Sunday, August 7, 2016

Stacking the Shelves #1

Continuing on with the next phases of my blog, I figured I'd give something a go and try out the gift to all book haul blog posts: Stacking the Shelves. Hosted by Tynga's Reviews, it is exactly what you think it is-- a fun way to keep fellow readers up to date on what's on your shelf and what you've recently purchased or borrowed. Because I'm not used to blogging about much here beyond my reviews and the occasional haul or spotlight, this may very well be a shaky post. I've got the general idea from the many wonderful bloggers I follow who post entries for Stacking the Shelves... so what could go wrong?

Well, a lot, if you're me. So you readers just may be in for a good old fashioned laugh. Cheers. I'm here all week?

This week has been rather uneventful besides work for me but I'm getting back in the swing of things when it comes to my reading habits, mostly thanks to the Harry Potter play and the publication of the script. The Cursed Child is, alas, at the moment getting a ton of poor reviews but I enjoyed it! But enough about Harry. My first entry for Stacking the Shelves is going to be crowded and it will probably a bit lackluster in comparison to others. Given my job, I've picked up more than a few secondhand releases.

For those who don't know, I work with antiques. Needless to say, I've picked up a few gems there. Pair this up with my love of thrift shops and purchasing many books there, we're pretty much good to go! I am including all the books that I have bought in the summer months just to keep you guys busy for a while, you know? I feel as if I don't have much free time these days due to my laptop still being dead as a doornail, but that's not the end of the world and in some ways it gives me more time to haunt my favorite bookstores/thrift shops.

Jessica logic. Roll with it.


Well, let's face it upfront: I'm not the greatest photographer. I just have an iPhone and use VSCO. So, my Instagram (ahem, Bookstagram, kind of?) comes with that automatic disclaimer. I still fancy myself one, though, and try to keep up with taking photos of various purchases of mine and so, here are some of my favorites as of late.

I lucked out rather recently with finding used copies of the Blue Bloods series by Melissa de la Cruz. So much nostalgia from one series! I was missing quite a few copies that I previously had but managed to find Revelations, Lost in Time and Bloody Valentine (not pictured) for around $1.00 combined--and they're hardcovers. Not too bad, not too bad.

Sorry for this image being so stretched out? Ack. Yuck. Not really sure what happened there.

But... onto the next:

How many fans of The Selection are out there? It's certainly not everyone's cup of tea but I do enjoy a good fluffy read every now and again and this is one of the best. I've owned the series for quite a while now and obviously the most recent purchase was last spring when The Crown was published. Why am I including this? Because, dear readers, I've only just now got the entire series in hardbacks--thanks to Costco! I had the first two novels originally in paperback, which is all well and good, but I couldn't resist getting the editions that match the rest of the series.

Nothing says spring-summer like a brand spanking new Morgan Matson novel. I still haven't found the time to pick this little guy back up but I'm soo looking forward to it! How cute is that cover? Ugh, it's my new favorite. And yes, it's probably 100% because those dogs are adorable and I'm such a dog person! Has anyone read this one yet? If so, what do you think?

Next up is an obvious choice... 

Featuring some new beauty products, my deathly hallows necklace and a bit of stationery I've stumbled upon recently. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child may not be the best of the best when it comes to the series but it still kept me tuned in and there was something so, so, so bloody magical about having a new HP story after nine years. Nine. Years. Were we ever so young?

Anyone up for some bonus reject pictures of TCC?

Onto the next... this is one of the rare instances where I didn't purchase a novel myself. Instead, my friend kind of threw it at me and said HERE, read this! I am not sure I'll get to it, though--has anyone ever read Kristin Hannah? Thoughts?

Regardless of whether or not I'll read Home Again, the cover is really quite cute and I enjoyed taking photos of it. I do have a feeling it won't be in my possession much longer.

I've been rereading some books this summer, a lot more than I've been reading new releases for some reason, and Shatter Me is one of those books. Not much to say about that than what has already been said--I finally picked up the two sequels earlier this summer, too, as many of you have noticed from my review of the second book. I'm very, very fond of the prose in this series and that has always surprised me for whatever reason. Not pictured: all the tabs I've used to mark my pages with.

Shatter Me fans, this questions for you: Adam or Warner? And why?

Next, I picked up the new edition of Valley of the Dolls:

Holy moly. Talk about total book porn. And guys? It's even prettier in person. No, that's not drool on my chin. That's... wait. There's a joke in there somewhere. I--I'm walking away from that. Oops.

Another book I purchased months back and am only now getting to...

The Lifeboat Clique! I've heard mixed feelings on it but it already looks so full of humour based on that opening sentence. So I'm into it. And what can I say? I'm a total sucker for hilarity.

Because my copies of the first three Harry Potter novels are ancient (they are a pair of teenagers, holy fuck) I splurged on those gorgeous U.K. editions that have been around for a bit--you know the ones, guys. I only could replace two at the moment, so come Christmas, I'm totally buying the rest of the series. I have to and not just because they are beautiful, but because pages are falling out of the editions I have had of them since grade school. I replaced Philospher's Stone a few years back but that replacement copy is starting to crease far too much already and I'm going to eventually need to get it in hardcover form just because.

For now, let's drool...

I mean like.... hubba, hubba.

Boom! What else do we have? Okay, let's just bang out (???? why did I say that?) the rest of the thrifty goodness.

Be it from Goodwill or other thrift shops, or antique stores, a lot of goodies are to be found! I found quite a few leather-bounds recently for RIDICULOUSLY low prices that still cause my jaw to hit the floor. I found a certain teenage witch from every 90s kids childhood.

Does anyone else now have the Sabrina theme song going through their heads? I do. Oh, how I miss that show! I really wish they would air the reruns more on various channels--it's one of my all time favorites! I put out four of these cute lil paperbacks this summer and couldn't help but to show them off:

Talk about a throwback. Anyone who grew up in this generation: did you ever read these? If so, which was your favorite? Or your favorite episode? Ah. Well, on a different note my favorite cover is that first one at the top. How cute is she?

Wrapping things up... here's some more misc photos to feast your eyes on:


  •  Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig (ARC) 
  • Faithful by Alice Hoffman (ARC)  
  • Hothouse Flower by Krista & Becca Ritchie 
  • Fair Game by Monica Murphy 
  • Nightshade by A.K. Anderson 
 That's all for this week! I'll try to post these sorts of things every Saturday but I cannot promise that I'll have the time to always keep it up or make it very interesting. 

What's new to your shelves this week? 

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