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Stacking the Shelves: March

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 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. Saying that, I added quite a few to my TBR list recently! Here’s what made the cut in March:

Hot Milk
by Deborah Levy

Hot Milk is about a mother and daughter that travel to Spain seeking medical treatment for the mother’s mysterious illness. There’s definitely more to it than that, but I don’t feel like I can do it justice without having read it yet. It was recommended to me by a friend when we were browsing book shops earlier this month. It sounds quite heady, which I love in a novel, and my friend and I normally have fairly similar taste so I expect I’ll love Hot Milkwhen I get around to it!

Everything I Know About Love
by Dolly Alderton

I feel like I saw Everything I Know About Love everywhere at the end of last year, but that might have been one or two people I know just repeatedly screaming its praises at least once a week. It’s part-memoir, part-essay collection about being a 20-something woman. I actually picked this up last month but forgot to add it to my Goodreads ‘Want to Read’ list, so I’m including it in March instead. I bought it on a whim at a train station on the way home to visit my parents. I think I’ll like it, but maybe not love it. Most of the reviews I’ve seen suggest it’s a love-it-or-hate-it kind of book, but we’ll see!

Lanny
by Max Porter

The Guardian describes Lanny as “a portrait of an English village, an unusual little boy and an ancient presence.” I read Max Porter’s debut novel, Grief is a Thing with Feathers. I knew it was good, like really good, but I didn’t particularly like it? I know that may make no sense but it’s the only way to explain it. Maybe I wasn’t in the right mindset to read it. I would have loved to have seen the stage adaptation because the text was very visual, which personally didn’t translate well for me in a novel. Regardless, the premise of Lanny sounds very mysterious, and I’m interested to see how Porter’s second, longer novel compares to his first.

The Priory of the Orange Tree
by Samantha Shannon

Described as “feminist fantasy”, Shannon’s colossal debut delves deep into a world of queendoms, assassins, and dragons. I’ve been having an internal debate over whether to add The Priory of the Orange Tree to my list. I like fantasy but I don’t read it too often. Though it sounds magical, I was put off by it’s enormity (almost 900 pages!) However, having recently been determined to battle the biggest books on my TBR, I’ve found that I’m less put off by a large page count than I used to be. I’ve come across an endless number of glowing reviews for The Priory of the Orange Tree and finally decided to add it to my TBR. I’m sure it won’t disappoint!

White is for Witching
by Helen Oyeyemi

I saw this on @ab_reads’ Instagram, suggesting it for fans of Shirley Jackson’s Haunting of Hill House, which I haven’t read but I adored the show. White is for Witching is set in a house-turned-B&B in Dover, run by a father along with his twin children, Miranda and Eliot, who are still struggling with the loss of their mother. However, the house has intentions of its own and Miranda is slowly consumed by it. It sounds very creepy and I’ve heard wonderful things about Oyeyemi’s writing, so I’m excited to make this my first read of her work!

Dark Matter: A Ghost Story
by Michelle Paver

This is another novel I came across on Instagram, this time from @letters.from.the.lighthouse. As World War II begins to brew, Jack joins an Arctic expedition in a bid to desperately change his life, but when the numbers of his crew begin to slowly dwindle, he has to make a choice: does he leave too, or stay in the icy tundra with whatever is hiding in the never-ending polar darkness… Spooky! I can’t wait to read Dark Matter!

Everything Under
by Daisy Johnson

I recently discovered my local bookshop – despite having lived here for seven months now, I didn’t realise I had one so close to me until I saw a tweet about how they were sadly broken into the other night. However, they’re all cleaned up now and open again so I decided to pop in last weekend. I asked the lovely girl behind the counter for some recommendations and Everything Under was one of them. I hadn’t heard of it before, despite it being shortlisted for last year’s Man Booker Prize, but it sounded dark and magical! It’s a retelling of a classic Greek myth (saying which one is a bit of a spoiler!) set on the Oxfordshire canals. It’s about family, love, language, and loss. I attended a panel at LBF about myth in contemporary lit so I’m really intrigued to see how Johnson handles it, and the cover art is beautiful!

Quite a few spooky reads on my list this month!
Have you read any of these?
Let me know what you thought below!

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