Stacking the Shelves

Posted 30 April, 2016 by Nikki in General / 34 Comments

As you’re about to see, it’s been a busy week full of reading for me! I’ve been adding books to the “books read this week” section right up to the last minute. It’s always nice when I have plenty of time to read! And despite having an Amazon voucher to spend, so far I haven’t picked a new book — though I did get a couple of books to review.

Received to review: 

Cover of Woman on the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy Cover of The Sudden Appearance of Hope by Claire North

I’ve followed Claire North’s work for a long time now, so I’m hopeful about this new one. I’ve heard a lot about Woman on the Edge of Time, so I’m curious about it.

Books read this week:

Cover of Murder on a Midsummer Night by Kerry Greenwood Cover of Rat Queens vol 3 Cover of Bryony and Roses by T. Kingfisher Cover of Lady of Mallow by Dorothy Eden Cover of All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders

 Cover of The Farthest Shore by Ursula Le Guin Cover of Silver on the Tree, by Susan Cooper Cover of Forensics by Val McDermid Cover of Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine Cover of The Bread We Eat in Dreams by Catherynne M. Valente

Cover of Civil War Prelude Cover of Dead Man's Chest by Kerry Greenwood Cover of The Movement by Gail Simone Cover of The Movement vol 2 by Gail Simone Cover of The Door into Fire by Diane Duane

Cover of The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage by Sydney Padua Cover of The Sin Eater's Daughter by Melinda Salisbury

A whole bunch of these were rereads (The Farthest Shore, Silver on the Three, volume one of The Movement, The Door into Fire), but there were a lot of new-to-me books too. And I enjoyed most of them! An excellent week.

Reviews this week:
Every Heart A Doorway, by Seanan McGuire. This is probably my favourite story from Tor.com’s novella line. The plot and world are awesome, and so are the characters. 4/5 stars
Century Rain, by Alastair Reynolds. A reread of a book I loved as a teenager, which I haven’t revisited in a long time; it didn’t disappoint. 4/5 stars
Death at the Bar, by Ngaio Marsh. Felt a bit too by-the-numbers as a mystery, without the strength of character of Sayers’ Wimsey or even Christie’s Miss Marple. 2/5 stars
Forensics, by Val McDermid. A good survey of forensic science and how it’s used to catch and indict criminals; well-written, too. 4/5 stars
Flashback Friday: Blackbirds, by Chuck Wendig. I think this is one of the first Angry Robot books I ever read; I’ve kept on reading both the publisher and the author. Wendig’s work is generally a lot of fun, and Blackbirds does well with an interesting idea. 4/5 stars

Other posts: 
Readathon progress. The start of my excellent reading week, even though I didn’t stay up the full 24 hours!
Top Ten Tuesday. This week’s theme was bookworm delights, like the smell of books.
Bout of Books signup. Aka, another readathon!

How’s everyone else been?

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34 Responses to “Stacking the Shelves”

    • Heh, I did the 24 hour readathon, which helped! But yeah, my stress response is to curl up with All The Books, and I have been stressed, soooo… off I went.

  1. majoline

    *waves hi* Ahhh, sweet internet, how I’ve missed you, and now I get to catch up on books! 🙂

    Ooh I am really excited to see what you think of the Movement. I’ve been meaning to pick it up, but I’d completely forgotten about it until just now.

    • Boooooks! I wondered where you’d got to!

      I’ve read the first volume before, but I wanted to refresh my mind for reading the second. It’s fun, but I think I’ll rate it less highly now than I did the first time.

    • Only two of them are actually the haul — the others are books I read this week! I enjoyed The Sin Eater’s Daughter. Need to get round to writing my review, eek.

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