Stacking the Shelves

Posted July 19, 2014 by Nicky in General / 61 Comments

So, time for Stacking the Shelves a la Tynga’s Reviews! You know how I keep saying my haul post is going to be smaller “next week”? Well, next week it will be. I think? That’s the idea, anyway. Part of this I blame on going to Rainbow Rowell’s signing in Waterstones with Leah @ Uncorked Thoughts. I’d pick something up to look at it and she’d chip in with “that one’s good!”

Or I might just have no restraint. There’s always that explanation. Anyway, to kick off, here’s me with Rainbow Rowell!

Photo of me and my dorky grin, with author Rainbow Rowell

If you look closely you can see a little frog in the picture. Which means this is a good time to plug my friend’s art project: basically, she’s made a hundred of the blighters and over the last few months, she’s been ‘releasing’ them into the wild, a few at a time. If you find one, take a picture of yourself with it and then move it to somewhere new! Most are in England, West Yorkshire area, but I know some have gone to London, some have been released in Cardiff and Swansea, and some are travelling round the world. If you’re going to Loncon, I have two to release there, so keep your eye out for Sad Frog Project!

Waterstones haul

Cover of The Falconer by Elizabeth May Cover of Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein Cover of Take Back the Skies by Lucy Saxon Cover of Moth and Spark by Anne Leonard Cover of Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan Cover of We Were Liars by E. Lockhart Cover of the special UK Collectors Edition of Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

My copy of Fangirl was signed, of course. I still need to finish reading it… But I loved the way Rowell spoke about it, spoke frankly about Cath’s social anxiety, spoke with enthusiasm about fandom. So I’m very glad to have a signed copy. As for the others, some I’ve been planning to get for a while — Two Boys Kissing and Code Name Verity. Leah forced Take Back the Skies on me, and we talked about the others enough to get me interested.

Kobo store

Cover of Karma Girl by Jennifer Estep Cover of Futureland by Walter Mosley Cover of Heart of Veridon, by Tim Akers Cover of The Wanderer in Unknown Realms by John Connolly Cover of The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen Cover of Premonitions by Jamie Schultz Cover of Permanent Present Tense by Suzanne Chorkin Cover of Liars and Thieves by Karen Maitland

It’s a rather mixed bag, isn’t it? The first three were mentioned in books of essays I’ve been reading recently; I’ve enjoyed some of John Connolly’s other stuff; The Queen of the Tearling is getting interesting reviews; I thought my sister would like Premonitions but I’m gonna try it first; Permanent Present Tense is non-fiction and was mentioned in the neurobiology MOOC I’m doing; Liars and Thieves is a short by Karen Maitland, who I’m a big fan of!


Cover of A Touch of Poison by Aaron Kite Cover of Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel Cover of The Copper Promise by Jen Williams Cover of The Godless by Ben Peek Cover of A Suitable Replacement by Megan Derr Cover of Blood Tells by Rachel White Cover of The Mapmaker's Daughter by Caroline Dunford Cover of The Passage of Pearl by Lynn E O Connacht

An interesting bunch — I’ve been interested by The Copper Promise for a while!


Cover of Elysian Fields by Suzanne Johnson Cover of The Vanishing Witch by Karen Maitland Cover of Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains by Neil Gaiman

I think I’m in love with Bookbridgr. I’m certainly super happy about getting The Vanishing Witch! I don’t think I’ve crossposted any of my Karen Maitland reviews here so far, but I’m definitely a fan.


Cover of Y: The Descent of Men by Steve Jones Cover of Coral by Steve Jones Cover of Blood & Guts by Roy Porter Cover of Jurassic Mary: Mary Anning and the Primeval Monsters by Patricia Pierce Cover of Darwin's Island by Steve Jones Cover of The Serpent's Promise by Steve Jones Cover of Sarah Canary by Karen Joy Fowler Cover of Gloriana by Michael Moorcock Cover of My Stroke of Insight by Jill Bolte Taylor Cover of Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan

Mostly non-fiction this week, as you can see; all my Steve Jones reservations came in, and I had a browse in the 610s-620s in the non-fiction section of the library. (Well, also the 560s, because dinosaurs.)

And finally


Cover of Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Cover of The Movement volume 2 Cover of Ms Marvel #6

I didn’t actually magically get my hands on the second TPB of The Movement, but I thought it’d be silly to put up the cover of every single issue. So there y’go. And I imagine there’s no mystery as to why I picked up Guardians of the Galaxy.

Okay, I can’t believe how long this post has got, and I need to do a ton more things before I go to bed. When this goes live in the morning, I’ll already be out at the Race for Life, volunteering at a 10k event. And then on Sunday, I’m running in the 5k event. So I may not be very active this week, but I will visit back anyone that comments here, of course! Have a good week.

(Oh, and if you have some spare cash, sponsor me, please?!)

ETA: Except I can’t volunteer today due to travel problems, wah. But at least I’ll be around to chat to people!

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61 responses to “Stacking the Shelves

  1. Is that the Cardiff Waterstones?? Because I was also at that signing! I love the special edition of Fangirl – it’s so pretty, and the illustration inside the cover is so cute. Code Name Verity is awesome! I listened to it as an audiobook and loved it, so I hope you enjoy it.

  2. 😀 Looks like a very, very interesting haul. I want to read so many of these books especially Two Boys Kissing and Take Back The Skies. I hope you enjoy them.

  3. Cait

    Ohhh you got to meet Rainbow Rowell?!! YOU’RE SO LUCKY!! And is your copy of Fangirl pink?! That’s awesome too. x) I would love love loooove to hear Rainbow Rowell talk about her books…but anyway… 😉 I really adored We Were Liars and Code Name Verity. Both totally hit me in the feels.
    My Stacking the Shelves!

  4. That is a seriously huge haul! I’ve got Premonitions on my wishlist and a couple of Suzanne Johnson’s on my tbr list. I’m hoping that my reading slump is finally over now as I read 6 chapters of a book last night, the first in several months! Enjoy your books!

  5. RAINBOW!! I just adore her. I asked for the pink special addition Fangirl for my birthday. Though I didn’t receive it yet, I have high hopes that maybe it just hasn’t arrived it. If not, I’m buying it myself next week! 😀

  6. Woow, this haul is immense! There is so many good books here. Code Name Verity is high on my wishlist and Karma Girl is now too. A girl exposing the heroes? Who is she and why is she doing that!? (I love superheroes!) Good luck with the race 😀

  7. you met rainbow rowell and got the special edition of fangirl. that’s awesome!! you also got a lot of fantastic books this week. how will you decide what to read first? 🙂

    hope you can stop by my StS Post.

    -michelle @ Michelle & Leslie’s Book Picks

  8. Ahhh, I live in Cardiff, so I’ll keep an eye out for them! Great choice with We Were Liars though, SO AMAZING. I totally forgot about the Cardiff signing though, ahhh. 🙁 I couldn’t go to YALC so was going to go on the Sunday to see her. 🙁 Some great new books though. Happy reading! 🙂

    Here’s mine

    Kirsty @ StudioReads

    • Aw, I nearly forgot too, but Leah reminded me. Thankfully!

      And yeah, definitely look out for the frogs! I have one more left to go out in Cardiff sometime in the next couple of weeks…

  9. Oh my goodness; that’s a lot of books. I’ve been meaning to pick up Code Name Verity one of these days. As for the frogs, I hope they begin to make their way around the world. Looking forward to seeing one one day. Happy reading!

    Thanks for visiting my haul.

    • I’ve been meaning to read it for aaaages myself.

      Yes, hopefully you’ll spot a frog somewhere! I’m totally biased since it’s a friend’s project, but I do think it’s really cool.

  10. I’m going to go ahead and say this isn’t a small haul at all. But there are so many good looking books I fear coming on your hauls because it always influences my buying. I have no will power.

  11. Wow, a signed copy of Fangirl! I’ve grown to love RR’s books. Her stories always leave me feeling good inside <3 And I've heard so many good things about Code Name Verity. And as for frogs…I am kind of scared of them, but it's pretty cool that this Sad Frog figurine gets to travel all over Yorkshire. Maybe it needs to be left on a train so it can travel further! (or in a plane!)

    • It was a very cool event!

      Oddly enough, so is the friend who is doing this project, when it’s a real frog! She screamed until my ears rang when we passed a real one in a car park. But she liked the original Sad Frog anyway. As for the Sad Frog, well, there’s nearly 100 of them and they’re not all in Yorkshire. I left one on a train to London, Rainbow Rowell’s got one to release somewhere, several have been released in Wales, and I’ve got two that will be released at this year’s WorldCon in August. I think we’ve had one or two go to America, there’s definitely one in France, and I’ll sweettalk my partner into letting a few loose in Belgium too.

  12. goldenfurpro

    You got to meet Rainbow Rowell! Lucky duck!
    Anyway, you got A LOT of books! That’s an interesting copy of Fangirl, I haven’t seen that one before!
    I loved Code Name Verity and Take Back the Skies (Although, I seem to be the only one who likes Take Back the Skies). And The Falconer looks cool!
    Pretty awesome haul!

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