Unstacking the Shelves

Posted September 3, 2016 by Nicky in General / 19 Comments

Tah-daahhh! The world didn’t think I could do it, but lo and behold, I have actually gone a week without buying, borrowing or requesting any new books. Thus, unStacking the Shelves: displaying the books I managed to finish this week.

Eveeery week, people seem to get confused and tell me to enjoy books which I’ve actually finished reading, and I sense that’s gonna happen a ton this week. So please! I have no new books to enjoy! I sort of wish I did, but nope. I love getting comments, but if you’re not going to bother reading the post — and I do clearly mark the sections in these posts — please don’t bother commenting…

Books read this week:

Cover of Epigenetics audiobook by Richard Francis Cover of Strong Poison by BBC audio Cover of Five Red Herrings by BBC audio Cover of Have His Carcase by BBC Audio

Cover of Fadeout by Joseph Hansen Cover of Death Claims by Joseph Hansen Cover of Troublemaker by Joseph Hansen

Cover of The Ides of March by Valerio Massimo Manfredi Cover of Owain Glyndŵr by Terry Breverton Cover of The Surgeon of Crowthorne by Simon Winchester

A busy week, as you see — I’ve been doing a lot of crocheting, so I’ve been listening to a bunch of audiobooks, and I’ve also done a fair bit of other reading. Though a lot of it has been rereading, since I found the Joseph Hansen books available for Kindle, to my glee.

Reviews posted this week:
Spider-Gwen: Greater Power, by Jason Latour, Robbi Rodriguez and Chris Visions. With great power comes great responsibility, whether you’re Peter Parker or Gwen Stacy. And sometimes you get blamed for things you couldn’t have helped. Greater Power follows Gwen as she struggles with her reputation for trouble… and also includes a visit from an awesome version of Captain America. 4/5 stars
Batgirl: A Knight Alone, by Kelley Puckett et al. I love the idea of Cassandra Cain, but unfortunately the execution hasn’t worked for me at all in these comics. 3/5 stars
The Undivided Past, by David Cannadine. Do you wanna build a strawman? 2/5 stars
Magic Slays, by Ilona Andrews. Chaos continues in Atlanta, and no one is surprised. 4/5 stars
Uprooted, by Naomi Novik. It can be a bit too slow in places, but for the most part I loved Uprooted; it grows out of fairytales, but with a very serious slant. 4/5 stars
Reading in the Brain, by Stanislaw Dehaene. Distractingly, the model of reading posited here doesn’t fit me very well. Nonetheless, I found it an interesting read and well backed up by the evidence. 4/5 stars
Flashback Friday: The Man Who Loved Books Too Much, by Alison Bartlett. I had serious questions about the ethics of the writer, and I don’t think this book is actually about a love of books — certainly not as I would understand it. Rather, it’s a love of objects, which happen to be books. 2/5 stars

Other posts:
Top Ten Tuesday: Back to School. A bunch of non-fiction recommendations for you all!
The Princess Who Didn’t Eat Cake, by Lynn O’Connacht. A promo post for a friend’s book.
ShelfLove Update and TBR. An update on my reading goals, and some goals for the next month.

How’s everyone’s week been? Anything exciting going on?

ETA: May be slow to reply to comments and visit you back today; my baby bunny just died. Sorry.

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19 responses to “Unstacking the Shelves

    • Thank you! I am inordinately pleased with myself, really — you wouldn’t think it’d be so hard not to buy books… Thanks for dropping by!

  1. When you have an unstacking week, I don’t know whether to be happy for you or hit you with the hardback version of The Order of the Phoenix for having the restraint that I currently lack! *grins*

    I’m sorry to hear about your poor wee bunny. I was hoping that there was going to be better news on that front. Sending you both a big hug for your loss. <<>>
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    • Ha. I’m really tempted to go on a book spree now, so maybe next week you’ll have less urge to thwack me!

      Thanks. It’s been a bit of a rollercoaster.

    • I got no books this week, that’s the point! Just the reading, admittedly helped by listening to audiobooks while crocheting. Thanks for dropping by, anyway!

    • But getting new books is so much fun… I know, I’m terrible. I do enjoy audiobooks, but only if I have something else to do with my hands at the same time.

  2. Ha, I actually checked to see if anyone would STILL congratulate you on new books despite your warning. 😀 I guess people skim-read a lot.

    I’m sorry about your bunny, that’s really sad.

    • I know I should be happy to get comments at all, but it does get on my nerves a bit! I always try to leave meaningful comments, myself.


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