Stacking the Shelves- 7/14/18

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and Reading Reality all about sharing the books we are adding to our shelves, whether physical or virtual.

Lately, I’ve taken advantage of some Kindle deals to add three books that have been on my TBR list: one popular historical fiction, one modern classic, and one work of nonfiction.

 

 

I was thrilled to see Circe by Madeline Miller advertised as one of the Kindle deals of the day, and I immediately snapped it up. I loved Song of Achillesand plan to pick this up very, very soon.

I’ve been wanting to read Richard Yates’ Revolutionary Road for a few years now, but have never managed to get my hands on a copy. Now that I own a digital copy, I can start reading it whenever the mood strikes. I’m sure it’s going to be an emotionally devastating read, but I’ve only heard wonderful things about Yates’ writing.

There are tons of excellent nonfiction eBooks on sale at the moment, and I couldn’t resist downloading Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick. I’ve seen a lot of praise for this book that “follows the lives of six North Koreans over fifteen years.” It’s certainly a timely subject, and I’d like to learn more about this totalitarian regime and the human rights violations that it is committing on a daily basis.

 

Have you read any of these? What book(s) have you added to your shelf lately?

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    1. I’m not that well versed/interested in Classics either, but I was very impressed with The Song of Achilles. I didn’t expect to love it as much as I did, and have heard nothing but good things about Circe as well.

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  1. I loved Nothing to Envy! I learned so much from it, it’s such an excellent work of journalism, biography, storytelling…incredible. One of the best books I read last year. Looking forward to seeing your thoughts on it!

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  2. Circe was outstanding. Read it as a follow-up to the new translation of the Odyssey by Emily Wilson. Very accessible and thought-provoking.

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  3. Just looked at your CC list and you have some I’m excited about; Lady Audley’s Secret,
    Evelina, No Name (going to host a readalong on Instagram later this year) and I just posted my thoughts on Middlemarch (a favorite this year). I’m sold on Gaskell after reading my 3rd book by her earlier this year (Mary Barton) so I’m excited about reading Wives and Daughters for the first time. Excellent Women was a good read too, just finished it a few weeks ago and km convinced I will be ordering of her books from book depository because I’d love to read more of her.

    I think I’m going to revise my classics list, maybe add a few more. Do you love Virginia Woolf? If you do I’d love a recommendation so I can try again. I read Mrs Dalloway and it was hard read for me with the stream of consciousness.

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    1. Love that we seem to have similar tastes/interests in classics! Lady Audley’s Secret and Evelina were both a lot of fun, and I can’t wait to read Middlemarch. The No Name read-along sounds lovely; I’ll have to keep my eyes peeled!

      I adore Elizabeth Gaskell and Wives and Daughters is one of my favorites. I highly, highly recommend the BBC miniseries as well. The only Pym novel I’ve read in full so far is Jane and Prudence. It was absolutely delightful, and I completely agree with you about ordering all of her books!

      I’m not very familiar with Woolf’s work yet, which is definitely something I want to change. I read Mrs. Dalloway in high school, but think I was too young to appreciate it. From what I understand, her earlier novels are not written in a stream of consciousness style, so they may be a better place to start. A few years ago, I picked up Night and Day and loved what little bit I read of it before I got distracted with other reading. You may want to check out some of her non fiction writing as well. I’ve heard excellent things about her diaries, and highly recommend her essay A Room of One’s Own. Hope this helps some!

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      1. I haven’t done a readalong here on the blog and I have no idea where to start. I usually participate or organize some over on Instagram (the bookstagram community) and there always seems to be great discussions (we had one for The Woman in White and it was AMAZING). I will have to see how other bloggers do it and perhaps give it a try. 😉

        I will have to look for the miniseries after I read Wives and Daughters. That’s the only Gaskell I have on my shelf I haven’t read but I do plan to get some of her other books too.

        I’m glad to hear more about Pym and read more of her books. I found Excellent Women at a second hand store but will probably have to order the other ones since I haven’t seen them around much.

        Thanks for the Woolf recommendations. I wanted to give her another try because I’ve seen so many praise her work. To the Lighthouse was one I got from the library but didn’t have time to read before Mrs. Dalloway. There is also a nonfiction book called A Secret Sisterhood : The Literary friendship of Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, George Eliot and Virginia Woolf I’m planning to read and thought it would be a good idea to have something else read by Woolf.

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      2. Have you read North and South? It’s my favorite Gaskell novel with Wives and Daughters being a very close second.
        I don’t ever see Pym’s novels in person here in the states either.
        I’ve been meaning to read A Secret Sisterhood too, and hope to get to it soon.

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      3. North and South was my first Gaskell and I did enjoy it but Mary Barton pushed to the top of Gaskell list to date (which could change after Wives and Daughters we will have to see).

        I’ve been trying to read more nonfiction this year, at least once a month but I want it to be people and topics I’m interested in at the time.

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