Stacking the Shelves

Posted 7 May, 2016 by Nikki in General / 26 Comments

Hello, everyone! It’s been both a busy and a quiet week, in weird ways. But hey, now I’m with my partner in Belgium, I have a document that affirms I’ve never been married, and okay, I should be doing my final assignment for my course, but other than that, I can spend a good amount of time just reading and recharging for the next week!

And I have books (new books, and I can bear anything as long as there are books).

New books

Cover of More than Human by Theodore Sturgeon Cover of Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson Cover of The Deep by John Crowley Cover of Missing Microbes by Martin Blaser

Cover of Being Mortal by Atul Gawande Cover of Lucky Planet by David Waltham Cover of To Explain the World by Steven Weinberg Cover of The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

Cover of Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt Cover of Wylding Hall by Elizabeth Hand

I’m a wuss, so Hex might be a bad choice, but I’m intrigued with the buzz about it and the translation stuff. A lot of the other stuff was fairly random, just picked up because it interested me in Brussels’ Sterling Books. I came to Belgium with only 22 books… this makes a start at making up for it!

Books finished this week:

Cover of Grave Secrets of Dinosaurs Silk #1 Cover of Spider-Gwen Cover of Hawkeye: Rio Bravo by Matt Fraction Cover of Spider-woman: Vol 0

Cover of Spider-woman: New Duds Cover of Tehanu by Ursula Le Guin Cover of Tales from Earthsea by Ursula Le Guin Cover of Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodges Cover of Tam Lin, by Pamela Dean

Reviews this week: 
Rat Queens: Demons, by Kurtis J. Wiebe et al. I think this is my last volume of Rat Queens; it just didn’t come together for me. 2/5 stars
Murder on a Midsummer Night, by Kerry Greenwood. Fun, though typical of the Phryne books. 3/5 stars
Bone and Jewel Creatures, by Elizabeth Bear. An interesting novella, with an aged protagonist and some neat magic. 4/5 stars
The Bullet Catcher’s Daughter, by Rod Duncan. Fun set-up, and I’m intrigued enough to read the other books. 3/5 stars
Flashback Friday: A History of the World in 100 Objects, by Neil MacGregor. A lovely book which made me really eager to go back to the British Museum. Which I did, not too long ago. 5/5 stars

Other posts:
ShelfLove Update and May TBR: what it says on the tin, with lots of statistics!

How’s everyone else been? Any exciting news?

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26 Responses to “Stacking the Shelves”

  1. arbieroo

    If it’s not a private matter, can you tell us why you need a document stating you’ve never been married?!
    Heaps of interesting books there!
    I needed to kill some time in Bath on Thursday so I wandered into the Oxfam 2nd hand store…and came out with five books; Mount TBR well over 200 volumes again…

  2. Strict proceedings huh?

    I can’t wait what you think of Rae Carson’s newest trilogy. I’m still on the fence about continuing the series. We’ll see. I hope you enjoy Cruel Beauty 😉

    I loved Le Guin’s Lavinia, but still doing a cha-cha with her Earthsea series 😀 At least if I like them, I’ve got them all on hand already… right? 😉 Of course I’m just trying to justify why I bought them already.

    Thanks for stopping by btw 🙂
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    • I haven’t read anything by Rae Carson before, so I’m intrigued. Looking forward to trying it! I actually finished Cruel Beauty this week — that section is all books I finished. I’m not sure yet what I think of it… letting it settle.

      I love pretty much everything by Le Guin. These were rereads for me, though not my favourites in the series.

      Thanks for returning the visit!

  3. I hope you’re having a great time in Belgium! *waves* I’ve never actually been anywhere on mainland Europe which is bizarre when I live in the UK! Tons of places I want to see! Enjoy your reading and have a lot of fun together!

    • Hmm, that’s sad. I wonder if part of that is because it’s been translated, though; sometimes things work much better in context.

  4. So much awesomeness. I really enjoyed Hex, one of the only few horror books that genuinely creeped me out. I also LOVED Walk on Earth a Stranger, I can’t wait to hear what you think! The Star-Touched Queen was a gorgeous little novel too, I don’t think it’ll be for everyone but I really enjoyed it. I love your haul this week!

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