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Stacking the Shelves: December

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.

I added quite a handful books to my TBR in December, as I discovered a few new 2020 titles and was bought a couple of unexpected books for Christmas. I covered the latter in my Christmas Book Haul post, so I’ve only included unmentioned additions in today’s Stacking the Shelves. Here’s everything else I added to my TBR in December.

Autumn by Ali Smith

What: Smith’s first instalment in the Seasonal series, and widely considered the first “post-Brexit novel”.
Where: Found this at a secondhand bookshop for £3.
Why: I heard amazing things about Ali Smith’s Seasonal series so couldn’t resist grabbing this bargain.
Status: Owned
Priority: Low.
Prediction: 4 stars.

The Lost Family: How DNA Testing is Upending Who We Are by Libby Copeland

What: A look at the rise of home genetic testing and examples of the impact it has had on individuals.
Where: This was featured in whatsnonfiction’s 14 New Nonfiction Releases Coming in 2020.
Why: I would love to try one of those DNA kits but I hate the idea of a corporation having my DNA. I think this will be an interesting look at this new industry and will probably affirm my concerns!
Status: Released March 3rd.
Priority: High.
Prediction: 4 stars.

Dreyer’s English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style by Benjamin Dreyer

What: A guide to ‘good English’ from Random House’s longtime lead copy editor.
Where: Another whatsnonfiction pick, this one from New Nonfiction Favourites.
Why: I sometimes find myself stumped by what the ‘correct’ way of writing something is (even more so now I work in academic!) so I’m interested to see what Dreyer thinks about some of these cases.
Status: To buy.
Priority: Low.
Prediction: 3 stars.

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

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