Stacking the Shelves #70

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Hi guys! I’m currently reading the first book I bought (50 pages to go!) and I’m really enjoying it. My review should be up later this week.

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When I saw Ransom recently, I also picked up a copy of A Map of Days to have signed!

 

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It’s 2002, a year after 9/11. It’s an extremely turbulent time politically, but especially so for someone like Shirin, a sixteen-year-old Muslim girl who’s tired of being stereotyped.
Shirin is never surprised by how horrible people can be. She’s tired of the rude stares, the degrading comments—even the physical violence—she endures as a result of her race, her religion, and the hijab she wears every day. So she’s built up protective walls and refuses to let anyone close enough to hurt her. Instead, she drowns her frustrations in music and spends her afternoons break-dancing with her brother.
But then she meets Ocean James. He’s the first person in forever who really seems to want to get to know Shirin. It terrifies her—they seem to come from two irreconcilable worlds—and Shirin has had her guard up for so long that she’s not sure she’ll ever be able to let it down.

I also picked up this book, Taherah Mafi’s new book, A Very Large Expanse of Sea. I’m enjoying Shatter Me and it’ll be interesting to see her write something different!

Did you buy any books this week?

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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Stacking the Shelves #68

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Hi everyone! This week I bought a few books, one at a signing and a few more cheaply. I’m running out of rooms on my shelves…

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Arthur is only in New York for the summer, but if Broadway has taught him anything, it’s that the universe can deliver a showstopping romance when you least expect it.
Ben thinks the universe needs to mind its business. If the universe had his back, he wouldn’t be on his way to the post office carrying a box of his ex-boyfriend’s things.
But when Arthur and Ben meet-cute at the post office, what exactly does the universe have in store for them?
Maybe nothing. After all, they get separated.
Maybe everything. After all, they get reunited.
But what if they can’t quite nail a first date . . . or a second first date . . . or a third?
What if Arthur tries too hard to make it work . . . and Ben doesn’t try hard enough?
What if life really isn’t like a Broadway play?
But what if it is?

I pre-ordered this with my ticket when I went to meet Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera! I’m so excited to finally get my hands on a copy, and I’ve just started reading it already.

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In a time when Shadowhunters are barely winning the fight against the forces of darkness, one battle will change the course of history forever. Welcome to the Infernal Devices trilogy, a stunning and dangerous prequel to the New York Timesbestselling Mortal Instruments series.
The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them…

My lovely friend Chloe alerted me that the same bookshop I bought my The Mortal Instruments set from have started selling a set of The Infernal Devices. Of course I couldn’t resist picking one up when I walked past that bookshop a couple of days later. Now I’m all ready for my Shadowhunters read over Christmas!

Did you buy any books this week?

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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Stacking the Shelves #67

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Hi lovely readers! As you may have seen on the blog the other day, I went to a bookish party the other night. At that party, I got given an awesome book that I’m reading right now! Alongside this book, I also found a second-hand read this week.

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Martha can tell things about a person just by touching their clothes, as if their emotions and memories have been absorbed into the material. It started the day she fell from the tree at her grandma’s cabin and became blind in one eye.
Determined to understand her strange ability, Martha sets off to visit her grandmother, Mormor – only to discover Mormor is dead, a peculiar boy is in her cabin and a terrifying creature is on the loose.
Then the spinning wheel starts creaking, books move around and terror creeps in . . .

This is the intriguing book I was given the other night! I’m reading it now and it’s definitely the perfect time of year.

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Emma Carstairs has finally avenged her parents. She thought she’d be at peace. But she is anything but calm. Torn between her desire for her parabatai Julian and her desire to protect him from the brutal consequences of parabatai relationships, she has begun dating his brother, Mark. But Mark has spent the past five years trapped in Faerie; can he ever truly be a Shadowhunter again?
And the faerie courts are not silent. The Unseelie King is tired of the Cold Peace, and will no longer concede to the Shadowhunters’ demands. Caught between the demands of faerie and the laws of the Clave, Emma, Julian, and Mark must find a way to come together to defend everything they hold dear—before it’s too late.
 

I also found this book secondhand recently. I kept looking out for this but it’s so hard to find the right size as I have a big copy of Lady Midnight! I thought it would be best to make sure I got the right edition in person, so when I found a mint condition one for only £2.95 in a secondhand shop, I hit the jackpot.

Did you buy any books this week?

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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Stacking the Shelves #66

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So…I still haven’t stopped buying books. Oops. But am I mad at myself? No, not really. Because I might be buying a lot of books, but I’m not spending a lot of money!

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When they got in the lift, they were strangers (though didn’t that guy used to be on TV?): Sasha, who is desperately trying to deliver a parcel; Hugo, who knows he’s the best-looking guy in the lift and is eyeing up Velvet, who knows what that look means when you hear her name and it doesn’t match the way she looks, or the way she talks; Dawson, who was on TV, but isn’t as good-looking as he was a few years ago and is desperately hoping no one recognizes him; Kaitlyn, who’s losing her sight but won’t admit it, and who used to have a poster of Dawson on her bedroom wall, and Joe, who shouldn’t be here at all, but who wants to be here the most.
And one more person, who will bring them together again on the same day every year.

I bought my current read, Floored, in a buy-one-get-one-half-price deal! It’s a great deal in Waterstones and whenever I find two books I want, I get them.

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Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson (dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom) has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked…until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back.
Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Clover City beauty pageant—along with several other unlikely candidates—to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any twiggy girl does. Along the way, she’ll shock the hell out of Clover City—and maybe herself most of all.

I also browsed the clearance section of another local bookshop and found a hardback edition of this for half the price! It’s because of a small crack in the inside of the front cover, but you would never know without opening the book up! On the outside, it’s in pristine condition, so it doesn’t bother me. I’ve wanted to read this for a while, so I picked it up for only £6.50.

Did you buy any books this week?

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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Stacking the Shelves #65

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Hi readers! Yes, I’ve bought more books. Honestly, I can’t remember a time anymore when I wasn’t buying books. I just keep finding such good deals!

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I’ve wanted this edition of City of Bones for a while, and then discovered a thing called Amazon Warehouse. They sell secondhand copies of books for cheap with free shipping! My copy is slightly damaged unfortunately, but only cost £3.

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I’m trying to collect these editions of The Dark Artifices (Queen of Air and Darkness is already preordered), and I’m very happy to say my lovely boyfriend gave me this for our anniversary! How lucky am I?

Did you buy any books this week?

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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Stacking the Shelves #64

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Hi readers! I keep buying books…but at least these are second hand. I really try to buy books on deals or second hand whenever I can – as long as they’re in good condition I really don’t mind having used books on my shelves!

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You might think it’s weird that I randomly bought the middle book of this series, but I had the first book and the last book in hardback, and the second in paperback. It’s been this way for a couple of years now, until I finally decided to bite the bullet and buy a second hand hardback copy to complete my set.

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I’ve been slowly collecting these copies of A Song of Ice and Fire, and I found this one recently when my boyfriend and I visited our local second hand bookshop. Now I’ve got 3 out of the collection all second hand!

Did you buy any books this week?

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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Stacking the Shelves #63

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga where we share books we’ve bought this week. Find out more and join in here!

I can’t stop myself buying books! Maybe part of the problem is now living and studying in a city, and constantly being around bookshops. I visited my local Waterstones recently and I found a great deal – buy a book and get another half price.

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Life hasn’t been easy for sixteen-year-old Aaron Soto, but with the help of his girlfriend he’s slowly remembering what happiness might feel like. 
Then Thomas shows up …
Thomas is smart and funny, and before long Aaron is spending all his time with him. But as Aaron’s feelings for Thomas intensify, tensions with his other friends start to build.
Soon Aaron is faced with a choice – one that will make him question what it is he wants, and how far he’ll go to get it.
Why does happiness have to be so hard?

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Just as Charlie allows herself to succumb to Gabe’s charms, the explosive revelation about her mother’s death threatens to pull them apart.
Meanwhile, a media circus has exploded around the future of Fire&Lights – when they announce a US tour to show the world that they are stronger than ever, Charlie gets the opportunity to accompany them. New York City, here she comes! But it’s not all fun and games. Charlie is still feeling all kinds of awkward around Gabe and knowing that her mother’s last days were in America touring with her band, Charlie uses the opportunity to uncover some more truths about her mother’s death.
As Fire&Lights try to win over the world again, and as Charlie and Gabriel uncover the true story that links their pasts, will Charlie finally be able to follow her heart?

I bought More Happy Than Not as I’m meeting Adam Silvera fairly soon and Songs About a Boy as I loved the rest of the series.

Did you buy any books this week?

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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