Stacking the Shelves 25

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Welcome to my 25th Stacking the Shelves post. Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Reading Reality and details are on her blog. The gorgeous graphic is also used courtesy of the sit

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.

This post is a bit late this week due to the fact that we were in London again today. Last night we went to see The Book of Dust at the Bridge Theatre which was brilliant. Baby Lyra made the whole audience go Aaaah!

As we’re in London I haven’t been able to go the library this week. That means that this post is actually about the books that I got last Saturday. Eagle eyed readers will spot that I’ve already read one of them.

Magpie by Elizabeth Day
I had seen a lot of love for this book on Insta and different blogs so when I saw it on the shelf, I had to pick it up. The twist in the story took me completely by surprise and I ended up enjoying it a lot more than I thought I would at the start.

Empire of the Vampires by Jay Kristoff
This was a book that I had requested. It was huge at over 700 pages but was actually quite quick to read. I really enjoyed this story of Gabriel who has spent his life fighting the vampires who have taken over his world. He is now in prison and telling his story to a vampire historian. It’s a dual time line as he switches from recent events to his early life. Definitely one to recommend for any fantasy lovers out there.

The Appeal by Janice Hallett
I have had this on request for so long, I was actually surprised when it finally turned up. Since requesting this, I’ve read her second book which I didn’t really enjoy that much so I will be interested to see what this one is like.

The Witcher – Blood of Elves by Andrzei Sapkowski
The library had what seemed to be the whole set of Witcher novels so it seemed like a good time to revisit these.

So these are the books that I have added to my shelves this week. What have you added to your shelves?

Sundays in bed with ……. Magpie

Sundays in bed with is a meme hosted by Midnight Book Girl but I came across it recently on Jill’s Book Blog. It is simply a chance to share the book that is by your bed at the moment (or that you wish was by your bed). This week, the book is Magpie by Elizabeth Day.

Sometimes Marisa gets the fanciful notion that Kate has visited the house before. She makes herself at home without any self-consciousness. She puts her toothbrush right there in the master bedroom, on the shelf next to theirs.

In Jake, Marisa has found everything she’s ever wanted. Then their new lodger Kate arrives. Something about Kate isn’t right. Is it the way she looks at Marisa’s boyfriend? The way she sits too close on the sofa? How she constantly asks about the baby they are trying for? Or is it all in Marisa’s head.

I started reading this last night but decided towards the end of the evening that I wasn’t enjoying it that much so couldn’t be bothered to finish it. This happens very rarely but in my usual style when faced with a book that I can’t be bothered to read , I skipped to the end just to find out how everything is sorted out.

Well, that threw me completely as I couldn’t possibly see how the ending could be arrived at from the story that I had read so far! So now, I have to go back and read the book to see what happens in the middle!!!! In fact, I’m going straight back to the book once I’ve posted this😃 Don’t you just love it when books take you by surprise?

When were you last completely surprised by a book?