Saturday, August 12, 2017

*Stacking the Shelves* 12 August 2017

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Stacking The Shelves is a feature/weekly meme created by Tynga’s Reviews in which you share the books you are adding to your shelves, both physical and virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical stores or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

Now, I already have a monthly post I do featuring the books I get in the mail (and it's a lot because I have a serious Goodreads First Reads giveaway addiction), and I'm going to try to start posting my monthly Read-A-Thon posts again too (even if none of the Platypires will be joining me), which will cover the books I receive through Netgalley. But I also go to my thrift store at least once a week, and often leave with a bag full of books. It's such a common occurrence that I'm known as The Book Lady to the frequent volunteers (and I suspect that they've started scheduling their $1 bag of books sales for Thursdays simply because that is the day I usually visit.) So my Stacking the Shelves posts are going to focus on my thrift store hauls, because this is my blog and I do what I want. 

On that note, here are the books I picked up this week.

A Beautiful Wedding by Jamie McGuire - I hesitated to buy this book because I haven't read any of the books in this series, and I know this isn't the first one. But I figured for a mere 50 cents (it's a hardcover copy), I just shouldn't pass it up.
Legend of the Emeralds by Ellie O'Ryan - This is a Disney's Brave chapter book. My daughter likes Brave so this should be good for her. 
The Fran that Time Forgot by Jim Benton - I have several of these Franny K. Stein Mad Scientist books now. I think they look cute. 
Descendants Junior Novel by Rico Green - When I was younger, I really liked movie novelizations (I think Jumanji was my favorite), so I figure my kids might like them as well. 
Captain Underpants and the Perilous Plot of Professor Poopypants by Dav Pilkey - My son is currently really into Captain Underpants, and if it gets him reading, I'm willing to buy all of the books.
The Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey - My son actually started reading this in the car on our way home from the thrift store. That's the first time he's ever done that. It made my reader heart so happy.
Coming Up for Air by George Orwell - I have enjoyed both books I've read by Orwell so far, so I figured this one was worth a shot.
The Battle for Sunyshore Tower by Helena Mayer - This is a Pokemon book, and apparently I should just list it for sale on Amazon because the cheapest copy listed right now is $38 and I got my copy for a quarter. I won't because my kids want to read it, but I could possibly make some good money on this book.
Pandora the Curious by Joan Holly & Suzanne Williams - I think the Goddess Girls books look so cute, I'm trying to collect them all. I might even read them myself at some point.
Blue Stars by Emily Gray Tedrowe - This is an Advance Reader Copy of the book that I found at my thrift store (and I buy every ARC I see on the shelves there for reasons). Since the book released in early 2015 and the original owner did not make money off of it's sale, I don't think there's really an issue with it's resale by the thrift store.
The Importance of Being Ernest by Oscar Wilde - The literary snob in me was just dying to buy this classic.
Stick Dog Chases a Pizza by Tom Watson - I think these books look fun, and hope that my son will enjoy them.
The Haunted Outhouse by The Bathroom Reader's Institute - This is a kids book from the Uncle John's Bathroom Readers series. They're just large books with short stories or tidbits to read while your doing your business that won't have you getting so sucked into a story that you sit on the toilet for half an hour for no reason at all.
The Haunted Graveyard by Allan Zullo - Kids book of "true" ghost stories.
The United States Cookbook by Joan D'Amico and Karen Each Drummond - I think this could be a helpful resource for making learning about the states a bit more interactive for my kids...I just need to figure out a way to be okay with the kids helping out in the kitchen (I barely even let my husband help out in the kitchen because it's just easier to do it myself!)
Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke - My son picked up this book, but I'm totally going to read it myself, probably.
Catnapped! by Erin Soderberg - This is a kids book, but it looks super fun.
The Usborne Complete Book of the Microscope by Kirsteen Rogers - Any time I can get an Usborne book for a quarter, I'm going to do it. I'm really surprised this wasn't back in the educational section of the store to be honest.
Ghoulfriends Just Want to Have Fun by Gitty Daneshvari - This is a Monster High Book and I think my daughter likes Monster High.
Everything You Need to Know About the Human Body by DK Publishing - I briefly flipped through this book, and it looks like a really entertaining way to learn about anatomy and stuff for kids, and I'm always on the lookout for books that will help us learn things.
American Revolution by Stuart Murray - This is a DK Eyewitness book, and like I just said, I'm always on the lookout for educational materials.
Medieval Life by Andrew Langley - This is another DK Eyewitness book that I think I should use sooner rather than later since we currently live in Europe where we can see some of the things talked about first hand.
The Fire Within by Chris D'Lacey - It's a middle grade book about dragons. What's not to love.
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley - I know this book is on lists of books everyone should read at some point in time. And I probably already owned a copy, but I couldn't remember for sure, so I grabbed this one.
Wicked: Witch and Curse by Nancy Holder & Debbie Viguie - This book just has a really pretty cover. I couldn't pass it up.
Wicked: Resurrection by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie - I bought the first (two) book(s) in the series, so I figured I should buy book 5 too. I'm just missing books 3&4 apparently. Maybe I'll find them next week.
Darker Still by Leanna Renee Hieber - This is another book that just had a really pretty cover!
Icefire by Chris D'Lacey - I bought the first book in the series, figured I should buy this one too since it was there.
Born at Midnight by C.C. Hunter - Pretty cover. There were so many pretty covers at the thrift store this week.
Rebel Angels by Libba Bray - Historical fiction with a cover that made me think of Elizabeth Swan from Pirates of the Caribbean (it's not about pirates I don't think).
Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris - The cover of this book made me think of like a YA version of The Matrix.
How to Seize a Dragon's Jewel by Cressida Cowell - I have several books from the How to Train Your Dragon series, I'm about 95% sure this wasn't one of them before today.
Auralia's Colors by Jeffrey Overstreet - The cover is mostly blue, and it looks like it's either a fantasy or a historical fiction, both genres I enjoy. (It's fantasy, but I didn't know that when I stuck it in my bag at the thrift store.)
Dark Mirror by M.J. Putney - I don't know what to expect from this book, but the cover is intriguing.
National Geographic Kids Almanac 2010 - I realize this is a little outdated, but I feel like it can still provide some small tidbits of information in a fun way.
National Geographic Kids Almanac 2011 - Same as above.
Time for Kids Almanac 2012 - Same as above.
National Geographic Kids Almanac 2013 - Same as above.
Ninja vs. Ninja by Kate Howard - This is a Ninjago beginner reader that according to my son we didn't already have. I just opened it to discover an inscription on the inside that says "Happy Birthday Jack. We love you." So on the bright side, if we do already own this book, I can just send this copy to my older brother whose name is Jack. LOL.
The Wedding Procession of the Rag Doll and the Broom Handle and Who Was in It by Carl Sandburg - I feel like I should have insisted that my daughter read this title to me before I agreed to buy this book. It's a mouthful.
The Official Pokemon Full Pokedex Guide by Future Press - This is for the Diamond and Pearl versions of the game, but I'm pretty sure my kids will enjoy looking at the pictures and learning the different pokemon names regardless.
Armageddon in Retrospect by Kurt Vonnegut - I've read a lot of Vonnegut, but I know I haven't read this.
Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight - I know there is a Kimberly McCreight book that has continued to pique my interest, it's not this one, but if I ever get my hands on it, I might want to read more from her.
The Wide Window by Lemony Snicket - I have several of the Series of Unfortunate Events books, but I don't ever remember which ones.
The Ersatz Elevator by Lemony Snicket - Same as above.
The Zookeeper's Wife by Diane Ackerman - You might be thinking to yourself, "Didn't she just buy that recently?" And I think you'd be right. But that was the movie tie-in edition and this is the original cover. Alternatively I'm pretending that I'm going to try to talk my book club into reading this soon, and this way I have a copy to pass off to someone else.
Gumbo Ya-Ya compiled by Lyle Saxton, Edward Dreyer, and Robert Tallant - This is a collection of folk tales from Louisiana. I proofread for at least two authors who often feature Louisiana in their books, so I've developed a bit of a fascination for the state.
Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen - I know at least one of the Platypires is a big fan of Sarah Dessen, so I always buy her books when I see them. One of these days I'll read one.
Perfect Ruin by Lauren Destefano - The cover of my copy of this book looks very steampunk. I could be totally wrong about the genre here, but it's an amazing cover.
Briar Rose by Jana Oliver - It's pretty clear this is a Sleeping Beauty retelling. I like fairytale retellings when I find the time to read them.
The Last Romanov by Dora Levy Mossanen - When I was in like middle school, my class went on a field trip to see the treasures of the tsars, or something like that. It made a big enough impression on me that I've been fascinated by the Romanov's ever since.
Biggest Book of Slow Cooker Recipes by Better Homes and Gardens - I think this one is pretty self-explanatory.

So that is all of the books I picked up this week. It's pretty clear to me that some young adult fiction fan is preparing to PCS based on the amazing selection of YA books I managed to snag. And this haul cost me a mere $8.50. I ended up making two trips to the thrift store since my last STS post, because my sister-in-law asked me to look for German kids books for her so I made a special trip to the thrift store just for that (and then ended up picking up several books for myself at normal book prices) and then on my usual weekly trip, I caught a two bags of books for $1 sale (which means they have LOTS of books they're trying to move right now). My husband is not going to be pleased with me, but at least I got a great bargain, right?

What books have you added to your shelves this week? - Katie

*If you're stopping by from the Stacking the Shelves link-up, please be sure to comment with a link to your post so I can be sure to visit you too.*


  1. Wicked and Darker Still look right up my alley.

    1. It was a great week for YA books at my thrift store. That's for sure. - Katie

  2. Oooh! All of these look like good reads, especially Wicked! I hope you enjoy all your reads!

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    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

  3. Lovely post :)

    That celebratory lunch looks fabulous! ^.^

    Check out my STS at El's Book Reviews! I truly appreciate it!

    Hope you have a great day!

    - El

  4. We have done it in a few weeks because reasons. Darker Still looks awesome!

    1. Right. I saw the cover and was like "Need it." I have super high standards :) LOL. - Katie