Stacking the Shelves with my new Book Haul!

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Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and Reading Reality, which is all about sharing the books that you’ve acquired in the past week!

 

Books and eBooks

Born Lippy: How to do Female by Jo Brand

A lovely blogger friend very kindly sent me her copy of this book this week. It’s a book that I’m really keen to read so I’m going to try and get to it this month while it’s Non-Fiction November!

Christmas With Dull People by Saki

I spotted this book online this week and bought it purely based on the title as I was really intrigued by it. It’s a tiny book with a couple of short stories in so I’m looking forward to reading this one next month.

A Fabulous Creation: How LPs Saved Our Lives by David Hepworth

I’ve previously read one of David Hepworth’s books and very much enjoyed it so when I spotted this one on sale on kindle this week I immediately downloaded it. I can never resist books about music and records!

The Corset by Laura Purcell

This was another impulse buy when I saw this was on a kindle daily deal this week. It sounds like my kind of novel and it’s one I think will be good to read as the nights draw in so I don’t think this will be on my TBR for very long.

What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton

And another impulse buy from the kindle daily deal! I grabbed this one as I noticed that if I bought this I could download the audio version for £2.99 so I think I’ll do that and listen to this one. It sounds like an interesting book!

One Christmas Star by Mandy Baggot

I read and loved a Christmas book by this author a couple of years ago so I couldn’t resist adding this one to my TBR this week! It sounds like a really lovely festive romance!

 

Audio Books

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Soulless: The Case Against R. Kelly by Jim DeRogartis

I downloaded this book from my library audio book app this week on a whim. I’ve already started listening to this one and it’s really interesting – I’m about 90 mins into the book and I’ve already found out things that I didn’t know before so I’m keen to get back to this one.

 


 

Audible had a 2 for 1 book sale on last weekend and I had a couple of credits so I bought these four audio books!

Winter Solstice by Rosamund Pilcher

I chose this book on a whim as it sounded like a really engrossing family saga set around Christmas and I thought it would make a good listen throughout December.

One of Your Own: The Life and Death of Myra Hindley by Carol Ann Lee

I spotted this book and decided to get it as I’m always intrigued to know more about the backgrounds and psychology of people like Myra Hindley.

You Left Early by Louisa Young

I’ve had this book on my wish list for ages so I snapped this up when I saw it in the offer.

Look What You Made Me Do by Helena Walmsley-Johnson

I also got this book off my wish list as I’ve been wanting to read it ever since it was first published.

 

ARCs

Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo

I’ve been so keen to read this book so when I saw it on NetGalley this week I immediately requested it and was delighted to be approved. If I love this as much as I think I’m going to I will definitely be buying it in hardback to have on my bookcase.

When Stars Will Shine edited by Emma Mitchell

This book should have been in last week’s book haul but I somehow managed to miss adding it so I’m sharing it now. This is a Christmas short story collection that is raising money for charity to Help the Heroes. I’m really looking forward to starting this one!


 

Have you bought any new books over the last week? Please tell me below. 🙂 If you join in with Stacking the Shelves please feel free to leave your link and I’ll make sure to read and comment on your post.

My Top Ten Non-Fiction Reads 2016

 

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Yesterday I posted my Top Ten fiction reads of 2016 (which you can read here if you missed it) and today I’m sharing my Top Ten Non-Fiction reads. I’ve always enjoyed reading non-fiction but I tend to lean more towards fiction so this year I’ve made a real effort to read more non-fiction. Out of the 211 books I read in 2016, 67 were non-fiction. I’ve read quite a wide variety of books and these are the ten that have stayed with me.

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A Mother’s Reckoning by Sue Klebold

This book is an honest memoir by the mother of Dylan Klebold, one of the Columbine shooters. She writes this book in a very open way, it felt like she held nothing back. It really showed the pain she feels at what her son did, but also the pain she feels at not realising what was going on his life leading up to the shooting. She is also a mother grieving the loss of her son, she raised him and has happy memories from when he was younger and you can feel the conflict and confusion and sheer pain radiate from the page. It’s one of the most honest memoirs I’ve ever read, it really felt like a no-holds-barred read and deserves all of the praise it has received.

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Another Day in the Death of America by Gary Younge

This is a very involving, very moving and shocking account of the deaths of young people in America in the course of one day. All the young people were killed in shootings – some were innocent bystanders, some were caught up in gangs. The bigger picture is examined to a degree as to how and why this is happening. I found this to be a difficult read but it’s an important one and I would highly recommend it.

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In Plain Sight by Dan Davies

This is an examination of the life and the despicable crimes committed by Jimmy Savile. It’s a long and detailed read that looks at what Jimmy Savile did and how he got away with it. It’s not an easy read in terms of subject matter but it’s well-written and really gives an insight into how and why people collude in such terrible crimes.

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Unbecoming by Una

This is a graphic non-fiction book, one of the first I’ve ever read and I found it incredibly moving. It’s one woman’s story of her rape as a young teenager, whilst she was living in Yorkshire at the time the Yorkshire Ripper was still on the loose. The way she tells her story really got to me and there were times I had to take a break from reading before I could carry on. It’s such an important story and one of the best I’ve ever read on the subject of rape and abuse.

 

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Death at Seaworld by David Kirby

I feel very passionately that killer whales should not be kept in captivity anyway but this book opened my eyes to the level of mistreatment that these beautiful creatures are put through purely for the public’s entertainment. I’ve been to Seaworld, when I was a teenager, and it shocked me to see how tiny the pools were that the whales are kept in. Later on the same holiday I was lucky enough to go on a whale watching boat trip to see killer whales in the wild and it was shocking to see the difference between the captive whales and the wild ones. David Kirby’s book looks at these differences and explores what could be done with the captive whales in order to give them a better life given that they probably can’t be put back into the wild.

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On Bowie by Rob Sheffield

This book was a joy to read. It’s not an in-depth biography and it doesn’t pretend to be – it’s basically a love letter to David Bowie from a fan, and reading it as a fan myself it was wonderful. It’s quite a short book, and it didn’t contain anything that I didn’t already know about David Bowie, or his music, but reading it in the aftermath of his death just felt like solace. It’s a moving and heartfelt book that I would highly recommend this book to all Bowie fans.

 

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1971: Never A Dull Moment by David Hepworth

My husband isn’t much of a reader – he collects records like I collect books – so when his mum bought him a copy of this for his birthday last year it was one that we both wanted to read. We ended up getting another copy of it on audible and we listened to it together. It was a lovely way to share the experience of reading a book. The book is set out with one chapter for each month of 1971 and whilst he does widen the narrative beyond each month, he always brings it back to the point nicely. At the end of each chapter is Hepworth’s song picks from that month so my husband made a playlist of all of the songs and it was fun to listen to after we’d finished the book.

 

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Spectacles by Sue Perkins

This was one of my Christmas presents in 2015 and I’d been so looking forward to reading it at the time but got sidetracked with review books. When I finally did pick it up after my reading slump in the summer I found that I couldn’t put it down. It’s a wonderful book and  I think it’s one I may re-read in the future.

 

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Breaking the Silence by Jo Milne

This was a review book that I read a few weeks ago but have somehow forgotten to ever post my review so I will share a full review this month at some point. This is the story of Jo Milne was was deaf her whole life and then began to go blind. It was at this point that she was offered surgery to attempt to give her hearing. The story of Jo’s life up to the point she had the surgery was fascinating, it’s a real insight into what it must be like to be deaf. The story post-surgery had me in tears on more than one occasion. It’s a great read and I highly recommend it.

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Rise by Sian Williams

I was drawn to this book because I’d seen interviews with Sian on TV and was really interested to read her account of trauma. I’ve suffered with cPTSD in the past and whilst I consider myself to be recovered now, I do still have to be mindful of my triggers and probably will always be hyper-alert to certain things. It doesn’t affect my life anymore though. This book was so much more than I thought it would be. It’s a really honest account of what happened to her, but it’s also a very accessible look at various treatments and the different ways trauma affects people. It looks at why some people go on to be diagnosed with PTSD and others don’t. I highlighted so many parts of this book and am sure I’ll re-read it in the future. it’s a really interesting read and I’d definitely recommend it.


 

So, that’s my Top Ten non-fiction reads of 2016! Did you read much non-fiction last year? What were your stand-out books? I’d love some more non-fiction recommendations as I definitely want to carry on reading more in 2017.

If you missed my Top Ten Fiction reads of 2016, you can read it here.

 

 

Stacking the Shelves (16 April 2016)

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(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:

Tall Oaks by Chris Whitaker

I’ve seen this book reviewed on quite a few blogs recently and it sounded so good that I couldn’t resist buying a copy. Hasn’t it got a gorgeous cover?

1971 – Never A Dull Moment: Rock’s Golden Year by David Hepworth

I’m such a big music fan, and my husband collects records so we always have great music on in our house. This book showed up in an Amazon Recommends emails and it just sounds so good that I had to get a copy. I’m still enjoying a lot of non-fiction at the moment so I will definitely be starting this one soon.

Fever at Dawn by Peter Gardos

I’ve been wanting to read this book for ages as it sounds like such a fascinating novel. I was thrilled to see my pre-order appear on my Kindle on Thursday. I really hope to read this soon but want to be sure to start it on a day when I have lots of time to read so I can just let myself be engrossed in it.

The Loving Husband by Christobel Kent

I loved Christobel Kent’s previous novel The Crooked House so this new novel was a must buy for me.

Outstanding by Kathryn Flett

I’ve seen this book talked about a lot recently and it sounds like a good read so I’m keen to read it. 

Whispers Through a Megaphone by Rachel Elliott

This book has been on my wishlist since before it was released but somehow I hadn’t got around to buying a copy. I spotted it again recently and decided to treat myself. I think this will be a book where I can identify with it to a degree so it’s another one that I want to save for when I’m able to concentrate better and can read in big chunks.

The Mother by Yvette Edwards

This was an impulse buy as I liked the sound of the synopsis, hopefully I was right to take a chance on it.

The Last Day I Saw Her by Lucy Lawrie

I completely forgot that I’d had this on pre-order so it was like past me had send present me a gift when it appeared on my Kindle as if from nowhere. I can’t wait to read it.

The Assistants by Camille Perri

I’ve been wanting to read this book for a while so when I spotted it for £2.99 I couldn’t resist grabbing a copy. It sounds like a fun read with a bit of depth to it so I’m keen to read it soon.

The Lonely Life of Biddy Weir by Lesley Allen

This was another impulse buy when I read the synopsis as it just sounds so good. I definitely want to read this book before too long.

Most Wanted by Lisa Scottoline

I’ve found Lisa Scottoline’s novels to be a bit hit and miss – some of her books are really good but others have fallen flat for me. I decided to give this one a go based purely on the synopsis as it sounds brilliant. I’ve since seen other reviewers rate it highly so I’m excited to read it.

Scarred by Joanne Macgregor

I’d never heard of this book before but I entered a giveaway to win a copy as it sounded good. I didn’t win the giveaway but when I saw the kindle version of the book on offer for £1.99 I treated myself.

I Blame Morrissey by Jamie Jones

This book is 99p on Kindle so I bought it after the title made me smile. I’m expecting this to be a quite light-hearted look at the way music has affected this man’s life, I’ll probably read this quite soon.


 

Books I received for review:

Daisy in Chains by Sharon Bolton

I was super excited to be approved for a copy of this on Net Galley this week! I love Sharon Bolton’s novels, they’ve all been such brilliant reads and I’ve been keenly awaiting this new one. I’ll definitely be reading this one very soon!

The Memory of Things by Gae Polisner

I happened to see this on Net Galley, the cover really caught my eye. I read the synopsis and it sounds like such a fascinating read so I was thrilled when I got approved. The book’s not out until September so I need to try and resist reading this for a little while but I’m not sure I’ll be able to hold out for long!

The Second Chance Shoe Shop by Marcie Steele

I love Marcie Steele’s novels so there was no way I could resist requesting a copy of her latest!

Summer at Rose Island by Holly Martin

I completely and utterly adored Holly Martin’s two Christmas books last year so was very excited when I heard there was to be a summer book based in the same location. I’ll definitely be reading this book very, very soon!

Bloq by Alan Jones

I’ve read a lot of great reviews of Bloq recently so when Alan Jones contacted me to offer me a review copy I was thrilled. 

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I was also thrilled to be offered a finished copy of Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave last week. My copy arrived last weekend and it’s gorgeous, look at the red sprayed page edges! I really hope to feel well enough to be able to read again soon so that I can start this.


 

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.