Stacking the Shelves #2

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Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tyngas Reviews
I haven't done one of these for a while mainly because I banned myself from buying anything due to my birthday. But I have managed to accumulate some books. The majority of which I have bought with my own money. I will explain each one below the image.

The Men who Stare at Goats by Jon Ronson - found this in a book clearance shop along with the other Jon Ronson book and the Oliver Sacks book in a 3 for £5 deal. I was so happy because I adore the Psychopath Test and had a few of his other books on my wishlist. The Men who Stare at Goats is about the US Army in the 1970's and how they believed that they could change all known military weapons by creating a cloak of invisibility, being able to walk through walls and being able to kill goats just by looking at them, hence the title. This is a non-fiction book, sounds incredibly quirky and interesting. Can't wait to get stuck in.

My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher - I have read Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher and absolutely loved it. When Ren told me to read the first sentence in this book I mmediately needed it. It sounds so strange and so interesting, so many unanswered questions. Go and read the first sentence of this book, you will want it!

Doing Qualitative Research in Psychology by Michael Forrester - *Textbook time* I have started doing Qualitative Research in my second year of Psychology, it's quite a difficult approach to get used to and this book was recommended to help you to get to grips with it, it definitely does! Qualitative Research is basically Research that is done using words rather than numbers e.g. interviews.

Abnormal Psychology by Susan Nolen Hoeksema - Yet another textbook for university. This topic is my all time favourite topic in Psychology; this is where you learn about mental illness such as Schizophrenia but can also go onto the other end of the spectrum and learn about Serial Killers and Stalking, which I do have lectures on. I am in love with this topic and I had to get a textbook on it purely because I want to read more onto this subject.

The Minds Eye by Oliver Sacks - This man is a genius. Another non-fiction book, I already own two of his books; The man who mistook his wife for a hat and hallucinations. He writes about lots of different aspects of Psychology and this book is about how the brain perceives information through the eye and what might happen if that process is disrupted.

My True Love Gave to Me by Various Authors - This is a book of christmas romance short stories by a lot of different beloved authors such as Rainbow Rowell, Stephanie Perkins, Holly Black and many more. I wanted to get my hands on this and when I saw it in waterstones right before I went to meet Holly Black, I couldn't resist, and this edition is just beautiful.

The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters - I finally won a giveaway! I was so excited when Abrams and Chronicle Books announced that I had won, but even more excited when I arrived and saw that I had won both of Cat Winters books! The Cure for Dreaming sounded incredibly interesting to me purely because of the aspect of both Psychology and the Suffragettes. If you didn't know, I love anything to do with the World War Two era, I adore looking at the history of Psychology and Hypnotism was definitely something that was ripe and being used often in this era. Basically this book is about a woman who becomes part of the Suffragettes and her father does not approve of this and sends her to be hypnotised in order to try and change her views.

The Iron Trial by Cassandra Clare and Holly Black - to be honest, this really isn't my kind of book because it's a middle grade magic school and I wouldn't normally go for something like this but when Ren invited me to go to a book signing with them both I figured that I should get it, so now the book is signed and I am definitely looking forward to giving it a go.

In The Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters - The second book that I won in the giveaway, I don't know as much about this book and I didn't even know Cat Winters had another book until I watched Sarah Churchill's video about her books. Therefore, All I know is that this book has something to do with Spirit Photography, which sounds to incredibly creepy and interesting that I can't wait to dive in.

Daily Rituals by Mason Currey - I have wanted this book ever since I saw it in the Psychology section of Waterstones in Liverpool, This is probably nearly a year ago now and I found it in a book clearance shop in 2 for £5 sale. This book goes through what some of the most famous minds did as part of their daily ritual; with appearances from Sigmund Freud, Any Warhol, Jane Austen, Sylvia Plath and Picasso. This is both a quirky and incredibly interesting read. I've had a read of a few of the rituals already and I adore this book.

Individual Differences by Colin Cooper - This is the last textbook I swear! This one is for the topic on individual differences, this covers things such as intelligence, personality, anxiety etc. It's quite an easy read and a good textbook to have if you're finding it hard to get to grips with this sort of thing.

The Good Luck of Right Now By Matthew Quick - I have only read the silver linings playbook by Matthew Quick and when I saw this in the 2 for £5 sale I thought that it would be good to give this a go. I really enjoyed the silver linings playbook but it was ruined by my watching the film prior to reading the book. So as I enjoyed his writing I decided to give him another go... But I literally have no idea what this book is about. I'm told Matthew Quick writes a lot about mental illness so this should be a good fit for me.

Lost at Sea by Jon Ronson - Finally, another book by the brilliant journalist, Jon Ronson, I don't really know what this one is about so I'm hoping that it's quite an interesting one, but Jon Ronson seems to always write about the weird and wonderful so I am sure I will enjoy it.

So that's it for this edition of Stacking the Shelves! I hoped you enjoyed seeing what I have bought recently. Have you read any of these books? If so, tell me what you think! And also let me know what books you've been buying recently.

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  1. I'll admit, I'm eying off your copy of My True Love Gave To Me, it's just beautiful isn't it! I'm not usually a fan of anthologies, but that one sounds so incredibly lovely. I'm really looking forward to seeing what you think of The Iron Trial. I bought that one recently too and then all the reviews started emerging saying how dull it was. And a signed copy? That makes it even more special.

    Quick, hurry up and read it so I can see if I should read it soon too :D
    Nice haul this week Becky, so many new awesome reads and incredible bargains too! <3

    1. It's really beautiful! and the edges of the pages are pink so it really is a beautiful copy! I just think that it's going to be a really great christmas read :D

      I have to admit, the reviews are kind of making me read other books before it, maybe you should read it first! :P Then I'll know if it's worth it ;)

      Thank you! I'm definitely a bargain hunter, plus I can justify it better :D

    2. It's hard to find a bargain here with books, online shopping is usually cheaper. But the cheapest you can find books is usually $10 - $12.00. New releases are $20 in most bookshops.

      No no, I insist you read it first :D
      Ooh, we should buddy read it.

    3. I know right! Sometimes you think you've found a bargain online and then its like "Postage £5" and it ends up being normal book price anyway!

      Oooooh! I do like this idea :P