Stacking the Shelves

Posted March 14, 2015 by in General / 18 Comments

Hey everyone! I’ve had a busy week, but I promise it’s mostly library books. I was very tempted in Hatchard’s in St Pancras, but I elected to note down the titles and try to get them from the library instead. And lo and behold, they came through for me. I did buy two books, but only spent £5 on them; I had a £10-off for Waterstone’s!


Cover of Finn Fancy Necromancy by Randy Henderson Cover of Cannonbridge by Jonathan Barnes

I belatedly realised that several people I know (including the guy running the Cardiff SF/F book club) really hated Cannonbridge. Still, at the very least it’ll give me something to tear into, right? I was very unsure about getting Finn Fancy Necromancy, since the title makes it sound very silly, but flicking through convinced me to give it a try…


Cover of A Place of Execution by Val McDermid Cover of Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey Cover of Blackout by Connie Willis

Cover of Half the World by Joe Abercrombie Cover of To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis Cover of Traitor's Blade by Sebastien de Castell

The Compatibility Gene by Daniel Davis Cover of The Riddle of the Labyrinth by Margalit Fox Cover of The Tale of the Duelling Neurosurgeons by Sam Kean

Cover of Homo Britannicus by Chris Stringer Cover of The Universe Within by Neil Shubin

Can you guess where I spent most of my time hanging out in Hatchard’s…? Although to be fair, I’ve wanted to read The Tale of Duelling Neurosurgeons for a couple of weeks now. Neurology! The Connie Willis books are for a reading challenge/book group. I haven’t been a major fan of Willis in the past, but I’m willing to try again.


Captain Marvel Thor

Spider-gwen Ms Marvel

So, I think that’s it. How’s everyone else doing? I should put up my update on this year’s progress with my resolutions soon, but how are you doing?

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18 responses to “Stacking the Shelves

  1. arbieroo

    My resolutions/targets are going pretty well:
    Only bought two books! TBR down by 10 books.
    Two Shakespeare plays down – 14 to go but the target is “as much as possible” this year and just carry on until finished no matter how long it takes.
    Read Pilcrow by Adam Mars-Jones: done.
    Read at least one Jane Austen: not started.
    Read at least one Bronte (Wuthering Heights): not started.

    I’ve read really scathing reviews of Black Out – so harsh they’ve put me off trying anything by Connie Willis.

    • Well done!

      Hmmm, generally people I know are fans of Connie Willis. I was okay with Domesday Book, but I hated To Say Nothing of the Dog the first time I tried. We’ll see…

  2. I think that is part of why I love reading so much-you just never know what book is going to be that little gem! I can’t judge what I’m going to like or not like based on friends as I’m quite a picky reader. So maybe you’ll love both of the books you bought. Fingers crossed!

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