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Stacking the Shelves: November

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.

I added a lot to my TBR this month! A few are 2020 releases that I’m looking forward to, and there are a some non-fiction books which I’ve already talked about in my New Non-Fiction to my TBR post as part of Non-Fiction November.

Here’s what I added in November:

Me by Elton John

What: The definitive autobiography of Sir Elton John.
Where: I’ve seen this in some many places but Waterstones has really been pushing it.
Why: I love love loved Rocketman and the audiobook of this is read by Taron Egerton (who plays Elton in the film) so I think I might venture into the world of audio with this one!
Status: Need to buy.
Priority: Medium.
Prediction: 4 stars.

The Real Peaky Blinders by Carl Chinn

What: A microhistory of the true story of Birmingham’s real ‘peaky blinders’, as well as Billy Kimber, Aflie Solomons, and Darby Sabini.
Where: My parents bought this for me as a birthday gift!
Why: I’m a huge fan of Peaky Blinders and I’m really into historical non-fiction recently so this is the perfect combination.
Status: Owned.
Priority: Finished already!
Rating: 3 stars. Here’s my review.

The Last Day by Andrew Hunter Murray

What: In a future not too far away, the world has stopped turning leaving one half in perpetual darkness and the other under a burning sun. A mysterious letter gives Ellen a powerful secret.
Where: NetGalley email.
Why: I haven’t been reading a lot of ARCs recently but this really caught my attention.
Status: NetGalley ARC.
Priority: Medium. It’s out in February so this is on my January TBR.
Prediction: 4 stars.

Over the Top by Jonathan Van Ness

What: Another autobiography, this time from one fifth of the ever-fabulous Queer Eye. JVN talks about growing up queer in the Midwest and learning to love himself.
Where: Kristen posted a glowing review of this last month.
Why: I love Queer Eye and I love Jonathan. The audiobook is also read by him so this maybe another one I try out with audio.
Status: Need to buy.
Priority: Low.
Prediction: 4 stars.

Blue Ticket by Sophie Mackintosh

What: A white ticket means you will marry and bear children. A blue ticket means freedom and a career. On her first bleed, Calla gets a blue ticket, but she doesn’t know if this is the right life for her.
Where: Callum and Rachel both included this in their lists of 2020 most anticipated releases.
Why: I loved The Water Cure and I can’t wait to read more from Sophie Mackintosh.
Status: Released 30th June 2020.
Priority: High
Prediction: 5 stars.

Boo by Neil Smith

What: Boo arrives in heaven and finds out that he was murdered in a school shooting, and his killer is there too. With help from a fellow classmate, Boo tries to track down the shooter.
Where: This was gifted to me by my Mum’s colleague – thanks, Jenny!
Why: After reading this blog, Jenny thought this would be right up my street and I think she’s right.
Status: Owned.
Priority: Medium.
Prediction: 4 stars.

The Body Lies by Jo Baker

What: A writing teacher starts receiving chapters from a student that seem to feature her as the main character, hurtling towards a terrible fate.
Where: I’m sure I’ve seen bloggers talk about this before. However, it was the 99p offer on Amazon that prompted me to buy this.
Why: This sounds fantastic and I’m not sure why I didn’t add it to my TBR when I first heard about it.
Status: Owned.
Priority: Medium.
Prediction: 5 stars.

What’s Left of Me is Yours by Stephanie Scott

What: Satō hires a ‘break up agent’ to have an affair with his wife, Rina. But Rina and her agent fall in love and set off a chain of violent events that leave Rina’s daughter searching for answers years later.
Where: Another pick from Rachel’s most anticipated.
Why: This has a really unusual premise so I’m intrigued by this debut.
Status: Released 21st April 2020.
Priority: Medium.
Prediction: 4 stars.

Pine by Francine Toon

What: Laura searches for answers about her mother’s disappearance a decade ago, but when a local girl goes missing as well, she wonders who in her small community she can trust.
Where: And another pick from Rachel!
Why: The cover really caught my attention but the story sounds great too.
Status: Released 23rd January 2020.
Priority: Low.
Prediction: 3 stars.

The Stopping Places by Damien Le Bas

What: Le Bas explores his Romani heritage with a tour of Britain’s gypsy encampments.
Where: An impulse buy whilst Christmas shopping.
Why: I’ve always been keen to learn more about Romani history.
Status: Owned.
Priority: High.
Prediction: 4 stars.

The Weak Spot by Sophie Mackintosh

What: A short story about a class where girls learn how to kill.
Where: I was adding Blue Ticket to my Goodreads and noticed this under the list of Mackintosh’s other works.
Why: This will have to tide me over until Blue Ticket comes out!
Status: Free online.
Priority: High. As it’s a short story I’m hoping to find a prompt it can fit into for the Magical Readathon.
Prediction: 4 stars.

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

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