Stacking the Shelves ft. my Hamster


Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme from Tynga’s Reviews where you showcase the books you’ve received or purchased.

This week, I bought three books from Amazon:

The Girls by Emma Cline

Golden Son (Red Rising #2) by Pierce Brown

The Next Together by Lauren James

Both Golden Son and The Girls I’ll be reviewing as guest posts on other blogs, at Ellie Maloney’s excellent Sci-Fi fiction blog and at Tommye’s thoughtful writerly blog respectively. Check both of them out if you can! I’ll also post links on here to the reviews once they’re up.

I’ll be reviewing YA time-travelling romance The Next Together here on my blog.

The Girls was only released this week here in the UK and has been receiving rave reviews so I’m excited to read it. I think the UK cover, pictured above, is much prettier than the American cover; it definitely captures the ethereal yet toxic romance of a cult, as is depicted in the novel. It’ll also be great to dive back into Darrow’s world in Golden Son.

I haven’t had time to set up a nice looking book photo-shoot so I just got my uncooperative hamster to model my purchases instead

And four more from Waterstones book shop today, two YA and two adult, because I can’t resist the ‘Buy one, get one half price’ deal:

Illuminae by Jamie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Nightfall by Jane Halpern & Peter Kujawinski

Nod by Adrian Barnes

The Little Red Chairs by Edna O’Brien

Hamster Model Part Deux

I’ve always hummed and hawed about reading Illuminae but I’m finally giving it a chance. Nightfall and Nod are novels I’ve both had my eye on recently. The Little Red Chairs, however, was set up in a big display in Waterstones. The cover is gorgeous and any novel that gets praise from Philip Roth is a novel worth reading, in my opinion, so I’m excited to see what it’s like.

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What have you been stacking your shelves with this week? Have you read Golden Son or The Next Together? Or have you even already devoured The Girls? Let me know in the comments!

And also, here’s an outtake from the “photo-shoot” that makes me giggle. 

No hamsters were harmed in the making of this photo-shoot, he’s just really clumsy

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17 thoughts on “Stacking the Shelves ft. my Hamster

  1. Oh my penguins, your hamster is SO adorable! Also, that out-take snap? GOLD. Total gold.

    Also, YAY for Illuminae–here’s hoping you enjoy it, though no pressure! It’s also totes cool if you don’t, I know it’s not the book for everybody. And I’ve been so intrigued by The Next Together, I can’t wait to see what you think of it!

    Happy book-ing to you! Here’s my Stacking the Shelves if you want to check it out!


  2. Aww hello little hamster! Adorable!
    I also can’t resist the buy one, get one half price at Waterstones. The game is lost the minute I walk in… haha
    I’m really excited to see what you think of the Next Together!


    • That deal at Waterstones will be the death of me! As soon as I see that sticker on a book I’m like “well I have to get another book now, can’t pass up on a deal”. I’m excited to see what I think of it to haha hopefully it’ll be good! I’m not always a massive fan of YA Romance but I always love it when it’s set in the UK rather than America


  3. Lots of Buzz on The Girls; I’m interested to hear your thoughts. I enjoyed Iluminae more than I was expecting too. The unique format really made the novel, as sci-fi is not my favorite genre in most cases, but this one was really hard to put down. Hope you enjoy!
    Mallory @ The Local Muse


    • Yeah I’ve heard a lot of hype about it so I’m expecting big things! The format of Illuminae has always put me off a little in case I hate it but it’s good to hear you enjoyed it! Thank you!


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