Saturday, 1 June 2013

Stacking the Shelves (#8)

Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews, and it's all about sharing the books you've added to your shelves, be they physical or virtual, sent to you for review, bought, or borrowed from the library.

I've had a few quiet weeks book gathering wise, but in the last week I picked up loads.

For review/gift
A bit of a confusing categorisation. I have a friend who works for a publishers, and before meeting her for dinner this week we scoured the storerooms and she let me take a bunch of books (mostly YA fiction), some already released and some unproofed copies of books yet to be released - and there's a couple of real gems in the pile.

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas - yes, I've got my hands on the sequel to Throne of Glass, which I loved.
Winter Damage by Natasha Carthew
All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill
Fortunately, the Milk... by Neil Gaiman (one of the best looking uncorrected proofs of a book I've ever seen)
Ghosts by Daylight by Janine Di Giovanni
The Dead Men Stood Together by Chris Priestly



Throwing Sparks by Abdo Khal (banned in a whole bunch of countries, including Saudi Arabia and Kuwait)
The Wall by William Sutcliffe
The Rise and Fall of Television Journalism by Steven Barnett
Game On by Monica Seles (yes, the former tennis player)
Madd Addam by Margaret Atwood
And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini (you have no idea how much I love The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns)
The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri



I also got another book sent to me by a publisher for review, but I had to sign a non-disclosure agreement to get a copy, so all I can show is the packaging the book came in:


Bought

I did quite a lot of second hand book shopping, picking up a variety of things.

Among them were the first five books in Anthony Horowitz's Alex Rider series:
Stormbreaker
Point Blanc
Skeleton Key
Eagle Strike
Scorpia.





I also bought the sequel to Wicked by Gregory Maguire, Son of a Witch, which has a lovely cover:



And finally I bought:
Quantum of Solace, The Complete James Bond Short Stories by Ian Fleming
White Teeth by Zadie Smith
Heroes by John Pilger
Picture Perfect by Jodi Picoult.










Phew! That's my haul. What have you added to your bookshelves?

24 comments:

  1. Wow lots of diverse books. I'm now following your blog via bloglovin' as it's easier. Great haul. I also picked up Crown of Midnight as well. Come visit me as well.

    Grace

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    1. Thanks for the follow, I'll definitely check out your blog.

      Sarah

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  2. Wow, you have quite the haul!

    I hope you enjoy All Our Yesterday's!

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  3. So lucky you got Crown of Midnight. I'm dying to read the sequel. Great hail this week!

    Courtney Ann @ Rondo of a Possible World
    My Stacking the Shelves

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    1. I wasn't expecting it at all, but my friend and I just happened to look through the right box in the storeroom, and there it was!

      Sarah

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  4. The Alex Rider series! It was a fabulous series until it started to be the same concept so I hope you enjoy the series much more than i did.

    Hope you enjoy!
    My STS:
    http://theawkward-ness.blogspot.com/2013/06/stacking-shelves-5.html

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    1. I've always seen them around, and I've seen bits and pieces of the film, so thought I'd try it out. Horowitz has got some new stuff out now, so I think he may be trying something different.

      Sarah

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  5. Nice haul! Hope you enjoy all of your books! You can see the books I got this week on my blog.
    Tasha @ A Trillian Books xxx

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    1. Thanks. I'll check out your blog.

      Sarah

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  6. Great haul! I still want to read Wicked but Son of a Witch. I still need to check out Neil Gaiman's books. Happy Reading and thanks for stopping by my StS!

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    1. Thanks. I did love Wicked. It was hard going at first, but once I got into it I couldn't put it down. And I will never not recommend that someone try out Neil Gaiman's work!

      Sarah

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  7. What a great haul!! I haven't heard of a lot of those books but I'm going to check out some of them on Goodreads(haha, always need to plump up the TBR!). That's so exciting your friend let you scour the storeroom!!! I hope you enjoy all your books and thanks so much for stopping by my post :D Happy Reading!

    Lauren @ Lose Time Reading

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    1. My TBR pile is huge, but I just can't resist most of the time!

      Sarah

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  8. I loved the Alex Rider series and I can't wait to dig into Throne of Glass. I also really want to try one of Khaled Hosseini's books.

    Happy reading! :)

    My Haul

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    1. Oh, you're going to need tissues if you read any of Hosseini's books. Definitely worth it though.

      Sarah

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  9. Wow, your friend works at Bloomsbury UK? Can you introduce me? Hahaha! Awesome haul! I'm green with envy over the Alex Rider series. I can't seem to complete them. Meh. Happy reading!

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    1. Haha, it is definitely fun having a friend who works for a publishing house!

      Sarah

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  10. I'm a bit envious, just a bit mind you, that you have Crown of Midnight. I need that book in my greedy little hands now! Ah well, patience isn't one of my virtues :) Happy Reading!

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    1. I'm sorry! I'll cross my fingers that you can get yourself an early copy soon.

      Sarah

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  11. Awesome haul! I want Crown of Midnight too, but now I think I want a friend who works in publishing more! XD

    Thanks for dropping by my StS! :D

    - Kazhy @ My Library in the Making

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    1. It's like the daddy or chips question - what do you like best, daddy or chips? Only in this case it's an advance copy of Crown of Midnight vs a friend in publishing! Of course I'd pick my friend every time!

      Sarah

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  12. Oooohhhhhg my goddd!! Crown of Midnight AND Margaret Atwood?!?! I am so so soooo jealous! :)

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