Stacking The Shelves is a weekly event hosted by Tynga’s Reviews that shares the books (both physical and virtual) that you recently purchased, borrowed from a fellow reader or the library, won from a giveaway, or received as gifts. Stacking The Shelves will post on Saturdays as new books are added to my shelves.
Today’s Stacking The Shelves post should be called “Overstuffing The Shelves.” Because when you have gift cards to Barnes & Noble and find books on your scribbled “immediate-must-have” wishlist and then spot other novels you’d learned about from the blogosphere, you realize how dangerous your love of reading can be. (*blushes*) But really, we must have ALL the pretty, shiny books, right?
Also, if you’re the kind who salivates over fantasy and science fiction, this post is for you. 😉
From top to bottom:
His Majesty’s Dragon (Temeraire, Book #1) by Naomi Novik (Fantasy / Alternate History): I read Uprooted last year and adored it enough that a) the book ended up on my Favorite Reads of 2015 list, and b) I knew I wanted to read more of Naomi Novik’s work. Her Temeraire series sounds much different than Uprooted but absolutely up my alley. A spin on the Napoleonic Wars – with DRAGONS. Yes, please!
City of Light (Outcast, Book #1) by Keri Arthur (Paranormal / Urban Fantasy): I’ve actually returned this book since taking this picture – because I won it from a giveaway at Bibliosanctum! Thank you, ladies! 🙂 I don’t typically read urban fantasy or paranormal, but when I read Bibliosanctum’s review of City of Light and how they praised the protagonist, unique world-building, and the emphasis on mystery, I figured I should give it a try. This is a brand new book (i.e., published this month), so I’m planning to read it as soon as the new copy arrives in the mail.
The Martian by Andy Weir (Science Fiction): AAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHH!!! If you’ve been following this blog the past few months, you know how much I LOVED the movie and how EXCITED I am to read this book!! In fact, by the time this posts, I might have already finished reading it. 😀
Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, Book #1) by Marissa Meyer (YA Fairytale Retelling / Science Fiction): The Lunar Chronicles seems to be very popular right now, at least here in the US. Quite a few people have recommended Cinder to me, and it sounds really interesting. Then again, how often do we hear about futuristic sci-fi retellings of Cinderella?
Skyborn (The Seraphim, Book #1) by David Dalglish (Fantasy): Another book I heard about from Bibliosanctum. Skyborn features seraphim, a cadet training school, elemental duels, and aerial battles. Yes. You read that correctly. Aerial battles and sequences. You know you want to read this book now, too. 🙂
Wolf By Wolf (Wolf By Wolf, Book #1) by Ryan Graudin (YA Fantasy / Alternate History): I first heard about this book from writing pal Rebekah Hendrian, and the concept blew my mind. A cross-country motorcycle race? With skin-shifters? Deception and danger galore? Not to mention the Axis powers have won World War II? (*gulp*) Picking up Wolf By Wolf was therefore a no-brainer.
Mystic (Mystic, Book #1) by Jason Denzel (Fantasy): The blurb and cover enchanted me from the very beginning, and this review convinced me to add it to my wishlist. I honestly wasn’t expecting to find it at Barnes & Noble (same goes for Skyborn and City of Light) because it seems like a lesser-known title – so when it caught my eye, I didn’t hesitate to scoop it up!
Walk On Earth A Stranger (Gold Seer Trilogy, Book #1) by Rae Carson (YA Historical Fantasy): I’ve been meaning to check out Rae Carson’s work for a while, including her best-selling Fire and Thorns Trilogy. Walk On Earth A Stranger is her newest book, set during the California Gold Rush and described as “Oregon Trail with magical elements.” I was a big fan of the Oregon Trail computer game when I was younger, and the positive reviews it’s gotten have been quite persuasive.
The Wise Man’s Fear (Kingkiller Chronicles, Book #2) by Patrick Rothfuss (Fantasy): Thanks to this post and this other post, no explanation is needed here. 😀 The only downfall is that it’s 1,000 pages long. That should take me… an entire month to finish. (*MEEP*)
A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms by George R.R. Martin (Fantasy / Short Stories): Another no-brainer, being a Game of Thrones fan. This is a collection of three short story set before Martin’s epic series, and follows the adventures of a knight of the Kingsguard and a young Targaryen prince. I’m planning to read this during Season 6 of Game of Thrones. Makes sense in terms of timeliness, right?
What books did you recently buy or acquire? Have you read or are planning to read of the books discussed above?