Stacking the Shelves

Posted July 16, 2016 by Nicky in General / 16 Comments

I’m back in Belgium! And I brought a bunch of books with me.

Fiction acquired:

Cover of The Man Who Fell to Earth by Walter Tevis Cover of A Star Shall Fall by Marie Brennan Cover of Hope and Red by Jon Skovrun Cover of Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine

Cover of Necessity by Jo Walton Cover of The City of Woven Streets by Emmi Itaranta Cover of Everfair by Nisi Shawl Cover of Connection Error by Annabeth Albert

I’m… not sure which of these I bought and which I got as review copies, now. But yay.

Non-fiction acquired:

Cover of The Surgeon of Crowthorne by Simon Winchester Cover of The Uses of Enchantment by Bruno Bettelheim Cover of The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt by Toby Wilkinson Cover of The Sense of Style by Steven Pinker

I love me some non-fiction.

Comics acquired:

Cover of The All-New All-Different Avengers: The Magnificient Seven Cover of Thor: Thunder in her Veins Cover of Spider-Gwen: Greater Power

Cover of A-Force: Hypertime Cover of Saga Volume 6 Cover of Ms Marvel: Super Famous

I, uh, needed to catch up…

Finished this week:

Cover of The Undivided Past by David Cannadine Cover of Spider-Gwen: Greater Power Cover of Reading in the Brain by Stanislaw Dehaene

Reviews posted this week:
Fever, by Mary Beth Keane. An interesting historical novel taking the point of view of Typhoid Mary, and doing reasonably well at making us sympathise with her. 4/5 stars
Talking Hands, by Margalit Fox. Fascinating discussion of both the history of sign language and the development of languages in general, with a case study of an emerging language in a Bedouin village. 4/5 stars
Murder and Mendelssohn, by Kerry Greenwood. This last (so far?) adventure with Phryne is a lot of fun, though the main feature is really the BBC Sherlock inspired John Wilson and Rupert Sheffield, and their Phryne-facilitated romance. 4/5 stars
Saga Volume 3, by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples. Awesome as usual, and mostly the volume in which I really loved the Lying Cat more than ever. 5/5 stars
Mortal Heart, by Robin LaFevers. Thanks to a certain reveal that just didn’t quite fit the way I saw the world, this wasn’t my favourite of a series I have generally really enjoyed. 3/5 stars
A Fall of Moondust, by Arthur C. Clarke. Fans of The Martian might enjoy this classic story of rescue in space, even if the situation — tourism on the moon — seems as far away as ever. 4/5 stars
Flashback Friday: Sword at Sunset, by Rosemary Sutcliff. Powerful version of the Arthurian stories, with a real and strong connection between Arthur and Bedwyr (who here basically has the role of Lancelot). I wasn’t sure at first, but for me it really, really worked. 5/5 stars

Other posts:
Top Ten Tuesday: Facts About Me. In which I am a somewhat scatterbrained silly person with synaesthesia.

So yeah, not much reading this week because… I don’t really know why, but on Friday I got Pokemon Go and went for a three hour walk (finally hitting my Fitbit goals again!) so I blame that. Somewhat. How is everyone?

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16 responses to “Stacking the Shelves

  1. I read one Berenstain Bears book this week and that’s all. Pretty poor effort! I hope for better things this week. I’m not part of this Pokemon thing…not really into these new gadgets and crazes. We don’t even have a smartphone in the house, just a very basic mobile phone with camera which we only use in emergencies. Enjoy your time in Belgium and stay safe.
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    • It somehow wasn’t much of a reading week! And ha, I’m very much a gadgety person, though I’m only really doing Pokemon Go because it should provide a bit extra motivation for me to actually get walking again. Sadly, I need that at the moment!

    • I managed to pick it up while I was visiting my parents, which was a relief — I’m not sure how easy it’d be to get here in Belgium! I’m excited for it. And yeah, between Pokemon Go and studying, I need to remember to make time to read!

    • Me, too. It’s been in my hands a week now and I haven’t read it! Re: the science of reading, I finished that last week (I’ve had it for a while); it was very interesting, but it doesn’t seem to describe the way I read at all!

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