Stacking the Shelves (11 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.)


This week I’ve bought 4 new print books:

Take Courage: Anne Bronte and the Art of Life by Samantha Ellis

I added this to my wish list as soon as I first heard about it so was thrilled this week when I spotted the hardcover online for the bargain price of £4.99 this week. Anne Bronte is my favourite writer of the three Bronte sisters so I’m very much looking forward to reading this.

The Unseen World by Liz Moore

I’ve heard a lot about this book online recently and it sounds really intriguing so I couldn’t resist buying it. I don’t think this will be on my TBR for very long.

People Who Watched Her Pass By by Scott Bradfield

I got this book second-hand after seeing a YouTube video about it recently. I hope to read it soon.

Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

I can’t believe that I’ve somehow never read this book before – it’s one of those that I’ve always been aware of and always meant to read and yet it’s stayed on my wish list. I finally bought a copy this week and hope to start reading it in the next few days.

I also got 2 new ebooks:

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

I hadn’t realised until I wrote this post that this is the second book by this author that I’ve bought this week. I couldn’t resist this one when I spotted it on the Kindle daily deal earlier this week and I’m really looking forward to reading it.

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

I keep seeing the trailer for the new film that’s based on this book and it looks really interesting. I immediately looked up the book and when I saw it was available on Kindle, I bought it. I’m sure I’ll be reading this book very soon.

And 5 new audio books:

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

I already have the kindle version of this book but although I’m keen to read it it never seems to reach the top of my TBR. The Audible version was a daily deal this week so I decided to get that and to try listening to it.

The Long Room by Francesca Kay

I’ve been wanting to read this book for a while now so when I saw it was in the recent BOGOF offer on Audible I decided to get the audio version. I don’t think it’ll be too long before I listen to this book.

Wild Swans by Jung Chang

This was the second book I got in Audible’s BOGOF offer. I bought this book when it first came out but I never finished reading it so I’m really keen to start it again. 

1984 by George Orwell

As I had lots of Audible credits I decided to get the audio of this book too. I’ve read 1984 a couple of times in the past but the audiobook has great ratings and as I wanted to read it again I thought I’d try the audio.

The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins

I chose this as the second book in the BOGOF deal with 1984. I’ve had this book on my wishlist for ages now and thought it might be a good book to listen to.



Last night my husband came home from work with this book to cheer me up as I’ve had a crappy week… the title alone made me giggle as I’m terrible for complaining about wrongly used apostrophes on shop signs. I can’t wait to read it.


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.


42 thoughts on “Stacking the Shelves (11 Feb)

  1. I just started reading Edward Young’s, Night Thoughts,” a poem. I don’t usually read poetry, but I had read about this poem smewhere! Don’t remember where.
    It has taken me about an hour just to read the introduction , but I’m always glad after I read an intro. especially since i have a hard time understanding poetry. I’m now into the poem and am already in love with it.

    Love the Bronte sisters. I read a book about their lives. Jane Eyre is in my top 10 of loved books.. I always enjoy seeing your book choices. Now, I hope I put my apostrophes in the right places!

    • I hope you continue to enjoy Edward Young’s poem. I don’t read enough poetry but I want to make more effort this year.
      Jane Eyre is one of my favourite books too. I think Anne Bronte’s novels intrigue me more than Charlotte’s or Emily’s though.
      I would never judge anyone’s punctuation or grammar as I make mistakes too. I just get irritated by shop signs when the apostrophe is missing or used incorrectly as I can’t understand why a business wouldn’t take more care.

      • Yes, you are right about signs! My mom is an expert in English grammar. Since she moved in with us a year ago, I finally have “lay and lie” down pat. Mostly because she says every day, “I’m going to lie down now.” Lol

  2. You do have a nice lot of books there. I highly recommend Burial Rites, so I hope you’ll enjoy reading that. And Hidden Figures is a great real-life story. I’ll interested in reading your reviews as you get to them.

  3. Haha that book from your husband is hilarious, even if you don’t read it the cover will bring you hours of endless humour!
    Also, I’ve nominated you for the Blogger Recognition Award over at my place today! 😉

  4. Great haul! They all sound like great reads… Seeing you mention the audiobook version of 1984 really makes me want to do another reread of that classic as well. Happy reading!

  5. People have been raving about Unseen World on YouTube and blogs. I need to add it to my TBR right now. I also loved Burial Rites by Hannah Kent! It was very interesting to read from that time period and the setting of Iceland was a cool bonus!

    Enjoy your books!

    Danica @ Shelves of Spines
    My STS

    • I think it may have been YouTube where I first saw The Unseen World mentioned. I’m really keen to read it soon. I’m looking forward to reading Burial Rites, it won’t be too much longer before I get to it. Thanks 🙂 I’m really slow to comment at the moment so I apologise for that but I’ll go read your StS post now.

    • Yes it’s interesting to see how sales of 1984 have gone up since recent events. It’s world politics that has made me want to re-read it very soon. I can’t wait to read Hidden Figures, I think it’ll be a fascinating read. I’m a bit behind this week but I’ll go read your StS post now 🙂

  6. I loved Hidden Figures the movie which is based on the book. That is sure to be a good read. Enjoy your wonderful batch of books.

  7. I have the audiobook for 1984 because it’s a real favorite and no matter how you experience it, it’s good every single time. I was a good-behaved girl this week and did not get any books, haha. I received Sweet Revenge and The Little Prince though. I’s about time I read this classic. Happy reading 🙂 I hope the next week will treat you better xxx

  8. What a nightmare week. I went on a long train journey last week and realised I’d forgotten my kindle and that was bad enough. Hope you get everything sorted.

    • Eeeek! Nightmare to be on a train with no kindle – I hate when I’m waiting somewhere or travelling and forget my kindle as I keep thinking of how much reading I could have got done. Thank you, everything is getting sorted now.

  9. Good looking haul. I have Bel Canto, too and I had started it but then left it alone as I had other reading to catch up with. I should get back to it soon. Enjoy your books; here’s what we have going: Bibliojunkies Happy Reading! ~ Bel

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