Stacking the Shelves

Posted 27 February, 2016 by Nikki in General / 22 Comments

Yay, Saturday! I should probably be doing my assignment, so you can probably expect tons of comments today from me.

Books bought

Cover of A Matter of Oaths by Helen S. Wright Cover of The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski Cover of Unnatural Habits by Kerry Greenwood Cover of Murder and Mendelssohn by Kerry Greenwood

I picked up Helen Wright’s book after a chat/recommendations thread on Twitter, and of course I had to grab The Winner’s Crime before I could read The Winner’s Kiss. I did pick up a couple of other books for my permanent collection, too, but all ones I’ve already read and often even had as ebooks. And, hurrah! My Phryne Fisher collection is complete, as I have quietly amassed the other books I originally borrowed, too.

Received to review:

Cover of The Wolf in the Attic by Paul Kearney

Read this week:

Cover of Sunset Mantle by Alter S. Reiss Cover of The Story of Kullervo by J.R.R. Tolkien Cover of The Wicked + The Divine Vol 3 by Jamie McKelvie and Kieron Gillen

Cover of An Atlas of Tolkien by David Day Cover of The Perilous Gard by Elizabeth Marie Pope Cover of An Earthly Knight by Janet McNoughton

Reviews this week:
Shiver, by Maggie Stiefvater. I wasn’t as impressed as I hoped, but I did enjoy it, and Stiefvater definitely has a great touch with atmosphere. 3/5 stars
Dead Man’s Embers, by Mari Strachan. Set in Wales in the aftermath of the Great War, this isn’t exactly the most cheerful read, but very well written. 4/5 stars
Ms Marvel: Last Days, by G. Willow Wilson & Adrian Alphona. The Amazing Spider-man stuff included is pure filler, but there’s good development of Kamala and her close friends/family in the main part. 4/5 stars
City of Blades, by Robert Jackson Bennett. No surprise here that I was bowled over. Just as good as the first book. 5/5 stars
Rebel of the Sands, by Alwyn Hamilton. I wasn’t as wowed as everyone else seems to be, but it’s definitely enjoyable and I love the setting. 3/5 stars
Old Man’s War, by John Scalzi. A very fun reread, gotta love the main character’s snarky voice. Light, but satisfying. 4/5 stars
Flashback Friday: A Canticle for Leibowitz, by Walter M. Miller Jr. A classic by now, I called this book a ‘wry smile at humanity’s expense’. 4/5 stars

Other posts:
Giveaway: A Gathering of Shadows. Slide in under the wire and get a chance to win one of two copies of V.E. Schwab’s new book.
The Comfort Zone. A discussion about what might constitute my comfort zone (and a resolution to, perhaps, push out of it).
Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Enjoyed That I Didn’t Expect To. Kind of ties in with the comfort zone discussion, since I had trouble identifying what mine is, and that was the original prompt.

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22 Responses to “Stacking the Shelves”

  1. I’m having one of those weeks where I can’t get motivated to do much. Luckily my reading has gone well so that’s a relief! I read Shiver years ago but didn’t think much of it. Just too slow for me! I can’t remember anything about it now. Have a good reading week!

    • I’ve wanted to do more reading, but just haven’t got round to it! (I know, six books is still pretty good, but…) And yeah, Shiver really was slow.

    • Yes, The Winner’s Crime is the second book — The Winner’s Curse is the first one! I enjoyed Rebel of the Sands, I think I’d recommend it. Thanks for dropping by!

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