Unstacking the Shelves

Posted January 2, 2016 by Nicky in General / 26 Comments

For the first time in a long time — or possibly the whole time I’ve been doing the Stacking the Shelves meme via Tynga’s Reviews — I don’t have any new books from any source to share this week! It helps that the library is closed and I have a firm resolution to stick to a budget (see my Shelf Love participation post). Technically, my book ban from December is over, but I do want to try and be mindful of buying books this year.

So to celebrate, I have a new feature for this blog. Sort of. I remember someone else once posting “Unstacking the Shelves” posts, while they were trying to catch up with their backlog, and I’m going to shamelessly steal their idea. Whenever I have no books to report buying, I get to do an Unstacking the Shelves post, showing what I’ve read in the last week!

Which is, this week, the following six books:

Cover of Word Puppets by Mary Robinette Kowal Cover of The Masked City by Genevieve Cogman Cover of Murder in Montparnasse by Kerry Greenwood

Cover of The Parthenon by Mary Beard Cover of Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor Cover of The Mistletoe Bride by Kate Mosse

My favourite read this week was probably The Masked City, which I enjoyed more than I expected to based on my rating of the first book — I’m beginning to think I was overly cranky with that one! It was interesting to read Kowal and Mosse’s short stories, too; they’re very different collections. Lagoon, I’m still processing… So far, I still need to write reviews for the last four.

At the same time, I thought I might start highlighting my other posts this week for people who only come by on a Saturday via the link-up. That way, people just dropping by can get a better idea of my blog — and maybe some people will want to stick around!

Reviews this week:
Greenwitch, by Susan Cooper. This was my reread for the TDIR Readathon; it’s a very familiar book for me, so it was like visiting with old friends. I did have some new thoughts about Jane Drew this time, though. 5/5 stars
Charm, by Sarah Pinborough. Second in the series, this retells the story of Cinderella… with extra sex and links to all kinds of other fairytales. 3/5 stars
Word Puppets, by Mary Robinette Kowal. Received to review via Netgalley, this introduced me to Kowal’s non-Regency work. There are some forgettable stories, but for the most part it’s a strong collection. 4/5 stars
The Masked City, by Genevieve Cogman. So much fun! Magic and books and dragons and Fae… And did I mention that the main character is an operative for an organisation called the Library, and there’s an awesome magic system using the power of words? Sign me up! 4/5 stars
The Cutting Room, ed. Ellen Datlow. Unfortunately not really my thing, though there are some very memorable stories in the collection. Probably a case of ‘it’s not you’… 2/5 stars
The Blade Itself, by Joe Abercrombie. This was another reread, albeit one I wasn’t as familiar with as Greenwitch. I enjoyed it a lot; memory, if anything, had downgraded this from the rating it deserved. 4/5 stars
Flashback Friday: The House at the End of the Lane, by Neil Gaiman. This feature reposts old reviews I wrote before I had this blog. Neil Gaiman’s work is solidly entertaining, but I thought maybe I was exactly the wrong age to appreciate this one. 3/5 stars

Other posts:
Bout of Books Participation Post. For once, I’m on time to join in the Bout of Books readathon!
Top Ten Tuesday: Repeat Gifts. This week I went off-script and picked a theme of my own, talking about the books that I’m always giving to new people.
ShelfLove Participation Post. This challenge worked really well for me last year, and here’s my (rather ambitious) plan for 2016!

I’ve also just added a bunch of social media options to the blog, so you can now follow me on Google+ or Facebook. I have a Twitter as well, but it has more of a personal focus. Me being me, though, a personal focus still means a lot of book chatter.

Oh well, we’ll see! How’s everyone doing? Hope you’ve started 2016 as you mean to go on, with laughter and light and love and anything else your heart desires.

(Please please please do not comment telling me to enjoy my new books. It will make it obvious you haven’t read the text at all and will make me sad.)

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26 responses to “Unstacking the Shelves

    • Technically only one of these was read in 2016 so far, but I’m certainly trying to start as I mean to go on! So many books, so little time.

    • I did! Not as much as her book on Pompeii, but I think that’s a personal interest thing.

      Good luck with reducing your TBR pile too!

    • Yes! Now let’s see if I can keep it up — my Goodreads reading goal is 365 books, so I need to speed up a little, even! Thanks for dropping by.

    • Since this was an UNstacking the Shelves post, I’ve actually already read them and have had most of them for a while! The Mistletoe Bride was quite good, though I think I prefer Mosse’s novels.

    • Thank you for dropping by! As I said in the post, this was an UNstacking the Shelves post, really, since I didn’t get any new books this week. The covers are books I read this week.

  1. Six books in one week is impressive! Unstacking is a great idea–but with my library habit, I don’t think there would ever be a week where I didn’t get something…at least the library is free. I just followed on Twitter. Happy New Year!
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    • I doubt it’ll happen often for me, either! I love the library too much… maybe while I’m at my partner’s and there’s limited sources for English-language books! Happy New Year to you too!

    • It was interesting, if not quite my thing! I finished it on New Year’s Eve, so it was my last read of 2015. Thanks for dropping by!

  2. I love the idea of unstacking the shelves, especially in those (awful) occasions where the library is closed. (Why I LOVE Overdrive.) Oh, and I’m going to tell you to enjoy your (not so) new books anyways 😛 Happy Reading!
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    • Well, I don’t mind being told to enjoy books I haven’t read yet, but it’s a bit counter-productive to tell me to enjoy books I’ve already finished! And yes, it is an awful thing that libraries close sometimes.

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