Stacking the Shelves

Posted 20 February, 2016 by Nikki in General / 33 Comments

It’s been a busy week, both for books bought and books read! What’s everyone else been getting their hands on or reading this week?

Books bought

Cover of Truthwitch by Susan Dennard Cover of Courage is the Price by Lynn E. O'Connacht Cover of A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab

Truthwitch arrived in Illumicrate’s second box, and I’m excited to read it — especially with Robin Hobb’s endorsement on the cover. Courage is the Price is written by a friend of mine, and now it has a print edition, so of course I had to get it. Aaaand Waterstones had a copy of A Gathering of Shadows already, so I grabbed it and cancelled my preorder. But, to make up for that (since apparently sales like that don’t count for first week sales), here is a preorder giveaway!

Plus, uh, a batch of comics. Which I justify by pointing out they are female superheroes, and as such need supporting.

Cover of Spider-woman: Vol 0 Cover of Spider-woman: New Duds Cover of Spider-Gwen

I mean, until Jessica Drew, Carol Danvers and Hope Van Dyne join the Avengers in the MCU, I won’t believe that Marvel have finally got the message we want them.

Library books

Cover of The Girl in the Road by Monica Byrne Cover of The Speed of Dark by Elizabeth Moon Cover of The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker

I already own The Girl in the Road and The Speed of Dark… somewhere. This should be impetus to read them. In theory.

Books to review

Cover of False Hearts by Laura Lam Cover of The Winner's Kiss by Marie Rutkoski Cover of The Paper Menagerie by Ken Liu

Thanks, Pan Macmillan, Bloomsbury and Saga Press! Because I am dreadfully behind, False Hearts will actually be my first book by Laura Lam, and I’ve only just got The Winner’s Curse… good thing I felt like reading it, haha.

Read this week:

Cover of Georgette Heyer: Biography of a Bestseller by Jennifer Kloester Cover of Death by Water by Kerry Greenwood Cover of Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater Cover of Dead Man's Embers by Mari Strachan Cover of Ms Marvel: Last Days

Cover of City of Blades by Robert Jackson Bennett Cover of Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton Cover of Old Man's War by John Scalzi Cover of Courage is the Price by Lynn E. O'Connacht Cover of The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski

Yes, I did read all of those. Yes, I do eat and sleep, we just don’t quite understand how I fit it in.

Reviews this week:
Soundless, by Richelle Mead. Not a favourite of mine, unfortunately, especially because it features the magical healing of a deaf character. 2/5 stars
The Boy Who Lost Fairyland, by Catherynne M. Valente. Now this I loved, quite predictably, since I’ve enjoyed the whole series. It’s a Changeling-child of a book within the series, but I didn’t resent it for that. 4/5 stars
Lois Lane: Fallout, by Gwenda Bond. I love superhero novels, and I love the increasing role of women in comics and comic-related media. So, yep, I loved this, too. 4/5 stars
Georgette Heyer: Biography of a Bestseller, by Jennifer Kloester. It has a lot of detail, and does its best to shine a light on a woman who was very private when alive. 4/5 stars
Colour Me Calm: Mandalas, by Elizabeth James. One quibble: it had at least one design that has been published before. It could be innocent, but it bothered me a bit. 3/5 stars
Death by Water, by Kerry Greenwood. I enjoyed this one a lot, since it allows Phryne to leave behind the comforts of home and her familiar cast, and go a bit further afield. 4/5 stars
Flashback Friday: Camelot’s Blood, by Sarah Zettel. The last of the quartet, this romance does interesting things with the Arthurian setting. 4/5 stars

Other posts: 
Appreciating comics. A piece on how exactly I came to love comics — and appreciate them as an art form.
Top Ten Tuesday: Songs I Wish Were Books. Heavy on the modern folk music.
Review of Illumicrate’s Box #2. What it says on the tin!

And seriously, if you like V.E. Schwab’s work and haven’t got a preorder of A Gathering of Shadows, welp, I got you covered.

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33 Responses to “Stacking the Shelves”

  1. Quite a mixture of books this week! Nice haul! I appear to have accepted that I’m just sticking to my favourite few genres from now on-due to discovering just how many books about preppers and zombies there are out there! *grins* Enjoy your books!

  2. Ah! You’ve read Rebel of the Sands as well! I loved it, thought it was SO original and beautifully written! You have a GREAT haul! I still need to get Truthwitch and have yet to start (have been wanting to forever) any of V.E. Schwab’s books (I know… silly me, haha). I need to get some more comics too… The Wicked + The Divine volume 3 recently came out and I NEED IT SO MUCH! I cut back on the book buying though, so I need to chill and will probably get it later (once I have more money haha)
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    • I just got The Wicked + The Divine 3 last week! I need to get round to reading it, aaah. Same goes for so many other books, it’s a little overwhelming, heh. Thanks for dropping by!

  3. Great haul this week, you have a lot of great looking books. I got The Winner’s Kiss this week too and I am so beyond excited to read that one myself, it looks soooooo good. I hope Arin and Kestrel get a HEA, or I will be so upset. I hope you enjoy them all 🙂 Here’s my STS.

  4. I read an excerpt of A Gathering of Shadows. Looks like it’s going to be a really good book! I’ve seen Rebel Sands everywhere! The cover looks really pretty and makes me want to read it that much more. Enjoy your books!

  5. I was intrigued by Truthwitch, but have held off picking up a copy until I see some reviews I trust. 🙂

    I snagged an ARC of Ken Liu’s collection as well. Really looking forward to digging into that.

    • Yes, busy week! Must behave myself more next week or I’ll be over my budget… The first story in The Paper Menagerie is about alien books, so that sold me…

    • I’ve just started reading the Winner’s trilogy, and I read the first book practically all in one go! I’m definitely enjoying them.

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