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.
In last week’s Stacking The Shelves, I’d mentioned that I’d expected to do only one STS entry this month. Then, after the fairy novels and new releases had arrived in the mail, I spent a Saturday on Cape Cod to see the house my parents are renovating and do some birthday shopping for a friend. And during said shopping, I bought more books, even though I’d told myself not to. (*face turns strawberry red*)
So, here’s Batch #2, the books I bought at the Market Street Bookshop in Mashpee, MA, along with a couple extras. Make sure you stop at MSB if you visit Mashpee Commons. Their selection is fantastic (especially in science fiction and fantasy, both adult and YA), and the staff is extremely knowledgeable, friendly, and well-read. 🙂
From the Market Street Bookshop…
From top to bottom:
Sabriel (Abhorsen, Book #1) by Garth Nix (YA Fantasy): My first Garth Nix book! I’ve heard amazing things about his Abhorsen series, so it only makes sense to start at the beginning. 😉
Dragonflight (Dragonriders of Pern, Book#1) by Anne McCaffrey (Fantasy / Science Fiction): I enjoy catching up on classics when I have time. The Dragonriders of Pern series has been on my wishlist for a while, but it’s been really hard to track down in stores. (Then again, Dragonflight is almost 50 years old.) So, when I saw the book at MSB, I knew better than to pass it by!
In The Hand of the Goddess and The Woman Who Rides Like a Man (Song of the Lioness, Books #2 and #3) by Tamora Pierce (YA Epic Fantasy): I’ve already read the first and final installments of this series. (Yes, I know, I read the books out of order – shame on me!) But like Dragonflight, these two books have been tough to find in stores, so I snatched these up as soon as they caught my eye. I might have to make binge-finishing this series (and re-reading Lioness Rampant) a priority in 2017.
The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. Le Guin (Science Fiction): Ditto on the “hard to track down” bit. But whenever I visit a bookstore – be it Barnes & Noble or an indie like Market Street – I always look for any UKLG books I don’t have yet. I love her work so, so much, so I was thrilled to finally find The Lathe of Heaven.
Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee (YA Historical Fiction): This was one of the most talked-about YA historical fiction novels of last year. It combines the American West / Oregon Trail setting with the “girl disguised as a boy” trope. It sounds like Rae Carson’s Walk On Earth A Stranger, but the comparisons end there. Under a Painted Sky features two disguised girls, one Chinese and the other a runaway slave. So, it offers diverse characters and a friendship between two females. Very much looking forward to this one.
Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin, Book #1) by Robin LaFevers (YA Historical Fantasy-Romance): Another book I’ve read about through the speculative fiction and YA book blog grapevines. It’s set in medieval France, and the protagonist joins a convent of assassin nuns to avoid an arranged marriage. That sentence alone makes you want to read it too, right? 😉
… And A Few Extras
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert (Nonfiction / Inspirational / Creativity): I haven’t read Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat Pray Love yet, but a friend who’s a big fan of hers let me borrow Gilbert’s latest book. And oh my GOODNESS, I loved it! I’ll say more in my review for next month’s Recent Reads – but if you’re looking for advice or motivation on how to embrace your creativity and live a more fulfilling life, Big Magic gives you exactly that. 😀
City of Light (Outcast Series, Book #1) by Keri Arthur (Urban Fantasy): I already covered City of Light in an STS post back in January, when I had bought a copy but then returned it after winning Bibliosanctum’s giveaway for the book. The giveaway copy has since arrived, so now I can say (again) that I’m looking forward to reading this futuristic fantasy story with demons, shape-shifters, and artificially lit cities struggling to keep the darkness at bay.
A Criminal Magic by Lee Kelly (Historical Fantasy): I’ve had the strangest luck with book giveaways this year – but I won’t complain! A Criminal Magic just arrived yesterday thanks to Fantasy Literature. It’s set during the Roaring Twenties / Prohibition Era, when magic is made illegal instead of alcohol; and some SF&F sites are already calling this one of the best books of 2016. So, I’m really excited to check this out for myself now.
What books did you recently buy or acquire? Have you read or are planning to read of the books discussed above?