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It’s Saturday and the sun is shining. Welcome to the weekend and Stacking the Shelves. 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’s library haul

Redemptor by Jordan Ifueko
This is the only book that I ordered in this week’s haul. It’s the second part of the Raybearer duology. I read Raybearer towards the end of last year and loved it so I’m really looking forward to reading the next part of the story.

Widowland by C J Carey
This one sounds so intrigu ing. It’s an alternative history where Britain and Germany became allies in WWII and Edward VIII is on the throne. The authorities are rewriting books to change people’s views. A group of women who live in area called Widowland appear to be rebelling against this. I am definitely looking forward to reading this.

An Act of Villainy by Ashley Weaver
I saw this on the shelf and was immediately attracted by the cover. It’s a murder mystery set in 1933 London. Hope that it’s as good as the cover promises.

In Praise of Walking by Shane O’Mara
This will hopefully be my next non-fiction read. Walking is my main form of exercise so it seemed like a good idea to find out a bit more about the Science.

So far, I have resisted the temptation to request any more books from NetGalley so these four are the only additions to my shelves this week.

What have you added to your bookshelf?

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It’s only Friday but it’s Christmas Eve and so Stacking the Shelves is arriving a day early this week.  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 site.

Stacking the shelves is all about the books that you have acquired over the past week. These can be any books at all, library books, charity shop books, ebooks and audio books. 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 haul this week was a brilliant way to begin Christmas. 2 books that I had reserved ages ago and finally arrived at my library and two amazing books that were on my TBR and were just sitting on the shelf smiling at me!

My library haul for this week.

The Man who died Twice by Richard Osman
I have been waiting for this book for ages. Richard Osman’s first book was a runaway best seller and this one is proving to be the same. A group of pensioners in a retirement home solving murder puzzles doesn’t sound that amazing but the first one was well written and had humour as well as interesting characters. I’m reliably informed that this second one is just as good so should be the perfect holiday read.

Matrix by Lauren Groff
I have heard so many amazing things about this book that I had to read it. It’s historical fiction set in 1158, a time when women either married or went to a convent to lead a religious life. Marie is the seventeen year old French half sister of Queen Eleanor of England and is banished to be head of a small priory as she is unsuited to court life. I love historical fiction and the cover says that she leads the ;priory out of poverty into power and riches so this should definitely be an interesting read,

Under the Whispering Door by T J Klune
I couldn’t believe it when I saw this one on the shelf. The library never had copies of The House on the Cerulean Sea and so I didn’t expect to see this one. Another book that I am hoping will be a lovely holiday read.

The Phone Box at the Edge of the World by Laura Imai Messina
I have seen this on Instagram a few times and then Emma mentioned it on her blog yesterday so when I saw it on the shelf, it was an obvious choice. It’s about people dealing with bereavement and is based on a true story so might not be the easiest book to read.

That’s probably my last post for a couple of days as we celebrate Christmas with family. Merry Christmas everyone and I hope that you all find at least one book under your Christmas tree. To those who don’t celebrate Christmas, I hope that you have a happy and healthy end to the year as infections continue to rage all around us.

Stay safe and happy everyone ❤❤

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It’s Saturday again. Can you believe that we are only week from Christmas and only two weeks until we’re in 2022???? Realistically, that means this could be my last Stacking Shelves post for 2021.  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 site.

Stacking the shelves is all about the books that you have acquired over the past week. These can be any books at all, library books, charity shop books, ebooks and audio books. 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 haul this week has some great books in including one that I have been looking forward to for ages.

This week’s library haul

Cytonic by Brandon Sanderson
This is the third in Sanderson’s Skyward series. I thought that it would be a trilogy but apparently there will be at least one more. Spensa lives on a planet that is under constant attack by aliens. She overcomes desperate odds to become a pilot and fight to save her planet. In this book, she is again trying to save her world and having to travel to a place that few people have ever been and even less have returned. I love Spensa’s character and am really looking forward to reading this next instalment of her adventures.

The Mitford Vanishing by Sarah Fellowes
I love this historical mystery series which features the Mitford sisters and is always based on real events.

The Dragon Republic by R F Kuang
This is the second book in this fantasy series following on from The Poppy War which I read last month.

Snow Drift by Helene Tursten
The previous three books were all books that I had requested but this was just a random pick off the library shelf. I loved the red and white cover and the blurb appealed. It’s a murder mystery set in Gothenburg, Sweden and features DI Embla Nystrom. It’s the third book in this series so I might need to go and find the earlier two.

Meet Me in London by Georgia Toffolo
I have heard so many lovely things about this book and can’t wait to read it. Hopefully it will be another lovely festive

A Wedding in December by Sarah Morgan
My last book this week was another random pick off the shelf. I have loved all the previous books that I have read by Sarah Morgan and expect this one to be just as good.

This week’s stack is a brilliant example of the books I love to read, Sci Fi, Fantasy, Crime, Historical and a couple of romance books for light relief.

What’s on your stack this week?

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The weekend has arrived already and it’s time for another post about Stacking the shelves.  This is a meme hosted by Reading Reality and details are on her blog. The gorgeous graphic is also used courtesy of the site.

My stacking the shelves posts are mainly about the books that I get from my local library. Libraries are continually under threat of closure or reduced hours but they are such an important way of getting books into people’s hands that they need supporting. By highlighting the amazing books that I pick up every week, I hope to inspire maybe just one person to visit their library and borrow a book.

This week’s library stack includes two books that I reserved a few weeks ago and am really looking forward to reading as well two random picks off the shelves.

This week’s library stack

A Change of Circumstance by Susan Hill
I love the Serrailler series by Susan Hill and have really been looking forward to reading this one. In this latest episode, Simon Serrailler finds himself in uncharted territory as Lafferton becomes the centre of a drug network. I love the way that his family and professional life are interwoven in these books.

A Line to Kill by Anthony Horowitz
This is the third book in this series where private investigator Daniel Hawthorne is accompanied by the author himself as a character in the book and the island setting of Alderney sounds brilliant.

Dream a little Dream by Giovanna Fletcher
I was actually attracted to this one by the spine colours which are really pretty. I recently read Walking on Sunshine by the same author and enjoyed that so I thought that I would give this one a try.

Lost for Words by Stephanie Butland
Titles with ‘book’ or ‘bookshop’ in them will always deserve a second look. This one is set in York with a main character who prefers books to people and definitely sounds worth a read.

So that’s this week’s haul and I still have One by One to read from last week. The good news is that I did manage to get my Net Gallery review rate up to 80% and I’ve just to got to stick to my resolution to only request books once I’ve read and reviewed one!

What’s on your stack this week?

Stacking the Shelves 7

It’s time for another post about Stacking the shelves.  This is a meme hosted by Reading Reality and details are on her blog. The gorgeous graphic is also used courtesy of the site.

My stacking the shelves posts are all about the books that I get from my local library. Libraries are continually under threat of closure or reduced hours but they are such an important way of getting books into people’s hands that they need supporting. By highlighting the amazing books that I pick up every week, I hope to inspire maybe just one person to visit their library and borrow a book

I had one reservation come in this week and then three random picks off the shelves. According to the library records, I have three books which are currently in transit. Two of them have been in transit for two weeks so I’m beginning to think they might have got lost!

This week’s choices from the library

Through a Narrow Door by Joanne Harris
This is the fourth book which Joanne Harris has set in the world of St Oswald’s school. I have read the others and really enjoyed them. Although they are all set in the same place, they are all stand alone books so you don’t have to try and remember what happened in the previous book which is nice.

Katherine of Aragon by Alison Weir
I have been meaning to read this series on the Six Tudor Queens for a while now and the library had four of them on the shelf so it seemed like a good time to start.

The Scandal by Mari Hannah
Another crime story although I expect this one to be a bit darker than the Joanne Harris.

It’s Better This Way by Debbie Macomber
After two books involving murders and a historical book that has to end badly, I felt in need of something to lift me up and this should definitely do that. I haven’t read any of Debbie Macomber’s books for a few years now and it will be nice to revisit her books.

Do you visit your library? What books are on your shelf to read this week?

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Stacking the shelves  is a meme hosted by Reading Reality and details can be found here https://www.readingreality.net/2021/05/stacking-the-shelves-meme-official-re-launch/. The gorgeous graphic is also used courtesy of the site.

My stacking the shelves posts are all about the books that I get from my local library. Libraries are continually under threat of closure or reduced hours but they are such an important way of getting books into people’s hands that they need supporting. By highlighting the amazing books that I pick up every week, I hope to inspire maybe just one person to visit their library and borrow a book

My library visits are a bit all over the place at the moment with holidays getting in the way of regular Friday visits but this is my current stack that I picked up this week. Three of them are books that I had ordered through the library reservation system which I love as a way of being able to read newly released books.

My Current Library Stack

Ariadne by Jennifer Saint I saw this book in Waterstones and it really appealed to me. I can’t wait to find out what really happened to her.

Circus of Wonders by Elizabeth Macneal This is another one that I spotted on display at Waterstones and thought that it sounded interesting.

One Hundred Years of Lennie and Margot I have seen this rated really highly on several book blogs lately so ordered this one too.

The Best Things by Mel Giedroyc This was just sitting on the library shelf as I went in. Celebrity books can be very variable in my opinion but I haven’t read a book that is supposed to be funny for a while so I thought that I would give it a try.

So that’s my Stacking the Shelves post for this week. Have you read any of them? Let me know what you thought.

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Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Reading Reality and details can be found here https://www.readingreality.net/2021/05/stacking-the-shelves-meme-official-re-launch/. The gorgeous graphic is also used courtesy of the site.

My stacking shelves is going to be all about the physical books that I get from my local library every week. I really missed my library during the two lockdowns and want to highlight the amazing range of books that they stock. Our libraries are in danger in these times of cuts to public services. However, the more people who use them, the more reason there is to keep them.

My current stack of books from Leicestershire libraries is shown below.

These 6 books pretty much represent my borrowing from the library. I get a lot of my crime novels from the library as they don’t tend to be books that I want to reread. I also get light fiction for the holidays when my brain just wants to switch off. The other books I get are ones that just appeal but I have never heard of before. Libraries are great for discovering new authors without spending any money.

Realm Breaker – My first love will always be fantasy. This was just sitting on the shelf last week so I had to bring it home. It’s a standard quest story although it begins in a very non-standard way. It was an enjoyable read and I will look out for the sequel.

Escape to the French Farmhouse – Definitely holiday reading. I love books about France as we are missing our holidays there at the moment so books are the next best thing.

Benefits of Hindsight – I love the Simon Serrailler books by Susan Hill and this one was just as good as all of the others. A great series.

Cold Blood I have read Robert Bryndza’s latest series featuring Kate Marshall and enjoyed them but haven’t read any of the Erika Foster ones so I’m looking forward to reading this.

That Summer This was sitting on the new books shelf and the blurb appealed so I bought it home.

Black Summer M W Craven is an author I have discovered recently. The novels are all set in Cumbria and have a great sense of place which I always love in a story.

That’s this week’s stack of library books borrowed from Leicestershire Libraries. Please stop by next week to see what I get next Friday. Why not drop into your own library too? You might be surprised at what you find in there.