were able to get so many books you want to read.

    I’m curious about The Unseeing…and I have The Trophy Child for review, which I’m eager to dive into soon.

    Thanks for sharing…and enjoy your week.

  6. That’s a great haul! There’s a few here I really want to read. Hope you enjoy your new books and happy birthday for last week! 🙂

  7. I feel SUCH an idiot – last time I commented on your birthday book haul, I didn’t get around to wishing you Happy Birthday! I know I’m all about the books – but that’s bad, even for me. So before anything else, Hayley – I hope you had a Happy Birthday. Aaand turning to the books – again, what an excellent haul. I haven’t yet had the pleasure of reading Rose Tremaine or Frances Hardinge – but they are both authors on my radar.

    • Thank you – and not to worry! I was happy to chat about the books 🙂 I love Rose Tremain – I’ve not read one of her novels in recent years but I went through a phase of reading everything she’d written a few years ago and I loved all of her books. I can’t wait to read this latest one, I’ve heard lots of good things about it.

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