Unstacking the Shelves

Posted July 2, 2016 by Nicky in General / 4 Comments

This week was a good week for reading, as you can see! And for only the fifth time ever, I have no new books to showcase and can instead show off the ones I’ve finished reading. I didn’t even feature the full covers this time as I normally do for an Unstacking week cause there’s just so many! Twelve of these have been on my TBR for at least a year before I finally got round to them, so it really is good progress.

So please don’t tell me to enjoy my new books! Let me bask in being good.

Books finished this week:

Cover of The Terracotta Bride by Zen Cho Cover of Toad Words & Other Stories by T. Kingfisher Cover of Saints Astray by Jacqueline Carey Cover of The Copper Promise by Jen Williams Cover of The Book of Atrix Wolfe by Patricia McKillip

Cover of A Winter Book by Tove Jansson Cover of Little, Big by John Crowley Cover of Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt Cover of The Falling Woman by Pat Murphy Cover of Under the Skin by Michael Faber

Cover of The Lifted Veil by George Eliot Cover of Brother Jacob by George Eliot Cover of Broken by Susan Bigelow Cover of Lud-in-the-Mist by Hope Mirrlees Unbeatable Squirrel Girl

Reviews posted this week:

Hasty Death, by M.C. Beaton. Fun enough, but it really isn’t anything special. 2/5 stars
So You Want to Be a Wizard, by Diane Duane. I think I came to this at the wrong age — I’d probably have loved it when I was younger. 1/5 stars
Lucky Planet: Why Earth is Exceptional, by David Waltham. Solid science and an interesting discussion of whether life is likely to be common or not in the universe, but I think we really don’t have enough data at all to actually come to a conclusion about how lucky or not we are. 3/5 stars
Saga Volume One, by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples. A reread so I can get on with the series! Love it pretty much the same as before, especially the art. 4/5 stars
Blood Trail, by Tanya Huff. Fun and brings in more supernatural creatures, etc. It’s fairly light comfort reading for me. 3/5 stars
All For Love, by Jane Aiken Hodge. A good Heyer-esque romp, with some nice touches (the perfect switch isn’t perfect after all, etc). I enjoyed it a lot and will be reading more of Jane Aiken Hodge’s work. 4/5 stars
Flashback Friday: The Song of Rhiannon, by Evangeline Walton. This book isn’t as powerful as the previous book, which is a bit of a relief after how harrowing that was. There’s a lot of good stuff here, and Manawydan remains an awesome character. 4/5 stars

Other posts:
Top Ten Books I Was Forced to Read. It was a freebie week, so I mined for an old theme and covered books I had to read for class or research.
ShelfLove Update. My update on the reading challenge I’m doing, which also includes my TBR for this month, as usual.

How’s everyone been? Good reading week? Anything exciting joined your piles?

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4 responses to “Unstacking the Shelves

  1. majoline

    WOW, talk about reading! GO YOU! WOO \o/

    And all these covers are very tempting besides, ooh. The only one I’ve read is Squirrel Girl! And I was pleasantly surprised at how good that series is.

    …At some point I should read Saga myself, but I just get so distracted by so many other good things, oops. I have *a* Tanya Huff book around somewhere I should also read, come to think about it.

    I’m not surprised at the Young Wizard’s series being meh. I liked it well enough when I was younger, but it wasn’t really rereadable for me a few years back, and now I’m reading the new books just because so many people I know also read them, and I want to be conversant. *shrugs*

    • I knoooow. It was a very good week for reading, and I’ve started this week pretty well, too. Hurrah.

      I’m enjoying Squirrel Girl, it’s just… silly light fun at a time it’s very much needed. Saga is great, you totally should try it.

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