Stacking the Shelves – The Holy Crap Edition

Or, Stacking the Shelves: The Christmas Edition! I think I’ve probably had similarly large hauls before, but still… I had a very good Christmas, and if I could just tear myself away from my new game (Final Fantasy Theatrhythm: Curtain Call), I’ll show you all the details. Plus my giant literary giraffe, a gift from my dad.

Photo of me wearing a paper party hat, next to my five foot tall giraffe
His name is Charles Parker, after Lord Peter’s best friend.
He turns up when you least expect it.
Turn around…

So yeah, that was a Christmas. And this is a haul…


Cover of Batgirl: Silent Running by Kelley Puckett Cover of Batgirl: A Knight Alone by Kelley Puckett Cover of Batgirl: Death in the Family by Gail Simone

Cover of She-Hulk vol. 1 by Dan Slott Cover of Saga vol 3 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples Cover of Saga vol 4 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

The first four are from Mum and Dad — and don’t worry, I know it’s the first two feature Cassandra Cain as Batgirl, and the third Barbara Gordon — and the two Saga volumes are from my little sis. ❤


Cover of Ta-ra-ra-boom-de-ay by Simon Napier-Bell Cover of Sex & Punishment by Eric Berkowitz Cover of The Reluctant Yogi by Carla McKay

Cover of Lucy: The Beginnings of Mankind Cover of The Trouble with Physics by Lee Smolin

One of you lot recommended me The Trouble with Physics, and Dad got me that and the book on Lucy. The other three came from the Kindle sale.

Pure geekery

Maps of Tolkien's Middle-Earth Cover of Tolkien: A Dictionary by David Day

Little sister knows me well! Or, you know, remembered what I did some of my master’s work on.


Cover of The Sea Road by Margaret Elphinstone Cover of Sold for Endless Rue by Madeleine E. Robins Cover of The Girls at the Kingfisher Club by Genevieve Valentine

Cover of Mitosis by Brandon Sanderson Cover of Heraclix and Pomp by Forrest Agguire Cover of The Wild Ways by Tanya Huff

Cover of The Future Falls by Tanya Huff Cover of Mélusine by Sarah Monette Cover of Mindscape by Andrea Hairston

Cover of Those Who Hunt the Night by Barbara Hambly Cover of Two Serpents Rise by Max Gladstone Cover of Full Fathom Five by Max Gladstone

Cover of Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch Cover of The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman Cover of Blue Remembered Earth by Alistair Reynolds

That’s a real mix of gifts, sales and randomness.


Cover of Swordspoint audiobook by Ellen Kushner Cover of The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman (audiobook)

I had credits to spend.

I also got a £20 Waterstones gift card, which I’ll be spending today, so watch out for next week’s haul, too… What’s everyone else been getting?!


24 thoughts on “Stacking the Shelves – The Holy Crap Edition

  1. To answer your last question — nothing. No books. No book vouchers. No literature of any kind. Well, when you’ve as much reading matter still to consume de novo as I do (and you may well have, Nikki) and reduced shelf space to boot there’s little point… But soon, soon.

  2. WOW, Nikki that’s quite a haul! It looks like you’re all ready for COYER now (as if you weren’t before) 🙂 I hope you had a nice Christmas, and that you’ll have time to read those goodies very soon.
    I didn’t get that many books this week, I’ve been keeping my credits and my GCs for new releases in 2015 😀

    • Christmas was lovely, helped by all these books and by the giraffe!

      I’m gonna spend ’em now so they’re not on my 2015 unread list — try and give myself a nice fresh start there!

  3. My fiance had gotten me The Ocean At The End Of The Lane about a month ago and I still haven’t read it but have heard good things about it. I hope you like it 🙂 and you got Snow Like Ashes. Okay, I need to get that book. Everybody is getting it plus the cover is gorgeous. Check out my STS

  4. Amazing haul! So jealous of your comics. Are they hard copy or in ebook form? Comics here in Australia easily go for about $25 dollars an issue so I have yet to purchase any hard copies. How much are they over there in Wales? Let me know how the Reluctant Yogi goes, the title describes me perfectly.

    Hope you had a merry christmas (: x

    • They’re the TPBs — I normally only get digital copies when I’m getting them an issue at a time (via Comixology). TPBs can be anything up to £25 here, too, and my dad must’ve got the Cassandra Cain issues of Batgirl second hand, so that would’ve been more expensive again. Eek.


  5. “Those Who Hunt The Night” – an oldie but goodie. It has a sequel as well – “Travelling with the Dead.” Vampire stories before vampires went mainstream. Well-written and good for an afternoon’s reading.

    • I think there’s a whole series, based on what I saw on Goodreads! I picked it up because of a recommendation for works that standalone, so I figured it’d be a good place to start.

  6. It’s kinda funny that I didn’t get any books this year. However, my niece did make me a bookmark… so that counts. I’m not much of a console gamer but I do play Guild Wars 2 a lot, so I can understand the distractions that they bring to the table when you have things you need to do but you want to level up your character at the same time.

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