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Stacking the Shelves: September

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.

Last month I experimented with a new structure for this post, and so far I’m enjoying it! It makes these posts much quicker to write somehow, and they’ve become handy to refer back to.

Despite not reading a lot in September, I still managed to add a good handful of books to my TBR, though almost all of them will likely spend some time unread, being low priority reads.

The Chalk Man by C. J. Tudor

What: A thriller about a man whose traumatic childhood discovery of a body comes back to haunt him as an adult.
Where: Picked up a near-perfect-condition hardback copy in a charity shop for £4!
Why: I’ve seen this around a lot the past year and I love a good thriller.
Status: Owned
Priority: Low
Prediction: 4 stars

Thin Air by Michelle Paver

What: A ghost story set on Mount Everest in the 1930s.
Where: Another charity shop spur-of-the-moment buy.
Why: I read Michelle Paver’s Dark Matter and enjoyed the spooky arctic setting, so I’m hoping of more of the same with this.
Status: Owned
Priority: Low
Prediction: 3 stars

Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky

What: A boy vanishes for six days, returning to his distraught mother forever changed, and not alone; now, he has a voice in his head, a task, and a deadline which, if not met, will change everything.
Where: I’d seen this around a lot but it was Kippen’s review that prompted me to add it to my TBR.
Why: Any book where I’m told ‘it’s best you go into this novel basically knowing nothing’, has my attention. It sounds very creepy.
Status: Need to buy
Priority: Low
Prediction: 4 stars

The Secrets We Kept by Robin DiAngelo

What: Secretaries turned spies, the CIA, Soviet Russia, the smuggling of a banned literary masterpiece… honestly, what’s not to love?
Where: Amazon Daily Digest email.
Why: I’m always drawn to Russian history and I think this will be a fun and thrilling story set in that sphere.
Status: Need to buy.
Priority: Low. Honestly I forgotten I’d added this to my TBR but it does look interesting so I hope to get around to it.
Prediction: 4 stars

Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk

What: A reclusive woman in rural Poland is determined to solve the investigation into her neighbours’ mysterious deaths.
Where: Amazon Daily Digest email.
Why: I’ve never read any Polish literature and this looks like a great place to start. Even the title gives me shivers.
Status: Need to buy.
Priority: Low. I have so much on my TBR already and this doesn’t quite demand to be read just yet, even though I think it’ll be fantastic.
Prediction: 5 stars

Underland: A Deep Time Journey by Robert Macfarlane

What: A look at the Earth’s underworlds: past, present and future, mythological, literary and real.
Where: WhatsNonFiction shared a great review of this last month. I’d seen it around a lot before this, but it was this review that pushed me to add it to my TBR.
Why: I’ve always been drawn to this cover and I haven’t read much geographical non-fiction before.
Status: Need to buy.
Priority: Low. I have a lot of non-fiction on my TBR already.
Prediction: 4 stars

The Temple House Vanishing by Rachael Donohue

What: A journalist vows to resolve a 25-year long mystery of a missing student and teacher from an elite but repressive Catholic girls school.
Where: NetGalley
Why: Academic thrillers always appeal to me and this sounds like it could be a good one. Also the cover is stunning! I featured this cover in my most recent Six For Sundays post.
Where: NetGalley
Status: eBook ARC
Priority: Low. This isn’t out until next February so I have plenty of time.
Prediction: 4 stars

A Spell of Winter by Helen Dunmore

What: A story about siblings, forbidden love of the darkest kind, and family secrets.
Where: Callum shared an excellent review of this, giving it four stars for its ‘stunning prose’.
Why: I’m enjoying historical fiction and family dramas right now so this is a good blend of the two. Plus the cover is beautiful.
Status: Need to buy
Priority: Low
Prediction: 4 stars

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

What: The relationships between four friends in New York City are deepened and tested by addiction and trauma over the course of decades.
Where: I’ve seen a few instances of Antoni Porowski raving about this and how important it is to him, and then I bought it on impulse whilst waiting for a train.
Why: I feel like it’s one of those modern classics, a little like The Secret History. I want to see what the fuss is about.
Status: Owned
Priority: Medium
Prediction: I have no idea. This seems to be a hugely divisive book so it could go either way.

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

3 thoughts on “Stacking the Shelves: September”

  1. So many great books here! I just finished A Spell of Winter last week and really liked it, though it is DARK. I also read Drive Your Plow earlier this month and HIGHLY recommend! Several others here on my TBR, including Underland and A Little Life, which I’m hoping to read next month, but it’s always hard for me to commit to a long book in advance…

    1. I’m really looking forward to both A Spell of Winter and Drive Your Plow, I’ve heard nothing but good things about both! As for A Little Life, I’m in a bit of a slump right now so it’s definitely not going to get read anytime soon – not only is it long but also sounds pretty bleak so I’ll save it for when my reading has picked up pace a little. I’d love to know your thoughts so I hope you read it soon!

      1. Ah, yes, a bleak book is hard to pick up during a slump! A Spell of Winter is a bit bleak as well, I remember specifically thinking as I was reading that I would need a bit of a break before diving into A Little Life! But it was still a quick read for me and I bounced back fast, so I’m still hoping to get to A Little Life in November, if my reading schedule goes as planned… I hope you’ll enjoy it as well when you get to it!

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