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Stacking the Shelves: August

Hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and Reading RealityStacking the Shelves is a regular feature where I share everything I’ve added to my TBR list in the past month.

After last month’s enormous post in which I bought twelve books and added another sixteen to my wishlist, I’ve been a lot more selective this month and only added four books to my TBR. I also mentioned in July’s post that I wanted to keep better track of where I heard about books so that I could thank fellow bloggers for their reviews, so I’ll be changing up the structure of these monthly posts just a little bit. I’ll be sharing what the book is about, why I want to read it, where I came across it, its TBR status i.e. if it’s a recent buy or or if I still need to purchase it, how high of a priority it is, and what my star-rating prediction is.

Let’s try out this structure out and see how it goes!

behind closed doors

Behind Closed Doors: Sex Education Transformed by Natalie Fiennes

What: A non-fiction book showing how our sex lives are influenced by politics and how we can change that.
Why: It caught my eye while browsing and it seems like a really interesting analysis of the intersection of sexuality and politics.
Where: Socialist publishers Pluto Press had a sale on their eBooks, so I pre-ordered this for only £1.00! The sale is now over but you can still buy the book from their website.
Status: Waiting for release. It’ll be published on September 20th.
Priority: Low, I’ll likely save this for later in the year
Prediction: 3 stars.

We Danced All Night: Britain Between the Wars by Martin Pugh

What: A social history of the interwar years in Britain.
Why: Peaky Blinders is back for season five and it always makes me want to immerse myself in that time period!
Where: This was featured in an ‘Amazon recommends…’ email. Normally they’re full of things I’d never read, or already own, so finding something I’m interested in was a pleasant surprise.
Status: Need to buy.
Priority: High – if I wait too long to read this then I’ll lose interest in the topic so I’ll likely buy and read it soon, maybe this month.
Prediction: 3 stars.

Water Shall Refuse Them by Lucie McKnight Hardy

What: A family moves to rural Wales after the death of a daughter. Their eldest begins collecting objects for an ambiguous ritual. A creepy coming-of-age tale set in the summer of ’76.
Why: I’m getting big Ghost Wall vibes from this. I also like that it’s set in the 70s; I’m enjoying modern historical fiction recently. Sounds very eerie and right up my street!
Where: Jaz @ Travels In Fiction posted a great review of this a few days ago.
Status: Need to buy.
Priority: Medium.
Prediction: 4 stars.

White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo

What: Anti-racist educator Robin DiAngelo looks at the counterproductive reactions white people have when confronted with racist behaviour.
Why: I haven’t read a lot about this topic but have definitely seen it.
Where: When beta-testing The StoryGraph this was offered as an option when I asked for a short, informative and reflective non-fiction book. Seems like a spot-on suggestion!
Status: Need to buy.
Priority: Low. I’ve just read Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race, and I also have So You Want to Talk About Race? on my TBR.
Prediction: 4 stars.

Do you have any of these on your TBR?
Or have you read any already?
Let me know below!

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