Stacking The Shelves is hosted at Tynga’s Reviews and 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!
Like promised, this Stacking The Shelves will be all about my Europe trip physical book haul. Getting English (or Dutch) books in Argentina can be expensive or time consuming business; it is one of the reasons I read mostly on my kindle. It also means that whenever we do travel back to Europe, I tend to go a little crazy getting new books. Oops? Believe me or not, I managed to stuff all of these beauties in the photo below in my backpack (along with a LOT of other stuff) and somehow not go over the weight limit. xD Say hello to a total of 14 new books for my shelves! Ok, there was actually one more, but it was a gift for a friend, so I didn’t count that one.
A little note: I tried taking decent photos, but Instagram decided to bail on me so the photos below are unfortunately unedited… I just didn’t want to pospone posting my book haul any longer either. 😉
Curious about the details? Want to see the covers up close? Just keep scrolling! More information about each book below the photos.
These two titles are actually two ‘abandoned’ books I found while exploring the city of Brussels. I had heard about this phenomenon before, but I couldn’t believe I would actually find one myself one day! Blood Hunt by Ian Rankin (somehow not on Goodreads, at least not on its own) sounds like an interesting thriller and The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler was actually first published back 1939, and I hadn’t heard of the title before. These four titles are hostel book exchange finds. I had some old books I wanted to get rid of, so I brought them on our trip to exchange for new titles. I was intrigued by Nomads by James Swallow, a spy thriller that sounds really interesting. And I’ve had the Peter Grant series waiting for me on my kindle, so I was stoked to find a paperback copy of the second book Moon Over Soho. I liked the sound of The Wolf Border by Sarah Hall as well, even though it has mixed reviews. And even though I already have a copy waiting for me on my kindle, I just couldn’t resist snatching a copy of Shari Lapena‘s The Couple Next Door.
The five titles above I found on sale in an English bookstore in Amsterdam. They had SO many good titles and it was really hard to control myself and not buy more! But I seriously had no extra space in my big backpack left for more. xD
The first, Blue Blood by Sara Blaedel, was one of the many many interesting sounding thrillers they had. We’ll see if I made the right choice later on, but it looks promising! I actually already read The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton back in 2016, but I really enjoyed the story and love the cover, so I had to have a paperback copy. And after finding the sequel in the hostel book exchange, of course I had to get a copy of the first book Rivers Of London as well. Such a beautiful cover! My grabby hands snatched a copy of Britt-Marie Was Here as soon as I saw it; I already wanted to get a copy for my kindle to read next, but having my own paperback of one of my favorite authors is so much better! The last is Fallen by Karin Slaughter, as part of a promise to myself to read more of her work. And yes, I didn’t realize until later this is actually book five of her Will Trent series. xD
On our last day, I suddenly realized I hadn’t bought any book in Dutch yet. While I don’t particularly enjoy reading in Dutch, I need them to keep up my knowledge of the language. (Because trust me, It’s preeeeetty rusty haha.) The first two are very pretty versions of the first two Half Bad Trilogy books. I still have to read the series in English as well, but luckily I have copies on my kindle so I can compare the two in case I get stuck in Dutch. The last is a Dutch translation of The Year Of The Rat and I actually like the Dutch cover so much better than the original… So pretty!
Do you recognize any of the titles above? Any you recommend I should read first? I hope everyone is having a great weekend! ❤
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