Stacking the Shelves

Posted January 23, 2016 by Nicky in General / 8 Comments

Another week without having purchased any new books! Surely I deserve some kind of reward, like a new bo — oh. Oh well! Here’s the books I’ve finished this week:

Cover of City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett Cover of Santa Olivia by Jacqueline Carey Cover of The Castlemaine Murders by Kerry Greenwood

Cover of the Unnatural Death audiobook by Dorothy Sayers Cover of Phonogram: Rue Britannia by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie Cover of How Not to Summon Your True Love by Sasha L. Miller

Plenty of reading this week — some of it very last minute, actually.

Just two books acquired this week — two review copies via Netgalley, Less Than Three Press and Hot Key Books:

Cover of How Not to Summon Your True Love by Sasha L. Miller Cover of The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Hellig

I’m not a big fan of the cover, but apparently this is part of a set of books which will focus on aromantic and asexual characters. That I can get behind, and I enjoyed Sasha L. Miller’s The Errant Prince. So I’m excited about the whole idea, and I enjoyed the story.

And now the weekly roundup:

Reviews this week:

Unnatural Creatures, ed. Neil Gaiman. Fun theme and a bunch of great stories, some old and some new. 4/5 stars
A Portrait of the Brain, by Adam Zeman. Disappointingly simplistic and not really suited to my level of understanding, but probably a good starting point for those interested in neurology. 2/5 stars
Impulse, by Dave Bara. A fun enough space opera that didn’t really shine. 2/5 stars
This Savage Song, by Victoria Schwab. Monsters and humans and an interesting world set-up, oh my! I really enjoyed this and recommend it. 4/5 stars
The Frog Princess, by E.D. Baker. A favourite of my sister’s, I thought this was cute, though slight and very much aimed at the middle grade. 3/5 stars
The Castlemaine Murders, by Kerry Greenwood. It’s Phryne, so it was fun, but it was lacking the spark that made some of the other books great. 3/5 stars
Flashback Friday: Memory, Sorrow and Thorn, by Tad Williams. This is a whopping big series with four huge volumes, which is about the only reason I haven’t read it since I was eighteen. It’s typical, in some ways: a scullery boy becomes… well, you’ll see. 4/5 stars

Other posts:

Top Ten Tuesday: Books Recently Added To My TBR. What it says on the tin — some books I’ve got, some books I’m hankering after.

How’s everyone been doing? Hope you’ve all been reading tons, and adding great books to your shelves!

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8 responses to “Stacking the Shelves

  1. I have indeed been reading plenty! January has been a really good month for me getting things done! Pity I can’t seem to get caught up with my book reviews! Soooo many still to write! Enjoy your reading this week!

    • Same here — except my coursework, heh… I’ve been trying to write my reviews right away, but I do keep falling behind too. Good luck catching up!

  2. majoline

    Your two review books look interesting!

    I can’t wait to see what you think of Phonogram. Are you planning on getting the second volume or the new series?

    • I’ve read them both now — they’re quite fun!

      Phonogram… the first volume didn’t really work for me, maybe because I’m not that aware of Britpop and all the references, etc. I’ll probably read more if my partner gets it, though (I actually bought it for her, haha).

    • I really only caught up in the last couple of days — before that I was kind of slow and uninspired! Hope you get more time to read in the coming week…

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