Stacking the Shelves [1]

Stacking the Shelves is a regular blog feature hosted by Tynga's Reviews - head over to the launch page for more info and make sure to stop  by their weekly Stacking the Shalves  posts every Saturday to follow along, 

I have mentioned my fairly excessive book-buying habit and so today is the day to bare it all. It's time to show the world the truth. I was a bit hesitant to share my recently purchased books on the blog because I wasn't sure I wanted an official record of all of the books that sit on my shelf unread for months at a time. In my recent discussion post on the TBR phenomenon, I explained some of my views on this topic more in depth. My bookshelves are a carefully curated collection to keep me company and to inspire my reading life for years to come. 

Since starting this blog (two months ago now!) I've collected quite a few books that have set my heart a-flutter. And so without any further ado...

Let's meet the new kids on the block!



One of the perks of the academic life - there's always a good reason to buy beautiful copies of the books you're working with. This term I'm a TA for the Early Renaissance Literature course and we will be spending several weeks working on Elizabethan theatre. Of course my nerdy book-loving, early-modern-obsessed heart burst with excitement when I realised I could add some new titles to my collections of Oxford World Classics and Arden Shakespeare[1].


New in: Doctor Faustus and Other Plays by Christopher Marlowe (OWC edition)*, Julius Caesar (Arden Shakespeare 3rd series)*, King Henry IV Part One (Arden Shakespeare 3rd series), Henry IV Part Two (The Oxford Shakespeare)



I can never go without new sci-fi and fantasy. Often I read sci-fi/fantasy titles on my kindle or on loan from the library, but sometimes I do make the commitment to add physical copies to my collection. I especially love when the cover design is as beautiful as in these examples. The more abstract the better when it comes to sci-fi/fantasy cover design, at least for my taste. 


New in: A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray, The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon*, The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell



If you're ever curious about my literary taste, it's safe to assume that in general there is no rhyme nor reason to my reading. The selection of books is proof of that. Several of these titles I picked up from my favourite used book shop. Although one was added into the mix by mistake - still a fairly new acquisition, though, as I picked it up at another favourite used book shop in Provincetown, MA when on holiday in August.


New in: The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen, The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen, H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald, Lila by Marilynne Robinson, Cambridge by Caryl Phillips [2], The Eagle and the Dove by Vita Sackville-West [3] 



Look at these beauties. I am a sucker for a colourful, or shiny, hardcover. Nothing can compare to the feeling of a hefty hardcover in the hands. Buying beautiful new releases is my most extravagant habit. I just can't help myself, when they're laid out so invitingly on the tables in Waterstones they seem to call my name. For these purchases I blame my love of all things shiny and my equally strong love of the colour pink. 


New in: City on Fiare by Garth Risk Halberg, Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff*, Purity by Jonathan Franzen


Oh, how I love new books! I'm so very lucky to have access to so many wonderful books - I even missed out a couple in this post [4].

Let me know if you've read any of these beauties!


*These books I have already read or am reading currently

[1] Yes, I am quite disappointed that Henry IV Part Two is not out in the Arden 3rd series yet. I am very devoted to my Arden Shakespeare, but The Oxford Shakespeare is a very respectable alternative. And I will survive, even though it pains me that my editions of Henry IV don't match. Book nerd problems.

[2] This book has a sticker on it that says 'Best of Young British Novelists' - Caryl Phillips is 57 now so that makes this second-hand book quite a vintage steal. 

[3] This book was purchased at Tim's Books in Provincetown MA over the summer.

[4] Recent acquisitions missed out in this post: The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy, Only Ever Yours by Louise O'Neill*, Shadow & Bone by Leigh Bardugo*