Stacking the Shelves: 2 April 2016


Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves. This means you can include ‘˜real’ and ‘˜virtual’ books (ie physical and ebooks) you’ve bought, books you’ve borrowed from friends or the library, review books, and gifts.

I bought three books this week.

I loved watching The Night Manager, adapted from John le Carré’s novel, so when I went to Main Street Trading on Tuesday I hoped they would have a copy. They didn’t – but they did have Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, a book I’ve wanted to read ever since I watched the BBC adaptation many years ago (Alec Guinness was George Smiley).


George Smiley, who is a troubled man of infinite compassion, is also a single-mindedly ruthless adversary as a spy.

The scene which he enters is a Cold War landscape of moles and lamplighters, scalp-hunters and pavement artists, where men are turned, burned or bought for stock. Smiley’s mission is to catch a Moscow Centre mole burrowed thirty years deep into the Circus itself.

Yesterday I went shopping and passing Berrydin in Books I had to go in and, of course, I had to buy a book – well two actually. First another book that I was prompted to read by a TV adaptation in 2012 – Birdsong by Sebastian Foulks.


A novel of overwhelming emotional power, Birdsong is a story of love, death, sex and survival. Stephen Wraysford, a young Englishman, arrives in Amiens in northern France in 1910 to stay with the Azaire family, and falls in love with unhappily married Isabelle. But, with the world on the brink of war, the relationship falters, and Stephen volunteers to fight on the Western Front. His love for Isabelle forever engraved on his heart, he experiences the unprecedented horrors of that conflict – from which neither he nor any reader of this book can emerge unchanged.

And also Citadel by Kate Mosse, because I like time-slip books. The main story is set in 1942-44 in Nazi-occupied  Carcassonne in France and moves back in time to 342, with a monk, Arinus trying to find a hiding place for a forbidden Codex.


1942, Nazi-occupied France. Sandrine, a spirited and courageous nineteen-year-old, finds herself drawn into a Resistance group in Carcassonne – codenamed ‘Citadel’ – made up of ordinary women who are prepared to risk everything for what is right.

And when she meets Raoul, they discover a shared passion for the cause, for their homeland, and for each other.

But in a world where the enemy now lies in every shadow – where neighbour informs on neighbour; where friends disappear without warning and often without trace – love can demand the highest price of all…

As soon as I read some of my TBR books (6 in March) it seems I just have to find more – at least it’s only three this time.

8 thoughts on “Stacking the Shelves: 2 April 2016

  1. Hi Margaret! I haven’t read Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy either, but I have always wanted to. By the way, I really like your photography on this site. It has a clean, crisp aesthetic. Have a wonderful week of reading.


  2. I’ve heard so many wonderful things about Birdsong! I hope that you enjoy your new books!


  3. We’ve got the film version Of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy recorded to watch sometime. Behind with The Night Manager… will catch up now our grand-daughter’s gone home. Thinking I really should read ‘something’ by John le Carre but not sure what.


  4. Hi Margaret!
    Citadel sounds like a great fit for me! Thanks for showing us all your books this month! I’ve been going around and I see more people may post at the end of the month and do a month long update instead of weekly. I hate to admit this, but if I did mine monthly, I would forget what books came and which ones I bought! Sometimes I have to refer to this post to see if “I” bought the book or if a publisher or author sent it! LOL! I’m here from and I welcome you to come visit! I also have a few giveaways and blog hops going on all at the same time, too! You can HOP and enter everyone’s blogs who are giving out prizes!! If you do, I wish you luck! Have FUN most of all!
    Thanks so much! Enjoy your other two books you haven’t gotten to yet!


  5. I used to love Le Carre (and Len Deighton, Robert Ludlum and David Morrell) once upon a time. I saw the TTSP movie a few years ago though and it was one of the worst things I’ve ever seen. So tedious!

    Keen to hear what you think of Birdsong….I’m a bit mixed when it comes to Faulks!


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