Stacking the Shelves

Posted May 14, 2016 by Nicky in General / 13 Comments

Yay, it’s the weekend! How’s everyone been this week? I have not got enough reading done, because assignment hell. It’s nearly done, but… gaah, a few more days.

Books acquired:

Cover of A Local Habitation by Seanan McGuire

Because I read Rosemary & Rue and haaad to get the next lined up.

Books finished this week:

Cover of Rosemary & Rue by Seanan McGuire Cover of Finn Fancy Necromancy by Randy Henderson Cover of Dreamer's Pool by Juliet Marillier Cover of The Sudden Appearance of Hope by Claire North

Reviewed this week:
Bryony and Roses,  by T. Kingfisher. An interesting take on Beauty and the Beast, with an angle I didn’t quite expect. Much more clear about the curse and the hows and whys of it than is often the case. 4/5 stars
Lady of Mallow, by Dorothy Eden. A potentially good source of new comfort reads for me, Dorothy Eden’s basic plot/writing style reminds me of Mary Stewart’s suspense/romances, except with less of a sense of place. 3/5 stars
All the Birds in the Sky, by Charlie Jane Anders. Not quite sure what to make of this one; it’s an interesting fantasy vs technology scenario, but I didn’t connect much with the characters. 3/5 stars
The Farthest Shore, by Ursula Le Guin. A reread of a less-liked book in this series. I can see the beauty in it, but I’m just… not a fan in the same way. 3/5 stars
Silver on the Tree, by Susan Cooper. Maybe I liked this one a little less than I usually do, because this time I so much wanted more. I do love the books, but… 4/5 stars
Ink and Bone, by Rachel Caine. Interesting alternate universe: what if the Library of Alexandria was not destroyed, and preserving books and the Library became ever more important? 3/5 stars
Flashback Friday: The City and the City, by China Miéville. I think I like the idea of some of Miéville’s ideas almost more than the execution sometimes. It’s always worth (for me) hanging on and seeing how it all plays out, but the main draw is the idea4/5 stars

Other posts:
Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Feels. I went off with my own theme this week, rather at random.

Here’s to a good reading week ahead!

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13 responses to “Stacking the Shelves

  1. I really wanted to like All the Birds in the Sky, but I couldn’t connect with the characters or the narrative. It felt like she couldn’t decide what kind of novel she really wanted to write.

    • You’ve mentioned that before, yeah. Do you mean in terms of whether she wanted it to be sci-fi or fantasy, or another aspect?

    • I only got one book this week! The others are books I’ve read. Thanks, though — I’m hoping I’ll enjoy the second Toby Daye book as much as the first, too!

    • It wasn’t my first Marillier, but it’s one of my favourites so far, except for Heart’s Blood. Thanks for dropping by — I only got one new book this week, though…

  2. I’m so looking forward to your reviews of, well, pretty much all the books you read! I’ll be starting Claire North’s book very soon so I’m curious what you made of it. Finn Fancy Necromancy is also on my list, and of course I loved Dreamer’s Pool.

    • I quite liked The Sudden Appearance of Hope; I still need to write my review. I found Finn Fancy Necromancy pretty… predictable, I think. I need to review that, too. Argh, so much catching up to do.

    • Me too, and the first book was pretty entertaining. And I hear the series gets better as it goes along! Thanks for dropping by.

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