Stacking the Shelves — March 8th, 2019

Because I don’t have enough weekly memes already… 👀 Those of you who have been around a while might remember that I used to do Stacking the Shelves, but stopped a long while back! I’ve decided lately that my haul posts are getting too lengthy, so I’m going to start doing Stacking the Shelves posts with the important info, and monthly hauls will be trimmed down a little from here on.

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!
If you want to find out more about Stacking The Shelves, please visit the official launch page!

Physical Review Copies:


The Near Witch — Victoria Schwab

YA fantasy

I honestly can’t believe I was offered the chance to read one of my favorite authors’ debut novels in its gorgeous new re-release format. It’s a story about witches and legends.

NetGalley Approvals:


Rebel — Beverly Jenkins

adult historical romance

This is a historical romance set right after the Civil War, and also, can you believe I’ve never read anything by the Beverly Jenkins?!


Lock Every Door — Riley Sager

adult thriller

I kind of hated Final Girls by this author (I think it was my first ever roast review!), but I’ve heard he’s come a long way since then. This one is about a woman who house-sits an apartment in a very peculiar complex and starts noticing super weird stuff going down.


How to Make Friends with the Dark — Kathleen Glasgow

YA contemporary

The entire synopsis for this revolves around a girl recovering from her mother’s death, so it sounds brutal as hell.


Spin the Dawn — Elizabeth Lim

YA fantasy

They had me at “Project Runway meets Mulan”, tbh. I believe this book also features own-voice Chinese rep!


Hope and Other Punchlines — Julie Buxbaum

YA contemporary

I loved Tell Me Three Things by this author and I’ve been wanting to read more from her! This is about a girl who’s grown up as the subject of an internet meme, desperately seeking anonymity at a local summer camp.


The Art of Taxidermy — Sharon Kernot

YA historical fiction

This is a novel in verse about a young girl who copes with her mother’s death by taking up taxidermy. I already read this one, and wasn’t super fond of it. ⭐⭐⭐


Five Midnights — Ann Davila Cardinal

YA horror

This is a retelling of a Puerto Rican urban legend, and is set in modern Puerto Rico, where a couple of teens go off in search of a murderer and possibly find a monster. It sounds super creepy, plus I love the idea that it’s a horror retelling, as we don’t see many of these!


How the Light Gets in — Katy Upperman

YA contemporary

Another book about grief! This one’s about a girl whose sister has passed away, so she goes to spend the summer with her aunt in hopes of staying busy, but finds herself feeling haunted by her sister’s presence.


We Are the Ghosts — Vicky Skinner

YA contemporary

Another book about death in the family? You betcha. After Ellie’s estranged brother passes away, she goes on a road trip to try and learn who he really was, and she ends up bonding with his best friend and ex-girlfriend.


New Orleans Rush — Kelly Siskind

adult contemporary romance

Beatrice Baker, struggling artist, thinks life is pretty good until she finds her boyfriend with another woman. After keying the wrong car in her rage, she finds herself indebted to work as a magician’s assistant—a very swoony magician!

Kindle Purchases/Freebies:

29939402Unf*ck Your Habitat — Rachel Hoffman

adult nonfiction

This is a self-help book on cleaning and organization! I’m not usually big on self-help, and the last organizational book I tried didn’t go well for me (*stares pointedly at Marie Kondo*), but they have excerpts on their website that actually sounded brilliant and were fun to read.

25867895Experimental Film — Gemma Files

adult horror

This is a ghost story about a woman who investigates the disappearance of a Canadian filmmaker. While looking through the filmmaker’s old films, she accidentally brings the evil entities into her own family’s life.


Body Positive Power — Megan Jayne Crabbe

adult nonfiction

Megan is most commonly known by her instagram account @bodyposipanda, where she models plus-sized outfits and talks about loving and accepting yourself no matter what your size or weight or appearance. She’s super intersectional and awesome, and I love her a lot, so I’m really excited to read her book!

34387859Garden of Fiends — Mark Matthews

adult horror anthology

This is a collection of short horror stories about drugs/addictions, which is usually not a topic I reach for often (if you didn’t know, there’s actually a very niche subgenre of horror dedicated to substance abuse stories). That said, a few authors I really enjoy are in this anthology, and it was free!

Physical Purchases:


The Fever King — Victoria Lee

YA dystopian

After hearing so many of my friends rave about this book, I had to get it! It’s about a teen who wakes up in what used to be the US, and wants to use his newfound magic against the corrupt government, but things go awry when he falls for the minister’s son.

38524301Shades of Magic, Vol. 1 — V. E. Schwab

adult fantasy graphic novel

This is a prequel graphic novel series that takes place before the Shades of Magic trilogy, and follows the life of Maxim Maresh (Rhy’s father) as a youngster. I’ve been so excited for this to release and I can’t wait to read it!

29499010Ten Count, Vol. 2 — Rihito Takarai

adult romance manga

This is the second volume in a yaoi manga series about a man who OCD who starts to fall for his therapist. I know it’s the sort of pairing that sounds like it could easily go wrong, but the first volume handled it so well and it had SUCH good OCD rep, plus the art is stunning and the characters are so enjoyable!


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21 thoughts on “Stacking the Shelves — March 8th, 2019

  1. Well stack those shelves! Lol! I added V.E. Schwab (A Darker Shade of Magic) to my TBR after listening to an old episode of the podcast Writing Excuses. Do you plan to read these soon or do you just add these to your general TBR? Just curious. I’m kind of a slow reader but hoping to speed things up. Thanks for sharing!


    1. Awww I would share if I could!! I was blown away when they offered it to me. I literally just stared at my laptop with my mouth open for a minute 😂 And then I ran and texted my spouse and was like, “Does this mean I’ve made it as a blogger that I got offered a Victoria Schwab review copy?!” haha!


  2. I’m hoping to read Shades of Magic, Vol. 1 soon even though I haven’t read the Shades of Magic trilogy. But hopefully the comic will convince me to read the trilogy!


    1. Ooooh, I so hope it does convince you to! I know Victoria said you can read them in either order, so hopefully it’ll be just what you need to motivate you hehe. 😀 If it isn’t within the next month or two, I could probably be talked into buddy rereading the first book of the Shades series if you wanted to! 😉

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  3. Oh I really want to read the near witch as well!
    Interested in your thoughts about the fever king and spind the dawn!



  4. Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on Lock Every Door after you get to it! I’m torn on whether it sounds interesting to me or not so I think I’m going to have to hold out until I read some reviews.


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