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Stacking the Shelves: April

Hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and Reading Reality, Stacking the Shelves is a regular feature where I share everything I’ve added to my TBR list recently. I’m trying to work through my TBR list without growing it too much, so I’m being a lot more selective with the books I choose to add this year.

Most of the books I added to my TBR this month are future releases, so I have time to cull my current pile before they come along! Here’s what made the cut in April:

Life of the Party: Poems
by Olivia Gatwood

This is Olivia Gatwood’s first full-length poetry collection and it focuses on what it means to come-of-age as a woman in a world racked with violence. I read Gatwood’s earlier (shorter) collection, New American Best Friend, recently and I absolutely loved it. It definitely had more of a focus on teen life, so I’m interested to see how Gatwood’s work has grown from the experiences of her twenties.

Life of the Party: Poems will be released August 27th, 2019.

Say Say Say
by Lila Savage

Say Say Say is a novel about a young woman whose life isn’t going the way she had hoped. She’s hired to look after Jill after a car accident leaves her with a devastating brain injury. As she spends more time with Jill and her kind husband, Bryn, she begins to examine the relationships in her own life, such as that with her girlfriend, and between others around her. I came across Say Say Say on NetGalley and saw it was being published by Serpent’s Tail, whose books I normally really enjoy. It sounds touching so I’m looking forward to reading my ARC of this book.

Say Say Say will be published August 8th, 2019.

by Eleanor Morgan

This popped up on my Twitter feed the other night and sounds so interesting. I recently read and loved Lynn Enright’s Vagina: A Re-Education, and this seems to be in a similar vein of correcting miseducation surrounding women’s health and also exploring the practice of not valuing women’s pain, which is something that I think is a bigger problem than many people realise and makes me absolutely furious. 

I believe the US title of this book is Hysterical. Hormonal will be published July 4th, 2019.

The Strange Bird
by Jeff Vandermeer

This book is another addition to my TBR that was inspired by a recent read. For the Magical Readathon, I read Borne and loved every page. I wish it had been a trilogy like Vandermeer’s Southern Reach series, but unfortunately, it was a standalone novel. Vandermeer has written The Strange Bird though, which whilst not a sequel to Borne, is set in the same world. The novel follows its eponymous bird, who escapes from the laboratory in which she was built. Once in the outside world, she cannot connect with other wildlife and struggles to know which humans she can trust in a world destroyed by technology.

Little Darlings
by Melanie Golding

I first came across this book thanks to a review by Caffeine and Books and I’ve since seen it around a few times. It follows Lauren, a woman who believes her newborn twins are at risk of being kidnapped, and DI Harper, who is the only person who believes she might be right. Madge @ Caffeine and Books mentioned there are elements of folklore and fairy tales in this novel so I’m really intrigued by this story!

Have you read any of these?
Let me know below!

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