Stacking the Shelves

Posted July 30, 2016 by Nicky in General / 20 Comments

Hello, everyone! This week has been frantic for me again, with an assignment due and a wedding to organise. It’s creeping up on us — this time next week, I’ll be married!

In the meantime, though, I’ve been taking advantage of my wife-to-be’s library card.

Library books

Cover of Throne of Jade by Naomi Novik Cover of Black Powder War by Naomi Novik Cover of Empire of Ivory by Naomi Novik Cover of Victory of Eagles by Naomi Novik

Cover of Time and Again by Jack Finney Cover of Heresy by S.J. Parris Cover of The Incorruptibles by John Hornor Jacobs Cover of The Child Eater by Rachel Pollack

Some of these I already own, but they’re elsewhere. And I’ve read most of Naomi Novik’s Temeraire series before, but it’s been ages and I feel like it, so woo.

Received to review

Cover of A Little Knowledge by Emma Newman Cover of Way Down Dark Cover of Hotline by Quinn Anderson

Quite a different bunch, but all fun in their way. Mind you, I need to catch up with Emma Newman’s series!

Finished this week:

Cover of Gillespie & I by Jane Harris Cover of Home by Francis Pryor Cover of Feed by Mira Grant Cover of The Incorruptibles by John Hornor Jacobs

15751543 Cover of Fair Game by Josh Lanyon Cover of Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

Reviews posted this week:
The Door into Shadows, by Diane Duane. Segnbora’s book, basically. There were aspects I didn’t like, but also Segnbora is so kickass that it carries it. 3/5 stars
Death Among the Marshes, by Kathryn Ramage. A fun, Golden Age-esque mystery novella, with some great characters. 4/5 stars
Saints Astray, by Jacqueline Carey. Want to follow Pilar and Loup from Santa Olivia, and see them get a happy ending? Yep, this is for you. 4/5 stars
Being Mortal, by Atul Gawande. Sensitive, carefully written and thoughtful, Being Mortal talks about some issues we really need to spend more time on, at least in Western society. 5/5 stars
The Terracotta Bride, by Zen Cho. A short story set in an afterlife which pretty much typifies the idea that ‘hell is other people’. 4/5 stars
Toad Words and Other Stories, by T. Kingfisher. A great collection of fairytale retellings, each one unique. I love T. Kingfisher’s work, so no surprise I enjoyed these. 4/5 stars
Flashback Friday: Doomsday Book, by Connie Willis. There are a lot of things which irritated me about this book, but there’s a really solid story there too — and one which I do remember being quite emotional for me, to my own surprise. 3/5 stars

Other posts:
Top Ten Tuesday: Books Made Me (Want To) Do It. Except I didn’t take it seriously at all…

How’s everyone? Anything good coming up in the week ahead?

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20 responses to “Stacking the Shelves

  1. I can’t believe your wedding is so close! You must be so excited! I’m not surprised that things have been a bit frantic…If I don’t get the chance before then to say hi and wish you luck for the big day, let me do it now. Have a totally fantastic day and a happy life together *hugs*

    • It’s been sneaking up on us and then all of a sudden, it’s just next week! I only just got my dress, and my partner’s still making hers, and — gah! Thanks for the good wishes, much appreciated. <3

    • Yeah, I know that feeling! I remember the Temeraire books being good, and I just really enjoyed Uprooted, so here’s hoping.

  2. Congratulations on your soon-to-be wedding! Here’s hoping the day is smooth sailing and full of happiness (I’m sure it will be!) Also, great haul–you seem to have had a pretty awesome week! Most of these books are new to me; I guess I’ll be doing some research on the ones I don’t recognize!

    Have a great rest of your weekend–and happy book-ing to you, in the near future!
    Beth @ Betwixt the Pages recently posted…Stacking the Shelves (#29)My Profile

    • Thank you! It’s going to be a pretty small event, so I’m sure it’ll go great. There isn’t too much to go wrong!

      Thanks for dropping by!

  3. Congrats on your upcoming wedding! Looks like you went full out on Temeraire too, lol. I should pick that up again one day, I think I stopped at book six and now that the series is finished I have no excuse.

    • Thank you! And yeah, they had them there all convenient, so I kidnapped almost all of them… Ha. I didn’t realise the series was over finally!

    • The Temeraire series is a lot of fun, if I recall rightly! I know I enjoyed the first few books. Thanks for dropping by, and for the congratulations!

    • Thanks! And yeah, the Temeraire books are a lot of fun, as I remember. There’s been a reread going on around the blogs I follow recently and it tempted me.

    • Wait, you hadn’t heard of them?? OMG, Cait! Temeraire is an awesome dragon, sassy and logical and a bit despairing about his humans at times. It’s fun!

    • Uprooted was a lot of fun, I read that last week — I think it’s maybe a bit more mature than the Temeraire books in tone. But they’re fun too. Thanks for dropping by!

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