I have been looking for an awesome Meme to do for Saturdays, since they are usually my lightest day as far as content goes, and I came across the Stacking the Shelves meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and Reading Reality! This meme is all about sharing your most recent bookish purchases, be they physical books, audiobooks, or eBook! Since I have a BIT of a “one-click” problem, I thought this would be a great way to keep track of my newest books AND share them with everyone else! I’m not sure what I’ll talk about on the weeks I don’t have anything new, but we can cross that bridge if we ever come to it! Not an issue this week, so let’s have at it!
So this was a pretty expensive week for me for pre-orders! I had TEN books arrive on Tuesday (I love book release day) and 90% of them (literally) were SJM. I am the type of person who needs All The Editions of her favorite books, so when new ones release, I’m all over it! Beyond those, I also had a few others trickle in this week from various AbeBooks orders, plus a random trip to B&N, and an Audible purchase, aaaaaand then some other misc orders I placed at various times. So, you could say it was a good week for books, and a bad week for my wallet. Let’s take a look at my haul!
The Cutest Little Books You Ever Did See aka The Throne of Glass Mini Editions
So when Bloomsbury announced they were releasing mini editions of the entire Throne of Glass series, I was immediately alert. When they furthered that by saying each book would feature one character and that character’s name would be highlighted in colored ink for the entirety of the book, I was pretty much already throwing my money at them. I placed the pre-order that day, saved up for the next 6 months (literally…I ordered them on June 4th) and then did a happy dance watching the tracking for my order.
AREN’T THEY ADORABLE?! They’re so perfectly miniature, and I love having the names stand out in each book. Not gonna lie, despite having these in full size, eBook, AND audiobook, I just may do my next reread from these wee little babies. They’re just too precious not to use.
A Court of Thorns and Roses – Collector’s Edition
OBVIOUSLY I was going to pre-order this as well. Again, I need every edition of the books I love, and if HP has taught me anything its that I need to get editions as they release and not way later when I see them during a random search somewhere, fall in love, and then find out that they are pretty much unicorns and will cost me my firstborn, a kidney, and 1/5th of my soul.
This edition is soooo pretty and I love the slipcase and all of the detailing. At the moment there’s no room left on my SJM shelves for all of these recent acquisitions, so I have a feeling some reorganizing will be in order soon.
The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
So The Night Circus is one of my favorite books of all time, and when it was announced that Erin would finally be releasing another novel, I immediately pre-ordered it (sensing a trend here?). In fact, until the book showed up on my doorstep, I couldn’t even tell you what it was about, because I never actually read the description. I just trust in Erin that much. I also ordered the Illumicrate box for this book, because multiple editions (…another trend).
Erin is actually coming to TWO different locations close to where I live for the Starless Sea tour, and I am SOOOO excited to meet her in person and have her sign my books! I will obviously be schlepping along my four copies of The Night Circus as well.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – Original UK Hardcover Edition
So remember 5 seconds ago when I said the thing about needing all the Harry Potter editions? Yeah. That. I am constantly on the hunt for the many editions I don’t have (which is why my HP collection has an entire bookcase), and periodically snag a few from AbeBooks, which is my favorite source for miscellaneous book editions. This was an impulse purchase (shocking, I know) when I went on to snag my next book in the list…
The copy I ended up with was actually from the original Canadian printing, through Raincoast Press. I didn’t even know that was a thing, but it’s neat to have a whole new edition nevertheless!
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell – US Hardcover
So I never purchased this edition because, frankly, the cover is super lame. BUT as a promo for the release of Wayward Son, Wednesday books did a thing where you could enter to get a jacket designed with the art from the UK/Paperback edition so you could have a Hardcover that would match that of the Wayward Son Hardcovers!!! I wish all publishers would do this, because I need my series to match and I’d totally buy new dust jackets if it meant having the complete set.
Anyway, I picked up a used copy for cheap, immediately tossed the jacket, and dressed it up in it’s newer, prettier outfit! Major props to Wednesday Books for this!!!!
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Other Stories – B&N Hardcover Classic
The hubs and I went into B&N to snag a present for a friend and, as always, I made a swoop by the display of B&N Hardcover Classics. This beauty caught my eye immediately and it was in my hands before I could even think about it. I grew up reading Roald Dahl and here was a gorgeous hardcover edition of three of his stories (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, and Fantastic Mr. Fox) including Quentin Blake’s original illustrations! Not going to lie, I have already read through the whole thing, and loved every moment. Now I need them to do more of his books!
Redwall by Brian Jacques – Audible Audiobook
So I was browsing Instagram – as one does – and went to comment on a post that asked “what are your favorite audiobooks”. While answering, I noticed that someone had listed the Redwall series alongside the Illuminae Files, and I was like “whaaaaaat?” (pretty sure I actually responded with something along those line) because the Illuminae Files are the best audiobooks ever created, and someone was putting Redwall up against them?! As it turns out, the Redwall audiobooks were narrated by a FULL CAST, which included Brian Jacques himself!!!!!!!!!! *swoon* I have long adored these books and have been wanting to revisit them for ages, and I just so happened to have some spare Audible credits, so off I went!!! HOWEVER, I actually ended up choosing the Audible Edition rather than the older, full cast, version. I listened to the samples for both after noticing the newer version was more than an hour longer. Well, it turns out that the original narration is super fast…like, the main narrator is just a crazy fast talker. I know I can turn the speed down, but the narrator for the newer version just had a great voice, and so that decided my choice. I have already started listening and I am super pleased.
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare – 10th Anniversary Edition
I preordered this AGES ago and it took its sweet time arriving after release date. Sometimes Book Depository is right on the ball, and sometimes they ship it the long way around the globe and it takes forever. HOWEVER I am super excited to have it in my hands and it is so pretty!!! Definitely worth the wait.
Also, this is another one that I don’t really have room for on my shelves. O_O I was able to get it displayed thanks to some creative stacking, but once Chain of Gold releases we might officially reach max capacity. My Cassie Clare collection is currently residing on my widest set of shelves and I MIGHT have to let them take over a second shelf just so they all fit. At least I have some time to figure that out.
The Art of French Kissing by Brianna Shrum
This caught my eye because the cover is awesome, and then I read the description and knew it would be a fun and enjoyable read. It’s been in my Amazon wishlist for a while now, but just this week the price dropped to under $6 and it was in my cart in a heartbeat! I don’t know when I’ll get to it, but hopefully soon!
I do have a sneaking suspicion that I am going to need to have some French macarons on hand while I read this, but there’s also a local macaron place a few towns away that I have been dying to try, so maybe this is my excuse. 😉
Not a bad haul for this week. 🙂 🙂 🙂
What did you add to your shelves this week? Tell me in the comments below!