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Stacking the Shelves

Posted 28 May, 2016 by Nikki in General / 8 Comments

How’s everyone been this week? The week has gone both really fast and really slow for me; it’s a little weird. I’m working on my next assignment already, but fortunately I’m not down to the wire on it, so there’s still plenty of time for reading as well as learning about microbes!

New books

Cover of Shadowfell by Juliet Marillier Cover of Raven Flight by Juliet Marillier Cover of In Ashes Lie by Marie Brennan Cover of The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows

After reading Dreamer’s Pool a week or two ago, I got the itch to read more of Marillier’s work again — and I found Raven Flight in the cheap-ish second hand shop in Leuven. Perfect! In Ashes Lie, I had to grab after loving Midnight Never Come (maybe not as much as the Lady Trent books, but a lot all the same). I haven’t got that pretty cover edition — yet — just an ebook, but I will be picking that up to join my paperbacks of the Lady Trent books and Midnight Never ComeThe Orphan Queen, I’ve been curious about for a while, and I saw it was £1.99 on Kindle…

As for what I’ve been reading, it’s been a productive week! I still need to get my thoughts down about most of these, but there isn’t a dud among ’em.

Books finished this week:

Cover of Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner Cover of Wylding Hall by Elizabeth Hand Cover of King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner Cover of The Other Wind by Ursula Le Guin

Cover of Midnight Never Come, by Marie Brennan Cover of Blood Price by Tanya Huff Cover of Unnatural Habits by Kerry Greenwood Cover of Blood Trail by Tanya Huff

Reviews posted this week:
Grave Secrets of the Dinosaurs, by Philip Manning. Solid enough book on the soft-tissue finds from dinosaurs, past and present, featuring one particularly complete mummy. 3/5 stars
The Movement: Fighting for the Future, by Gail Simone, Freddie Williams II. Love this team, wish we had more of them. Maybe they were a little ahead of their time, with comics-verse not yet ready for a team like this. 4/5 stars
The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage, by Sydney Padua. Cute art, exhaustively researched and sourced, and features Ada Lovelace being badass. What’s not to love? 4/5 stars
Tehanu, by Ursula Le Guin. Thematically, this one is really important for Earthsea. I could do without it, though; I dislike seeing Ged so helpless. 3/5 stars
Cruel Beauty, by Rosamund Hodges. Some interesting ideas, and definitely an interesting setting, but some insta-love and asshole alpha male stuff. 2/5 stars
Silk: The Life and Times of Cindy Moon, by Robbie Thompson, Stacey Lee. Lovely art and a fun enough story, though Silk facing up to the real world and her responsibilities as a hero aren’t really new, especially in the context of the other Spider-characters. 3/5 stars
Flashback Friday: The Vintner’s Luck, by Elizabeth Knox. A book I found very enchanting at the time, not least for the way it engages with the senses. And the love story. 5/5 stars

Other posts:
Top Ten Books I Changed My Mind About. Mostly for the better, but sometimes for the worse.
On Steve Rogers as an Agent of Hydra. I have problems with Marvel’s latest direction for Captain America, clearly.

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Stacking the Shelves

Posted 21 May, 2016 by Nikki in General / 20 Comments

This week hasn’t been great for reading, but my assignment is finally done, and it was the last one for this module! So maybe I can relax a bit now? I started off the relaxation in style with some new books, of course…

New books:

Cover of The Book of Phoenix by Nnedi Okorafor Cover of Horns of Ruin by Tim Akers Cover of The Tempering of Men by Sarah Monette and Elizabeth Bear Cover of Lois Lane: Double Down by Gwenda Bond

Cover of An Artificial Night by Seanan McGuire Cover of The Raven and the Reindeer by T. Kingfisher Cover of Luna: New Moon by Ian McDonald Cover of A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

A mixed bag, which probably surprises no one. I’ve already finished reading The Book of Phoenix; it might be the Nnedi Okorafor book I appreciate the most so far! The other stuff is mostly from my wishlist, except The Horns of Ruin, which was an impulse buy. Oh, and The Tempering of Men, because I finished the first book earlier this week.

Books to review:

Cover of An Accident of Stars by Foz Meadows Cover of Tremontaine, by various Cover of The Fireman by Joe Hill

I’ve read some of Foz Meadows’ blog posts and such, I think? Anyway, I enjoy how rainbow-y the cover is and the fact that it’s openly queertastic. Tremontaine and The Fireman I’ve been hearing a lot about…

Books finished:

Cover of A Companion to Wolves by Elizabeth Bear and Sarah Monette Cover of Ashoka by Charles Allen Cover of The Book of Phoenix by Nnedi Okorafor Cover of The Raven and the Reindeer by T. Kingfisher

Reviews posted:
Captain America: Civil War Prelude, by Corona Pilgrim et al. I was not impressed by the lack of new content in this tie-in release. If you’ve seen the other Marvel films, or even just a good selection of them, you’re good to go. 2/5 stars
The Bread We Eat in Dreams, by Catherynne M. Valente. A varied and typically gorgeous collection. If you’re a fan of Valente, you’ve probably read some of these before — but probably not all… 3/5 stars
Dead Man’s Chest, by Kerry Greenwood. Another strong outing for Phryne, and it introduces a secondary character who I rather hope will stick around. 3/5 stars
The Door into Fire, by Diane Duane. A book well-deserving of the nostalgic love people have for it. I love the way it deals with polyamorous relationships, without them being idyllic, but without demonising any of the participants either. 4/5 stars
The Movement: Class Warfare, by Gail Simone and Freddie Williams III. This is basically like Gotham, if it was policed not by Batman, but by the 99%. I didn’t like the reread as much as the initial read way back in 20…14? But still fun, and really cool and diverse characters. 4/5 stars
The Sin-Eater’s Daughter, by Melinda Salisbury. I think it’d be hard for a book to match up to that gorgeous cover, and so it proved. But I enjoyed the story well enough, and it caught me by surprise… 3/5 stars
Flashback Friday: Kalpa Imperial, by Angélica Gorodischer, trans. Ursula Le Guin. An interesting what-if, and I think it’d appeal to fans of Le Guin’s writing and world building. There’s something of the same flavour. 4/5 stars

How’s everyone else been? Good weather where you are? Any reading achievements to share?

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Posted 14 May, 2016 by Nikki in General / 13 Comments

Yay, it’s the weekend! How’s everyone been this week? I have not got enough reading done, because assignment hell. It’s nearly done, but… gaah, a few more days.

Books acquired:

Cover of A Local Habitation by Seanan McGuire

Because I read Rosemary & Rue and haaad to get the next lined up.

Books finished this week:

Cover of Rosemary & Rue by Seanan McGuire Cover of Finn Fancy Necromancy by Randy Henderson Cover of Dreamer's Pool by Juliet Marillier Cover of The Sudden Appearance of Hope by Claire North

Reviewed this week:
Bryony and Roses,  by T. Kingfisher. An interesting take on Beauty and the Beast, with an angle I didn’t quite expect. Much more clear about the curse and the hows and whys of it than is often the case. 4/5 stars
Lady of Mallow, by Dorothy Eden. A potentially good source of new comfort reads for me, Dorothy Eden’s basic plot/writing style reminds me of Mary Stewart’s suspense/romances, except with less of a sense of place. 3/5 stars
All the Birds in the Sky, by Charlie Jane Anders. Not quite sure what to make of this one; it’s an interesting fantasy vs technology scenario, but I didn’t connect much with the characters. 3/5 stars
The Farthest Shore, by Ursula Le Guin. A reread of a less-liked book in this series. I can see the beauty in it, but I’m just… not a fan in the same way. 3/5 stars
Silver on the Tree, by Susan Cooper. Maybe I liked this one a little less than I usually do, because this time I so much wanted more. I do love the books, but… 4/5 stars
Ink and Bone, by Rachel Caine. Interesting alternate universe: what if the Library of Alexandria was not destroyed, and preserving books and the Library became ever more important? 3/5 stars
Flashback Friday: The City and the City, by China Miéville. I think I like the idea of some of Miéville’s ideas almost more than the execution sometimes. It’s always worth (for me) hanging on and seeing how it all plays out, but the main draw is the idea4/5 stars

Other posts:
Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Feels. I went off with my own theme this week, rather at random.

Here’s to a good reading week ahead!

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Posted 7 May, 2016 by Nikki in General / 26 Comments

Hello, everyone! It’s been both a busy and a quiet week, in weird ways. But hey, now I’m with my partner in Belgium, I have a document that affirms I’ve never been married, and okay, I should be doing my final assignment for my course, but other than that, I can spend a good amount of time just reading and recharging for the next week!

And I have books (new books, and I can bear anything as long as there are books).

New books

Cover of More than Human by Theodore Sturgeon Cover of Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson Cover of The Deep by John Crowley Cover of Missing Microbes by Martin Blaser

Cover of Being Mortal by Atul Gawande Cover of Lucky Planet by David Waltham Cover of To Explain the World by Steven Weinberg Cover of The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

Cover of Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt Cover of Wylding Hall by Elizabeth Hand

I’m a wuss, so Hex might be a bad choice, but I’m intrigued with the buzz about it and the translation stuff. A lot of the other stuff was fairly random, just picked up because it interested me in Brussels’ Sterling Books. I came to Belgium with only 22 books… this makes a start at making up for it!

Books finished this week:

Cover of Grave Secrets of Dinosaurs Silk #1 Cover of Spider-Gwen Cover of Hawkeye: Rio Bravo by Matt Fraction Cover of Spider-woman: Vol 0

Cover of Spider-woman: New Duds Cover of Tehanu by Ursula Le Guin Cover of Tales from Earthsea by Ursula Le Guin Cover of Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodges Cover of Tam Lin, by Pamela Dean

Reviews this week: 
Rat Queens: Demons, by Kurtis J. Wiebe et al. I think this is my last volume of Rat Queens; it just didn’t come together for me. 2/5 stars
Murder on a Midsummer Night, by Kerry Greenwood. Fun, though typical of the Phryne books. 3/5 stars
Bone and Jewel Creatures, by Elizabeth Bear. An interesting novella, with an aged protagonist and some neat magic. 4/5 stars
The Bullet Catcher’s Daughter, by Rod Duncan. Fun set-up, and I’m intrigued enough to read the other books. 3/5 stars
Flashback Friday: A History of the World in 100 Objects, by Neil MacGregor. A lovely book which made me really eager to go back to the British Museum. Which I did, not too long ago. 5/5 stars

Other posts:
ShelfLove Update and May TBR: what it says on the tin, with lots of statistics!

How’s everyone else been? Any exciting news?

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Posted 30 April, 2016 by Nikki in General / 34 Comments

As you’re about to see, it’s been a busy week full of reading for me! I’ve been adding books to the “books read this week” section right up to the last minute. It’s always nice when I have plenty of time to read! And despite having an Amazon voucher to spend, so far I haven’t picked a new book — though I did get a couple of books to review.

Received to review: 

Cover of Woman on the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy Cover of The Sudden Appearance of Hope by Claire North

I’ve followed Claire North’s work for a long time now, so I’m hopeful about this new one. I’ve heard a lot about Woman on the Edge of Time, so I’m curious about it.

Books read this week:

Cover of Murder on a Midsummer Night by Kerry Greenwood Cover of Rat Queens vol 3 Cover of Bryony and Roses by T. Kingfisher Cover of Lady of Mallow by Dorothy Eden Cover of All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders

 Cover of The Farthest Shore by Ursula Le Guin Cover of Silver on the Tree, by Susan Cooper Cover of Forensics by Val McDermid Cover of Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine Cover of The Bread We Eat in Dreams by Catherynne M. Valente

Cover of Civil War Prelude Cover of Dead Man's Chest by Kerry Greenwood Cover of The Movement by Gail Simone Cover of The Movement vol 2 by Gail Simone Cover of The Door into Fire by Diane Duane

Cover of The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage by Sydney Padua Cover of The Sin Eater's Daughter by Melinda Salisbury

A whole bunch of these were rereads (The Farthest Shore, Silver on the Three, volume one of The Movement, The Door into Fire), but there were a lot of new-to-me books too. And I enjoyed most of them! An excellent week.

Reviews this week:
Every Heart A Doorway, by Seanan McGuire. This is probably my favourite story from Tor.com’s novella line. The plot and world are awesome, and so are the characters. 4/5 stars
Century Rain, by Alastair Reynolds. A reread of a book I loved as a teenager, which I haven’t revisited in a long time; it didn’t disappoint. 4/5 stars
Death at the Bar, by Ngaio Marsh. Felt a bit too by-the-numbers as a mystery, without the strength of character of Sayers’ Wimsey or even Christie’s Miss Marple. 2/5 stars
Forensics, by Val McDermid. A good survey of forensic science and how it’s used to catch and indict criminals; well-written, too. 4/5 stars
Flashback Friday: Blackbirds, by Chuck Wendig. I think this is one of the first Angry Robot books I ever read; I’ve kept on reading both the publisher and the author. Wendig’s work is generally a lot of fun, and Blackbirds does well with an interesting idea. 4/5 stars

Other posts: 
Readathon progress. The start of my excellent reading week, even though I didn’t stay up the full 24 hours!
Top Ten Tuesday. This week’s theme was bookworm delights, like the smell of books.
Bout of Books signup. Aka, another readathon!

How’s everyone else been?

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Posted 23 April, 2016 by Nikki in Uncategorized / 12 Comments

Despite the busy week, I did find time to get to a bookshop — aided and abetted somewhat by Robert @ Bastian’s Book Reviews, of course. I haven’t had time for much reading — you wouldn’t believe how many random clothes I seem to have acquired to sort through — but I have squeezed in a few minutes here and there. Soon, of course, I shall be off to stay with my partner for a few months, and I intend to start out by luxuriously flopping on the floor with our bunny and a book.

Anyway!

Books bought this week:

Cover of The Fold by Peter Clines Cover of Planetfall by Emma Newman Cover of Children of Time by Adrian Tchiakovsky Cover of All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders

Cover of The Bread We Eat in Dreams by Catherynne M. Valente Cover of Rat Queens vol 3 Cover of The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage by Sydney Padua

These have all been on my wishlist for a while, so I was happy enough to finally pick them up! I was very good and resisted other books which haven’t been on my wishlist.

Books read this week:

Cover of Bone and Jewel Creatures by Elizabeth Bear Cover of Darwin's Ghosts by Rebecca Stott Cover of The Bullet-Catcher's Daughter by Rod Duncan

Reviews posted this week:

Voyage of the Basilisk, by Marie Brennan. Predictably, loved this reread. Yay for plots and intrigue and deranged practicality! 5/5 stars
Forest of Memory, by Mary Robinette Kowal. I got more into this than I expected, and wanted to know more4/5 stars
Fated, by Benedict Jacka. Solid urban fantasy, which handles a complex power surprisingly easily (the protagonist can see potential futures). I want to read more. 3/5 stars
The Skeleton Cupboard, by Tanya Byron. Avoid. Horrible disrespect/dismissal of trans people in the very first chapter. 1/5 stars
In the Labyrinth of Drakes, by Marie Brennan. Last book for now in this series. I loved it to bits, and it’s really important in the development of Isabella and answers so many questions. 5/5 stars
SPQR, by Mary Beard. A good survey of Roman history, focusing on the rise of the Empire rather than its decline. 4/5 stars
Flashback Friday: Liar, by Justine Larbalestier. This is a book I devoured and still find myself pondering at times. 5/5 stars

Other posts: 
Top Ten TuesdayThis week was meant to be funny books, but I’m bad at humour, so instead I did ‘books that made me make delighted noises’.

How’s everyone doing? Lots more reading than me, I hope!

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Posted 16 April, 2016 by Nikki in General / 6 Comments

This is a very quickly put together post, as I am on a tiny laptop in the middle of moving house! It hasn’t been a terrible week for reading, even though I had an assignment due as well, and I (gasp) haven’t bought any books!

Books read this week:

Cover of Century Rain by Alastair Reynolds Cover of SPQR by Mary Beard Cover of Death at the Bar, by Ngaio Marsh Cover of The Skeleton Cupboard by Tanya Byron

Reviews this week:
Wolves, by Simon Ings. Not a fan of this one, at all. Sometimes I couldn’t even tell what the individual sentences were supposed to mean. 1/5 stars
Wolfsbane Winter, by Jane Fletcher. This is fairly typical fantasy, except that it features a lesbian romance… and it’s maybe not exactly fantasy. 3/5 stars
A Civil Contract, by Georgette Heyer. This isn’t the most typical of Heyer’s romances, but I really liked it — it’s more about the process of negotiation and habituation that comes when two people live together and have to make their lives together. 4/5 stars
Tropic of Serpents, by Marie Brennan. A favourite series reread, so no surprises that I liked this a lot. 5/5 stars
Dreadful Skin, by Cherie Priest. Intriguing ideas — a nun hunting a werewolf — but sometimes shaky execution. 3/5 stars
The Stress of Her Regard, by Tim Powers. I’ve tried to read this a few times now, and finally I did finish it. But I’m still not a great fan. It might help if I were more of a fan of the Romantic poets… 2/5 stars
Flashback Friday: The Hundred and Ninety-nine Steps, by Michel Faber. The most powerful thing about this book — something I remember years after reading it — is the feeling of anxiety. Ughh. 2/5 stars

Other posts:
Top Ten TuesdayThis week I recommended stories with romance for those who might be reluctant to read romance as a genre.

How’s everyone doing? Anything exciting going on? Any books you just can’t wait to read?

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Posted 9 April, 2016 by Nikki in General / 8 Comments

Hello, everyone! How’s your week been? I’ve had quite a good week of reading and finally getting one of my assignments done, so I’m pleased with myself. Just one more assignment to go… for now. Gah.

Books acquired:

Cover of In The Labyrinth of Drakes by Marie Brennan Cover of Every Heart A Doorway by Seanan McGuire Cover of Butterflies in November by Audur Ava Olafsdottir

Super excited about both of these, since I’ve been anticipating them for, ugh, a year? So hurrah! Butterflies in November is a book I got via a book exchange on Facebook; I’ve never heard of it, so I’m quite intrigued.

Books received to review: 

Cover of The Silver Tide by Jen Williams

I’ve been curious about this trilogy for a while, so I dug out the first book — and got the second from the library — the minute I received this review copy.

Library books:

Cover of The Iron Ghost by Jen Williams Cover of SPQR by Mary Beard Cover of Wake of Vultures by Lila Bowen

Cover of The Elite by Kiera Cass Cover of The One by Kiera Cass Cover of The Heir by Kiera Cass

The Iron Ghost is the second book of the series, and I already have The Copper Promise, so let’s have at it! As for the other books, well. I had to make my library trips worth it, right?

Books finished this week:

Cover of A Civil Contract by Georgette Heyer Cover of Forest of Memory by Mary Robinette Kowal Cover of Dreadful Skin by Cherie Priest Cover of Tropic of Serpents by Marie Brennan

Cover of The Stress of Her Regard by Tim Powers Cover of Fated by Benedict Jacka Cover of Voyage of the Basilisk by Marie Brennan Cover of In The Labyrinth of Drakes by Marie Brennan Cover of Every Heart A Doorway by Seanan McGuire

Reviews:

Fathom, by Cherie Priest. Ultimately I wanted more from it, especially knowing how much I love a couple of Priest’s other books, but it was enjoyable enough. 3/5 stars
The Darkest Part of the Forest, by Holly Black. My catchphrase, once more: communicate, damn it! But some clever stuff with fairy tales, and subverting narrative expectations. 3/5 stars
The Selection, by Kiera Cass. Surprisingly, I quite liked this, and appreciated the main character’s friendships with other girls and determination to figure out what’s best for her. 3/5 stars
Liars and Thieves, by Karen Maitland. A short story that adds just a little to Company of Liars2/5 stars
Blood and Feathers, by Lou Morgan. Easy and pacey to read, but quite predictable. If you’re a fan of the CW’s Supernatural… 3/5 stars
The Wicked Day, by Mary Stewart. A whole rant about how Stewart broke her own story in trying to adhere to too many different Arthurian threads. I found this one really frustrating. 2/5 stars
Flashback Friday: The Owl Killers, by Karen Maitland. Looks like I enjoyed this one a lot, especially because it taught me about an aspect of history I had no idea about. 5/5 stars

Other posts:
Top Ten Tuesday: People You Should Follow. A non-exhaustive list of blogs I like and regularly read.

Now excuse me, I really must be doing something productive reading more. Happy reading, everyone!

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Posted 2 April, 2016 by Nikki in General / 6 Comments

Yes, that’s right! For the first time in a while, I’ve actually avoided acquiring any books this week. I haven’t done much unstacking though, either. I’ve read a couple of books, but I got bogged down in The Stress of Her Regard (Tim Powers), of which I’m not enough of a fan to be getting very far with it. Still, I did some more reading on Friday that I’d done all week…

Books finished this week:

Cover of The Wicked Day by Mary Stewart Cover of Wolves by Simon Ings Cover of Wolfsbane Winter by Jane Fletcher

Reviews this week:
Stormy Petrel, by Mary Stewart. Not my favourite of Stewart’s romance/suspense novels, but a comfort reread for me. 3/5 stars
A Stranger in Olondria, by Sofia Samatar. Richly written and vivid, though I think I wanted more resolution or… something. 4/5 stars
A Natural History of Dragons, by Marie Brennan. I reread I loved even more the second time round. Awesome alt-history with study of dragons, what’s not to love? 5/5 stars
The Black Moth, by Georgette Heyer. Since this was Heyer’s first novel, it’s understandably not as great as some of the later ones. But it was still a lot of fun! 3/5 stars
Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, by Jenny Lawson. I actually prefer Lawson’s blog as a context for her writing, I think, but there’s no denying she’s funny as hell. 3/5 stars
Library of Souls, by Ransom Riggs. Pretty good finish for the series, though my enjoyment was somewhat marred by the fact that it’s less a series and more one continuous story. It took me a while to pick the threads back up. 3/5 stars
Flashback Friday: The Earth Hums in B Flat, by Mari Strachan. Not as whimsical as I expected from descriptions, but enjoyable, though not comfortable. 4/5 stars

Other posts:
Library closures. The perspective from someone who helped to run a community library on the importance of libraries — and trained librarians.
Shelf Love Challenge April Update (and TBR list). Also featuring my love letter to my (ex-)local library.

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Posted 26 March, 2016 by Nikki in General / 10 Comments

Hello everyone! It’s been a busy week, particularly as I’m now trying to tackle my library books and get them down to zero, in preparation for a long trip to stay with my partner. I have a month, and 36 books to go… and some of them are the second book in a series where I own the first book but haven’t read it yet. Uh, wish me luck?!

Received to review:

Cover of Saint's Blood by Sebastien de Castell Cover of Children of Earth and Sky by Guy Gavriel Kay Cover of Sharp Ends by Joe Abercrombie

So excited about all three of these!

Books finished this week: 

Cover of The Black Moth by Georgette Heyer Cover of Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs Cover of The Winner's Kiss by Marie Rutkoski Cover of Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson Cover of Fathom by Cherie Priest

Cover of The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black Cover of The Selection by Kiera Cass Cover of Liars and Thieves by Karen Maitland Cover of Blood and Feathers by Lou Morgan

Reviews this week:
Clean Sweep, by Ilona Andrews. Lots of fun, and funny too. Ilona Andrews’ books are always fun, I think. 4/5 stars
Junk DNA, by Nessa Carey. Spoiler: there’s probably no such thing as junk DNA. At least not in the amounts previously thought. Nessa Carey writes clearly and concisely, and I think the book should work for laypeople. 4/5 stars
The Winner’s Crime, by Marie Rutkoski. I’m not sure if my writing might be too generous — the plot relied heavily on miscommunication/lack of communication, which always drives me bananas. 4/5 stars
Solstice Wood, by Patricia A. McKillip. More accessible than the other book, Winter Rose, but less enchanting. 3/5 stars
Carry On, by Rainbow Rowell. Love, love, love. Might read it again before long. 5/5 stars
The Winner’s Kiss, by Marie Rutkoski. Got over most of my quibbles from the second book, and ended things well. 4/5 stars
Flashback Friday: Helen of Troy, by Bettany Hughes. Enjoyable take on the myth of Helen and the way it has developed, though probably dry if this isn’t an area of interest for you. 4/5 stars

Other posts:
Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I Really Love But Feel Like I Haven’t Talked About Enough/In A While. What it says on the tin!

How’s everyone? Anything exciting going on?

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