Stacking the Shelves #9

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews and Reading Reality. It’s 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

Last week I had to give my daughter a ride to work since her car was in the shop, every day that I drove her to work I noticed an arc thrift store in one of the shopping centers. I see plenty of videos and blog posts of book hauls that come from the thrift stores, along with the discounted prices. Finally, on Saturday evening I decided to stop in and shop the book section. I couldn’t believe the huge selection of books they had, and imagine my surprise when I went to pay… most of books I purchased where half off the already discounted price, except two.  Apparently, every Saturday is half off, I know where I’ll be later today!

These are the books I added to my shelves this week from the thrift store:

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte – Another one of my favorite classic novels that I already own, but I can never have too many editions of my favorites, right? 

Wuthering Heights is a wild, passionate story of the intense and almost demonic love between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff, a foundling adopted by Catherine's father. After Mr Earnshaw's death, Heathcliff is bullied and humiliated by Catherine's brother Hindley and wrongly believing that his love for Catherine is not reciprocated, leaves Wuthering Heights, only to return years later as a wealthy and polished man. He proceeds to exact a terrible revenge for his former miseries.

The Choice by Nicholas Sparks – Darn you Mr. Sparks, every time I read his books I cry like a baby, but he remains one my favorite authors.

Sometimes, we make choices we didn't choose to make. Travis Parker, for example, wasn't looking for a relationship; from his perspective, his life was pretty close to perfect. And new neighbor Gabby Holland wasn't exactly dating material. This attractive redhead had a longtime steady boyfriend and treated Travis like an unwanted guest. But the unexpected can reshape our lives, shredding every well-laid plan into wedding confetti... Another masterfully nuanced relationship novel from Nicholas Sparks.

The Women in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware – This was on my Amazon wish list, I’m always on the lookout for a mystery/thriller and I was pleasantly surprised to find it at the thrift shop.

In this tightly wound story, Lo Blacklock, a journalist who writes for a travel magazine, has just been given the assignment of a lifetime: a week on a luxury cruise with only a handful of cabins. At first, Lo’s stay is nothing but pleasant: the cabins are plush, the dinner parties are sparkling, and the guests are elegant. But as the week wears on, frigid winds whip the deck, gray skies fall, and Lo witnesses what she can only describe as a nightmare: a woman being thrown overboard. The problem? All passengers remain accounted for—and so, the ship sails on as if nothing has happened, despite Lo’s desperate attempts to convey that something (or someone) has gone terribly, terribly wrong…

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank – I have wanted to read this book for years.

Anne Frank's the Diary of a Young Girl is among the most enduring documents of the twentieth century. Since its publication in 1947, it has been a beloved and deeply admired monument to the indestructible nature of the human spirit, read by millions of people and translated into more than fifty-five languages.

Innocence by Dean Koontz – So far, I’ve enjoyed most books by Dean Koontz, hopefully this one will not disappoint.

He lives in solitude beneath the city, an exile from society, which will destroy him if he is ever seen. She dwells in seclusion, a fugitive from enemies who will do her harm if she is ever found. But the bond between them runs deeper than the tragedies that have scarred their lives. Something more than chance—and nothing less than destiny—has brought them together in a world whose hour of reckoning is fast approaching.

Also from the thrift store:

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson – I have the first three books of the Millennium series on Kindle and enjoyed them immensely. I wanted to have them also in hardcover to go along with The Girl in the Spider’s Web (Millennium #4) which I have in hardcover. Now I just need to purchase book #1 and #2.

Lisbeth Salander - the heart of Larsson's two previous novels - lies in critical condition, a bullet wound to her head, in the intensive care unit of a Swedish city hospital. She's fighting for her life in more ways than one: if and when she recovers, she'll be taken back to Stockholm to stand trial for three murders. With the help of her friend, journalist Mikael Blomkvist, she will not only have to prove her innocence, but also identify and denounce those in authority who have allowed the vulnerable, like herself, to suffer abuse and violence. And, on her own, she will plot revenge - against the man who tried to kill her, and the corrupt government institutions that very nearly destroyed her life.

I have never read anything by Sarah Dessen and I know she is a favorite among many. I found two books by her and I couldn’t pass up them up.

Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen - It’s been so long since Auden slept at night. Ever since her parents’ divorce—or since the fighting started. Now she has the chance to spend a carefree summer with her dad and his new family in the charming beach town where they live.

A job in a clothes boutique introduces Auden to the world of girls: their talk, their friendship, their crushes. She missed out on all that, too busy being the perfect daughter to her demanding mother. Then she meets Eli, an intriguing loner and a fellow insomniac who becomes her guide to the nocturnal world of the town. Together they embark on parallel quests: for Auden, to experience the carefree teenage life she’s been denied; for Eli, to come to terms with the guilt he feels for the death of a friend.

Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen - Ruby knows that the game is up. For the past few months, she's been on her own in the yellow house, managing somehow, knowing that her mother will probably never return.

That's how she comes to live with Cora, the sister she hasn't seen in ten years, and Cora's husband Jamie, whose down-to-earth demeanor makes it hard for Ruby to believe he founded the most popular networking Web site around. A luxurious house, fancy private school, a new wardrobe, the promise of college and a future; it's a dream come true. So why is Ruby such a reluctant Cinderella, wary and defensive? And why is Nate, the genial boy next door with some secrets of his own, unable to accept the help that Ruby is just learning to give?

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini – Another book that I have wanted to read for years, since my daughter read it when she was in high school.

The unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father’s servant, The Kite Runner is a beautifully crafted novel set in a country that is in the process of being destroyed. It is about the power of reading, the price of betrayal, and the possibility of redemption; and an exploration of the power of fathers over sons—their love, their sacrifices, their lies.

The Beer Taster’s Log by James D. Robertson – I don’t drink beer, since my husband does I picked this up for him. Come to find out my husband has an app on his phone for this kind of thing, this book will be donated back to the thrift store.

A guide to international beers includes ratings, descriptions of flavor, color, and body; details about alcohol content; names, locations, and histories of breweries; and explanations of beer styles.

And the audiobook I borrowed from the library:

Wicked (A Wicked Saga #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout -  I am absolutely enjoying this audiobook, so much that I’m considering purchasing the physical books to add to my shelves. I just love the interaction between Tink and Ivy. The only thing I’m not enjoying is that Ren’s passages are being read by a female, trying to sound like a male.

Twenty-two year old Ivy Morgan isn’t your average college student. She, and others like her, know humans aren’t the only thing trolling the French Quarter for fun… and for food. Her duty to the Order is her life. After all, four years ago, she lost everything at the hands of the creatures she’d sworn to hunt, tearing her world and her heart apart.

Ren Owens is the last person Ivy expected to enter her rigidly controlled life. He’s six feet and three inches of temptation and swoon-inducing charm. With forest-green eyes and a smile that’s surely left a stream of broken hearts in its wake, he has an uncanny, almost unnatural ability to make her yearn for everything he has to offer. But letting him in is as dangerous as hunting the cold-blooded killers stalking the streets.

Last Saturday my husband and I spent the day adding annuals to the flowerbeds to fill in between the perennials, we also turned the sprinkler system back on. We normally do all our planting after Mother’s Day because chance of getting snow isn’t very high. Next year I will wait another week after Mother’s Day because the weather in Colorado is so crazy… ugh. We had freezing temperatures Wednesday evening, that brought rain, graupel and later snow. I’m hopeful all the flowers will bounce back. This morning I went out and purchased more annuals, a rose bush and another peony.

Sorry for the long post. I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone has added to their shelves this week, thanks for visiting and happy reading. -J


  1. I have never read anything by Sarah Dessen either but everyone seems to love her books so I might give one of her books a chanse this vacation. But Anne Frank are really interesting yet heartbreaking at the end! We read it in school, and everyone borrowed it. Not me. I knew this was something you had to have in the shelf!

    1. I actually picked up another Sarah Dessen book last evening, I'm not sure why. I should probably read the two before I purchase more. I've been putting off reading Anne Frank because of the subject matter, it is a book that really needs to be read by all. Have a wonderful day and thanks for visiting.

  2. Looks like you've got a great selection of books to get stuck into! :-) I hope you enjoy them.

    1. Thank you, I need to stay away from the computer and read more ;) Have a wonderful day and thank you for visiting.

  3. Looks like a good haul! Hope you have a good reading week.

    1. Thank you Nikki, you have a good week of reading as well.

  4. I've heard excellent things about Ruth Ware's book and Woman in Cabin 10 is on my TBR! Hope you enjoy your reads. :)

    1. Thank you Bonnie, it's so hard to pick what to read next, the struggles of a reader. Have a wonderful day and thank you for visiting.

  5. I've never been to a thrift store to look for books before but after seeing your wonderful haul, I will definitely be checking out my local stores. Happy reading! :)

    1. I have never thought to shop for books there, I could beat the price either... all for $20. Thank you for visiting and happy reading.

    2. What great thrift store finds. I'm sorry about your flowers but for some reason, I think that pic you took is gorgeous. Something about the contrast.

    3. Thank you Barb, I do enjoy taking photos of flowers. Have a wonderful day.

  6. What a great thrift store haul. Enjoy!

    1. Thank you for visiting Jennifer. I'm trying not to make the thrift store a weekly visit :)