Friday, March 8, 2019

Stacking the Shelves #38

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly feature co-hosted by Tynga's Reviews and Reading Reality. It is a chance to showcase all the goodies you've collected throughout the week, whether they're bought on-line or in-store, an ARC or a final copy, borrowed from a friend or the library, physical or digital, etc. Never has my addiction been more obvious than when I am now keeping track of every single book I acquire.

My stash this weeks comes from Tuesday evening when Eleanor, my BFF Anne Marie, and I attended a lecture at a local museum. To check out that story, you can read this post for more information about the newest exhibit on display and the curator, Dr Barbara Clark Smith, of the Smithsonian.

Library Treasures
43694277 36415805 41154327 39863169 37706369 36748645  41010305 35887237

Publisher Gift

Durham Purchases
For me:
8153384 39068290
9043175 15796950

For Eleanor:
1595557 28588035

What did you add to your stash this week?

Happy Reading!


  1. Hmm, interesting stuff as usual! I like the look of Adventures in Memory, and the Rome book as well.

    1. Thanks! For the longest time I have been totally burned out on Ancient Rome, but this one piqued my interest. I have not read too many books that focus solely on the sacking of Rome, so I am hoping it will keep me hooked.

  2. I have the Rome book (and a nagging feeling I'm not reading enough Ancient History!). I'll look forward to your review of the Parkland book. I have Wolf's previous book so I'll be adding her new one to my Wish List (thanks!) as the crossover between books and technology really interests me.

    Quite a haul from me - but it is two weeks worth so isn't as 'bad' as it looks.....


    The Hunger by Alma Katsu
    The Punishment She Deserves by Elizabeth George
    The Homecoming by Andrew Pyper
    Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty
    Clash of Empires by Ben Kane


    Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig
    Troublesome Young Men: The Churchill Conspiracy of 1940 by Lynne Olson
    Code Breakers: The Secret Intelligence Unit that Changed the Course of the First World war by James Wyllie & Michael McKinley
    Amazons: The Real Warrior Women of the Ancient World by John Man
    Talking to My Daughter: A Brief History of Capitalism by Yanis Varoufakis

    1. I have not read enough of the ancient world lately either. I just got completely burned out on Rome and Egypt, but the two I posted really sparked an interest so I am hoping the different perspectives will keep me engaged. I will look for Wolf's other books if I like this one, I have never read anything else by her.

      I added the book about the Amazons to my TBR. I am really interested to see the archaeological evidence.

  3. I have Dave Cullen's Columbine on my e-reader so I'll be interested in getting Parkland as well.

    1. The books are very drastically different, and I am okay with that. Parkland focuses on the aftermath in a way we could never look at Columbine, because it was such a shock. Of course, Columbine was not the first mass shooting at a school, but it was the one with the most victims for so long. Now, I don't think it even breaks into the top 10. Parkland though, it walks through that day, but then documents these amazing high school students who realized the adults around them are not going to do anything to change the world, so they have to do it themselves. It is inspiring and heartbreaking.

  4. Parkland sounds like a very intriguing book, I've been hearing a lot of talk of it lately. I've heard it is from the perspective of the survivors and their outlook on life now, which is a respecting way to deal with the topic.

    1. Yes! Parkland is very different from Cullen's book about Columbine. It shows how brave and bold these students are, and how their lives changed in an instant. I love that he even goes so far as to not even use the killer's name. I feel like that is something that must be stopped when reporting on these horrific crimes; we don't need to constantly say the murderer(s) name(s). The victims and survivors matter. And as I sat reading last night, I realized I can no longer even recall the killer's name. I am very thankful for that.

  5. I saw "Reader, Come Home" in BAM and was curious enough to take a photo of it (my way of reminding myself to look for reviews later), but not quite enough to buy it.

    Considering that Cullen argued in Columbine that it wasn't a school shooting, but a failed bombing, I'll be curious as to what his persective is there.

    1. You can also just use the scan feature on the Goodreads app :P

      I definitely agree with Cullen's assessment of Columbine, especially considering how much Harris and Klebold focused on making explosives. I know in the end, death and destruction were their goals so in that case I don't think it matters much how they went about accomplishing it or how we label it.

      Parkland is totally different from his book on Columbine. He briefly walks through the day and how it unfolded, but that is not the focus. His focus truly is on the survivors and how they coped with the trauma and everything they did in order to bring this issue to the forefront of our national news. I also appreciate that Cullen does not once mention the killer's name, but only refers to him as 'the killer'. I found as I was reading, I could no longer recall his name either, and I am 100% okay with that. He doesn't need to be remembered.

  6. I hope you enjoy your books!

    Diane @ Diane's Book Blog

    1. Thank you Diane, I have finished quite a few of them already. Happy Reading!

  7. Three books in for me: Loaned to me by a friend, My Sunshine Away by M O Walsh. Bought from Barnes & Noble: Dark Elderberry, poetry by Russian Marina Tsvetaeva, for a reading group (I have never discussed poetry in a reading group before) and The Echo Maker by Richard Powers. Let's read!!

    1. Onward we go!

      I have never used poetry in a reading group before either. Honestly, poetry terrifies me. I don't get it, I can't write it. I am also incredibly dense about meaning. I hope you enjoy your new lovelies!


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