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Stacking the Shelves: February

Hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and Reading Reality, Stacking the Shelves is a regular meme post 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. Let’s see what made the cut last month!

Happy Fat
by Sofie Hagen

I’m a huge fan of Secret Dinosaur Cult, the podcast Sofie Hagen hosts with Jodie Mitchell. It’s so funny, my go-to walk-to-work podcast so if you see a woman giggling her way around Notting Hill on a weekday morning, it’s probably me listening to Sofie and Jodie talk about their daddy holes. Sofie has also mentioned her upcoming book on the podcast and I knew instantly that I wanted to read it. I’m a big advocate of the body-positivity movement and I firmly reject the idea that if you’re fat you must be miserable and unhealthy, even though that’s the opinion that permeates our society. I’m really interested to see how Sofie combats this way of thinking in her everyday life. Happy Fat will be released May 2nd, 2019.

Black Leopard Red Wolf
by Marlon James

I’ve had multiple newsletters drop into my inbox in the past few weeks mentioning Black Leopard Red Wolf by Man Booker Prize-winning author Marlon James. I was instantly struck by the cover – it’s hypnotic almost – but I initially misjudged it as something I wouldn’t normally read. Plus, I knew it was the first in a trilogy and I much prefer stand-alones, so I put it in the ‘looks good but not for me’ category. It wasn’t until I came across Alex Brown’s review via The Bookseller that I was like ‘Hold up… this sounds incredible!’ I can’t wait to read this epic African fantasy and I hope that it lives up to the hype.

The Uninhabitable Earth
by David Wallace-Wells

This is another one that kept popping up on my email newsletters. It was unseasonably warm this February which got a lot of people talking about climate change so this book could not have come at a better time. The cover instantly caught my attention – that stark background with a single dead bee is so striking. I’m really interested in how the effects of climate change on our weather will in turn effect things like immigration and economy, etc. I think this book will equal parts fascinate and terrify me.

Notes on Camp
by Susan Sontag

Susan Sontag is definitely a name I’ve come across before at university, however I don’t think I’ve ever read her Notes of ‘Camp’. I picked this up a few weekends ago at Bookmarks, the socialist bookshop in Bloomsbury. I’d been in and out of bookstores all afternoon which isn’t easy when you’re on a book-buying ban but this felt like a fair compromise – Penguin’s Modern Classics are excellent little gems of wisdom at only £1 each.

Do you have any of these on your TBR pile? Or have you read any of them already? Let me know what you thought!

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