Stacking the Shelves 43

Welcome to the weekend and another Stacking the Shelves post. Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Marlene at Reading Reality and details are on her blog. The gorgeous graphic is also used courtesy of the site.

Stacking the Shelves is 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!

This week’s stacking the shelves post is coming to you from sunny Venice!!!!!! I can hardly believe that we are actually here. We booked this holiday way back in the autumn of 2019 before anyone had heard of Covid and it’s been cancelled two years running. However, we are here and it’s absolutely glorious.

View from our hotel room

As I’m on holiday, there’s been no library visit this week so this post is looking at the books that I have recently added to my Net Galley shelves. I’ve currently got 20 books on my shelf and I’m being very good and reading them more or less in publication date order. I’m currently reading books that are due to be published in June.

These are the latest books that I have added to my shelf and am really looking forward to reading over the next couple of months.

Knave of Secrets by Alex Livingstone
I’ve seen so many posts about this book and was really excited when my request was approved last week. Described as a “twisty tale of magicians, con artists and card games, where secrets are traded and gambled like coin” It sounds right up my street.
Publication date 7th June

The It Girl by Ruth Ware
It was Hannah who found April’s body ten years ago.
It was Hannah who didn’t question what she saw that day.
Did her testimony put an innocent man in prison?

I love Ruth Ware’s thrillers and this one sounds fascinating.
Publication date 3rd August

Murder Before Evensong by Richard Coles
A local priest, Canon Daniel Clement, discovers a body at the back of his church. This is the first book by media vicar Richard Coles and I think it’s probably a cosy crime novel but I’m looking forward to reading what he’s come up with.
Publication date June 9th

Half a Soul by Olivia Atwater
Ever since she was cursed by a faerie, Theodora Ettings has had no sense of fear or embarrassment – a condition which makes her prone to accidental scandal. Dora hopes to be a quiet, sensible wallflower during the London Season – but when the strange, handsome and utterly uncouth Lord Sorcier discovers her condition, she is instead drawn into dangerous and peculiar faerie affairs.
Regency romance meets the fae. What’s not to love?
Publication date June 30th

The Hidden Palace by Dinah Jefferies
I loved Dinah’s first novel last year about three sisters in Nazi occupied France and I’m really looking forward to reading the next instalment
Publication date September 15th

The Rising Tide by Ann Cleeves
So excited by the prospect of reading a new Vera novel. Vera Stanhope is one of my favourite fictional detectives both in books and on the TV as Brenda Blethyn does an absolutely amazing job of portraying her.
Publication date September 1st

Picture You Dead by Peter James
Another of my favourite crime series that has made the jump to TV. I’m not sure about this adaptation yet but I do love the novels set in Brighton.
Publication date September 29th

Adult Assembly Required by Abbi Waxman
I loved The Bookish Life of Nina Hill last year and was very excited to discover that this newest book is about the same characters.
Publication date May 17th


I’ve managed to keep my review rating above 80% this year and have become a bit more selective about the books that I request so that the shelf stays manageable. I’ve currently got a review rating of 85% which I’m really happy with.

These are the ARCs that I have recently added to my shelves. What have you added over the past week?

Stacking the Shelves 42

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It’s Saturday and the sun is shining again. We certainly seem to have some beautiful weather this Spring. Welcome to the weekend and another Stacking the Shelves post. Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Marlene at Reading Reality and details are on her blog. The gorgeous graphic is also used courtesy of the site.

Stacking the Shelves is 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!

My STS posts are generally my library books. The library is where I get most of my books and I hope that maybe I can inspire other people to use their local library. Our libraries are constantly under threat of closure but the more people that use them, the less likely that is. My library is also how I manage to read a lot of newly released hardbacks as I can order them. Sometimes they can take quite a while to arrive if a title is really popular though.

However, for a change, this week is about the books that I have actually bought. As we’re going on holiday next week, I’ve been making sure that I’m fully supplied with books to read so this is what I’ve bought to keep me going.

Quicksilver Court by Melissa Caruso
The second book in this latest trilogy by Melissa Caruso. I love the world that she has created in this and her previous Mage Fire trilogy.

Beneath the Keep by Erika Johansen
I loved the Queen of the Tearling series and found out this week that the author published a prequel last year. The reviews are good so I’m looking forward to this.

All Systems Red by Martha Wells
I’ve seen so many great reviews for this series that I had to finally get round to reading it.

Jade War by Fonda Lee
Jade City was the last book that I read in 2021 and I loved it so I’ve been looking forward to reading this next one for a while.

The Last Smile in Sunder City by Luke Arnold
I saw this series in a review by Shelleyrae at Bookdout and it definitely sounded interesting.

Kagan the Damned by Jonathan Maberry
This was recommended this week by Lady Tessa at Tessatalksbooks and I am definitely looking forward to reading it. As is my husband as it appealed to him too.

It looks like being a real fantasy fest over the week that I’m away although I’ve got a couple of crime novels sitting on my Net Galley shelf if I fancy a change.

What’s on your bookshelf this weekend?

Stacking the Shelves – 41

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It’s Saturday and the sun is shining again. We certainly seem to have some beautiful weather this Spring. Welcome to the weekend and another Stacking the Shelves post. Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Marlene at Reading Reality and details are on her blog. The gorgeous graphic is also used courtesy of the site.

Stacking the Shelves is 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!

My STS posts are generally my library books. The library is where I get most of my books and I hope that maybe I can inspire other people to use their local library. Our libraries are constantly under threat of closure but the more people that use them, the less likely that is. My library is also how I manage to read a lot of newly released hardbacks as I can order them. Sometimes they can take quite a while to arrive if a title is really popular though.

After last week’s bumper collection of library holds arriving for me, I didn’t have any books arrive this week so my choices are just picked off the shelves.

This week’s library haul

Apprentice in Death by J D Robb
Another instalment in the brilliant Eve Dallas detective series set in New York in the middle of this century. There are so many books in this series that they will keep me happily occupied for quite a while.

Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey
I’m currently working my way through the Nicola Upson series of books that include Josephine as a character in a set of murder mysteries so I thought it would be interesting to actually read some of the real books. I read Daughter of Time and Brat Farrar years ago but haven’t read any others.

Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson
I’ve seen loads of great reviews for this book so just had to pick it up when I saw on the library shelf yesterday.

Jane Austen at Home by Lucy Worsley
A non fiction choice. I’ve already got a biography of Jane Austen but this one is supposed to have a fresh look at her life by focusing on the places where she lived.

I’m really looking forward to reading all of these as well as maybe reading a couple of the June releases that I’ve got lined up on my Net Galley shelf.

What’s on your bookshelf this weekend?

Stacking the Shelves 40

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It’s Saturday, it’s a bank holiday weekend and the sun is shining. Can you believe that it’s the last day of April and we are a third of the way through the year???Welcome to the weekend and another Stacking the Shelves post. Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Marlene at Reading Reality and details are on her blog. The gorgeous graphic is also used courtesy of the site.

Stacking the Shelves is 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!

My STS posts are generally my library books. The library is where I get most of my books and I hope that maybe I can inspire other people to use their local library. Our libraries are constantly under threat of closure but the more people that use them, the less likely that is. My library is also how I manage to read a lot of newly released hardbacks as I can order them. Sometimes they can take quite a while to arrive if a title is really popular though.

This week I didn’t even bother to look at what was on the shelves as I had four books that I had reserved arrive since my last visit. That’s quite enough to keep me occupied for this week especially as I haven’t finished everything from last week yet.

This week’s library haul

Angel with Two Faces by Nicola Upson
I’ve just read Nicola Upson’s latest book through Net Galley and realised that I hadn’t read all of the earlier ones in this crime series featuring the classic crime author Josephine Tey. So I ordered this one and I’m going to work my through them as they are fantastic historical crime novels.

Beach Read by Emily Henry
I requested Book Lovers through after seeing so many reviews for it on different blogs and loved it so I thought I would read her earlier novel. Sounds perfect for this gorgeous weather.

The Shadow Man by Helen Fields
This one was recommended to me by Yvonne at It’s all about the books so I’m hoping that I enjoy it. Three people are being kept in a flat by the Shadow Man but have no idea why. To escape, they need to uncover a very dark truth. It all sounds very mysterious and I just hope that it isn’t too dark for me.

Hotel Portofino by J P O’Connell
I reserved this simply because I saw it on a list of new acquisitions in the county library and thought it sounded like an interesting read. It’s set in 1926 on the Italian Riviera and the British owner of Hotel Portofino is struggling to cope with the demands of her guests and the political situation.

I’m really looking forward to reading all of these as well as hopefully finishing the ones I haven’t read yet from last week.

What have you added to your bookshelf this week?

Stacking the Shelves 39

It’s Saturday and unbelievably, we only have one week of April left. Welcome to the weekend and another Stacking the Shelves post. Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Marlene at Reading Reality and details are on her blog. The gorgeous graphic is also used courtesy of Marlene.

Stacking the Shelves is 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!

We spent last weekend building book cases and yesterday we finished them off and then had the fun of filling the empty with books. It was very civilised and we didn’t argue about whose books were going on which shelves 😃I was able to fish out all of my books from their various hiding places and put them all out properly and there is still space. I think it must the first time ever that I have had more space than books. I don’t suppose that will last for long though. We were also quite ruthless in getting rid of books that we didn’t think either of us would reread. The charity book shop had four large bags of books this morning.

I still managed to find time to go to the library though so as usual, this post is all about the library books that I have picked up since my last library post. I’m a huge fan of libraries and really wish that more people used them. They are an incredible public resource of books that is accessible to everyone.

The Maid by Nita Prose
I’ve been waiting to read this book for ages and it finally arrived at the library for me. A maid discovers a dead body in a hotel bedroom and becomes involved in the hunt for the killer. I am definitely looking forward to starting this.

The Book of Sand by Theo Clare
I saw this book in Waterstones on Weds and thought it looked interesting and there it was just sitting on the shelf yesterday. It’s apparently a dual time line book with one set in modern USA and the other in a desert land where people are involved with search for a mysterious object. This might be a brilliant read or maybe not. That’s the beauty of getting a book from the library.

Running out of Road by Cath Staincliffe
A crime novel about a missing school girl, a middle aged recluse and an exploited teenager. I’ve never read anything by this author but the book is set in the Peak District which I know quite well so this one appealed to me.

A Year at the Hotel Gondola by Nicky Pellegrino
A nice light-hearted romantic novel set in Venice to get me even more excited about our long awaited holiday which is now less than 4 weeks away.

Stacking the Shelves 38

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It’s Saturday and it’s a holiday weekend as it’s Easter tomorrow. The weather is also being kind and we have glorious warm sunshine here in the Midlands. Welcome to the weekend and another Stacking the Shelves post. Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Marlene at Reading Reality and details are on her blog. The gorgeous graphic is also used courtesy of the site.

Stacking the Shelves is 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!

This weekend, we’re actually building the shelves that the books will be stacked on. After a trip to IKEA and lots of decorating, we are ready to build the bookcases to complete our book room.

As usual, this post is mainly about the library books that I have picked up since my last library post. I’m a huge fan of libraries and really wish that more people used them. They are an incredible public resource of books that is accessible to everyone.

After last week when I had no reservations waiting for me, I had three waiting to be picked up today. I’ve also had several Net Galley requests approved this week so I’m well set up for reading over the long weekend break.

This week’s library haul


The Dying Day by Vaseem Kahn
I really enjoyed Midnight at Malabar House and was excited when I realised that there was another book about India’s first female detective Persis Wadia. This one is about a missing 600 year old copy of Dante’s Inferno and is set in Bombay in 1950.

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towle
I’ve heard a lot about this and Lincoln Highway and decided that it was time I read one of them for myself.

Neon Prey by John Sandford
I have never read any of John Sandford’s books and this was just sitting on the shelf this morning so it’s this week’s random choice.

Wind Swept – Why Woman Walk by Annabel Abbs
I have wanted to read this ever since I read about it somewhere. It’s about the walks taken by some famous women including Georgia O’Keefe, Daphne du Maurier and Simone de Beauvoir.

I’ve also added these to my Net Galley shelf this week

I’m especially excited about Book Lovers and the latest Vera Stanhope book from Ann Cleeves

So that’s what I’ve added to my shelf this week. What about you?

Stacking the Shelves 37

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It’s Saturday and it’s another glorious Spring day as the sun is shining again. Welcome to the weekend and another Stacking the Shelves post. Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Marlene at Reading Reality and details are on her blog. The gorgeous graphic is also used courtesy of the site.

Stacking the Shelves is 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!

As usual, this post is all about the library books that I have picked up since my last library post. I’m a huge fan of libraries and really wish that more people used them. They are an incredible public resource of books that is accessible to everyone.

Unusually, there were no books waiting for me at the library this week. However, hopefully that’s only temporary as there are 3 books in transit so they should hopefully arrive next week. Because I didn’t have any reservations to collect, that meant I had to choose off the shelves so it was lovely just wandering around and picking up books that looked interesting. The best thing about libraries is that you can pick up a totally random book and read it for absolutely nothing.

This week’s library haul


The Garden of Forgotten Wishes by Trisha Ashley
Tricia Ashley used to be one of my favourite authors but I haven’t read anything by her in a long while so I was pleased to see this on the shelf. Marnie wants a fresh start and takes a job as a gardener in a rural village. I loved the title of this and hope the book is as good as it looks.

And now you’re back by Jill Mansell
Jill Mansell is another author that I haven’t read for a while. After breaking her heart 13 years before, Shay walks back into Didi’s life just as she is about to be married. Old secrets and scandals are all about to be revealed.

What Lies Beneath by Adam Croft
I love books set in places that I know so I had to pick this one up. It’s the first in a series of murder mysteries set in Rutland. For those who don’t know the name, Rutland is the smallest county in England and its main claim to fame is the huge reservoir where this book is set.

The Lip by by Charlie Carroll
This was a really random pick. I’ve never heard of the author but was intrigued by the cover. Apparently it’s a debut novel and looks at the darker side of Cornwall away from the tourist hot spots.

So that’s what I’ve added to my shelf this week. What about you?

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It’s Saturday and it’s another glorious Spring day although the temperature has dropped at least 10 degrees since last Saturday. Welcome to the weekend and another Stacking the Shelves post. Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Marlene at Reading Reality and details are on her blog. The gorgeous graphic is also used courtesy of the site.

Stacking the Shelves is 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!

As usual, this post is all about the library books that I have picked up since my last library post. I’m a huge fan of libraries and really wish that more people used them. They are an incredible public resource of books that is accessible to everyone.

This week I had one book that I had ordered, Give Unto Others, arrive. I picked up the others when I was wandering fairly aimlessly around the library. I’m in the middle of binge rereading Jennifer Fallon’s Demon Child trilogy and so I wasn’t really in the right mood for choosing new books to read.

This week’s library haul


Give Unto Others by Donna Leon
This is the 32nd (I think) outing for Commissario Brunetti. The later books haven’t been as good as the early ones such as Death at La Fenice but I still love them and their depiction of life in Venice.

Devoted in Death by J D Robb
I’ve never read any of this series which is a bit surprising as I love crime novels and there seem to be over 50 of them. I decided to give them a try and went for this one as it was the furthest back in the series that the library had. If I enjoy them, that’s a whole lot of new books to read!!

Murder by the Book edited by Martin Edwards
I don’t often read short stories but this collection of mysteries set in bookshops or libraries appealed.

The Bookshop that Floated Away by by Sarah Henshaw
Another bookish title. This is the real life account of a bookshop on a barge which definitely sounded interesting.

So that’s what I’ve added to my shelf this week. What about you?

Stacking the Shelves 35

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It’s Saturday and it’s another glorious Spring day here in the Midlands. Welcome to the weekend and another Stacking the Shelves post. Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Marlene at Reading Reality and details are on her blog. The gorgeous graphic is also used courtesy of the site.

Stacking the Shelves is 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!

As usual, this post is all about the library books that I have picked up since my last library post. I’m a huge fan of libraries and really wish that more people used them. They are an incredible public resource of books that is accessible to everyone.

However, my visit to the library was rushed yesterday and so I only picked up two new books to read. That means that I’ll have more time to read some of the fantastic books that I have added to my Net Galley shelf recently.

This week’s library haul


The Mothers by Brit Bennett
I really enjoyed The Vanishing Half last year and so was keen to pick up this one by the same author. It’s all about how the choices that you make when you are young can have a lasting impact on your life.

Light Perpetual by Francis Spufford
I’ve heard a lot about this author but never read anything by him. In this novel. 5 people are killed by a German bomb in 1944 but the book goes on to explore what their lives might have been like if they had lived.

The five books above are all due to be published in May so my aim is to have read them all by the end of April. I’m doing really well as my review rating is still over 80% and I’m not requesting every single book that I might like.

I’m really looking forward to all of these though.

Beach Hut Summer by Sarah Morgan
All of Sarah Morgan’s books are must reads for me. This one sounds like a perfect summery read.

The People on Platform 5 by Clare Pooley
I adored The Authenticity Project last year and this one about a random group of people who meet on a train sounds just as good.

After Dark by Jayne Cowie
“With men under curfew, women should be safe” What a statement to put on a book cover! I’m so looking forward to reading this.

Requiem in La Rossa by Tom Benjamin
I love crime stories set in Italy so this one set in the city of Bologna was a must pick too.

The Collar Bound by Rebecca Zahabi
This is unusually the only fantasy book I’ve requested this week but it does sound good.

So that’s what I’ve added to my bookshelf this week. What have you added to yours?

Stacking the Shelves 34

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It’s Saturday and it’s another glorious Spring day here in the Midlands. Welcome to the weekend and another Stacking the Shelves post. Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Marlene at Reading Reality and details are on her blog. The gorgeous graphic is also used courtesy of the site.

Stacking the Shelves is 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!

As usual, this post is all about the library books that I have picked up since my last library post. I’m a huge fan of libraries and really wish that more people used them. They are an incredible public resource of books that is accessible to everyone.

This week’s haul is all books that I had requested using the library reservation system. This is a brilliant way of being able to read brand new books or books that other people have recommended for the huge sum of £1 per book. This week I had four books arrive.

This week’s library haul


The Man in the Bunker by Rory Clements
Rory Clements is probably best known for his Tudor spy series but this is the latest in his series set around WWII. The war is over but there are rumours that Hitler is still alive. American Tom Wilde, Cambride Professor and spy, is sent in to find the truth.

The Locked Room by Elly Griffiths
I love this series about archaeologist Ruth Galloway set in Norfolk and am really looking forward to catching up with her and Nelson again.

The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams
I really loved the sound of this one. It’s the story of a young girl who realises that some words are considered more important than others and begins a dictionary of lost words.

No one is talking about this by Patricia Lockwood
What happens when real life collides with your on-line existence? I was intrigued by this but also slightly doubtful as it’s described as being hilarious which often seems to mean that I don’t find it funny at all.

What have you added to your bookshelf this week?