Saturday, April 6, 2019

Stacking the Shelves #41

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.

Library Treasures
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Here's my not-so-secret secret, in case this week's haul caught you off-guard. I LOVED Jersey Shore. Like, obsessively LOVED IT. My friends and I were obnoxious about it every week and I could always count on several texts to arrive (and I sent many also) just as the show was about to start, proclaiming, "CABS ARE HEEEEEERE!" We would bombard each other's Facebook walls and "shout" random catchphrases at one another via Facebook, texts, and actual phone calls throughout. I was bummed when the original show ended, though spin-offs abounded, but it was time.  How sad that future generations would never understand the meaning of "Raaaaahn Staaaaahp!"

THEN Jersey Shore Family Vacation started, and all was right in the world again. It is definitely not the same as those early seasons (mainly 1 and 2) when it was all new and like, "Holy shit, wtf is going on?" but there is something comforting about seeing my faves being grown-ups and not so grown-up at the same time.

I also have a super cool story to tell about Jeremy Wade, the host of River Monsters, when I read the book and write the review. He is pretty much one of the coolest guys ever.

What did you add to your stash this week?

Happy Reading!


  1. That's an *interesting* mix! [grin] Jersey Shore, eh? [lol] Each to their own as I always say....

    I've picked up a few more than last time. My 'excuse' is that it's been 2 weeks since my last confession and it's my birthday week... So:


    Island by Aldous Huxley
    Perfect Ten by Jacqueline Ward
    The Death of Mrs Westaway by Ruth Ware
    Warlight by Michael Ondaatje
    Wintertide by Andrew Caldecott
    Fever City by Tim Baker
    Empire State by Adam Christopher
    Circe by Madeline Miller
    Homeland by Cory Doctorow


    Algorithms to Live By - The Computer Science of Human Decisions by Brian Christian & Tom Griffiths
    Wonderland - How Play Made the Modern World by Steven Johnson
    The Physics of Wallstreet - A Brief History of Predicting the Unpredictable by James Owen Weatherall
    Carpe Diem Regained - The Vanishing Art of Seizing the Day by Roman Krznaric
    The Female Eunuch by Germaine Greer
    The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe
    The Uses and Abuses of History by Margaret MacMillan
    The Rise and Fall of the British Nation - A Twentieth Century History by David Edgerton
    The Death of Democracy - Hitler's Rise to Power by Benjamin Carter Hett
    Democracy and Its Crisis by A C Grayling
    Kill Chain - Drones and the Rise of High-Tech Assassins by Andrew Cockburn

    Birthday Gifts:

    Command - The 21st Century General by Anthony King
    The Nocturnal Brain - Nightmares, Neuroscience and the Secret World of Sleep by Guy Leschziner

    More on the way from Amazon.... [lol]

    1. I have been so swamped with work that I have hardly been able to visit other blogs, let alone respond to comments on my own. But there is a light at the end of the tunnel - and I am so glad I did not see this until now, there are so many books I will be adding to my TBR once again.

  2. Hah Jersey shore! Some shows just make life better.

    I think of your list here Europe: A Natural History calls out to me.

    1. Yes!! At first I called it my guilty pleasure, but then I said fuck it, I LOVE THIS SHOW!

  3. Read Circe before Warlight I say! Happy Birthday!! All my new books in were from the library: As I Lay Dying, The Power of the Dog, The Bluest Eye, and the brand spanking new City in the Middle of the City by the amazing Charlie Jane Anders.

    1. Thanks! Still not feeling my age - whatever that actually *feels* like! I'm intrigued by your recommendation though.... [grin]

      BTW - Two more Birthday books just arrived but they can wait till next time.. [lol]

    2. I read As I Lay Dying in high school. I think I need to revisit it as an adult.

  4. Snooki and JWow! You've got some interesting reading ahead.

    1. They were exactly as wonderfully ridiculous as I hoped they would be!


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