Stacking The Shelves


stacking the shelves


Stacking the shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves. These can be physical books or e-books. Books you have bought or borrowed, or have been given. All can be added.



Getting home from holiday in Tenerife last Saturday morning, I was feeling a little down with post-holiday blues. However when I saw what the postman had brought me throughout the week I cheered up immeasurably.


First up I received The Butterfly Summer by Harriet Evans all wrapped up in lovely butterfly wrapping paper.

the butterfly summerWhat magic is this?

You follow the hidden creek towards a long-forgotten house.

They call it Keepsake, a place full of wonder … and danger. Locked inside the crumbling elegance of its walls lies the story of the Butterfly Summer, a story you’ve been waiting all your life to hear.

This house is Nina Parr’s birthright. It holds the truth about her family – and a chance to put everything right at last.


My next book is This Must Be The Place by Maggie O’Farrell. I am so excited about this one. I love Maggie O’Farrell. So huge thanks to Georgina Moore at Headline for sending me a copy.

this must be the place

Meet Daniel Sullivan, a man with a complicated life.

A New Yorker living in the wilds of Ireland, he has children he never sees in California, a father he loathes in Brooklyn and a wife, Claudette, who is a reclusive ex-film star given to shooting at anyone who ventures up their driveway.

He is also about to find out something about a woman he lost touch with twenty years ago, and this discovery will send him off-course, far away from wife and home. Will his love for Claudette be enough to bring him back?

THIS MUST BE THE PLACE crosses continents and time zones, giving voice to a diverse and complex cast of characters. At its heart, it is an extraordinary portrait of a marriage, the forces that hold it together and the pressures that drive it apart.

Maggie O’Farrell’s seventh novel is a dazzling, intimate epic about who we leave behind and who we become as we search for our place in the world.


Next up I was delighted to receive a copy of In Her Wake from the lovely Karen Sullivan at Orenda Books. There is a huge buzz about this book and I am really looking forward to reading it.

in her wake#


My next book I won in a giveaway. It is The Faithful Couple by A.D. Miller and it looks absolutely fab.

the faithful couple

California, 1993: Neil Collins and Adam Tayler, two young British men on the cusp of adulthood, meet at a hostel in San Diego. They strike up a friendship that, while platonic, feels as intoxicating as a romance; they travel up the coast together, harmlessly competitive, innocently collusive, wrapped up in each other. On a camping trip to Yosemite they lead each other to behave in ways that, years later, they will desperately regret.


Last Saturday afternoon I spent a lovely few hours in a pub in Leeds with fellow members of The Book Club. It was a wonderful afternoon meeting new friends and chatting about books and authors. In the raffle draw I was lucky enough to win one of the books: The Heiress Of Linn Hagh by Karen Charlton.

the heiress

Northumberland, 1809: A beautiful young heiress disappears from her locked bedchamber at Linn Hagh.

The local constables are baffled and the townsfolk cry ‘witchcraft’.

The heiress’s uncle summons help from Detective Lavender and his assistant, Constable Woods, who face one of their most challenging cases: The servants and local gypsies aren’t talking; Helen’s siblings are uncooperative; and the sullen local farmers are about to take the law into their own hands.

Lavender and Woods find themselves trapped in the middle of a simmering feud as they uncover a world of family secrets, intrigue and deception in their search for the missing heiress.


I took three book for the swap table, but although I really tried not to, I picked two more up. How could I resist In The Dark by Mark Billingham and The House We Grew Up In by Lisa jewell? Impossible’

the house we grew up in                                                in the dark


So that is my haul for this week, they should keep me going for quite a while. If you want to share any of yours feel free.

Happy reading folks. 🙂


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