Stacking the Shelves

Posted August 6, 2016 by Nicky in General / 29 Comments

So this week has been super important, and yesterday I married my partner of the last eleven years.

Photo of our wedding rings

I got books, too.

Received to review

Cover of Ninth City Burning by J. Patrick Black Cover of Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews Cover of American Monsters by Derek Landy

Cover of Seven Skeletons by Lydia Pyne Cover of The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe by Kij Johnson Cover of Cold-Forged Flame by Marie Brennan

Magic Binds!! I’m excited.

I did also get books from my friends as wedding/birthday presents (my birthday is on the 20th!), but I’m too tired to put them all up now. Next week it is!

Books finished this week:

Cover of A Maze of Death by Philip K. Dick Cover of Fair Play, by Josh Lanyon Cover of Magic Shifts by Ilona Andrews

Reviews posted this week:

The Copper Promise, by Jen Williams. A traditional-feel fantasy, I found this a really comfortable, feel-good read for the most part. It just reminded me of all the fantasy books of my childhood, in a good way. 4/5 stars
The Book of Atrix Wolfe, by Patricia A. McKillip. Probably one of my least favourite of McKillip’s books so far. It’s beautifully written, but I didn’t quite follow. 2/5 stars
Hex, by Thomas Olde Heuvelt. Horror normally isn’t my thing, but the icky bit of this for me was the way people acted, the things they decided to prioritise. I just didn’t get on with it at all. 1/5 stars
Little, Big, by John Crowley. On the surface it sounded like something I’d be interested in, but in the end it took too long to get nowhere very satisfying. 2/5 stars
The Falling Woman, by Pat Murphy. This book is great, full of interesting (mostly female) characters who bounce off each other in realistic ways, and who really work hard at what they do. It helps that it’s atmospheric and involves archaeology, but overall I just found it really satisfying to read. 5/5 stars
Under the Skin, by Michel Faber. Another one that didn’t really work for me — now I think about it, it may have had better payoff as a short story. 2/5 stars
Flashback Friday: Sunshine, by Robin McKinley. A longtime favourite, with a genuinely creepy vampire who you can root for anyway, and a lot of awesome descriptions of food and baking. 5/5 stars

Other posts:
Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’d Buy Right Now. Probably a fairly predictable bunch!

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29 responses to “Stacking the Shelves

  1. Congratulations to you both! I’m so happy for you! Hope you had a great day. The rings are gorgeous…May you both be very happy and be blessed with a ton of books! *grins*

  2. Congratulations!! This is great news! I hope you had a wonderful time and I wish you lots of happiness.

    I’ll be looking out for your Landy review – I saw really good reviews of his Demon Road but didn’t decide to pick it up then. Maybe if this is still as good?

    • Thank you! We did indeed have a great time.

      I need to get round to reading the first book… oops. But I hear such good things!

  3. CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR WEDDING OMGG!! *flings confetti everywhere* CAKE FOR EVERYONE. I hope you two are very very happy. 🙂
    (And also yayyy for Derek Landy! I still have to read Desolation but soon I’ll get to it, I’m sure.)

  4. Congratulations on the wedding! Wishing you both many happy years together. Wonderful book haul too, looking forward to hearing what you think of Ninth City Burning and Cold Forged Flame as those are two I am hoping to read later this summer as well.

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