Stacking the Shelves – a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews & Reading Reality
what’s the buzz: weekly round-up
Well it’s been two weeks since my last confession… err, Stacking the Shelves post! It’s been a hectic couple of weeks and I kinda disappeared off the face of the earth for a while there but I’m back and ready to get my blog back on track!
I went to see Glass this week which was quite enjoyable. Funny story, I went to see Unbreakable when it came out almost 20 years ago (OMG that’s scary!) and absolutely hated it with a passion. I went into Split (when it came out a year or so back) not knowing it was a sequel to Unbreakable (though neither did anyone else haha!) and really enjoyed it. James McAvoy is one talented dude isn’t he? What a powerhouse of a performance he gave in Split – he was mesmerizing.
I re-watched Unbreakable last week for the first time since I saw it at the cinema all those years ago (in preparation for seeing Glass since it had been so long) and ended up liking it quite a bit this go around, to my everlasting surprise. I think my tastes have changed quite in the intervening years – I wasn’t a huge superhero fan back then and now I live for that stuff.
Overall, Glass was a pretty good follow-up. I really liked the fact that it brought back some of the minor characters from Unbreakable and Split. Definitely worth a watch. M. Night Shyamalan is a bit like Marmite – you either love him or hate him. I liked a lot of his earlier output but wasn’t a fan of his later work. Split (and now Glass) seems to be a return to form though.
on the blog:
Despite the fact that this post is covering two weeks worth, I didn’t actually go too mad with the book-buying (well, for me anyway!)
A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer | Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston | Monsters by Sharon Dogar | King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo | Circle of Shadows by Evelyn Skye | Paperbacks from Hell by Grady Hendrix
I had an ARC for A Curse So Dark and Lonely and it was amazing! It’s great to have a finished copy – can’t wait to read it again! I also got King of Scars – a signed copy no less! I’m expecting the Illumicrate Grisha Special Edition any day now but I couldn’t pass up the chance for a signed copy. I know that the one coming in the box is going to be a special edition too and I do love having multiple editions of my favourite books so it’s all good!
See You Thursday by Jean Ure | After Thursday by Jean Ure | Tomorrow is also a Day by Jean Ure | Blood Red Roses by Sarah Armstrong | Remember Me by Christopher Pike | Logan’s Run by by William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson
I finally caved and bought the Marianne & Abe trilogy (I have been meaning to for years). I was also over the moon to get this edition of Remember Me in January’s Prudence and the Crow box. I do own the book but it is a different edition and I’ve always wanted this cover so yay! I also got Blood Red Roses and Logan’s Run.
Dance of Love by Jocelyn Saal | The Summer Jenny Fell in Love by Barbara Conklin | I Can’t Forget You by Lois I. Fisher | Too Young for Love by Gailanne Maravel | How Do You Say Goodbye by Margaret Burman | All’s Fair in Love by Jeanne Andrews | Love on Strike by Janice Boies
I got this lot of Sweet Dreams titles going relatively cheap on eBay. I have some already but I was mainly interested in this bundle for Dance of Love and How Do You Say Goodbye.
99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne | Rebel by K.M. Neuhold and Nora Phoenix
I loved The Hating Game so I am super-excited for 99 Percent Mine! Rebel also looks really interesting (and it was free on Kindle!)
Deke by Eden Finley | What Fate Portends by Clara Coulson
I rather like the Fake Boyfriend series so I’m looking forward to Deke (although, for the life of me I cannot recall these characters though I know they appeared in the earlier books at some point!)
Complete Novels by the Bronte Sisters | The Substitute by Denise Grover Swank
I realised recently that I hadn’t actually read any Anne Bronte so I have endeavored to rectify this post-haste! I’ve also only read one of Charlotte Bronte’s books (you know which one it would be!)
Fever King by Victoria Lee | Broken by Nicola Haken
Fever King was my Amazon First Reads choice for February. I’ve been wanting to read this book for ages and was planning on buying it anyway so a nice bonus to get it free this month. 😉
borrowed (kindle prime library)
It’s actually been ages since I borrowed anything through the Prime Lending Library and they actually have quite a few really great titles at the minute!
Pestilence by Laura Thalassa | Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
I have been meaning to read Laura Thalassa for ages so when I saw Pestilence I knew it was time! I have also been seeing Crazy Rich Asians everywhere and it has me intrigued…
The Gaslight Stalker by David Field | The King’s Justice by E.M. Powell
A couple of historical mysteries! Both look really interesting and I enjoy a good historical setting and who doesn’t love a good whodunnit?? 😉
Not many review copies this week but the ones I did get I am totally excited for! I can’t wait to get stuck in…
Dream by Natalia Jaster
I was on the ARC team for Lie but I really wasn’t expecting to get this little beauty ahead of its release. It was a lovely surprise to get the notification! I’ve already read Dream and it’s fantastic. Utterly compelling and just the best ending to the series. My review will be up soon.
Dead Again by Kevin Grover | The Year After You by Nina de Pass
To round out my weekly haul, I have a couple of Netgalley titles. I’m really looking forward to jumping into these books!
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