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I’m so excited to feel like I’m starting to have an idea of the books that have come out in the past couple of years, and which ones had (or have) the most buzz, that all the book folk love and that have been up for awards. It’s also wonderful to find out that some of my favourite authors have new books out – the only bonus to taking a chunk of time off books is that the wait for a new novel from an old favourite becomes nonexistent! Here are a few more I’ve added to my shelves recently:


The Lie of the Land is the new novel by an author whose writing I love. I read her book Hearts and Minds quite some time ago, but I still think about it. I started this yesterday and I’m about a quarter of the way through, and I’m loving it so far. It’s got so many elements I am really enjoying: England (both London and the Devon countryside), the inner workings of a rather complex family as they relocate from London to a small village, lots of small-town characters, multiple perspectives and some vaguely sinister intrigue. What more could I ask for?

The Power won this year’s Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction, which meant a lot of the UK booktubers I watch have been discussing it at length and it piqued my interest. It’s also got a fascinating premise – it’s about young women who have evolved to have superpowers that they can use to assert physical dominance over men. This reversal in physical power causes a ripple of change that affects every element of society. Can’t wait!

And finally, The Tidal Zone. It’s another one that all the booktubers raved about when it came out (I think a year or so ago) and I haven’t heard a single complaint about it. It’s about a teenaged girl who inexplicably collapses, her heart stopped, before being brought back to life. There’s no explanation for her collapse, and no diagnosis that could reassure her and her family that it won’t happen again. The book centres around the family and how they deal with this shadow they now have to live beneath. I think this could be a hard read for me (both my daughter and I have medical conditions),so I’m not sure if I’ll be ready to tackle it in the near future, but I am looking forward to what I expect to be a beautiful and moving read when I’m ready for it. Also that picture on the front cover? Not a photo. Painting. Seriously.

And my lovely friend Martha sent me yet another exciting book!


I don’t know a lot about this one – I’ve decided I don’t really want to read reviews or a lot about the plot, because sometimes it’s nice to be surprised! All I know is that it’s something to do with the first black police officers in Atlanta. And it’s supposed to be good. So we’ll see!

It’s one of those weeks I wish I could literally read all of these at the same time so I wouldn’t have to choose which to read first! What have you picked up this week? Have you read any of these? Share in the comments!

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly feature hosted by Tynga’s Reviews that’s all about the books we added to our shelves over the past week. Not necessarily books I bought – also includes books I borrowed, was given or otherwise ended up with. Weeks I don’t buy any books I’ll scramble around my shelves and find some I haven’t shared in an StS post yet!

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