Monthly Updates

Stacking the Shelves: March

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. Each month I look at the books I’ve discovered and tell you what they’re about, where I found them, why I want to read them, what their shelf status is, how high of a priority they are, and finally what my rating prediction is.

I acquired three books from my work’s book swap shelf in March (prior to our building closing thanks to COVID-19) and also added four books and a series to my ‘maybe TBR’ list. I split my TBR three ways which I explain a little here, if you’re interested (I’ve done away with my ‘to buy’ shelf since this was posted). An upcoming Six For Sunday prompt is ‘recent additions to your TBR’ so I’ve decided to only share the books that I don’t own yet in this week’s Stacking the Shelves. The three books that I got from work will be shared in the upcoming Six For Sunday post next weekend. I’ll try to remember to come back to this post and link it here! (I remembered! Here it is.)

So, here’s the books that I’ve added to my Goodreads ‘Want to Read’ shelf!

Eight Perfect Murders by Peter Swanson

What: When bookseller Malcolm Kershaw compiles his list of his favourite unsolvable murders in literary history, he never expects that it would bring the FBI to his door hunting a real life killer.
Where: I’ve seen this pop up a few times but Chase at The Bookend Diner posted a glowing review of this that has me really intrigued.
Why: A murder mystery thriller set in a bookstore? Sign me up.
Status: To buy.
Priority: Medium.
Prediction: 4 stars.

Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Calahan

What: Calahan’s memoir recalls the terrifying time in her life where she literally descended into madness with seemingly no medical explanation.
Where: Amy shared a great review of this on her blog last month, and gave it a super-high rating of 9.4!
Why: This is very highly rated on Goodreads (4.05 with over 150k ratings) and sounds fascinating.
Status: To buy.
Priority: Low.
Prediction: 4 stars.

How to Break Up with Fast Fashion by Lauren Bravo

What: Bravo gives tips on how to move away from the fast fashion many of us rely on and how to shop for clothes more sustainably.
Where: Hive shared this in their ‘Thrifty Living’ newsletter. P.S. If you want to order books online during this crappy semi-lockdown time, please order from Hive to support your local indie!
Why: I’m trying to find small ways to be more eco-friendly and whilst I don’t shop for clothes a lot, when I do they’re usually of the ‘fast fashion’ variety, and I’d really like to change that.
Status: To buy.
Priority: Low.
Prediction: 2-3 stars. I actually don’t think this will impress me but I’m unsure enough to still give it a chance.

Black Chalk by Christopher J. Yates

What: Six former Oxford students are reunited to finish a game that started fourteen years ago and somewhere along the way went horribly wrong.
Where: I came across this on uncannyletters’ Instagram, who reposted these dark academia recommendations from sophielovesbooks on Tumblr.
Why: I love dark academia but there seems to be a lot of ‘meh’ contributions to the genre. I’m hoping this one breaks the pattern!
Status: To buy.
Priority: Low.
Prediction: 3 stars.

The Thomas Cromwell trilogy by Hilary Mantel

What: A fictionalised biography of Henry VIII’s most powerful advisor, Thomas Cromwell, told in three parts.
Where: The third book in the series is everywhere right now, it’s hard to miss.
Why: I’ve been getting more into historical fiction and period dramas and with all the hype around this series, it sounds like a perfect way to explore that genre further.
Status: To buy (I love these covers)
Priority: Low. It’s a big series and I want to read them back-to-back, but I’d like to get my TBR a little smaller first.
Prediction: 4 stars.

Do you have any of these on your TBR?
Or have you read any already?

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