Saturday, July 8, 2017

*Stacking the Shelves* 8 July 2017


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Stacking The Shelves is a feature/weekly meme created by Tynga’s Reviews in which you share the books you are adding to your shelves, both physical and virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical stores or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

Now, I already have a monthly post I do featuring the books I get in the mail (and it's a lot because I have a serious Goodreads First Reads giveaway addiction), and I'm going to try to start posting my monthly Read-A-Thon posts again too (even if none of the Platypires will be joining me), which will cover the books I receive through Netgalley. But I also go to my thrift store at least once a week, and often leave with a bag full of books. It's such a common occurrence that I'm known as The Book Lady to the frequent volunteers (and I suspect that they've started scheduling their $1 bag of books sales for Thursdays simply because that is the day I usually visit.) So my Stacking the Shelves posts are going to focus on my thrift store hauls, because this is my blog and I do what I want. 

On that note, here are the books I picked up this week.

The Rijksmuseum of Amsterdam and Its Paintings edited by Paolo Lecaldano - I've actually been to the Rijksmuseum myself and thought this book would be a good educational resource for my children (they were not in Amsterdam with me) at some point. I didn't realize that this specific book was a gift to someone in 1974 until I opened the cover just now and saw the inscription. That makes it an even better find in my opinion. 
Summer Bridge Activities Grades 2-3 by Rainbow Bridge Publishing - Sure, summer is like halfway over now, but I homeschool anyway, so this is still a valuable resource for some education for my son who will be starting 3rd grade in the fall. 
Captain Underpants and the Wrath of the Wicked Wedgie Woman by Dav Pilkey - My son likes Captain Underpants, and I'm a fan of buying any book that he will read. 
Pandora Gets Heart by Carolyn Hennesy - This appears to be basically a mythologically inspired YA romance, maybe. 
Magic Kitten: Star Dreams by Sue Bentley - This book has a very pink cover and my 6 year old LOVES pink, so she wanted it. I imagine it's something she'll read in a year or two when she gets a bit more proficient. 
Winter of the World by Ken Follett - I'm pretty sure I own the first book in this trilogy (but it's possible that this is the book I already had from this trilogy. I'll have to check my bookshelves. 
Such a Pretty Fat: One Narcissist's Quest to Discover if Her Life Makes Her Ass Look Big or Why Pie is Not the Answer by Jen Lancaster - When a book has a subtitle like that, buying it is an absolute necessity. 
Tar Baby by Toni Morrison - I'm ashamed to admit that I haven't actually read anything by Toni Morrison yet, but I try to buy her books when I see them at the thrift store so that I can in the future. 
Fablehaven: Rise of the Evening Star by Brandon Mull - I think I may have some of the books from this series already, but I'm not sure. It appears to be middle grade fantasy, which tends to be fun to read. 
Myths From Mesopotamia translated by Stephanie Dalley - I like learning about mythology from all different cultures. 
The One & Only by Emily Giffin - I feel like at least one of my blogger friends likes Emily Giffin books, so I buy them when I see them. 
Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham - You might know Lauren Graham better as Lorelai Gilmore. I remember her talking about this book in Talking As Fast as I Can, so when I saw it at the thrift store, I snatched it right up. 
After You by Jojo Moyes - I don't know why I bought this book. I mean, when I finished reading Me Before You, I told Ms. Moyes to go to hell in my initial review (that was the entirety of my initial review). Why would I want to subject myself to those kinds of feelings again?
1001 Dreams by Jack Altman - I've pretty much always believed that our dreams can tell us things about ourselves that we're not consciously aware of, if we know what to pay attention to when we're dreaming. This believe was confirmed for me when a dream led me to believe I was pregnant with my youngest before I was even late. It's a topic that I still find fascinating. 
Network Security Fundamentals by Gert De Laet and Gert Schauwers - I bought this book for my husband, because I think it's something he may be interested in actually reading (because he's weird and only wants to read non-fiction books about computers and stuff). Since it was just one book in my bag of books, I got a great bargain on it considering that the ebook version goes for $52. 

So that's all the books I picked up this week. This haul cost me a whopping $3 because the Summer Bridge Activities book was $2, and the rest of the books went into a bag for $1. It's a pretty decent haul with some good variety that should keep me reading for a while. 

What books did you add to your shelves this week? - Katie 

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    1. I'm a bargain shopper whenever possible. - Katie

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  2. I need to read some Toni Morrison sometime -- I don't think I ever have, either!

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    1. I own at least three of her books now...I just need to commit to reading one. - Katie

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  3. I think I've read a Fablehaven book, I'd have to double check. The dream book looks cool.

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    1. Do you think you liked it? LOL. I know I haven't read one yet...but the name sounds familiar, so either I saw someone else post about it somewhat recently, or I've bought a book from the series before. - Katie

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  4. I'd totally love to read The Rijksmuseum of Amsterdam and Its Paintings and especially Myths From Mesopotamia myself. Sounds like amazing books!

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    1. I'm pretty excited about the Myths from Mesopotamia myself. - Katie

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  5. I have only heard of one of these books before - but for $3 - I'd nab whatever my greedy paws would hold

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    1. Really? Which book?

      Honestly, I have to limit myself when I see a bag of books sale because we still have to make weight when we move back stateside (and my husband is sure that I've got too many books for that already). - Katie

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  6. Love cheap book hauls!! I'm getting ready to do the same thing, although I wish somewhere around here did a one dollar book bag sale. Closet things are the bag sales that half price books do but I can't remember how much they are. I have defiantely added to my tbr list

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    1. I currently live overseas because my husband works with the military. Overseas military base thrift stores are ALWAYS well stocked with books because it's one of the first things people get rid of when trying to make weight for a move. I'm taking advantage of it as much as possible before we move back to the states. - Katie

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  7. I much preferred Me Before You to After You, but I hope you enjoy it more than I did. :-)

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    1. I feel like I've seen that sentiment before, which does not bode well for the book if it's common sentiment...but I may still enjoy it even if not as much as I enjoyed Me Before You. - Katie

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  8. I absolutely love the thought of the "Stacking the Shelves" posts. I'll have to keep this in mind!

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    1. At the very least, it ensures that I post at least one thing each week on my blog. It also makes it painfully obvious what an addiction I have to books. - Katie

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  9. When I read "because this is my blog and I do what I want" I started snapping my fingers and saying YASS! Sounds like you sound some fabulous books and very cheaply. This is the way I prefer to find my reads because it feels almost serendipity to me when I find a book I have wanted for awhile. Like it seems most of your commenters, I have some Toni Morrison books that I have always meant to get around to reading. It may actually be time.

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    1. Yes! I actually once went into the thrift store hoping for one specific book, The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, because we were reading it for book club, and it was there the day after we'd decided to read it. I haven't seen a copy of it there since then either. - Katie

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  10. Wow, that's quite the eclectic collection! Enjoy. :)

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    1. Yeah, I have very eclectic tastes in books. It's nice to have a wide variety. - Katie

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  11. Ahh. I'm jealous of your bargain hunting skills. I haven't read any of the books on your list, so I'll be interested to see how you like them. :)

    This week, I snagged The Subversive Copy Editor, The Emotions Thesaurus, and Whoever Fights Monsters from the library. I also got a free ebook of of Wake of Deception through an indie award I read for.

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    1. I have the benefit of having a military affiliation overseas where there are lots of people that donate books to make weight for their regular moves. The thrift store is always well stocked with a wide variety of books.

      Sounds like you got a great haul yourself. - Katie

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  12. Nicely done, as always! I spy a Fablehaven book - I LOVE that series. Definitely a classic and a staple in my reading life, when I was younger. I was a young teen as the books were publishing and I couldn't wait for each one to hit shelves. *happy sigh*

    I hope you enjoy all of your new books! Have a fabulous week, Katie. =)

    Check out my STS post!

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    1. The Fablehaven book definitely looks intriguing. I'm glad to hear that at least you like them. - Katie

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  13. Great haul! And you did really good for only $3...that's my kind of shopping :)

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  14. I've heard of Fablehaven! It sounds SO GOOD, that's another series I'd like to read at some point! :)

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