I haven’t actually taken part in this meme since last year (though I have bought/borrowed a ton of books in that time). But now with some down time, and another trip to the library, I thought I’d join in again!
Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves. You can include books you buy in a physical store or online, borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts, and of course ebooks!
Here are the two books I picked up this week:
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
Blurb: Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?
Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.
The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?
Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.
Why I Chose It: Cutest book cover ever! No, but actually there’s been so much hype about this book since before it even came out and it sounds like such a cute book. I’m not usually into YA but this one seemed too good to pass by so I’m excited to get started!
The Island of Books by Dominique Fortier
Blurb: A fifteenth-century portrait painter, grieving the untimely death of his unrequited love, takes refuge at the monastery at Mont Saint-Michel, an island off the coast of France. He haunts the halls until the monks assign him the task of copying manuscripts – though he is illiterate. His work heals him and grows the monastery’s library into a beautiful city of books, all under the shadow of the invention of the printing press.
Why I Chose It: Couple reasons, first of which is that it was on display at the library so it caught my eye, and it was very slim, which helped since I needed to carry it home in my purse and WDMR above was in hardcover. The jacket sounded interesting, albeit a little confusing, but I thought I should try challenging myself with a more thought-provoking read than I’ve been reading recently. I didn’t realize until I looked it up on Goodreads that it’s a translation and by a Canadian author so that’s an added bonus!
Have you read either of these? What some books from your most recent haul?