Stacking the Shelves #1

Hi everyone! I hope you’re all keeping well! I’m currently working my way through some review books right now so until I finish them I’ve no reviews coming up. So, I was inspired by Alison‘s post (and my book shopping addiction) to give Stacking the Shelves a go while I have a lull in posts!

Stacking The Shelves 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! It is a weekly meme hosted by Reading Reality and Tynga’s Reviews!

Surprisingly (since I used to predominantly read fantasy), this past year I’ve been really into contemporary, particularly YA contemporary, so of course I had to pick up a few sapphic books I’ve had my eye on since I’m very close to running out of contemporary books on my shelves! The first one I picked up is Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera. This is a coming of age novel about a fat, Puerto-Rican butch lesbian that takes place over one Summer. I haven’t read many sapphic books with fat mcs or butch lesbians so I, of course, leapt on the chance to get the paperback! Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake is a book that Hsinju actually recommended to me because the love interest is genderqueer! This one deals with some heavier topics, such as rape, but I’m hoping to read it next month! Her Name in the Sky by Kelly Quindlen is one I’ve had on my radar for so long (what is HannahBaker???!) and since it’s a best friends to lovers book I knew I had to have it! I Kissed Alice by Anna Birch was a preorder that just got released this month and it’s an enemies to lovers romance between two girls who don’t know irl that they’re both co-authors of a graphic novel on a fanfiction site! This one has bits of the graphic novel through it which makes me even more excited to read it! Finally, Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno is technically a magical realism novel – a genre I really want to explore more of – and the paperback just got released with the gorgeous dark cover, so I decided to pick it up!

I really want to make an effort to read more in the two foreign languages I’m strongest in (and…you know….have a degree in), which are French and Spanish, so after seeing someone mention these two on Twitter I decided to give them a go! I picked up La sirène et la licorne by Erin Mosta which follows Lili who is 17 years old, has rainbow hair, and loves special effects and film make-up. When she’s bullied online by her classmates she decides to leave Paris and stay with her aunt by the coast. There she meets Chris, with her short hair, baggy jeans and scuffed up shoes who, whilst on holiday with her family, is trying to heal from an injury. This looks like a really cute sapphic novel which will be perfect to keep up my French while I’m job hunting! The second is a gorgeous graphic novel – La fille dans l’écran by Manon Desveaux and Lou Lubie – which follows an artist and a photographer, one in France one in Quebec, who form a friendship online! I’ve already done a full review in French on this one if you want to check it out (spoiler alert: I loved it!)!

Yes, I did go a little wild on the physical book front this week, but I promise this is the last of them! One I’ve had my eye on for a wee while is The Mermaid, The Witch and the Sea by Maggie Tokuda-Hall, which, when I heard that there was a sapphic pirate in this one, I knew I needed to read! Cute Mutants Vol. 1: Mutant Pride by SJ Whitby is another one I knew I needed to read ASAP as soon as I heard about it! It was pitched to me as being x-men but gayer with a sapphic relationship, and as a huge x-men fan, this book is literally everything I could ever want!! The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson is another one I’ve been eyeing up recently, but after seeing how much Léa loved it, I decided to pick it up. Even though I’m not a huge sci-fi reader, the sapphic yearning was just calling my name! Finally, my pre-order of The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart arrived this afternoon, which I was lucky enough to read an ARC of, and which I’ll be talking about soon in my next Netgalley Mini Wrap Up!

I was very kindly approved for two e-ARCS via Netgalley this week for two books that are already out! The first is A Burning by Megha Majumdar which is a gorgeous debut literary fiction set in India that sounds extremely powerful and raw! The second is The Winter Duke by Claire Eliza Bartlett, which is a sapphic fantasy novel where the daughter of a duke is the only one of her family to survive a magical curse and must claim the title of duke and her brother’s bride!

Finally, I got quite a few discounted e-books for my Kindle (too many to fully discuss) as well as Mary, Everything by Cassandra Yorke, a sapphic time travel novel that takes place in 1920s New York and has flapper lesbians, which I was very kindly gifted by the author! I really can’t wait to pick it up! To save you some time, I’m just going to list the others with a teeny descrption!

  • The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reed – a historical fiction novel set during the 1992 Rodney King riots
  • Soft on Soft by Mina Waheed – a sapphic romance novella between an Instagram makeup artist and a plus size model
  • I Want You to Want Me by Clare Dugmore – a sapphic contemporary romance novella where one girl falls for her roommate
  • Natives by Akala – a non-fiction memoir about race and class in Britain
  • We Are Okay and Hold Still by Nina LaCour – two sapphic novels about grief and loss
  • Before You Say I Do by Clare Lydon – adult romance novel where a bride falls for her hired bridesmaid
  • This Spell Can’t Last by Isabel Sterling – prequel to These Witches Don’t Burn following that New York trip
  • The Gay Girl’s Guide to Ruining Prom by Siera Malley – a sapphic contemporary romance that pretty much does what it says on the tin!
  • Portraits of a Faerie Queen by Tay LaRoi – sapphic novel in which a girl has to paint that faerie queen’s portrait to save her mother
  • We Go Together by Abigail de Niverville – an lgbt novel where two people come together to live out their childhood dreams

Yes, I did go a little wild this week – oops! But the only books I’ll be getting in for the near future will be ARCs or preorders! If you’ve read any of these please tell me what you thought of them, I’d love to know! Stay safe!

11 thoughts on “Stacking the Shelves #1

    1. yeah my bank account isn’t very happy with me either 😦 i try my best to get discounted books and shop second hand as much as possible so that helps a bit!

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  1. sooo many good books here! I desperately want to read I Kissed Alice! it was one of my most anticipated releases and then I kind of forgot about it…

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    1. I can’t wait to read it either! I’m not usually the biggest fan of enemies to lovers but everything else about the book really excites me!

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    1. Thanks so much! Yess I’ve heard so many great things about it! And Ashley Herring Blake’s writing in general!!


  2. Awww I really hope you’ll like Girl Made of Stars!! 🥰 And Her Name in the Sky is also amazing. 😭 I read them both back-to-back on subways and cried so hard in public. Cannot wait to hear what you think of them and We Go Together!!

    This is such a fun meme! Maybe I’ll do it soon and tag you for being the inspo. 💕💕 I really need to read Summer of Salt and We Are Okay, so I should stack my shelf with them as well.

    Love you post as always, Althea!! Happy reading! 💖💖💖

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    1. Omg I’m definitely going to end up crying too!! It was so fun to do, I’d love to see what books you’re hauling too! Happy reading!!💖

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