Stacking the Shelves

Posted March 5, 2016 by Nicky in General / 23 Comments

This week there has been a, uh, bookalanche. Between preorders and filling my stamp card for vouchers at Waterstones (and finding a pre-filled one in my purse too!) and Bookmooch, I’m set for life, I think.

Library books:

Cover of The Selection by Kiera Cass Cover of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin Cover of Alex + Ada Vol 1 by Sarah Vaughn and Jonathan Luna

I’ve been warned that The Selection is probably not my thing, but I promised to try it all the same, in a bit of boundary-pushing. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, well, the summary I’ve read doesn’t interest me? But I know people have loved it, so I’m giving it a try. And I’ve heard good things about Alex + Ada, and I’ve loved android stories since The Positronic Man, so bring it on.

Books bought:

Cover of Lady of Magick by Sylvia Izzo Hunter Cover of The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine Cover of Feed by Mira Grant Cover of Deadline by Mira Grant

Cover of A Crown for Cold Silver by Alex Marshall Cover of The Vagrant by Peter Newman Cover of Winter Rose by Patricia McKillip Cover of Starborn by Lucy Hounsom

Cover of Steal the Sky by Megan O'Keefe Cover of Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury Cover of Fires of the Faithful by Naomi Kritzer Cover of Eifelheim by Michael Flynn

Cover of The Child Queen by Nancy McKenzie Cover of The High Queen by Nancy McKenzie Cover of The Girl Who Raced Fairyland All the Way Home by Catherynne Valente

All of these have been on my wishlist for a while, or are new copies of books I’ve lost or only had as ebooks. It’s quite the haul, I know. There’s actually a few more, thanks to my sister finding some of Alastair Reynolds’ books for me in a second hand bookshop, but I’ll feature those next week!

Books read:

Cover of The Last Enchantment by Mary Stewart Cover of Murder in the Dark by Kerry Greenwood Cover of Vicious by V.E. Schwab Cover of The Girl Who Raced Fairyland All the Way Home by Catherynne Valente

Reviews this week:
Courage is the Price, by Lynn O’Connacht. Great depiction of anxiety, and also being brave and growing up and facing things. 4/5 stars
The Winner’s Curse, by Marie Rutkoski. Liked this so much more than I expected. Interesting world, and an awesome female lead. 4/5 stars
Sunset Mantle, by Alter S. Reiss. Epic fantasy, itty bitty living space. 4/5 stars
The Story of Kullervo, by J.R.R. Tolkien. Disappointing, even for a fan as academically minded as I am. 2/5 stars
The Wicked + The Divine: Commercial Suicide, by Kieron Gillen. Lacking Jamie McKelvie’s art, I found this kind of unappealing, and the story didn’t progress. 2/5 stars
The Perilous Gard, by Elizabeth Marie Pope. A book I appreciated much more on a second read, with a perfect love story. 5/5 stars
Flashback Friday: Railsea, by China Miéville. Apparently, I found this one unputdownable! 5/5 stars

Other posts:
Meeting Will Stanton. A post about my first experiences with one of my favourite series of books!
Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books To Read If You’re In the Mood For Complex Fantasy Worlds. Wow, now that’s a long post title… At least it’s descriptive!
ShelfLove March Update. My progress on the Shelf Love 2016 challenge, plus a bit about this month’s discussion topic — tropes you hate.
March TBR. Ten books I have to read this month.
The lesbian dies (again). After waking up to find my sister upset over developments in a TV show, I had a rant about the tragic queer narrative.

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23 responses to “Stacking the Shelves

  1. While I love my zombies, I didn’t think much of Feed. It went too much into the political campaign and government style conspracies. Hope you have a better time with it!

    • I’ve read it before and enjoyed it, probably because there’s less zombies and more other stuff! Haha. I haven’t read the other books in the series yet though.

  2. arbieroo

    I really liked Eiflheim and I’ve been meaning to read more Flynn for years but somehow it’s never happened.
    I loved Something Wicked this Way Comes, not only because its title comes from my favourite speech in MacBeth and I’ve been meaning to re-read it for years but somehow that hasn’t happened, either!

  3. Nice haul! A Crown for Cold Silver is sitting on my shelf, desperately hoping to be read before the sequel lands, while Eifelheim has been on my TBR list forever. Steal the Sky was a fun read.

    • I really need to get round to it, too. Especially since the author’s other name was just revealed. I need to get round to his other books, too…

    • Indeed! Books are positively tame, and at least it supports a worthy industry, right? I’ve heard a lot of good things about The Impostor Queen.

  4. Wow, what a huge selection of books to choose from! Did you enjoy Vicious? I really loved it. I often try out books from the library when I am not sure of them. That’s how I started reading The Selection series. It was fun, but not too serious. Kind of like mixing The Hunger Games with The Bachelor. Have a great week of reading.

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