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Stacking the Shelves: May

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. Yet, they still keep piling up…

This month has found me adding a few fantasy books, poetry, a hugely hyped-up bestseller, and more!

The Women’s War
by Jenna Glass

A bit like my reasoning for adding The Priory of the Orange Tree to my TBR, I’m really eager to read more epic fantasy centered on women. Given the recent popularity of the TV adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale, a lot of new feminist fiction has been examining the theme of reproductive rights and reproduction in general, like The Farm and Red Clocks. The Women’s War uses this theme too but in a fantasy setting which I think will be a really interesting angle to look at this from!

The Secret Commonwealth
by Philip Pullman

The follow-up to Pullman’s Book of Dust Vol 1: La Belle Sauvage, The Secret Commonwealth takes place after the events of the original His Dark Materials trilogy, 20 years after the events of La Belle Sauvage. I’m excited to read about adult-Lyra and revisit Malcolm too! I didn’t even realise this wasn’t already on my TBR until I finished La Belle Sauvage last month.

The Secret Commonwealth will be published on October 3rd, 2019.

If My Body Could Speak
by Blythe Baird

I came across Blythe Baird thanks to uponthepagesSlam Poetry Recommendations post, where Baird was mentioned alongside Olivia Gatwood. I adored Gatwood’s collection, New American Best Friend, and Baird’s collection is from the same publisher, Button Poetry. I think I’ll really enjoy this!

Daisy Jones & The Six
by Taylor Jenkins Reid

I don’t think I need to explain this one. It’s been everywhere recently. Initially, the premise didn’t interest me, but neither did The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and that ended being a 5 star read for me. I have a feeling Daisy Jones & The Six will be an equally surprisingly delight.

The Garden of Lost and Found
by Harriet Evans

Umut Reviews posted about this book a couple of weeks ago and I was instantly interested! I love a good family saga, and the mysterious artist angle is really intriguing! And as Umut points out, the beautiful cover is definitely an added bonus!

A Stranger City
by Linda Grant

This is another blogger-recommended book that I came across this month, this time from Susan at A Life in Books. Susan’s review makes it sound fantastic. I’m looking forward to reading some more fiction set in the city I now call home, and the present-day setting with the backdrop of Brexit makes this seem particularly timely.

Ninth House
by Leigh Bardugo

I can’t recall where I came across this but I found a screenshot of the book’s Goodreads page in my phone’s camera roll, so looked it up and thought ‘Ok… this sounds really good.’ I know Bardugo’s YA books are hugely popular. I haven’t read them myself, but I’m intrigued by her first foray into adult fiction. The cover is so striking too!

by Josh Malerman

Robin at Paperbacks and Planners reviewed this recently and it sounds so strange and interesting! Robin recommends trying not to read too much into the synopsis so as to keep the book a total mystery but what she does say about it definitely caught my attention! Very interested to see what this is all about.

Have you read any of these?
Let me know below!

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