Monthly Updates

Stacking the Shelves: July

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 in the past month.

In previous months, I’ve been really picky about what I add to my TBR, but I recently overhauled my Goodreads shelves, splitting my TBR into three piles: Want to Read (books I own and know I definitely want to read), To Buy (books I don’t own but know I definitely want to read), and Maybe TBR (books I don’t own but I think I want to read in future).

Since creating this ‘Maybe TBR’ shelf I’ve been adding books more often, partly out of being less picky but also, there’s a lot of great books coming out! I also did a big eBay book haul so I’ve added so many books to my TBR in July. I might do a haul post when they arrive to talk in more detail about those!

Bearing that in mind, I’m not going to do my usual style of Stacking the Shelves post as it would be miles long. I think I may give this monthly post a little overhaul and switch up the structure a little, so we’ll see what it looks like next month – watch this space!

Many of these picks were based on reviews and recs from fellow bloggers but in most cases I’m trash I’ve forgotten who rec-ed what. My blogging resolution for this month is to keep track of where I hear about my TBR additions! I’ll definitely be incorporating recommendation sources in my upcoming Stacking the Shelves posts.

For now, here’s everything (and boy, it’s a lot) that I added to my TBR this month… brace yourselves.

Books I’ve bought (or acquired)

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His Last Fire by Alix Nathan
Crossfire by Malorie Blackman (NetGalley ARC)
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
The Girls by Emma Cline
A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing by Eimear McBride
Sweetlings by Lucy Taylor (Free online)
Barkskins by Annie Proulx
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
Shift by Hugh Howey
Foe by Iain Reid
The Little Friend by Donna Tartt

I also bought a cookbook, Deliciously Ella, but I don’t add those to my TBR because I don’t read them, as such.

Also, in the interest of transparency, I just want to point out that these were all bought second-hand and the total cost was around £25. I think there’s a lot of pressure in the book community to buy huge numbers of books and do big haul posts, which can make people feel a bit excluded if you can’t afford to buy books at that rate. I definitely can’t afford to do big hauls of brand new hardbacks and things like that. I’m thrifty as hell and don’t mind buying second-hand, so that’s the only reason I was able to buy so many this month.

Books added to my TBR but still to buy

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Starling Days by Rowan Hisayo Buchanan
Deep River by Karl Marlantes
Three Women by Lisa Taddeo
The Current by Tim Johnston
City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert
The Guest Book by Sarah Blake
Shame is an Ocean I Swim Across by Mary Lambert
Cantoras by Carolina De Robertas
Educated by Tara Westover
The Need by Helen Phillips
Rosewater by Tade Thompson
Beyond Beautiful by Anuschka Rees
The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman
Astro Poets: Your Guides to the Zodiac by Alex Dimitrov & Dorothea Lasky
Sadie by Courtney Summers
Unwind Your Mind by Emma Whispers Red

Maybe not a lot in comparison to other people’s TBR addition lists, but it’s a hell of a lot for me!

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

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