Stock-Up Sunday

stock up sunday

Stock up Sunday is a weekly post where I showcase the books I have added to my eclectic bookshelf that week! Credit goes back to the Stacking the Shelves weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.

This week I joined the library in Bath, so I have some library books to add to my pile! I have also been a bit absent recently so this week I am featuring books from the last two weeks, which includes my birthday, so a pretty big haul!

Books I Bought

The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan

the narrow road to the deep north

Looking for Alaska by John Green


Books I was Given

Settled Wanderers- The Poetry of Western Sahara

Settled Wanderers

I was bought this book by my parents on my birthday at a poetry night where Sam Berkson was the featured poet. He is amazing, if you ever get the chance to go and see him perform I highly recommend it! He also wrote a lovely message in my copy! This book is a really important poetry book that I highly recommend. One of my favourite poems from it is called Particulars, it tells the story of individuals rather than the huge numbers.

Western Sahara is a former Spanish colony on the north west coast of Africa. Following the death of Franco (1975) and subsequent invasion by Morocco and Mauritania, the territory has been under occupation, the people denied self-determination and the land annexed as the ‘southern provinces of the Kingdom of Morocco’. Around half of the former nomadic people of Western Sahara (the Saharawi) live in refugee camps around the isolated desert of Tindouf over the border in Algeria. 2015 marks the 40th year of exile. Poetry is a cultural tradition in the Western Sahara that goes back millennia.In 2013 poet Sam Berkson was invited by the charity Olive Branch to visit these camps as a poet in residence. In March 2014, following a successful crowdfunding campaign, Influx Press raised enough money to send him back to gather and translate some of the contemporary poetry of the Saharawi.

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki And His Years Of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami

colorless tsukuru tazaki

Books From The Library

Neil Gaiman’s Eternals


The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith

The Silkworm

That’s all this week!

Have you read any of these books? Link me up to your Stacking the Shelves posts!

Booky love,
E. St. C

Original Work: Boring January by Eleanor St Clair

My sister told me January was boring. I disagree.
There are so many things January brings,
things to excite and amaze.
Things begin in January.

My new years resolution is still,
unspoilt, it could be kept.
I stop putting things off until the new year,
I can go for that run right now. Maybe.

Shops are busy with January sales,
I have no money anyway.
Staying away isn’t hard.
The supermarket is pretty empty again.

The thank you letters have been sent.
Christmas is over.
My time is my own again,
To waste as I see fit.

I can start again in January.
Failures from last year can be
Forgotten, cleaned up, erased.
Ready to make new mistakes again.

Original Work: Next Year by Eleanor St Clair

Next year, I will rise early, and use the time when the house is still, the dog is sleeping, the cat is hunting, to write.
Next year, I will put on my trainers, and run. Running, exploring the countryside, the area I grew up in and then forgot.
Next year, I will apply to more jobs, make smarter applications, be inventive, and choose a dream career.
Next year, I will budget my spending, shop for bargains, save money each month and stop buying rubbish.
Next year, I will eat fruit and vegetables, cook different dishes, lose half a stone and stop eating chocolate.
Next year, next year. But right now, my tummy hurts from that huge Christmas dinner, so let me sleep.
I will dream of next year.