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Stacking the Shelves #13

Stacking The Shelves is a meme hosted by Reading Reality all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

I’ve been intentionally not picking any new books up for a couple of weeks, because I once again got overwhelmed by my currently-reading and TBR piles. I’ve been working on bringing down the number of books I’ve started – I’ve now only got 13 books in the currently-reading – and I’m figuring out what the best number of ‘actively reading’ is, which seems to be about 6-8.

This week, however, books came home with me from various places. We’re not even going to think about the number of free books from the Stuff Your Kindle romance and cozy mystery Book Blast.

I picked up one book on Kindle – it was actually advertised to me on Facebook, it sounds ridiculous and it only cost 99p so what was I meant to do?

Julia Golding – The Persephone Code

WH Smith had two paperback books for £14 offer on – and since The Earth Transformed was £12.99 on its own, Happy Place was practically free

Peter Frankopan – The Earth Transformed
Emily Henry – Happy Place

Then Freckles, Finders Keepers and The Marks of Cain came from a charity shop, so it doesn’t count as ‘buying books’ – it’s essentially philanthropy!

Cecilia Ahern – Freckles
Stephen King – Finders Keepers
Tom Knox – The Marks of Cain

I’m also continuing my one-llama mission to fund Libraries Unlimited £1 at a time (reservation fee) and had three reservations come in

Jeremy Clarkson – Diddly Squat: Pigs Might Fly
Ruth Goodman – How To Be A Victorian
Milly Johnson – The Teashop on the Corner

My reading goals for the coming week look something a little like:
finish Juliet Ashton – The Sunday Lunch Club (currently 44%)
finish Sharon Blackie – If Women Rose Rooted (currently 42%)
start Jeremy Clarkson – Diddly Squat: Pigs Might Fly
finish Neil Gaiman – Neverwhere (currently 40%)
start Alix E Harrow – The Starling House
finish Emily Henry – Book Lovers (currently 29%)
finish Milly Johnson – The Teashop on the Corner (currently 57%)
finish Matthew Reilly – Scarecrow (currently 59%)
finish Stacey Solomon – Happily Imperfect (currently 34%)
start Nancy Warren – Lace & Lies
(to be fair, I’m spending over 6 hours on trains on Tuesday so it’s not as daunting as it seems!)

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Most Intimidating Books

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each week a new theme is suggested for bloggers to participate in. Create your own Top Ten list that fits that topic – putting your unique spin on it if you want. Everyone is welcome to join but please link back to The Artsy Reader Girl in your own Top Ten Tuesday post.

This week’s topic of ‘atmospheric books’ doesn’t appeal to me, so I’m picking one from the archives: Most Intimidating Books

I’ve actually only been able to come up with 79 (I thought of 2 more in the shower LOL) for this, all from my TBR – though I’m sure there are many more out there that I want to read but am intimidated by, I’m just completely blanking on them. If I think of any, I will update the post with them

Travis Baldree – Legends & Lattes The original cozy fantasy. I own it, I specifically went out and purchased it, almost a year ago, because I want to read it. It sounds amazing and I think I’m really going to love it… but I’ve hyped it up so much that I can’t quite bring myself to start because what if I don’t like it?
Michael Connelly – The Black Echo I know I’ve read it before, but the read date isn’t logged on Goodreads so that means it was well over a decade ago. I remember Mum and I reading it, along with some of the rest of the series, and we managed to pick up a lot of the books from charity shops. But there are so many books in the series that re-reading the first one becomes a huge commitment.
Marian Keyes – Rachel’s Holiday I loved Marian Keyes books when I was younger, but they were read so long ago, there’s no rating or read date on GoodReads, and that’s something I want to work on. I re-read Watermelon & Lucy Sullivan Is Getting Married last year and it did not hold up to my nostalgia-tinted glasses of ‘OMG I LOVE MARIAN KEYES’, and her books have always featured in ‘favourite books’, so now I don’t know if I want to re-read the rest to have them logged properly. Plus, her books are quite chunky ones so that’s a thing in an of itself.
Stephen King – The Stand As above, I want to properly log all the books I own, and I fucking love Stephen King, especially his older stuff and The Stand has always been a favourite. I’ve always loved a good plague, y’know? But, in the wake of COVID-19 and all my anxieties stemming from the pandemic… I’m terrified to pick it back up
Tamsyn Muir – Gideon The Ninth Y’all have no idea how much I want to read this. It’s literally been sold to me as ‘lesbian necromancers in space’, and really how am I supposed to resist that? But, a bit like Legends & Lattes, the hype around it has me nervous to even pick it up, let alone start reading.

Anne Rice – Prince Lestat I’m actually a little embarrassed that I haven’t read the last three of the Vampire Chronicles books. I don’t even know if I can explain why I can’t bring myself to do it. I guess it’s another case of being scared not to like it, especially as Rice said the series was finished with Blood Canticle, and then she went and found God, wrote a bunch of Christian books, then lost God again and came back to the vampires and it makes me… wary for lack of a better word.
Samantha Shannon – The Priory Of The Orange Tree Have you seen the size of the damn book? It’s huge. This is one that Booktok has managed to pique my interest in, but the length of the book is intimidating, and I’m not the biggest fantasy fan so… I don’t know.
Oscar Wilde – The Picture Of Dorian Gray Another one that’s been sitting on my shelf, mocking me, for years. I know the general story, I like the general story but I don’t have the best experience reading classic literature and I’m scared of not liking it
Malala Yousafzai – I Am Malala I have had this one on my TBR for years, it’s sitting right there on the top of my smallest bookshelf (it’s too tall for the shelves, so it’s on the top). I want to read it, I think she’s an amazing young woman. But at the same time, it feels like it’s going to be so… much

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Books With Weather-Related Titles

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each week a new theme is suggested for bloggers to participate in. Create your own Top Ten list that fits that topic – putting your unique spin on it if you want. Everyone is welcome to join but please link back to The Artsy Reader Girl in your own Top Ten Tuesday post.

This week’s topic doesn’t appeal to me, so I’m picking one from a couple of weeks ago that I missed: Books with Weather Events/Words in the Title/on the Cover
(I’m picturing a list of titles with weather-related words in them like storm, rain, blizzard, flood, lightning, hail, snow, wind, etc. OR covers with lightning/storms in the picture.)


Matthew Reilly – Ice Station
Carlos Ruiz Zafón – The Shadow Of The Wind
Cecilia Ahern – Where Rainbows End
Stephen King – The Mist
Richard Castle – Heat Wave


Barbara Sophia Tammes – A Blueprint for Your Castle in the Clouds
Guy de la Bédoyère – Gods with Thunderbolts
Sally Malcolm – Permafrost
Rick Riordan – Percy Jackson & The Lightning Thief
Jaimie Admans – Snowflakes At The Little Christmas Tree Farm

That was legit a lot harder than I thought it would be. I figured I’d have read loads of books with storm, thunder, or lightning in the title but no! I did have fun scrolling through 13 years of GoodReads books read though!

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Water

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each week a new theme is suggested for bloggers to participate in. Create your own Top Ten list that fits that topic – putting your unique spin on it if you want. Everyone is welcome to join but please link back to The Artsy Reader Girl in your own Top Ten Tuesday post.

This week’s topic is Water so we’re going with books that either have a body of water on the cover, or in the name. Which gives us:


Isabel Allende – City of the Beasts
Mandy Baggot – Truly, Madly, Greekly
Trevor Baxendale – Something In The Water
Terry Goodkind – Wizard’s First Rule
John Grisham – The Pelican Brief


Belinda Jones – I Love Capri
CS Lewis – The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader
Stephen King – Skeleton Crew
Sally Malcolm – Stargate: Atlantis – Rising
Ali McNamara – The Little Flower Shop by the Sea

This didn’t quite go where I expected it to go when I started poking through my books on Goodreads for things connected to water. I fully thought it would be another bright, colourful, summery, chick-lit selection, making up for the fact it’s grey, windy and wet out there. But then the first two I found were Stephen King and John Grisham!

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Desert Island Books

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each week a new theme is suggested for bloggers to participate in. Create your own Top Ten list that fits that topic – putting your unique spin on it if you want. Everyone is welcome to join but please link back to The Artsy Reader Girl in your own Top Ten Tuesday post.

This week’s topic isn’t inspiring me (I’m a no-crossovers kinda fandom llama), so I’m picking one from the archives: Books I’d Want On a Desert Island

I figured I’d want a good combination of books I know I’ll enjoy, long-ass books, and books I’ve been meaning to get around to reading but for some reason never have. And so this gives us:

Jean M Auel – Clan Of The Cave Bear
Marion Zimmer Bradley – The Mists of Avalon
Susanna Clarke – Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Ken Follet – The Pillars Of The Earth
Belinda Jones – On The Road To Mr Right


Stephen King – The Stand
Sharon Kay Penman – The Sunne in Splendour
Anne Rice – The Lives Of the Mayfair Witches
Anne Rice – Queen Of The Damned
Samantha Shannon – Priory Of The Orange Tree

(I’m also assuming that the shipping container with the rest of the books in series’ have been wrecked with me on my desert island)

What books would you take on a desert island?